Press Release

LaCie Adds USB To 1TB External SATA RAID

November 14, 2006

Today LaCie announced it has added USB 2.0 to its 2-disk external SATA RAID solution. The new LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB offers the same eSATA 3Gbits/s interface throughput as before, and is now equipped with USB for universal access. It’s an ideal all-in-one solution for digital content creators who want to edit with eSATA, and transport files anywhere with USB. A simple RAID selection switch allows users to format for ultimate protection or maximum speed. This model replaces the previous eSATA-only version.

“LaCie has always been a pioneer of new technology,” said Emanuela Boila, LaCie Product Manager. “We introduced our first external SATA solution in 2004 because we believe it’s the most promising next-gen interface for video editing and high-end backup. For those looking to migrate, our new Two Big solution makes it easier to test eSATA’s speed while retaining the universal accessibility over USB.”

LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB comes in a sturdy metal case with a quiet fan and vents for heat dissipation. Disks are hot-swappable for instant expandability and the unit is hot-pluggable so can be removed without having to power down the computer.

LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB comes pre-formatted in Fast mode (RAID 0) in which the disks are striped together for maximum throughput of 115MB/s over eSATA or 30MB/s over USB. It can also be configured to Safe mode (RAID 1) in which data is mirrored for redundancy and will automatically rebuild in case of disk failure once the defective drive is replaced. Big mode (concatenation) spans data over both disks so full capacity can be achieved whereby the disk appears as one large volume, or alternatively JBOD mode will show each disk as an independent volume.

LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB is available for pre-order today via LaCie websites and widely available through LaCie’s specialized dealer network in December at the suggested retail prices below. LaCie Two Big eSATA & USB ships with all necessary cables. One of the following LaCie PCI cards is required for use: LaCie SATA II 3Gbits/s PCI-X Card 4E, LaCie SATA II 3Gbits/s PCI-Express Card 4E, or LaCie SATA II 3Gbits/s PCI-Express Card 2E. Additional product information can be found at

*Sustained transfer rates can vary depending upon the selected RAID configuration. Maximum capacities and sustained transfer rates were achieved in Fast mode. 1GB (gigabyte) = 1,000,000,000 bytes. 1TB (terabyte) = 1000GB. Actual capacity varies depending on operating environment (typically 5-10% less).

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1TB = 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5–10% less).

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