Press Release

LaCie Reaches Maximum Speed - Introducing the 500GB Big Disk Extreme Drive, with Dual Firewire® interface

January 10, 2004

  • Sustained data transfer rate of up to 88MBytes/sec
  • Maximum data throughput on FireWire 800
  • Ideal for Video editing, VideoRAID and 2D/3D imaging
  • Dual FireWire
  • LaCie, a leading producer of state-of-the-art storage devices, today announced the launch of the new LaCie Big Disk Extreme drive, with Dual Firewire® interface. Utilizing the new OXFW912 from Oxford Semiconductor, the LaCie Big Disk Extreme drive is the first FireWire 800 hard drive to maximize transfer rates of up to 88MBytes/sec. This high-performance drive also allows for native RAID 0 speed without the configuration hassle. Coming in the distinctive LaCie d2 design, the Big Disk Extreme gives users 500GB of storage, 7200 rpm and an 8MB buffer. Available for the Mac or PC, this drive features two FireWire 800 ports and one FireWire 400 port, making it ideal for audio and video professionals dealing with large DV video projects, SD video and VideoRaid.

    Oxford Semiconductor's CEO James Foster commented, "The LaCie drive truly is in a class of its own. Using the full functionality of the OXFW912 bridge chip, it really does achieve the best possible speed performance. It's a ground breaking product which we're proud to have been involved with."

    The LaCie Big Disk Extreme drive can achieve a transfer rate of up to 88MBytes/sec and maintain it, making it faster and larger than any external Ultra 320 SCSI hard drive currently available. More convenient and portable than RAID towers, the Big Disk is fan free for quiet operation. To conserve energy the Big Disk also features an automatic on/off feature.

    "This is the 4th generation of the one-of-a-kind LaCie Big Disk, allowing users to stripe one TerraByte of data across two Big Disks, achieving transfer rates over 150MBytes/sec sustained," said Olivier Mirloup, LaCie Senior Product Manager. "This innovation confirms our leadership in the external hard drive market."

    True plug and play convenience, this drive is hot-pluggable for easy cross-platform file transfers without interruptions and data sharing. The LaCie Big Disk Extreme drive requires no drivers or software installation for Windows XP and Mac OS X users. With the ability to be placed horizontally on the desktop or configured in a standard 19-inch rack, the LaCie Big Disk Extreme drive gives users a convenient solution.

    The LaCie Big Disk Extreme drive will be available beginning February, 2004 through LaCie authorized resellers, specialist stores and mail order partners, with a suggested retail price of $599. Drive ships with a FireWire 800 cable (9:9-pin), FireWire 400 cable (6:6-pin) and iLink cable (6:4-pin). Also included is a power supply and LaCie utilities (Silverkeeper and Silverlining). Mac OS X, Windows 2000 or Windows XP is required for FireWire 800 operation.

    Contact information
    For Sales information, please contact Reseller Sales at 503-844-4500 or Direct Sales at 503-844-4502 or via email at
    For Media information, please contact Rebecca Dietz at (503) 844-4578, or via e-mail at

    About LaCie
    Established in the United States, Europe and Japan, LaCie is the world's leading producer of PC and Macintosh compatible storage peripherals. Through a specialized sales dealer network, LaCie offers innovative solutions for creative professionals in multimedia applications (graphics, audio, video, web design and digital photography). What differentiates LaCie is the design of its products and original creations by designers such as Philippe Starck, Porsche Design GmbH and Neil Poulton. LaCie is listed on the Paris Nouveau Marché (code 5431).

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    The LaCie logo is a registered trademark of LaCie Limited. All other products and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. FireWire and the FireWire logo are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the USA and other countries used under license therefrom. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

    * 1TB = 1000GB and 1GB = 1,000,000Bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment.

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    Contact LaCie

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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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