Seagate's LaCie has just announced the Rugged RAID, the latest product to join its line of Rugged mobile hard drives, and the LaCie Mirror portable hard drive, wholly encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. LaCie Rugged RAID offers 4 TB in a compact footprintand is the only product in its class to feature hardware RAID 0 and 1, which lets professionals optimize the product for speed or data security according to their workflow – and use it on any Mac or PC.
The LaCie Rugged features Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 along with two internal hard drives that are preconfigured in hardware RAID 0 for sustained performance of up to 240 MB/s.
For added data protection, the LaCie Rugged is resistant to shock, dust and water. It is tested to withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) and 1 ton of pressure. With its cap in place, the LaCie Rugged is IP 54-rated for resistance to dust and water splashing – even during operation.
The integrated Thunderbolt cable ensures that the cable cannot be lost. Plus, with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, it works with any standard computer.
The LaCie Rugged also includes a backup software suite and compatibility with Time Machine™and Windows Backup. It also includes LaCie Private-Public software, which lets users password-protect the entire drive or only certain volumes with AES 256-bit encryption.
The LaCie Rugged features a three-year limited warranty and will be available in a 4 TB capacity (MSRP $449.99) this quarter through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers.
LaCie also announced the LaCie Mirror portable hard drive, which is wholly encased in scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. This device is at once both a functional 1TB hard drive and a striking piece of decor. The LaCie Mirror hard drive sits in its base made of a single piece of ebony wood from Makassar, designed in collaboration with the French designer Pauline Deltour.
To make the product more durable, LaCie used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance (NDR). The glass is chemically strengthened and atomically configured to better survive the real-world events that most commonly cause glass failure. This glass enables improved damage resistance and toughness by helping to prevent the deep chips and scratches that cause glass to break.
The 1TB LaCie Mirror portable hard drive will first be available in late January for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $279.99 at LaCie.com with wider availability later this year. It features a two-year limited warranty.