LaCie 2big Dual: Big and heavy are in style

New external hard drive from Lacie is big and heavy.

I got my hands on LaCie's new external hard drive, the 2big Dual, and it's not just big, but heavy too.

The 2big Dual features a tool-less hard-drive bay for easy access and maintenance. LaCie

In fact, it's arguably the heaviest two-bay external hard drive I've run into. The drive is not ugly, however. Designed by Neil Poulton, the drive, though big and rugged, has an elegant industrial look with aluminum casing and a removable base for the vertical position.

The drive comes with eSATA and USB 2.0 connections and six RAID-based setups for hard drives that can be easily set with the switch on the back of the device.

The 2big Dual also features an easy-maintenance design, with the hard drives easily accessible and replaceable. It can support any internal SATA hard drive, but comes in three preconfigured versions, including 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB that cost $320, $400, and $530, respectively. All these versions ship with a three-year warranty and EMC Retrospect Express backup software for both PCs and Macs.

You can get one now or check back at CNET.com for an in-depth review to see how its performance stacks up to its big and bold design.

About the author

CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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