LaCie ships first portable Thunderbolt drive

LaCie announces the availability of its Little Big Disk, which features Thunderbolt connectivity.

The new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt from LaCie is compact enough to carry on the go.
The new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt from LaCie is compact enough to carry on the go. LaCie

If you think the Promise Pegasus is just a bit too big (and you're right!), LaCie has something for you. The company announced today that its first Thunderbolt device, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt external drive, is now available for purchase.

This is the second Thunderbolt storage device on the market, besides the Pegasus, and the first that comes in a design that's small enough for you to carry on the go.

The new drive offers two Thunderbolt ports and requires a separate power adapter to work.
The new drive offers two Thunderbolt ports and requires a separate power adapter to work. LaCie

The new drive features a pair of 2.5-inch drives, set up in JBOD, RAID 1, or RAID 0 configurations. Measuring just 1.6 inches by 5.5 inches by 3.3 inches and weighing about 1.4 pounds, the drive is compact and light enough fit in a backpack. You do also need to carry a power adapter with it, unfortunately, as it requires more juice than the amount of power the Thunderbolt cable can draw from a host computer.

On the front the drive is a blue button that works both as the power switch and as the indicator light. On the back, the Little Big Disk comes with two Thunderbolt ports: one to connect to a host and the other to daisy chain with another Thunderbolt device, such as another drive or Apple's new Thunderbolt Display . Similar to the Pegasus, it has no other peripheral ports, such as USB or FireWire.

According to LaCie, the new Thunderbolt drive comes with a pair of either internal hard drives or solid-state drives (SSDs) as its internal storage, and offers up to 190MBps or 480MBps data rates, respectively. Currently only the hard-drive version is available, at Apple's online store, and is slated to cost $399 for 1TB or $499 for 2TB. The SSD version will be available by early October with pricing to be unveiled then.

Other than the support for Thunderbolt, the new LaCie Little Big Disk also comes in a rugged aluminum protective casing. The drive comes with a tiny fan in the back that emits almost no noise during operation.

For more information on the new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt external drive, check back soon for the full review.

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