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LaCie shrinks Rugged Mini drive, adds capacity

LaCie announces a new version of the Rugged Mini portable drive that supports USB 3.0.

LaCie today announced a new version of its rugged portable drive, the Rugged Mini, which it says is smaller yet stronger than previous versions.

The new Rugged Mini portable drive from LaCie
The new Rugged Mini portable drive from LaCie. LaCie

LaCie claims the new aluminum Rugged Mini is 40 percent smaller than previous models, is rain-resistant, and can withstand 1 ton of pressure. The new drive is also now available in 500GB and 1TB capacities, up from just around 100GB previously, and supports USB 3.0.

The drive is bundled with LaCie Private-Public software, which protects data from unauthorized access with AES data encryption.

Like previous drives, the new Rugged Mini is compatible with both Macs and PCs. The new drive, however, also includes 10GB of Wuala online storage for those want to back up their data to the cloud.

The drive features an eco mode for power saving and includes a Mini-USB 3.0 cable that works both as data and power cable. It also works with USB 2.0 ports. User can pick the internal drive speeds between 5,400rpm and 7,200rpm.

The LaCie Rugged Mini portable drive is available now and costs $100 and $160 for the 500GB and 1TB, respectively. The 7,200rpm 500GB version costs $120.

If you want a drive that's even more rugged and can withstand much harder punishment, also check out the IoSafe Rugged Portable.