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LaCie unveils its first USB 3.0 RAID drive

LaCie announces its first USB 3.0-based external hard drive that has support for the RAID configuration.

If you are looking for a superfast USB 3.0 external hard drive with redundancy data protection, there's now another option. Following in the footsteps of Sans Digital, LaCie announced Tuesday its own version of a USB 3.0-based external hard drive with RAID support: the LaCie 2big USB 3.0.

The first USB 3.0 RAID external hard drive from Lacie.
The first USB 3.0-based RAID external hard drive from Lacie, the LaCie 2big USB 3.0.

The company says that the new drive is available in up to a 4TB capacity and comes with two separate internal hard drives. These hard drives can be set up either in RAID 0 for fast speed and maximum amount of storage (with no data protection) or RAID 1, which reduces the amount of storage to half and provides data protection against single-disk failure.

Apart from that, users can also set up the hard drives in the JBOD configuration, where the two drives are mounted as two separate volumes.

According to LaCie, the new LaCie 2big USB 3.0 drive has a fanless and quiet heat sink design. It comes with advanced power management through customizable sleep and deep sleep modes, making it use less energy than other similar drives. The new LaCie 2big USB 3.0 comes with a three-year warranty and is available now at the estimated price of $350.

LaCie also announced a new version of the non-RAID single-volume USB 3.0, the LaCie d2 USB 3.0, which is available in 1TB ($150) and 2TB ($250) versions.