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LaCie Big Disk: need a half-terabyte portable?

Another record from the portable storage field: LaCie announced the family of portable plug & play Big Disk FireWire drives 500Gb and 400Gb in capacity sized as a usual 5.25" device. In case you need several LaCie Big Disk there’s an option to use a special 19" LaCie Desk Rack.

Like their D2 predecessors both drives feature the stylish aluminium bodies and are supplied with the vertical mount support. For energy saving purposes LaCie Big Disk devices turn off simultaneously with PCs. Being joined, Big Disks are easily configured as RAID1 or RAID0.

500Gb model is the most interesting, featuring 8Mb-cache 7200RPM storages. The 400Gb model bases on 2Mb-cache and 5400RPM components. Both drives can use the IEEE1394 (FireWire/iLink) interface under Mac OS 8.6 / 9.x / OS 10.x / Mac OS X Jaguar or Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP. 400GB1 LaCie Big Disk (FireWire/7200RPM/8Mb) are already being shipped for the suggested $899. The shipments of $999 500GB1 LaCie Big Disk (FireWire/5400RPM/2Mb) are expected in December.

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