CES 2014: LaCie Debuts 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' With Transfer Speeds Up to 1375 MB/s

LaCie today announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, one of the first external hard drives that will support Intel's new Thunderbolt 2 specification to deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s, significantly faster than USB 3.0 drives.

Little Big Disk includes two 500 GB PCIe solid state drives from Samsung in a Raid–0 configuration and is able to support mobile streaming and editing of both 4K and 3D video. The drive features a fully aluminum enclosure with a Mac Pro-style black finish along with an optimized interior design that improves cooling efficiency.

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The drive includes a thermoregulated fan that turns on only when necessary, producing little to no noise, and it also ships with an included Thunderbolt cable and a three year warranty.

AnandTech has posted a mini review of the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, and in testing, found 1400 MB/s in sequential read speed along with 1100 MB/s write speed. Engadget saw similar results at CES, observing write speeds of 1200 MB/s and read speeds of 1300Mb/s. A 300 GB file transferred in approximately four minutes.
Thankfully, the drives that were set up ahead of our arrival, and had been sorting files for some time, remained at nearly room temp. With two of the Thunderbolt 2 drives set up in RAID 0, we witnessed 2,000 MB/s write speeds and 2,600 MB/s read numbers.
The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 will be available during the first quarter of 2014 from LaCie.com. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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10 months ago
Let me guess, $999?
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago

Let me guess, $999?


No... $999.99 duh.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
And 500GB or 1TB...that's PERFECT for 4K editing because those file sizes are 4 times smaller!
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago

This isnt for the average home consumer so even if it is $1k, so what?


Because businesses don't turn a profit by overpaying for everything they buy.

At last count I had about 70TB worth of external hard drives. Based on your logic, If each of those cost $1000 and were $300 overpriced, I'd have pissed away $21,000. I could hire a part time employee for that and it would be more productive than a Lacie external drive.

When you have a business and are buying these things all the time, it's even more important to get good value.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago

Who sells PCIe SSD sticks for 350$? Maybe you are referring to SATA3 SSD's which are not the same as the ones used in this box.


They are just trolling

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Until Thunderbolt prices get in line with USB, it's always a non-sale for me. $50 more over USB, ok, I'll bite, but not at $200+ more.



You also need to understand what you are evaluating. USB can't reach this speed, it works in packets, it is inefficient, you can't daisy chain.
If you are a PRO you should know these things otherwise you are just trolling.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
It only costs you a kidney*.


* limited time promotion
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
While this looks cool though likely expensive, I am much more interested in options for empty multiple drive enclosures. Hopefully we'll see a lot more of those fairly soon.


case = $10, Lightning chip = $20.


Assuming that were true that would mean someone could offer an empty TB2 case for $30. Since there's nothing close to that, either your estimate is off or every other company is scheming the customer as much as you think lacie is.

If you can get these for $700 (2x$350) retail, if you had a PC (or old Mac Pro) you would save $300 by installing internally. So this is a $300 tax for having the new small Mac Pro.


The version that saves $300 would be connected via SATA which is only about 600MB per second in a recent PC and 300 in the tower mac pro. To match these speeds you'd need to connect via PCIe, try pricing those out and you'll get a very different number.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago


Don't tell people the truth. They want to live in their Apple fairy land.


and some people like to live in a world where they think they know more than everybody else and everyone shares their use cases and world views.

thankfully, we dont.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

If you can get these for $700 (2x$350) retail, if you had a PC (or old Mac Pro) you would save $300 by installing internally. So this is a $300 tax for having the new small Mac Pro.


but then i couldnt grab it and bring it with me. grab-and-go is a feature, not a bug.

additionally, TB2 will surely be in future versions of iMac and Macbooks, neither of which will readily allow for these to be installed internally. LaCie will want to sell them to any device owner, not just the nMP.

but dont worry, im sure you can find some other reasons to whine about apple products not being what you want them to be. but may i suggest -- instead of whining, why not start your own garage company and build the future you want? steve jobs did, and look how that worked out.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

if you had a PC (or old Mac Pro) you would save $300 by installing internally. So this is a $300 tax for having the new small Mac Pro.



The version that saves $300 would be connected via SATA which is only about 600MB per second in a recent PC and 300 in the tower mac pro. To match these speeds you'd need to connect via PCIe, try pricing those out and you'll get a very different number.


Whoops, facts strike again.
Rating: 4 Votes

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