LaCie's 'Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2' Now Available for $1299

First introduced at CES in January, LaCie's 1TB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 drive is now available for purchase for $1,299. The Little Big Disk is one of the first external hard drives to support Intel's Thunderbolt 2 specification, delivering transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s.

Little Big Disk offers 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. It features an aluminum enclosure with a Mac Pro-style black finish along with an optimized interior design that improves cooling efficiency and reduces noise.

To achieve the full potential of Thunderbolt 2 speeds, LaCie engineered the Little Big Disk with some of the best–performing solid state drives on the market – a pair of 500 GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs. It's possible to push the boundaries of the technology even further by daisy chaining two LaCie Little Big Disks to achieve speeds faster than the maximum Thunderbolt 2 transfer rate. By connecting them in parallel to Apple's powerful new Mac Pro, they can deliver speeds up to 2,600 MB/s.
Thanks to its Thunderbolt 2 ports, the Little Big Disk can be daisy chained with up to five other Little Big Disks along with a 4K display, all connected to a computer with a single cable.

The Little Big Disk is available in a 1TB SSD capacity from the LaCie online store for $1299.

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10 months ago
Two things that stick in my memory

1) Looking through the Windows 95 help guide we got with a PC back in 1995, it showed a computer with two hard drives. I never thought I'd afford a computer with more than one (now I have about 12.5TB)

2) When I got my iMac DV 400 (Blueberry) I never thought I'd be able to afford anything USB as it was so expensive at the time.

Now when I look at any Thunderbolt peripherals I think I'm never going to afford anything Thunderbolt....Then a story like this comes out and I'm pretty sure I'll still never be able to afford anything Thunderbolt

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10 months ago

Yeah I'm sure that's reasonably priced.


Actually, it is. 2x512 GB of PCIe SSD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA3X518W4232) is over $1,000 by itself.

You're pretty much getting a 2-drive enclosure with a heatsink, fan, TB2 controller and cable for free if you were in the market for 2x512GB of PCIe SSD.

Of course it's targeted at a niche market, but that doesn't make the price bad for what it is.
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10 months ago
Yeah I'm sure that's reasonably priced.
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10 months ago

I live and work by SSD alone. Regardless, its a rip off. Time for the prices to come down on them. Its just pathetic.


Curious. It's a ripoff compared to what? You lobbed a grenade with your original comment and just walked away from it. Why do you think it's overpriced, and overpriced compared to what?

I'm not saying this was your intent but your original comment reminds me of the type of comments people throw out for up votes from a vocal minority who disparage everything without validity.
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10 months ago
I wonder what the hold-up is with SSD drives. The capacity is still relatively low and the prices are still really high. If this is aimed at video pros, 1 TB is a laughably small drive.
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10 months ago

Yeah I'm sure that's reasonably priced.


People who use/need stuff like this make that in a day, or more. Still surprised that people just don't get that.
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10 months ago

Yeah I'm sure that's reasonably priced.


Not for you. Not for me. But for the niche LaCie makes this for, it's great. This is pennies for a big production house.
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10 months ago



If this is aimed at video pros, 1 TB is a laughably small drive.


Surely 1TB is enough space for a working drive. A portable working drive at that.

The tagline says "The World's Fastest Portable Storage"

This isn't meant to be a vault where you archive year's worth of projects and media.
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10 months ago

Not for you. Not for me. But for the niche LaCie makes this for, it's great. This is pennies for a big production house.


Why do people (wrongly) assume that 'big production houses' are happy to grossly overpay for a 1 TB of storage?

As I said....I rely on SSD for its performance...but its beyond ridiculous that a 1 TB still equals $1000 USD +/- a few pennies.
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10 months ago

I wonder what the hold-up is with SSD drives. The capacity is still relatively low and the prices are still really high. If this is aimed at video pros, 1 TB is a laughably small drive.


Process improvements. The hold up is the availability of high-density flash memory chips. And flash memory is the cheapest form of memory to manufacture! Try pricing out SDRAM or SRAM at those capacities.

Yeah I'm sure that's reasonably priced.


For what it is, that is downright cheap.

This product isn't aimed at people who need terabytes upon terabytes of storage where speed doesn't matter. This product isn't for people who only need a tiny amount of very-fast storage. This product is for people who need a large amount of very-fast storage.

This is for scratch file storage for video editing - when you want immediate access to an hour or two worth of 4K video for maximum editing speed. You use slower mass storage for longer term storage, but for the five-minute segment you're editing RIGHT NOW, you want all relevant footage available instantly.

It's not like the editor of The Hobbit (or any other 3 hour movie) will need all of the raw footage for all three hours of the finished film available all at once. He/she will need the raw footage for the current SHOT, maybe the current scene. But not all 30 TB (or more) of raw footage for the whole movie. With current formats, 2 TB (two of these) is just enough for a normal workflow. I'm sure in a few years, more will be necessary (actually, my example of The Hobbit is one such, since it's in 3D at double framerate,) but for most video professionals, this will be sufficient.

There are other similar uses - large scale graphic design, for example. But this is well priced and specced for what it's target market is.
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