LaCie has upgraded its Rugged Hard Drive, adding an integrated Thunderbolt cable and improved damage resistance. The SSD version, available in 250 and 500GB capacities, achieves transfer speeds of up to 387MB/s. There is a USB 3.0 interface as well, though only the Thunderbolt cable is permanently attached.

The integrated Thunderbolt cable allowed LaCie to increase protection against water and dust because the dust cap can be left on even when the device is in use. When not in use, the bus-powered Thunderbolt cable tucks into the case and is protected by the cover. LaCie says the SSD version of the drive can withstand up to two-meter drops and conforms to the IP54 durability standard. LaCie has also increased the warranty from two years to three.

Rugged Thunderbolt

"My assignments take me to the top surf spots all over the world," said Surfer Magazine staff photographer Zak Noyle. "So it’s imperative that my equipment is ready for any challenge. The LaCie Rugged’s speed allows me to deliver projects quickly, and its resilience to water, sand and drops make me confident that my photos are protected. From the beaches of Oahu to Tahiti, the LaCie Rugged has never let me down."

The new LaCie Rugged drive goes on sale today in 250GB ($300) and 500GB ($500) solid state versions, plus 1TB ($220) and 2TB ($300) 5400RPM hard drive versions.

Top Rated Comments

Skika Avatar
127 months ago
1TB ($220) and 2TB ($300)
You had one job LaCie. One job.

Also

using 5400rpm drives with Thunderbolt
for what purpose?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OtherJesus Avatar
127 months ago
So you want me to buy a product where the most expensive cable is permanently attached so in the event that the cable breaks, I have to replace the entire drive?

Also... Why in the world would I want a 5200rpm drive ever again?

Lolz no thanks.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unplugme71 Avatar
127 months ago
This product would be better:

- USB 3 attached cable
- No attached TB cable
- SSD or 7200RPM SATA

Why waste a TB port for a low speed performing device.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Crosscreek Avatar
127 months ago
That's just way too expensive.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Radiomarko Avatar
127 months ago
Been using these "...piece of crap" series of drives since they were launched for portable backup of broadcast TV files in some extreme environments.

Never ever been let down.

Don't knock it if you haven't got it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
576316 Avatar
127 months ago
Never liked LaCie hard drives. Massively over priced for what they are.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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