LaCie d2 External Hard Drives Upgraded With Thunderbolt 2, SSD Option

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LaCie today updated its d2 desktop storage hard drives, adding an aluminum unibody, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an optional SSD upgrade. Designed to be a companion device to the Mac Pro, the d2 is aimed at audio/video/photography professionals.

The default d2 comes equipped with a 7200 RPM Seagate hard disk (up to 6TB) that's able to reach speeds of 220MB/s, but it can be boosted with an optional LaCie d2 SSD upgrade, which increases speeds up to 1150MB/s and adds 128GB of PCIe storage. The SSD upgrade is an additional purchase, and snaps right into the back of the d2's removable rear panel.

Two separate drives mount on the computer – one for the SSD and one for the hard disk. Use the SSD for bandwidth-intensive tasks, such as fast file transfers, audio mixing, video editing, or OS booting, and the hard disk for file archiving. No other solution offers this level of performance and capacity in such a compact footprint.

According to LaCie, the d2's new aluminum unibody is designed to draw heat away from the hard disk, and a cushioned base and disk mounts are aimed at reducing vibration. In addition to two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the hard drive also has a USB 3 port and can daisy chain up to six devices.

The LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 will be available in September from both Apple and LaCie.com. Prices will start at $299 for 3 TB, going up to $399 and $499 for 4 and 6 TB capacities, respectively. The d2 SSD upgrade will be available in October, and is priced at $299. LaCie is also offering USB 3.0-only versions of the d2, which will also be available in October.

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80 months ago

crazy amounts of money can be made with people who don't know how to place a harddisk in an enclosure.


Its Thunderbolt 2 that costs.
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80 months ago

Whoaaa!
I thought that SSDs maxed out at around 700MB/s.
What am I missing here?


Any of Apple's PCIE based SSD's start at about 800MB/s and their Mac Pro's score 1200MB/s. What you are missing is any review of PCIE based SSD's in the last year+....
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80 months ago
crazy amounts of money can be made with people who don't know how to place a harddisk in an enclosure.
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80 months ago
Seems to be begging to be made into a fusion drive:
http://www.macworld.com/article/2014011/how-to-make-your-own-fusion-drive.html
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80 months ago

crazy amounts of money can be made with people who don't know how to place a harddisk in an enclosure.


Don't Thunderbolt enclosures run around $150-250 by themselves (granted for 2-bay models)? If so $50-150 for the 3TB drive seems reasonable.

Where are you finding Thunderbolt enclosures cheap enough to get that and a 3TB drive for less than $299? I'd love to pick one up myself! (Of course, if the thing is so cheap because it has a loud fan and still heats up so much drives last only six months in it, no deal ... seen those kinds of enclosures before)
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80 months ago

crazy amounts of money can be made with people who don't know how to place a harddisk in an enclosure.


That's actually pretty reasonable, when you consider Seagate's single drive solution requires you to buy the external drive ($100-150) and then spend $150 for the Thunderbolt "dock" for the drive AND it doesn't allow you to use an SSD to add additional speed. Oh yeah and it's a plastic enclosure which is not nearly as good as an aluminum enclosure (or one with active cooling).

Is it cheap? no. But it isn't like early TB drives that cost 500+
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