A few companies have already unveiled their own 5TB drives, but it seems LaCie wants to beat them all, today announcing that it has started shipping what it says is the “industry’s first” 5TB external drive.

The drive will be available as part of LaCie’s Thunderbolt or Quadra ranges, allowing users to either use the drive differently according to their chosen desktop or laptop.

In the ThunderBolt series you will be able to pick up either the LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series standalone option, or the 2-bay/ 5-bay RAID offerings, which are dubbed the 2big and 5big, and can over an overall capacity of up to 25TB.

In the Quadra range, you get similar stats, but instead of the ThunderBolt port you get FireWire 800, a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port, available as the 2big Quadra with up to 10TB of space, or as a standalone version dubbed the d2 Quadra.

The drive will run at 7200rpm no matter which one you pick, and is now available from £269 for the 5TB d2 Quadra USB 3.0 and up to £819 for the 25TB 5big Thunderbolt version.

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