LaCie have today announced the launch of an upgrade to it’s best-selling hard drive, the d2 which now includes USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity alongside the latest 4TB 7200rpm hard drives.

This allows users to work a lot faster with an increased capacity, speeds up to 180MB/s which is twice as fast as FireWire 800 and four times faster than USB 2.0, allowing you to transfer a 10GB file in less than a minute, all with 256-bit AES encryption.

The d2 works with Macs and Ultrabooks via the ThunderBolt port but if you have an older PC you can however use the device with a USB 2.0 connection, there’s also USB 3.0 connection.

The LaCie d2 also features an aluminum casing which provides 60% more surface area than flat designs and allows for advanced cooling without the need for a fan.

The new drives will be available in a 3TB or 4TB version, with prices starting at £259 or $299 (U.S.)

[spoiler show=”Show Press Release” hide=”Hide Press Release”]Today LaCie announced its best-selling hard drive, the d2, now features USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt™ connectivity together with the latest 4TB 7200rpm hard drives. The LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series enables professionals to complete their work faster with ample capacity for large files sizes. Plus, with universal connectivity projects are never derailed by incompatibility.”The LaCie d2 has been trusted by creative professionals for almost a decade, said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager, LaCie. “We’ve leveraged industry leading technology and supercharged the LaCie d2, so our customers can stick with their favorite hard drive while improving efficiency.”

SHOCKING SPEEDS

Get the fastest speeds available on Mac and PC thanks to the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports. The LaCie d2 performs at speeds up to 180MB/s, twice as fast as FireWire 800 and nearly four times faster than USB 2.0. These speeds allow the user to transfer a 10GB project in less than one minute, back up a computer in record time, easily edit video in demanding applications and browse through photo libraries without delay. Plus with 256-bit AES encryption the data is always secure.

UNIVERSAL CONNECTIVITY

The LaCie d2 offers seamless cross-platform compatibility in any work environment. With USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfaces, the LaCie d2 is an excellent option for new Mac or Ultrabook™ users. Backward compatibility with USB 2.0 means the user can connect the product to any standard computer. Both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt cables are included.

ADVANCED COOLING FOR LONG-TERM RELIABILITY

Since effective cooling is a critical factor in hard disk reliability, the LaCie d2 features a solid aluminum casing that provides 60 percent more surface area than flat designs, which diverts and dissipates heat more efficiently. Its innovative design means it stays cool without requiring a fan, making it perfect for noise-sensitive creative environments.

THUNDERBOLT TECHNOLOGY LEADER

As a leader in Thunderbolt technology, LaCie has brought to market the largest portfolio of Thunderbolt storage solutions. Additional offerings include the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series and LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. Find out more at www.lacie.com/thunderbolt.

AVAILABILITY

The LaCie d2, design by Neil Poulton, is available with a full back up software suite in 3TB and 4TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at £259.00. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

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