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LaCie Ships Thunderbolt 2 Portable Drive For 4K Video Editing

Cupertino, Calif. — Seagate Technologies has expanded its premium LaCie line of portable storage products for use with Apple computers with Thunderbolt ports. 3/12/2014 05:09:00 AM Eastern

Cupertino, Calif. — Seagate Technologies has expanded its premium LaCie line of portable storage products for use with Apple computers with Thunderbolt ports.

The new LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring two Thunderbolt 2 ports, delivers read/write speeds up to 1,375MBps and is being marketed specifically to professionals who edit 4K video in the field.

The portable drive has twin 500GB PCIe Gen 2 solid-state drives for 1TB of storage.

In addition, the two Thunderbolt ports allow daisy-chaining to another Little Big Disk. By connected both drives in parallel to any new Mac Pro series, computer transfer speeds can be pushed up to 2,600MBps, 10 times faster than any mobile USB 3.0 hard drive on the market, according to the company, making it possible, for example, to transfer 300GB of 4K video footage in less than three minutes, LaCie said.

Professional videographers can daisy-chain up to five LaCie Little Big Disks plus a 4K display, and connect them to a computer via a single cable, creating a truly portable plug-and-play 4K video editing environment that delivers scalable capacity, it added.

The Little Big Disk features two heat-dissipating aluminum plates in addition to a larger, thermo-regulated fan to improve the cooling function to accommodate the high-end SSDs. The fan only turns on when necessary, and when it does, produces nearly zero noise, the company said.

The Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2, is available in 1TB SSD capacity through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie resellers starting at a suggested $1,299.