LaCie Intros Rugged USB 3.0 Drive

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New York - LaCie today revamped its Rugged family of portable hard drives with a model incorporating USB 3.0.

The 500GB LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 is now available for $149. USB 3.0 features data transfer speeds of 110MBps.

Since most computers are not USB 3.0-ready, LaCie is making available USB 3.0 PCI and PCI Express cards so consumers can upgrade their computers to handle this interface. The company has also created bundles containing these cards and the drive.

The drive is housed in a scratch-resistant aluminum case surrounded by a rubber bumper and internal shock absorbers capable of resisting falls from up to 2.2 meters, the company said.


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