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LaCie Ships Rugged eSATA Drive

New York
– LaCie has started shipping a ruggedized eSATA external hard drive, its first
featuring a power eSATA interface

Dubbed the Rugged, the drive is encased in a hardened, scratch-resistant
aluminum case. Other features are internal shock absorbers and a
shock-resistant rubber bumper.

The eSATA connection delivers 90MBps data-transfer speeds, and
the power eSATA connection allows the drive to be powered via whatever device to
which it is attached, LaCie said.

LaCie is also including a free year of 10GB online storage space
through Wuala.

The initial offering will have a 500GB capacity and a $159
suggested retail.