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.