LaCie Shrinks Rugged Hard Drive - Twice

LaCie Shrinks Rugged Hard Drive

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Paris - LaCie announced the latest addition to its line of award-winning Rugged hard drives, a downsized model called the LaCie Rugged Mini.

The Rugged Mini, designed by Scottish industrial designer Neil Poulton, is 40 percent smaller than

the original Rugged drive

, is rain-resistant and can withstand 1 ton of pressure.

It features a scratch-resistant aluminum casing and comes preloaded with LaCie's proprietary Private-Public software with AES data encryption and password protection.

The USB 3.0 drive clocks in at 7,200 rpm for fast data transfer -- less than three minutes for an HD movie, 1,000 MP3 music files in less than 45 seconds and 2,000 photos in about a minute, according to the company's testing. It is backward compatible with USB 2.0.

The included software suite is compatible with Mac and PC computers, allows custom backup scheduling and has an eco mode for power savings.

The Rugged Mini includes 10GB of

Wuala secure online storage

for one year.

The drive will be available this summer in 500GB or 1TB capacities starting at the suggested retail of $95.

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