Managing Editor, www.smallbusinesscomputing.com
LaCie announced two new Giga-capacity external hard drives that transmit data to computers at a sustained transfer rate of nearly 35MB/s. With the ability to provide a constant data stream, LaCie says that its 120GB 7200 rpm and 160GB 5400 rpm FireWire drives virtually eliminate the possibility of corrupt data or lost video frames
According to the company, its LaCie 120GB drives can store more than 30 hours of MPEG-2 video or 10 hours of uncompressed DV. The LaCie 160GB drive should store more than 300 hours of CD-quality audio. Both drives may be connected to the native FireWire ports that are standard with Macintosh G3, G4 and iMac DV systems as well as PCs incorporating Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
With latest-generation FireWire support, the drives are hot-pluggable. Users can plug a LaCie drive in, remove it or swap it with others without shutting down or rebooting the computer. The drive mounts automatically as soon as it is connected. There is no need for terminators, device IDs or elaborate setup.
Pricing and Availability
Available in February through LaCie authorized resellers and mail order partners, the suggested retail prices for LaCie's new FireWire hard drives are $399 for the 120GB 7200 drive and $449 for the 160GB 5400 rpm drive.