Tera-bytes back

LaCie claims to be the first company to break the terabyte (TB) barrier in external hard drive capacity in the consumer market.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  January 19, 2004

LaCie claims to be the first company to break the terabyte (TB) barrier in external hard drive capacity in the consumer market. LACie has released the aptly named Bigger Disk, which has a huge 1 terabyte capacity. One terabyte is equal to 1,000GB. After formatting LaCie claims that the drive can contain up to one year and nine months of continuous music, one month of non-stop MPEG2 Video or three days of uncompressed DV video. LaCie bases this statement on assuming that a four minute song takes up 4MB of space and that one hour of MPEG2 compressed video takes up 1GB and that one hour of uncompressed DV video takes up 13GB. The drive is designed to be used by workgroups sharing large amounts of data, for backing up complete systems and audio and digital video use. "We are very excited to be able to offer a 1TB Bigger Disk that delivers high performance and ease-of-use" Olivier Mirloup, LaCie's senior product manager explains. "The Bigger Disk is the first plug and play device with 1TB of storage in a compact 5.25" desktop unit." The compact form factor means that the drive can be stored in rack, stack or daisy chain configurations. The unit comes with a variety of connection options including dual FireWire 800 ports, one FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports. The unit comes with all cables provided. The hard drives spin sat 7,200rpm and can boast a transfer rate up to 800Mbits/sec. The unit requires no drivers for setup is available now for a suggested retail price of $1,199.

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