The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series hard drives feature a preconfigured RAID0 striped set with SSDs through the 10 Gbit/s Thunderbolt interface, enabling them to deliver astonishing transfer rates. SATA III SSDs deliver 35% more speed than the previous generation, achieving rates up to 635 MB/s*. So you can acquire, edit, and play back multiple uncompressed A/V streams directly from the drive with ultimate ease and portability
You can even daisy chain multiple LaCie Little Big Disks together to increase overall transfer rates. The more drives in the chain, the higher the performance. Daisy chain two LaCie Little Big Disks to maximize Thunderbolt interface capabilities and reach transfer rates of around 800 MB/s.
RAID for speed or security
Use Disk Utility on your Mac OS to configure the LaCie Little Big Disk into a RAID array that suits your needs. It's possible to set it up as a mirrored RAID set (RAID 1), which provides data protection if one disk fails. Alternatively, configure it as a striped RAID set (RAID 0) to maximize speed and capacity for large file storage and fast transfers.
Beyond performance, Thunderbolt technology is the most flexible interface ever created. Each cable provides two channels with 10 Gb/s bandwidth for both uplink and downlink. This means that you can push and pull video and data both ways without compromising bandwidth. As a result, you can better streamline your life at home and in the office. Simplify connections between your A/V devices and computer peripherals by daisy chaining them all together so you only need a single port on your MacBook. It's even backward compatible with Mini DisplayPort .
The LaCie Little Big Disk is a portable powerhouse that fits in the palm of your hand. It features its own cooling system and can be connected to displays and MacBooks. So it's great for presenting work such as digital photo libraries to clients. Away from the studio, videographers can simply download footage directly from a compatible camera and start the editing process in the field. The SSD version will be popular with post-production teams thanks to its support for multiple uncompressed video streams and multichannel audio.
Aluminum reliability and security
Designed by Neil Poulton, the case's resilient aluminum armor protects the data inside whether the Little Big Disk is in the field or in transit. Its unique heat sink design provides 60% more surface area, which draws heat away from the internal components, keeping it cool and safe at all times. Plus the front power button allows you to turn off the Little Big Disk and save energy without breaking a daisy chain.
- SATA III SSD speeds up to 635 MB/s
- Perfect for creative pros on the go
- Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining
- Time Machine compatible
- Thunderbolt cable included
- Compact design easily goes anywhere
- Sturdy aluminum design with built-in cooling system
Did you notice?HFS+ formatting and included Thunderbolt cable let you immediately start using the drive with your Mac.
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What's in the Box?
- LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series hard drive
- Thunderbolt cable
- Drive stand for upright use
- External Power Supply
- CD with user manual and quick install guide
- Other Features: Kensington Port,RAID Support,Time Machine Compatible
- Connections: Thunderbolt
- Power Source: External power supply
- Height: 3.3 in./8.38 cm
- Width: 5.5 in./13.97 cm
- Weight: 1.4 lb./0.64 kg
- Length: 1.6 in./4.06 cm
- OS X 10.5 or later
- Thunderbolt port
- Mfr. Part Number: 9000321
- UPC or EAN No.: 093053005412
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: Three-year limited (For details, please visit http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10549)
- *These transfer rates were achieved using AJA System Test with a 512GB SSD Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series when connected to a 17-inch MacBook Pro 2.2Ghz Quad Core and 4GB RAM with 32k block size.
Ratings & Reviews
I have one of these set to Raid 0, so it's amazingly fast. I do a lot of video ingest work – basically copying files from digital I have one of these set to Raid 0, so it's amazingly fast. I do a lot of video ingest work – basically copying files from digital cameras and loading them into Final Cut, pre-rendering and then compressing. This handles the data flow properly and I can run off backups in no time flat! …
- Written by Jacey L
25 of 27 people found this useful
Fast but loud
I am always surprised by what others consider "Quiet." I'd suggest that for Mac-centric products, quiet is nearly silent.
This I am always surprised by what others consider "Quiet." I'd suggest that for Mac-centric products, quiet is nearly silent.
This unit is fast - ultra fast - and a great purchase for video editing or sample libraries for music production; but it has a fan, and it's loud. You'd think the fins on the enclosure would be enough to the cool the SSD drives, but apparently not - it emits a loud, constant whirring thanks to the teeny fan that they shoved in this thing.
I'm reviewing it in this manner just in case anyone is interested but expects it to sit in a quiet studio. I'm disappointed. …
- Written by Petros K from Montreal
22 of 24 people found this useful
Fast and quiet
This thing is so fast! It's exactly what I needed for my video work. I was looking for something that can handle proper HD streams This thing is so fast! It's exactly what I needed for my video work. I was looking for something that can handle proper HD streams and play back multiple effects layers, and this is perfect. It's got a bunch of my video and effects files on it and I've not had any issues with it. …
- Written by Zuri C
16 of 18 people found this useful
Incredibly fast but loud.
I didn’t realize how many tasks are related to the agility of your hard drive and not to the speed of your processor or RAM, etc. I didn’t realize how many tasks are related to the agility of your hard drive and not to the speed of your processor or RAM, etc. I bought this drive as an alternative to the sticky business of replacing the internal HDD on my 2011 iMac. You can boot from this SSD, which is a great feature. Booting, opening programs, saving and transferring files are all now ridiculously fast. Just amazing.
The drive does however emit a high-pitched turbine noise whenever it is powered up. It was distracting to my wife who was in the other room so put it in yet another room. The design of the case may not be well considered for this dual 256GB drive configuration. Could employing larger, slower spinning fans, with a more natural, vernacular style cooling like other Apple products let these inherently silent hard drives stay silent? Considering the candidate for this drive is likely someone in video or music, the noise factor seems like a large oversight on part of the designers. …
- Written by Brett B from Toronto
Fast and well designed
I bought this drive to have fast access to my video library with my iMac. I primarily use Final Cut Pro for video editing. This dr I bought this drive to have fast access to my video library with my iMac. I primarily use Final Cut Pro for video editing. This drive has been a big boost to my work. It does exactly what it says and even looks perfectly at home amongst my Apple setup. …
- Written by Donald L
3 of 3 people found this useful
Speed is well worth it
I have an iMac from late 2012 and I purchased this as the bootable drive. And startup time on my iMac went from 1 minute 20 second I have an iMac from late 2012 and I purchased this as the bootable drive. And startup time on my iMac went from 1 minute 20 seconds to 26 seconds. This machine is so fast now. …
- Written by Kathleen W from Canton
6 of 6 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is the power source for the LaCie 1Tb Sata iiiSSD compatible for use in Australia?
- Asked by Christina H from Kanimbla
- Feb 27, 2013
Yes. Universal power adapter is included with the drive, plus various outlet adapters for worldwide Yes. Universal power adapter is included with the drive, plus various outlet adapters for worldwide use. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
- Mar 27, 2013
No answers yet
can you replace the hard dive on the new laCie 1tb salta 111 ssd thunderbolt little big disk hard drive.
- Asked by James S from Beverly
- Nov 5, 2012
There is no HDD inside this product. For this product there are 2 500GB SSD devices inside, and the There is no HDD inside this product. For this product there are 2 500GB SSD devices inside, and the Apple Disk Utility formats these devices to act as one large 1TB drive in a RAID-0 configuration.
Perhaps you are thinking of the other 1TB or 2TB HDD configurations of this product which are also available at the Apple Store. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
- Jan 19, 2013
Alexander thanks for your reply.
Funny but I did decide on the Mercury Helios/Accelsior and it is Alexander thanks for your reply.
Funny but I did decide on the Mercury Helios/Accelsior and it is very fast. It's not as fast as I was imagining (for $800) and I think that has to do with latency with Thunderbolt as I think you were suggesting- sustained reads and rights get a blazing 700 mbps so yes the target case is someone who has to do fast transfers and this is certainly blazing for that.
So that's 10 times faster than the stock HDD which gets in the 60s but Application loading and booting are definitely not 10 times faster but probably closer to 4 times faster (time to login screen went from one minute to fifteen seconds). I do agree now that the internal one would likely be faster but still it's a $1300 option.
The Mercury Helios is noisy...not super noisy by any means (I would have said really quiet before I owned my iMac) but when you're talking about an addition to a whisper quiet iMac it may be a concern. I got a 2 m thunderbolt cable so I may see about putting it a bit away off my desk. I'm also going to look into replacing the stock Helios fan with a super quiet fan. …
- Answered by Anthony T from Cary
- Feb 25, 2013