LaCie's latest Rugged hard drive packs Thunderbolt and USB 3.0

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LaCie's new Rugged hard drive can survive falls up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) and provide ...

LaCie's new Rugged hard drive can survive falls up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) and provide quick transfer rates through Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. View gallery (7 images)

LaCie has revealed a new addition to its Rugged line of external hard drives that features a Thunderbolt connection in addition to USB 3.0. With these connections on an SSD and a sturdy design, LaCie's Rugged USB 3 is designed to survive almost anything you might put it through during a busy day and still provide record-breaking transfer speeds.

The most prominent feature of LaCie's new drive is the shock-resistant case that's built to military grade standards. An outer aluminum shell and rubber sleeve protect it from scratches, rain, dust, and even being run over with a car, while several internal bumpers keep it in place for much stronger shocks. LaCie says that the Rugged USB 3 can survive drops up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) and aside from physical protection, security software using an AES 256-bit encryption is included to make sure any stored info is safe.

A sturdy design is certainly important for an external drive, but the Rugged USB 3 also adds lightning-fast transfer speeds over a USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt connection. The SSD version can reach transfer rates up to 380MB/s through either connection, making it the fastest bus-powered drive on the market. The HDD version isn't quite that fast, but can still muster a respectable 110MB/s. Since USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, it can also link to any computer with a standard USB connection.

The bus-powered Rugged USB 3 is available as a 1TB HDD (US$250), 120GB SSD ($200), or 256GB SSD ($350).

Source: LaCie

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