Feeds
88%

LaCie Little Big Disk 200GB

The portable hard drive for video pros?

High performance access to file storage

Exclusive Review When is a mobile hard drive not a mobile hard drive? When it's LaCie's Little Big Disk, it seems. While the product is certainly portable and - crucially for a mobile unit - doesn't need a separate mains power supply, anyone who's used one of LaCie's compact Pocket Drives will surely look at the chunky, metal-cased LBD and wonder if the company isn't a few platters short of a drive...

lacie little big disk 200gb

But there's method to this apparent madness, and the LBD is aptly named. Stand it on the bundled base plate and it's barely taller and longer than the Pocket Drives of old. It's more than twice as thick, however, and there's a good reason for the extra width: the LBD contains not one but two 2.5in, 7,200rpm hard disks to provide its 200GB storage capacity.

Connect the unit to a Mac or PC - there are a pair of Firewire 800 ports, one Firewire 400 connector and a singe USB 2.0 port for the purpose - and the LBD appears as a single unit. But the drive's circuitry "stripes" whatever you save on the LBD across both disks. It's an approach called RAID 0, and it's done for speed. Alas, there's no way to access both disks separately, so you can't set it up so that, say, one disk mirrors the other in case either fails. No, this is simply about increasing the capacity of mobile drives and making them fast.

LaCie is pitching the LBD's speed more than its portability. The designer aluminium case, which looks not unlike a heatsink, may look cool alongside a PowerBook G4, MacBook Pro or Power Mac G5, but it weighs no less than 650g. Having two drives to power means that only Firewire connections can provide enough juice to run the unit off the bus - so folk relying on its USB 2.0 connectivity, or who have a four-pin Firewire port spare, will still need to connect up the bundled mains adaptor.

Credit to LaCie, it has made the AC power block as small as possible - it's little bigger than a phone charger. It has also bundled a full set of Firewire 800, Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 cables.

The metal case, with its ribbed sides and a flat front broken only by a large, eye-like blue activity light, isn't unattractive in an industrial kind of way. And it looks much better than any number of portable drives that have been decked out in metallic grey plastic. I mentioned the LBD's particular co-ordination with pro-oriented Macs, and this is no co-incidence. The LBD will connect to a PC, but professional Mac users are LaCie's target audience.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades
Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks
AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'
The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style
Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.