LaCie readies rugged USB 3.0 HDD

Portable storage goes SuperSpeed

LaCie Rugged USB 3.0

External storage specialist LaCie has become the latest of its ilk to implement SuperSpeed USB 3.0 in a hard drive.

The 500GB LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 combines the new 5Gb/s bus standard with the French firm's existing rubber-clad 2.5in, 7200rpm hard drive.

LaCie Rugged USB 3.0

Alas, the limitations of 2.5in rotating magnetic media means that the Rugged has a top speed of 110MB/s - 880Mb/s - which LaCie stated was "three times" the speed you'll get out of an equivalent USB 2.0 device.

Since USB 3.0 cabling and connectors contain a parallel, separate USB 2.0 bus, the new drive is compatible with the older standard - handy if your laptop hasn't got a SuperSpeed port, or you lack a suitable adaptor.

The LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 will cost around £140 when it goes on sale shortly. ®

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