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LaCie's two terabyte Ethernet Big Disk. Courtesy of LaCie, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. LaCie offers two terabyte storage solution
(Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 16:21 EDT)

Perhaps not strictly a digital imaging announcement, but a new product launched today by LaCie may be of interest to photographers looking for a capacious backup drive for their images.

The company first unveiled its Ethernet Big Disk back in January with capacities of 640 gigabytes or one terabyte. Today, there's a doubling of this upper limit with the debut of a new two terabyte Ethernet Big Disk.

Shipping at a price of $1,099, the 2TB Big Disk sells at a premium given that MSRP pricing for the 1TB model was $499 (meaning you could expect to get two terabytes for a little under $1000). Still, if you need the capacity in a single unit - for space reasons, for example - pricing looks to be pretty competitive to other existing 2TB network-attached storage devices.

The LaCie 2TB Big Disk is available for preorder immediately, with shipping expected in mid-June.

Original Source Press Release:

LaCie Delivers 2TB Network Storage For Home and Small Office Use

Massive 2TB capacity in a single solution
Centrally store and share files over a network
Stream photos, music and videos
Full support for Windows, Mac OS and Linux

Today LaCie announced it has boosted capacity of its Ethernet Big Disk to a massive 2TB in a compact 2x7x11" solution. It's perfect for centrally storing and sharing files over a network between Windows®, Mac OS® and Linux machines. Or keep an easily searchable digital library of up to 2,000 movies, music or photos and stream to a TV or other media device. A quick and simple web user interface will have even novice users up and running in minutes on any wired or wireless network.

"The LaCie Ethernet Big Disk with new 2TB capacity is the largest network storage solution available for small office/home office customers," said Marie Renouard, LaCie Product Manager. "No other solution on the market offers such large capacity in a single, compact device for easily storing your personal digital library."

With its high-speed processor and optional jumbo frame support, the LaCie Ethernet Big Disk offers fast data transfer rates on the network. It can be used as a shared central repository over Ethernet or as a personal hard drive off-network over USB. The second USB port can be used to expand capacity over the network by connecting an additional hard drive.

When connected to a home network, the LaCie Ethernet Big Disk can stream multimedia content to UPnP™-compatible AV adapters. Families can then simultaneously listen to stored music and play movies on a networked theater system in the living room.* Simply turn on the MediaServer option during installation to automatically organize music, photos and video files for use with Apple® iTunes® or other media players.

The LaCie Ethernet Big Disk 2TB is available end of May at the suggested retail price of $1,099. The 1TB model is currently available via our specialized online and retail dealer network, or through LaCie direct. Disks ship with LaCie's IP Configurator and 1-Click Backup Software for Mac/Windows, as well as all cables needed for immediate use. Product details can be found at www.lacie.com.

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit www.lacie.com

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