LaCie_Rugged Raid_Hero[CES 2015] While we have seen the softer side of LaCie with the LaCie Mirror portable hard drive, here is the other end of the spectrum with the announcement of the LaCie Rugged RAID hard drive which will boast double the speed and capacity of a standard mobile hard drive, without compromising on its durability and ruggedness. In fact, the LaCie Rugged RAID also happens to be the only product in its class that will boast of hardware RAID 0 and 1, allowing professionals to optimize the product for speed or data security depending on their workflow at the moment, letting it play nice on both Mac and PC platforms.

After all, when one is on a deadline, every single second would count. The LaCie Rugged will feature Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity alongside a couple of internal hard drives which have been preconfigured in hardware RAID 0 for sustained performance of up to 240 MB/s – in an optimal setting, of course. At this particular speed, users will be able to, theoretically speaking, transfer a whopping 64GB of content in under five minutes, not to mention begin to edit photos in the field with Adobe Lightroom. With the world working at a fast pace these days, such time savings would be key for field–based professionals who collect and move tons of data onto external storage.

The LaCie Rugged is not only tough, it boasts of 4TB of storage space in a compact footprint, which results in the equivalent of sixty 64GB memory cards. The LaCie Rugged will feature RAID 1 (mirrored mode), which happens to be where data is duplicated across the two drives. To provide you with additional peace of mind, the LaCie Rugged happens to be resistant to shock, dust and water, being tested to withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) and 1 ton of pressure. Not only that, it is IP 54–rated for superior resistance to dust and water splashing even when in operation.

The backup software suite and compatibility with Time Machine and Windows Backup makes it for a truly tempting purchase, where you can pick up the Neil Poulton-designed 4TB LaCie Rugged RAID for $449.99 as it arrives later this quarter. [Press Release]

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