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LaCie Releases 500GB Add On Drives

chrisd posted more than 11 years ago | from the big-big-disks dept.

Hardware 393

Glewtion writes "LaCie has release their "Big Disk" - a large capacity FireWire case (400 / 500GB) with decent specs. The only thing they're not clear on is the fact that there are two drives in the case...but that only seems logical. Looks like it's only available in Europe though, so here's a link to a French Hardware site's description of it (translation courtesy of Google). Pretty cool for a portable MP3 collection. Here's the LaCie page." What's not apparant is that this case has two drives in it apparantly. Very Slick.

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1st racist post (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816096)

Liquidate the rag heads

Matthew HAvener can suck it (-1)

Sir Bard (605512) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816098)

call (956) 972 0032 and EKrout is a troll mother fuckers

Re:Matthew HAvener can suck it (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816182)

That telephone number connected me to a man in Nigeria, who I talked to for 30 minutes. It was strange why he wanted to talk with me so badly, he kept on stalling to keep me on the phone. What's up with that?

So much porn.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816100)

and so few girlfriends.

Bah :(

got pr0n (-1, Troll)

notanatheist (581086) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816101)

might as well make the first porn joke. So there you go.

the first porn joke (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816128)

was that really the first porn joke? Like ever?

Re:the first porn joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816186)

was that even a joke?

mmm, French hardware (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816105)

oooh la la!

And, in case you didn't notice... (5, Funny)

srw (38421) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816106)

they're not clear about the fact there are two drives in the case!

Re:And, in case you didn't notice... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816131)

uhhh..why is this marked informative? did you not READ? mark if FUNNAY if you're going to mod it. jeez

Re:And, in case you didn't notice... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816175)

I marked it informative because I didn't know it had 2 hard drives in the case! Wouldn't you?

Re:And, in case you didn't notice... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816191)

shit! even posting AC undoes my moderation? damn, sorry :(

There are two drives in the case. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816136)

Are you sure? I didn't get that from the post.

And in case you didn't notice my cock in your ass (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816155)

allow me to repeat my thrust again

Wouldn't ya know? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816108)

That this is the first post!

Re:Wouldn't ya know? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816126)

Actually, you stupid fucker, it's not.

Redundancy... (5, Funny)

Radi-0-head (261712) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816114)

So is this disk as redundant as the editor's comments?

Re:Redundancy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816180)

No, it's as redundant as yours.

Re:Redundancy... (4, Funny)

glenebob (414078) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816268)

It may not be apparant, but apparantly so.

Mmmmm..... (1, Insightful)

Marxist Commentary (461279) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816116)

Pr0n...

Lots and lots o' pr0n...

Re: Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816289)

"When mods on crack attack"

In todays episode...

Redundant case notice is redundant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816119)

I wonder how many jokes can be made of this??

oh yeah lots of pron too

Coming to Australia soon (5, Informative)

Zeddicus_Z (214454) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816123)

We have one of these babies in the labs right now for review. According to LaCiE they'll be released in Australia (and I would assume, althought I may be wrong) and Asia/Pacific soon - probably for Xmas.

500 GB... (3, Interesting)

urbazewski (554143) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816124)

great --- I'll never have to delete another email.

annmariabell.com [annmariabell.com]

ATTN: COMEDY ALERT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816139)

not funny, no, not at all.. sorry sir.. emails are well.. no this is just unexplainibly not funny

dept. of redundancy dept. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816125)

"'The only thing they're not clear on is the fact that there are two drives in the case...' ...
What's not apparant (sic) is that this case has two drives in it apparantly (sic)."

Uh huh.

Eh. (1)

jonny-mt (631306) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816134)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Firewire/USB 2.0 are slower than standard ATA100, which is in turn slower than Serial ATA, which is the future of hard drive technology, and is expected to debut with drives of several hundred gigs in size, reaching a terabyte in about a year, year and a half. Hmm. Can you say "instantly obsolete"?

Re:Eh. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816169)

A year and a half is instant?? You must be a geology major.

you are wrong (2)

Slashdotess (605550) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816171)

firewire is 400 mb/s.. ata 100 is 100 mb/s (hence the 100)

Re:you are wrong (4, Informative)

Door-opening Fascist (534466) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816218)

Beware the difference between megaBITS and megaBYTES. mb is megaBIT and MB is megaBYTE. One byte is eight times larger than one bit, so it turns out IEEE 1384 is slower by a factor of two than ATA/100.

Also remember that this is interface bandwidth we're talking about. One fast 50MB/s drive is all that's needed to swamp an IEEE 1384 interface, whereas even ATA/100 can handle two of those suckers on a channel (ignoring master/slave issues).

Re:you are wrong (1)

bigsteve@dstc (140392) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816309)

Beware the difference between megaBITS and megaBYTES. mb is megaBIT and MB is megaBYTE. One byte is eight times larger than one bit ...

... unless you are talking about FAT bits.

Re:Eh. (1)

noewun (591275) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816181)

1) Firewire2 will be 100 MB/sec.

2) I have seen wayyyyyyy to many "this technology is the future" statements to ever trust one. Until it's actually out in the world and running, it's vaporware.

Re:Eh. (2)

A non moose cow (610391) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816217)

...and since max sustained data rate from most hard drives is about 40MB/s, unless you are using raid it does not really make that much difference how fast your drive bus is.

Please use spellcheck (1, Flamebait)

I Am The Owl (531076) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816138)

What's not apparant is that this case has two drives in it apparantly. Very Slick.

Apparently, you are unfamiliar with spellcheck. Come on, this isn't even a contextual error. There is no apparant in the English language. I pity the loosers who pay to read this crap.

Re:How much time (2)

Zebbers (134389) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816161)

people pay?

Re:Please use spellcheck (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816174)

I pity the loosers who pay to read this crap.

And you misspelled losers intentionally for irony, right?

If you have to ask... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816187)

(en/tee)

Re:Please use spellcheck (1)

paul248 (536459) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816188)

I sure hope your mispelling of "loosers" was intentional. (yes, my misspelling of "misspelling" was intetional)

Re:Please use spellcheck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816225)

But what about your spelling of intentional?

Re:Please use spellcheck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816273)

YBHT. YHL. HAND.

Re:Please use spellcheck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816238)

Was it as intentional as your misspelling of "intentional"?

Re:Please use spellcheck (1)

paul248 (536459) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816266)

atcually, yes it was.

Re:Please use spellcheck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816282)

YHBT. YLH. HAND.

Wow (1)

echorun (629954) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816140)

Wow, I remember when double density floppys were the greatest thing since sliced bread. First HD I bought was 10 megs I forget what insane price I paid for it too, now I keep that much on my keychain. Isn't tech grand? Can't wait for another 15 years when I'll have 500 gigs on my key chain.

Nah... (1, Troll)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816304)

In 15 years we'll all keep or data under the watchful eye of Big Broth^h^h^h^h^h TIA (the total information awareness program). Not only will our data be instantly accessible wherever we go, it'll also be constantly sifted through to weed out terrorists!

Am I the only one... (-1)

fuzzymonkey (601721) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816142)

who read that as "big dick"?

YES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816156)

YES YOU ARE

please do not mod this up as funny, because, sadly, it is not..

what's also apparent (3, Funny)

dzym (544085) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816144)

... is that the editor apparently cannot spell apparent. And not only did he apparently misspell it once, he apparently misspelt it twice.

Re:what's also apparent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816224)

Yeah, but no use crying over spelled milk.

The Only Thing They're Not Clear On... (0, Troll)

istartedi (132515) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816145)

...is that there are two slashdot mentionings of the two drives in the case in the article in case whoever reads the article about the two drives in the case doesn't understand that there are two drives in the case.

Portable mp3's? (5, Interesting)

neksys (87486) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816148)

Christ... by my rough calculations, you could hold 8,000-10,000 full albums on that sucker, if we assume that you have about 14 tracks on an album, with each track being about 4 megs. That's an ungodly amount of music - sometimes these little "comments" people add to their stories just irritate me. They seem to exist solely for the wannabe geek factor... I can almost see the submitter thinking, "Hey, what additional comments can I add that will *impress* people? I'm a geek too, right?"

Re:Portable mp3's? (1)

qbwiz (87077) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816215)

It'll only take 4 years to fill up with my dial-up modem! Only 1 year to listen to all the music! W00t! Too bad they'll probably have 5 TB drives out by then...

Re:Portable mp3's? (2, Interesting)

ottothecow (600101) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816242)

why can I only get this as firewire? I WANT ONE IN MY CASE

my mp3 server would love 500gb in a 5.25 drivebay, and that is plenty fast for playing mp3s. And if you need it faster and faster just raid-0 it and go.

I have never really be a fan of the external drive (what good is a 48x burner on USB 1)as a nice ribbon cable has always been faster than whatever I can plug into the back of my case (external scsi exempt) but firewire and firewire 2 are looking good. Personally I prefer them to USB2.0 but I hope that the competition makes them a standard not an obscurity.

Re:Portable mp3's? (2)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816267)

ITS TWO DRIVES!, its not a 500GB drive, its 2 250s. Thats still a lot of music, i've had a 20GB(18.6) archos jukebox for almost a year now and its still not full.

Re:Portable mp3's? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816286)

I doubt it'd take up just one bay. In case you didn't read the article, this is two drives mounted in an external case. And at $899, unless you're out of spare internal drive bays, you'd be better off just buying two or three 180GB IDE drives and RAIDing them.

Re:Portable mp3's? (3, Interesting)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816281)

I'm pretty sure the target for these isn't billy hardcores mp3 collection, or filthy mcnasties porn jamboree.

MP3s are small potatoes. Even the most 'hardcore' I've seen have no more than a few dozen cd-rs full. It's hardly the killer app for big storage.

These would be good in settings where one would need to archive big amounts of data, and still retain access to it in the short term. Maybe raw video footage, maybe great big uncompressed image files - blueprints or the like. I could think offhand I could use one of these to store all the ghost images of all the different workstations I would need to rebuild, and be able to carry it around.

You know, big stuff.

I guess someone could get one just to 'brag' about it.

Either way, it's 2 200+ gig drives in a raid array. It's not like it couldn't already be done. You can already buy a little box to convert your IDE drive to an external firewire. So put the two together, you have this.

Re:Portable mp3's? (2)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816303)

I'm pretty sure the target for these isn't billy hardcores mp3 collection, or filthy mcnasties porn jamboree

Hey! Don't insult Philty McNasty [philthymcnastys.com] ! He's a perfectly upstanding member of my community! I watch wrestling at his place all the time...

Re:Portable mp3's? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816291)

What? You mean you don't have 500GBs of mp3s?!? What a loser....

You, sir, should get off slashdot. This is news for nerds, after all.....

Personally, though, I'm finding this rather lacking....If only they came out with a 1TB version, I could get nearly everything on there! Oh well, I guess I'll have to use those bitrate strippers.

(Upon a second read, that also seems to describe my social life pretty well.... bit-rate strippers)

warranty? (4, Interesting)

halo8 (445515) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816153)

The French Translation Page says it has a 2 year warranty.. yet the Company page says 1..

Odd...

Re:warranty? (1)

kguilber (586327) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816177)

I always knew the french were up to something. Them and their funny words with extra letters.

Re:warranty? (1)

fenix down (206580) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816274)

I'm more worried about all the emoticons in the comment part of that review page. Exactly how many smoking smilies do you need? I guess it's important to differentiate between smoking cigarettes and bowling pins, but it's just a little distracting. Well, he seems to be enjoying his pin, so who am I to judge...

Re:warranty? (5, Funny)

sporty (27564) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816198)

Consider it a metric conversion error :)

Re:warranty? (2)

punkass (70637) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816261)

Don't joke...have you ever read about the cluser that is the Metric Calendar [zapatopi.net] ?

Re:warranty? (5, Funny)

!splut (512711) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816277)

French years are shorter. They felt the American year was killing off their French culture.

Offtopic: What happened to the Shatner interview? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816158)

Perhaps offtopic, but nevertheless important since there isn't a "Slashdot" discussion topic under which to post this. (Perhaps there should be, but I can't imagine Slashdot ever taking the feedback of their posters seriously). Nevertheless:

Two and-a-half weeks ago, William Shatner 'volunteered himself to be strapped into the Slashdot Interviewee Victim Chair' [slashdot.org] .

Where are his responses? If there was no response, why not?

MOD PARENT AS OFFTOPIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816173)

nevertheless redundant.

MOD PARENT AS FUNNY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816294)

if you're on crack.

it had to happen (5, Funny)

newsdee (629448) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816159)

Earlier today I bought a 80gb usb2 drive.
I knew computers are obsolete as soon as you leave the store, but this is ridiculous. :-)

Finally! (5, Funny)

TiMac (621390) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816162)

SWEET! Now according to the "expert" here [connectedhomemag.com] I'll have enough HD space on my Mac for a whole 50 minutes of video!

Dumbass...

Re:Finally! (3, Informative)

TiMac (621390) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816197)

Dammit...Shoulda hit Preview...

"a whole 50 HOURS" of video.

Re:Finally! (1)

Alexei (548402) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816214)

Re. your first comment: it's 50 hours.

Re:Finally! (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816298)

Uncompressed avi can run like 3 gb a minute, still a ways off though.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816165)

The Big Disk releases you

Re:IN SOVIET RUSSIA (0, Offtopic)

kguilber (586327) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816209)

thanks, Yakov.

Why not set up a RAID in a box? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816166)

This would be slick if it could be configured as a RAID system. 250 MB in one box with its own backup.

Re:Why not set up a RAID in a box? (3, Funny)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816202)

Just in case you drop it in a lake or something, or the building burns down. Good idea!

Tim

Re:Why not set up a RAID in a box? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816212)

Yeah that 250MB RAID would rule!

Talk about alot of space... (3, Insightful)

spoons67 (621984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816172)

But one question. Though its been made terribly obvious to us that it's two drives, does it appear as two drives to your computer? If so, how does it manage that?

Re:Talk about alot of space... (1)

TiMac (621390) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816210)

Only if it were a RAID I guess...moderator....might want to mod this up! Insightful, Interesting...something.

According to the french site (2, Informative)

Slashdotess (605550) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816213)

According to the French site you can configure them to work in RAID-0 or 1 so I'd assume the computer would see them as one drive from the onboard RAID controller, otherwise a software controlled RAID wouldn't sustain 400 Mb/s, as they claim.

Re:Talk about alot of space... (2)

Door-opening Fascist (534466) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816228)

I'm guessing some form of RAID is used. Either striping or JBOD would make sense here, although they'd better be damn certain the drives don't fail, as either of them leaves you SOL if a drive fails and you haven't been backing up.

Re:Talk about alot of space... (2)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816300)

I'd like to know if the drives show up as 1 or 2 drives. Also can you raid firewire drives? How about booting off firewire? :)

Apparently you can't spell 'apparantly' (0)

payote (621854) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816178)

Spell check. please.

19.6% Sales tax?!?!?! (0, Offtopic)

Mafiew (620133) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816183)

I thought living in california was bad!

Re:19.6% Sales tax?!?!?! (0, Offtopic)

snowtigger (204757) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816305)

And Sweden has 25% sales tax !

Who can do better ?

And the site says.... (3, Informative)

imag0 (605684) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816190)

...Out of standard, considering each one of these storage units integrates two hard disks and a bridge FW/RAID, it is possible to configure them in RAID 1 (Mirroring) or RAID 0 (Stripping).

And the answer, dear asshat, is yes

If only my TiVo had Firewire.... (4, Interesting)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816192)

If only the TiVo had a Firewire interface....

Imagine getting 2 of these drives - 1TB on your TiVo.

Of course, I'd want a faster processor, or parsing the "Now Showing" list would take forever!

Me no need spellchekr!?!! (2, Funny)

mondoterrifico (317567) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816194)

"What's not apparant is that this case has two drives in it apparantly. Very Slick."

Me passed grade 4. Me can speel grate! Me want job!

Slashdot editors...continuing the assualt on all things grammatical!

Awesome!!! (-1)

NakedShavedPussyGuy (628948) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816205)

Imagine how many pictures of naked shaved pussies [virtually.net] I could store on there!

Re:Awesome!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816236)

Please put a real pussy on there! I feel cheated. :(

When compressed via divix... (4, Interesting)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816211)

Most people don't have enough movies to fill two of these things. With a couple of these, a Dazzel Holywood DV converter, and a DVD burner, you could easily go into business converting Home videos to DVDs for people.

Whether you could make any money at it would depend upon what type of home videos they brought in, and what you got them to agree to let you do with the stuff...

-Rusty

I love the translations (3, Funny)

core plexus (599119) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816226)

"The case is out of aluminium and ZAMAC, a supposed alloy..." Hmmm, not sure what it is? A "supposed alloy".

"...and can pile up horizontally on other of the same peripherals models..." Hey! Get off my other of the same peripherals models!

"Sympathetic, the new system of comment, Ca will avoid the comment of twisted which spends their time insulting:p" Sounds like my voice recognition software is glitching up again. And many more.

I thought 1TB/$5,000 was cool .... (4, Insightful)

timothy (36799) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816231)

This was a neat story, IMO:
("The Amazing $5k Terabyte Array" [slashdot.org] )

That's not too long ago.

Now, for the same money, you can get twice the storage (4 of these), *and* a decent (though not high-end) laptop; you can fit your 2TB array and associated computer into a briefcase.

That's a lot.

timothy

Shitty grammar and can't read, apparently (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4816235)

Aparently, the poster can't read the fucking page because it says worldwide availability, apparently. slick, apparently. Stupid, lazy fuck.

big enough? (2)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816245)

Hmmm, I wonder if I could fit the internet on it...

Well, if not that, at least the whole red light district of it </sarcasm>

NAS (2)

simpl3x (238301) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816248)

in addition to drives like this, Lacie intends to have a NAS storage head or unit in the future (http://www.lacie.com/technologies/technology.cfm? id=F8B7B736-7F7A-11D6-98090090278D3ED0). their AIT2 is also pretty nifty!

quote (1)

erikdotla (609033) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816250)

"Sympathetic, the new system of comment, Ca will avoid the comment of twisted which spends their time insulting:p "

Easily the best post to a message forum anywhere on the Internet.

Ha-ha! This proves it, (1, Redundant)

haukex (229058) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816269)


chrisd works for the Department of Redundancy Department!

And just twice as likely to fail! (2)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816288)

Actualy I have two drives tied together with windows spanning (220gigs), but I hope its a temporary solution. In the future I definetly plan on having at least some redundancy involved, probably the one where you take 3 drives and the 3rd stores the XOR of the other two.

That's a lot of MP3s (5, Informative)

not_cub (133206) | more than 11 years ago | (#4816302)

Pretty cool for a portable MP3 collection.

500GB = 4194304000Kbits
= 16384000 secs @ 256kbps
= 3792.6 72min albums @ 256kbps
= $20,000 worth of CDs, assuming you can find them at $5 each.

Not to mention the fact that that's half a year of music. So pretty cool for a radio station on a mission never to play a top 40 hit ever again maybe?

I would like to nominate "Pretty cool for a portable MP3 collection" as the most fatuous comment on slashdot now that "Imagine a beowulf cluster of these" is dead.

not_cub

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