TechLaCie Announce Rugged eSATA External Drive

LaCie Announce Rugged eSATA External Drive


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Yesterday LaCie announced the Rugged eSATA, which is the first mobile external hard drive on the market that features a Power eSATA interface.

If you would like to know if your computer is Power eSATA ready, click here.

eSATA 3Gb/s | USB 2.0


  • Make your hard drive eSATA bus-powered with the Power eSATA interface
  • eSATA lets you work faster; up to 90MB/s
  • Works with more than 120 million PCs
  • Rugged: ideal for protecting valuable data
  • Power eSATA cable included
  • Design by Neil Poulton

Rugged_USB_eSATA_box Rugged_USB-eSATA_Back The LaCie Rugged Hard Disk has both the universal USB 2.0 interface as well as the new Power eSATA interface, which, when connected to a Power eSATA port on your laptop, will allow your drive to be bus-powered. With the included USB power-sharing cable, it can also work with a standard eSATA port as well, making it incredibly compatible. Its unique varnished, scratch-protected aluminium shell and shock-resistant metal and rubber design with internal anti-shock bumpers make the LaCie Rugged Hard Disk especially resistant to harsh elements for extra protection wherever you go.


Capacity : 500 GB
Interface : USB 2.0, eSATA 3Gb/s
Rotational Speed (rpm) : 7200
Interface Transfer Rate : USB 2.0: up to 480Mbits/s; eSATA: up to 3Gbits/s
Data Transfer Rate : USB 2.0: up to 36MB/s; eSATA: up to 90MB/s
Seek Time (Read) : <15.5ms
Maximum Drop Height : 2.2 m / 86.6 in. in non-operating mode (dropping is not recommended in operating mode)
Software : LaCie Backup Assistant; LaCie Setup Assistant
Size : 90 x 145 x 25 mm / 3.5 x 5.7 x .9 in.
Weight : 239 g / 8.8 oz.
System Requirements : • Computer with an eSATA or USB 2.0 port
• High speed Internet for online storage
• Latest versions of Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7 / Mac OS X 10.5 or 10.6
• Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
Box Content : • LaCie Rugged Hard Disk
• USB 2.0 cable
• USB power-sharing cable
• Power eSATA cable
• Quick Install Guide
Warranty : 3-Year Limited Warranty

So if you want a top of the line rugged external hard drive, and you want to take advantage of the new Power eSATA capabilities, you might want to take a look at this little beauty.

This could make a great addition to your portable storage needs, and you could take you data with you wherever you go.

The rugged eSATA drive retails at £129.99 – expect a review soon.

Andrew Edney
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