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When Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro line over the summer, it became the first notebook maker to include Intel's new Light Peak transfer technology, otherwise known as Thunderbolt. Too bad there were no peripherals to take advantage of its 190 MBps theoretical throughput. LaCie's Little Big Disk, an external hard drive, is the first accessory that uses the Thunderbolt port, but is this $399 device--$899 as configured with dual SSDs--really worth its high price?Designed by Neil Poulton, the all-aluminum casing of the Little Big Disk feels like it can take a serious beating. Its minimalist look matches up well with the latest MacsBook Pros and MacBook Airs; the only splash of color is a big blue power button that lights up when data is being transferred. While the drive has a small fan, ridges in the exterior of the case also act as a passive cooling system. On the back of the drive are two Thunderbolt ports, a Kensington Lock slot, and a port for power--the Little Big Disk needs to be plugged in to work.Measuring 5.5 x 3.3 x 1.6 inches and weighing 1.4 pounds, the Little Big Disk feels like a brick. This is not a peripheral you'll want to travel with much.
The LaCie Little Big Disk SSD is the second Thunderbolt-based storage device we've worked with and it's quite different from the first one, the Promise Pegasus R6. If the Pegasus is considered huge, heavy, and offers a ton of storage space, the SSD-based LaCie is tiny and comes with just 240GB of capacity. (There are also hard-drive-based versions of the drive that offer up to 1TB of storage--still much less than that of the Pegasus.) The LaCie shares something with the Pegasus, however, by supporting only the Thunderbolt connection and offering superfast data transfer speeds. While not as fast as the Pegasus in our testing, it's still significantly faster than any other storage devices of similar configuration, and even faster than some internal solid-state drives. On the downside, the drive doesn't have any built-in support for USB, FireWire or eSATA. It's also really expensive at around $900 and is a little noisy. Still, if you're looking for a superfast portable and rugged storage device and have a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac, there's no better choice than the LaCie Little Big Disk SSD. On the other hand, if you also need as much storage space as possible, then also check out Promise's Pegasus R6.
LaCie's Little Big Disk is the Thunderbolt drive your MacBook Pro has been waiting for. It's a fact of life that, while it's rarely cheap to be an early adopter, you do get to have the best toys: a nearly palm-sized twin SSD external drive that looks like a friendlier HAL 9000 and promises previously unseen levels of data transfer speed. Problem is, that speed comes with a $899 price tag; can the Little Big Disk make a Big Strong Case for all that cash? Read on for the full SlashGear review. LaCie's design language hasn't changed much over the years: looks-wise, the Little Big Disk is basically a squatter version of the Ethernet Disk NAS we reviewed back in 2007. That's no bad thing when you're talking about sturdy aluminum and a big blue LED, however, and at 5.5 x 3.3 x 1.6 inches it has a reasonably small footprint on your desk (LaCie includes a detachable stand, though it's capable of standing on its own without it). At 1.4 pounds, however, it's not light, and the wall-wart PSU is comparatively bulky, so those planning to travel with the Little Big Disk should expect some heft in their bag. Physical controls are limited to the blue LED “eye” which doubles as a power button: hold it down for a few seconds and the drive shuts down.