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LaCie Expands SAFE Biometric Hard Drive Range With Enhanced Security Features and Desktop Editions


• Protect confidential data from unauthorized use
• New desktop edition offers up to 500GB secure storage
• Triple security: biometric access, drive lock and chain lock port
• Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive for PC and/or Mac

PORTLAND, OR (September 2006) – LaCie today announced it has expanded its range of LaCie SAFE Hard Drives to include a desktop edition with enhanced security features. LaCie now offers a full range of secure desktop and mobile hard drives with biometric access control designed to protect confidential data from unauthorized use. The new LaCie SAFE Hard Drive comes in capacities of 160GB, 320GB or 500GB with a universal Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for use on PC and/or Mac. Enhanced security features include an internal drive lock and an external port for attaching an optional chain lock.

“We’ve grown our SAFE range to accommodate the demand for larger capacity biometric hard drives for office or home use,” says Marie Renouard, LaCie Product Manager. “The LaCie SAFE Hard Drives offers three levels of security for your private files, whether you need to back up personal financial documents or protect intellectual property. You can rest easy knowing that your data will be kept private in the LaCie SAFE.”

In addition to biometric access control via a simple fingerprint swipe, LaCie SAFE Desktop & Mobile Hard Drives now come with internal firmware called “Drive Lock” that prevents data from being accessed if removed from the case and plugged in to another machine. Desktop editions also include a secure chain lock port for attaching the SAFE hard drive to a desk to prevent theft (chain available separately from LaCie).

The LaCie SAFE Hard Drive is ideal for guarding confidential information at work and shielding private files at home. Up to 10 fingerprints and up to five users can be registered with personal and customized access privileges such as full access to the drive (read/write) or read-only. Once registered, a simple finger swipe locks and unlocks the drive if users need to step away from their desk for a meeting or to run an errand.

Easy to set up and use, LaCie SAFE Hard Drive comes with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 for use with a PC and/or Mac. LaCie also offers a hardware-encrypted mobile edition for business travelers who need the highest level of security available.

• Protect confidential data from unauthorized use
• Capacities of 40-120GB (Mobile Edition), 160-500GB (Desktop Edition)
• Ideal for parental control and protecting intellectual property
• Biometric access means only registered users can lock or unlock the drive
• Internal drive lock prevents intruders from accessing data
• External chain lock port allows owners to attach to a desk (chain sold separately)
• Register and customize access for up to five users
• Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive for PC and/or Mac
• Easy to set up and use
• Comes with LaCie Backup Software for PC/Mac

LaCie SAFE Hard Drives are available for pre-order immediately via LaCie websites and widely available via LaCie’s specialized dealer network in August at the suggested retail prices below. Drives ship with LaCie 1-Click Backup Software for PC/Mac and full-featured LaCie SilverKeeper Backup Software for Mac OS X. For more information, visit

Desktop Editions
LaCie SAFE Hard Drive 160GB 7200rpm 8MB $179.99 USD
LaCie SAFE Hard Drive 320GB 7200rpm 16MB $219.99 USD
LaCie SAFE Hard Drive 500GB 7200rpm 16MB $369.99 USD

Mobile Editions
LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive 40GB 5400rpm $99.99 USD
LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive 80GB 5400rpm $169.99 USD
LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive 120GB 4200rpm $279.99 USD
LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption 80GB 5400rpm $219.99 USD
LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption 120GB 4200rpm $299.99 USD

About LaCie
LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday users easily manage their digital lives. Powerful technology combined with unique designs by the internationally acclaimed Philippe Starck, Neil Poulton, Porsche Design GmbH, Ora-ฯto and Karim Rashid make LaCie the world leader in storage innovation. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is now headquartered in North America, Europe and Asia and listed on the Paris Nouveau March้ (code 5431). For more information, visit

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1GB (gigabyte) = 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) bytes. 1TB (terabyte) = 1000GB. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (up to 5-10% less).


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