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LaCie Revamps Biggest FW800 RAID With Faster Performance and New Design


• Safely store up to 2TB with secure RAID
• Faster performance with internal SATA disks
• Hot-swap and hot-spare options
• New sleek design with lockable drawers

PORTLAND, OR (November 2006) – LaCie today announced increased performance of its Biggest FW800 RAID subsystem with hardware RAID controller. The FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 dual interface RAID now comes with internal SATA drives for faster performance, and a sleek new silver design with lockable hard disk drawers to prevent accidental removal or damage. LaCie Biggest FW800 for Windows®/Mac OS® X is also equipped with the same great features as before including choice of four RAID levels (0, 0+1, 5, 5+spare), the ability to hot-swap drives, automatic drive rebuilding, and a bright LCD panel to monitor operation status. It’s available in 1TB or 2TB capacities.

“LaCie believes RAID technology is the best way to safely back up large amounts of data,” said Emanuela Boila, LaCie Product Manager. “Our goal is to simplify this complex technology so anyone can reap the benefits without hassle. The improved Biggest FW800 is at the higher-end of that scale, with the target market being IT managers who need to back up email, web servers or imaging systems, whereas solutions like the LaCie Two Big are intended for the mass consumer market.”

LaCie Biggest FW800 offers optimal processing potential by harnessing the power of four disks in one compact tower without the need to install drivers. LaCie Biggest FW800 comes with four SATA disks at 250GB each for the 1TB model, or 500GB each for the 2TB model. LaCie makes it simple to adjust the RAID level setting via switches located on the back. A hardware controller is built in, whereby freeing up the computer’s CPU and memory for other use. Spare drawers can be purchased from LaCie for easy disk replacement.

For additional protection, LaCie Biggest FW800 will automatically react to a drive, fan or power failure and even shut down above a temperature of 55°C to preserve itself and the data. For those using RAID 0+1, 5 or 5+spare, LaCie Biggest FW800 allows for online hot swapping should a drive fail, with automatic data rebuilding to a new drive without downtime. The bright LCD panel shows operation status at all times.

LaCie Biggest FW800 is available immediately from LaCie direct and widely available via LaCie’s specialized dealer network later this month. Suggested retail price is $1299 for the 1TB model, and $1699 for the 2TB model. Disks ship with two keys for the lockable hard disk drawers, and all cables needed for immediate use (FireWire 800, FireWire 400-to-800, USB 2.0). For more product information, visit

About LaCie
LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. Powerful technology combined with unique designs by the internationally acclaimed Philippe Starck, Neil Poulton and Porsche Design GmbH 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 Marché (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 10-15% less). Available storage capacity also depends on the RAID level: RAID 0 = 100%, RAID 0+1 = 50%, RAID 5 = 75%, and RAID 5+spare = 50%.


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