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LaCie Introduces New SAFE Mobile Hard Drives With Hardware Encryption and Biometric Control Access


* New hardware encryption with DES or Triple-DES modes
* Unlock the drive by fingerprint recognition
* Protect confidential files from unauthorized use
* Compact bus-powered Hi-Speed USB 2.0 hard drive*

November 14, 2005, Today LaCie introduces a new version of its revolutionary biometric access hard drive: SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption with new DES or Triple-DES hardware encryption in 40GB, 80GB and now largest 120GB capacity. The new encrypted model allows people to choose between different levels of security depending on their needs. LaCie SAFE with Encryption is ideal for transferring and carrying sensitive data without fear of misuse, unauthorized access or intellectual property theft if in the wrong hands.

Fingerprint authentication grants access to the drive. Compact SAFE drive casing is small enough to fit comfortably in a shirt pocket or bag. With advanced hardware encryption the highly portable LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption offers ultimate storage security for confidential files.

“We have incorporated the latest access control and encryption technologies and now offer two security level choices for addressing any professional or individual need for completely safe data storage,” says Marie Renouard, LaCie Product Manager. “SAFE is the best deterrent for snoops who try to access your private files whereas SAFE with Encryption is better for those who need absolute security for their data.”

LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption guarantees the highest-level protection for confidential files by employing hardware encryption in addition to biometric access technology. Data stored on the drive can be encoded in either DES (56-bits key) or Triple-DES (128-bits key) mode.** The encryption key depends on a 24-character pass phrase stored onboard making each drive unique and impossible to hack. Up to five different users can be registered with customized access privileges such as read/write or read-only.

Non-encrypted versions, called LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drives, are also available for people who simply need protection of their professional information at work, to safeguard files while on the road, and for parental control at home. These drives are accessed by fingerprint authentication but do not include hardware encryption.

LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drives with Encryption will be available immediately for pre-order via the LaCie Store at and through LaCie’s specialized dealer network in November 2005 at the suggested retail prices below. Drives are 4200rpm (120GB) or 5400rpm (40GB/80GB) with 8MB cache. For detailed product information, visit
40GB LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption SKU 300810 $219.99
80GB LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption SKU 300814 $269.99
120GB LaCie SAFE Mobile Hard Drive with Encryption SKU 300818 $399.99

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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* AC adapter-free for standard USB-equipped computers. Optional AC adapter is sold separately for non-powered USB hub or host adapter.

** DES (Data Encryption Standard) and Triple-DES are certified algorithms developed by the US NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).


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