LaCie and Seagate Release Thunderbolt Capable External Drives

At CES this week, both LaCie and Seagate announced external hard drives capable of transmitting gigabits of data per second over Thunderbolt. LaCie’s offering, the 2big Thunderbolt, features built-in RAID for maximum speed, and can be linked with other 2big drives for expanded storage. The unit maxes out at a whopping 8 terabytes, which should be more than enough for your iMovie projects.

Seagate’s approach is slightly different: instead of creating dedicated Thunderbolt drives, they are releasing an adapter to convert their existing line-up of GoFlex drives to Thunderbolt. The attachment simply snaps onto the enclosure of any of the GoFlex drives (sold separately). The fact that no hard drives are included makes us question the hefty $99/$189 price tag, but nevertheless, it’s good to see that Thunderbolt is making its way to accessories.

[The Verge 1, 2]

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