LaCie keeps on stepping up their game when it comes to high-end portable hard drives – their newest, the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, keeps up with the demands of media professionals, by allowing for 4k video editing from the set – no heavy-duty hardware required.
A lot of that is due to Thunderbolt 2 technology, which means you’ll probably be using the 1 TB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 with a Mac Pro or a MacBook Pro. That will allow you to stream content to your computer at up to 1,375 MB/s – that’s over 1 GB per second, so take a moment to let that sink in. The potential max write speed is 20 GB/s, so you might want to let that sink in, too. All of that speed makes it possible to not just edit RAW 4k files, but edit them while simultaneously playing them on another screen.
Inside, there are two 500 GB PCIe RAID 0 solid state drives, which require much less energy to cool – they don’t need the fan as much, and the fan itself is quiet and only kicks in once the drives reach a certain temperature. All of that is housed in a small, light aluminum frame that weighs 1.4 pounds and fits into pretty much any kind of bag you might be carrying around with you. That fits in nicely with what’s really the whole point of the Little Big Disk – an ultra-powerful external hard drive that can be conveniently used in the field to edit heavy-duty media.
You’ll be able to use the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 in tandem with up to five other devices by daisy chaining them together with Thunderbolt cables. That includes other Thunderbolt drives (including first-generation Thunderbolt drives), computers with Thunderbolt ports, and monitors. The Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 is available now from LaCie for $1,300.