LaCie Unveils Quadruple Interface 500GB Hard Drive With Shortcut Button

(CREATIVE COW – PORTLAND, OR — January 4, 2007) LaCie today unveiled the quadruple-interface d2 Quadra Hard Drive with new LaCie Shortcut Button and included EMC® backup software for Windows®/Mac OS®. This versatile storage solution is equipped with eSATA, FireWire 800/400 and USB 2.0 interfaces, as well as a new utility that allows users to back up files or launch any application by pushing the front blue button. The 500GB capacity is available today, with other capacities planned for spring.

“LaCie is very proud to introduce this comprehensive solution for professional users,” said Olivier Mirloup, LaCie Hard Disk Drive Business Unit Manager. “The d2 Quadra represents the cutting edge of high-performance storage, offering users the ability to connect to the fastest interface on their computer. You can set up two or more drives in a RAID 1 mirror for data redundancy and protection, or stripe them together in RAID 0 for even greater speed. EMC® backup software and the new LaCie Shortcut Button round out the solution, offering unique automation and data protection.”

Four interfaces in a single solution gives professionals the versatility needed to work in any environment. The next-generation eSATA or fast FireWire 800 interfaces offer ultra-fast data transfer rates for external disks. This makes the LaCie d2 Quadra especially convenient for video editors working in SD/HD or for quick individual workstation storage in a small business setting. Even faster data transfer rates and larger capacities can be achieved when two or more drives are used in a RAID.

• Four interfaces: eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0
• Up to 1.5Gbits interface bandwidth over eSATA
• LaCie Shortcut Button launches any application
• Bundled with EMC® backup software

People can utilize the LaCie Shortcut Button—the blue button in front of the drive–as a one-push backup or application-launching utility.* It can be configured to launch any document or application, or initiate included EMC® Retrospect® Express software that offers automated backups on the LaCie d2 Quadra.

LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drives feature the quintessential d2 design—a stylish, metallic housing crafted from sturdy aluminum alloy for portability and protection. It offers excellent heat dissipation with an ultra-quiet “smart” fan system to prolong performance and drive reliability. LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drives can stand vertically to save desktop space, be laid horizontally to stack multiple drives, or rack-mounted to fit into an audio/video setup. A 3-position switch allows for customized power management.

The LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drive 500GB is available immediately online and will be widely available through LaCie’s specialized dealer network later this month at the suggested retail price of $299. Drives ship with EMC® Retrospect® Express HD 2.0 for Windows®, Retrospect® Express 6.1 for Mac OS®, all interface cables, and a power supply. LaCie separately offers eSATA PCI cards. For more product information, visit

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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-Ïto 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 Marché (code 5431). For more information, visit