LaCie unveils new hard drives, Blu-Ray, speakers

LaCie on Thursday announced six new peripherals for Macs and PCs, include new hard disk drive models and what LaCie describes as the first external Blu-ray drive for Macs and Windows that’s available worldwide.

The LaCie d2 Blu-ray Drive comes with Roxio’s Toast software and includes FireWire and USB 2.0 interfaces. The drive records, rewrites and reads 25GB and 50GB BD-R and BD-RE discs, as well as DVD-DL and CD-RW. One 50GB disc is included. The drive can be pre-ordered for $1,149.

The Quadra hard drive features USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and external serial ATA (eSATA) interfaces. It includes the LaCie “Shortcut” button which will automatically activate applications, documents or backup files when pressed. It’s bundled with EMC’s Retrospect Express backup software for both Mac and Windows. It costs $299 for a 500GB drive.

The d2 Safe Hard Drive uses biometric access (a fingerprint lock) for security. It comes in LaCie’s d2 triple interface chassis, with FireWire 800, 400 and USB 2.0, and supports 128-bit AES data encryption; it also uses a chain lock port. The drive can support up to 10 fingerprints; the fingerprint with lock or unlock the drive. LaCie’s 1-Click Backup software is included. The drive costs $299 for a 500GB model.

The Ethernet Disk mini and Ethernet Big Disk are both network storage disks designed for small office/home office use. They’re designed to provide networkable storage with access through FTP, HTTP and home wired or wireless connections. You can also use one of two USB ports for personal hard drive use instead. Also included is LaCie’s 1-Click Backup software. Prices range from $199 to $499 for capacities ranging from 250GB to 1 terabyte (TB).

The Ethernet Disk RAID is a RAID Level 5-based network storage drive that completes with system backup and recovery software for Windows, file sharing for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux clients, RAID 0, 1, 10 and 5+spare-based support, four hot-swappable SATA drives and other capabilities. The system comes equipped with two Gigabit Ethernet LAJ ports, can act as a DHCP server, and also features two USB 2.0 ports for adding additional storage.

LaCie’s FireWire Speakers require no AC adapter, and connect using a computer’s FireWire port. The built-in cable provides power, and the speakers use 8-watt minimum output. They’re available today for $79.

All of LaCie’s new products will debut at next week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in booth S2226.

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