LaCie reveals toughest hard drive yet – the Rugged Mini

20 Jul 2011

Hard-drive maker LaCie has brought out what could be the toughest drive to crack yet. The Rugged Mini is 40pc smaller, rain resistant and can withstand one tonne of pressure.

Designed by industrial designer Neil Poulton, the new drive is surrounded by scratch-resistant aluminum casing and powered by LaCie Private-Public software with AES data encryption and password protection.

The Rugged Mini is completely bus powered and features the USB 3.0 interface – which helps it perform three times faster than USB 2.0. This hard drive can transfer one HD movie in less than three minutes, 1,000 MP3 music files in 42 seconds or 2,000 photos in about one minute.

Professionals and students alike can easily transport the drive in their bag for school or for an outdoor photo shoot, and be confident their files are safe and secure.

Video professionals will especially appreciate the Rugged Mini’s speed, with USB 3.0 and 7200 RPM model for on-site file transfer.

The Rugged Mini is backward compatible with USB 2.0. This means it will work with any computer or notebook that has a USB connection.

The device includes 10GB of Wuala secure online storage for one year.

The Rugged Mini will be available soon in 500 GB or 1TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Reseller+, starting at the suggested retail price of stg £89.90 (€102.36) including VAT.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years