LaCie today announced the release of its 500GB Rugged Hard Disk.
The custom-designed external hard drive looks a bit like an inflatable raft. It’s encased in thick orange rubber bumpers on all four sides that help protect the hard disk mechanism from bumps and damage. The drive is enclosed in an aluminum chassis. Inside is a Hitachi TravelStar 5K500, a 2.5-inch internal hard disk drive.
LaCie offers the drive in two versions: USB 2.0 only or USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800. The drive derives its power from the data interface. It comes with LaCie’s “1-Click” backup software, as well as SilverKeeper diagnostic and formatting software.
LaCie’s press release indicated the triple-interface version of the drive costs $499 including GST.