Yesterday, hard drive manufacturer LaCie released its updated version of the LaCie D2 external hard drive. The update means the drive now supports USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity, enabling transfer speeds of up to 180MB/s. The improved transfer speeds makes the LaCie D2 two times faster than FireWire connectivity and almost four times faster than the previous USB standard, USB 2.0. The hard drive is available in 3TB and 4TB variants, with the 3TB version retailing for $299, and the larger 4TB drive for $399.
The drive inside is a 7200RPM hard disk with 32MB cache with support for 256-bit software encryption, and is also compatible with Kensington Lock. The drive is passively cooled via the aluminium enclosure and heat sink combination. The drive also comes bundled with the LaCie Desktop Manager, which manages encryption, shortcut configuration, and email alerts through one piece of software.