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Lacie External Hard Drives
Make sure you never lose your files by regularly backing up your work and personal computers onto LaCie external hard drives. This brand makes high-capacity portable and desktop external storage devices. They range from sleek drives with stylish enclosures to those with rugged casings to units housing multiple hard drives that can double as NAS (network-attached storage). You can find these and other storage devices from more brands at Staples.
Pick From a Wide Selection of LaCie External Hard Drives The right LaCie storage device to choose depends on how you intend to use the unit. You should look for a portable drive if you want a mobile storage solution. Models with stylish designs double as showpiece gadgets to adorn work desks. Those with rugged casings are for road warriors and field work. They can survive high drops and are also dust, crush, shock, and water-resistant. Choose a desktop external hard drive if you want to build a home media server and store local copies of HD content. You need a RAID storage unit with multiple hard drives to keep reliable backups of business data.
Choose Between HDD and SSD Storage Devices Hard disk drives are the popular storage unit option for external hard drives. Portable units that draw power from USB ports usually have hard disks spinning at 5400 rpm. Desktop units that come with their own power bricks usually pack 7200 rpm or faster disks. Solid state drives are excellent alternatives to HDDs for portable storage drives. While HDDs are more affordable and come in higher storage capacities, SSDs are faster and have no moving parts. They are more reliable and draw less power. LaCie external hard drives with SSDs are more likely to survive drops and other rigors of daily use.
How Do LaCie External Hard Devices Connect to PCs? These external hard devices connect by USB, Thunderbolt, and Wi-Fi. Most bus-powered LaCie drives use USB 3.0 and 3.1 standards. USB 3.0 is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 while USB 3.1 is twice as fast as USB 3.0. Drives that support USB 3.1 have USB-C connector. This is a reversible connector that is smaller than the standard USB Type-A connector. External hard drives equipped with Wi-Fi chips can transfer files wirelessly. Some models also have built-in batteries that power them while streaming media to nearby wireless devices.
What Is Thunderbolt? Like USB, Thunderbolt is an interface for connecting devices. The first two generations of Thunderbolt use Mini DisplayPort connectors but Thunderbolt 3 uses USB Type-C connectors. Thunderbolt 1 delivers file transfer speeds up to 10Gbps. Thunderbolt 2 offers twice this speed while Thunderbolt 3 can achieve speeds up to 40Gbps. Note that you cannot access a Thunderbolt portable hard drive connected to a USB-C port. You need a Thunderbolt 3 port to do so.
What Is RAID Storage? RAID or Redundant Array of Inexpensive/Independent Disks is a storage technique for optimizing file transfer speed or data integrity. A RAID 0 drive copies files to multiple hard disks at the same time. By spreading bits of information over multiple disks, it copies data faster than when using a single disk. RAID 1 disks optimize data backup over speed. It duplicates data on another hard disk even as it copies onto the first one. Other RAID configurations offer different variations of either or both of these data storage techniques.