The first Thunderbolt technology product in the market is from LaCie. Dubbed as the Little Big Disk, the external hard drives combines the awesomeness of Apple and the speed of Intel. For those who are not aware of Thunderbolt technology, it allows you to transfer files at speeds of 10 Gbps in a single port. Available in the capacities of 250 GB, 500 GB and 1TB, it easily represents the big leap from USB/Firewire. Read on to find out why we recommend it.
To truly understand the speed of Thunderbolt, let us see what the maximum speeds for ports are. USB 2.0 has a limit of 480 Mbps, FireWire 800 has a limit of 800 Mbps. The newer USB 3.0 has a limit at 5 Gbps. The thunderbolt technology triumphs over all of them at 10 Gbps. This technology is going to be extremely useful for film makers and editors as the large edited video and audio files can be transferred within a matter of seconds. Daisy chaining is also possible.
The original Little Big Disk featured FireWire 800, HiSpeed USB 2.0 and FireWire 400. The LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt edition does away with all those connections and simply has 2 Thunderbolt ports.
LaCie has truly delivered a product to remember. The LaCie Big Little Disk Thunderbolt edition is special as it is the first external hard drive to feature this revolutionary technology. Although the drive is on the more expensive side and not all devices are Thunderbolt compatible yet, the prospects of 10 GB speeds are intriguing. With such high speeds, file transfers that took hours take minutes. Same is the case with backups. The device rarely has any issues and is less noisy. Therefore if you are someone who transfers large files often and are willing out to shell out some extra cash, we suggest you go for this.