We’ve been anticipating an entire range of new Thunderbolt-equipped gadgets since Apple announced the technology with its latest line of MacBook Pros, and today, the first high-speed external hard drive featuring Thunderbolt technology has hit the Apple Store.
The Little Big Disk from Lacie was first announced back in February, and has begun arriving at Apple Stores both throughout the U.S. and internationally, according to 9to5 Mac.
It is available with either a traditional hard disk drive or you can opt for the more expensive solid-state model, and features two Thunderbolt ports to make it suitable for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals.
Lacie explains in the product’s description why Thunderbolt drives are a must-have:
This new high-speed cable technology connects computers and electronic devices together like never before. Thunderbolt technology supports two 10Gb/s bi-directional channels from a single port, the fastest data connection available on a personal computer. At 10Gb/s, a full-length HD movie can be transferred in less than 30 seconds.
Lacie is yet to make an announcement regarding the device’s availability, however, those Apple Stores that have taken delivery of the new drives are expected to begin selling them immediately. The 1TB hard disk model — seen in the image above — will reportedly cost $399.
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