LaCie announced the Rugged eSATA, first mobile external hard drive that features a Power eSATA interface. Rugged eSATA offers major storage capacity and a cost advantage over eSATA SSD solutions, and is one of the only portable, bus-powered eSATA solutions on market. Bus-powered when connected to a USB-eSATA combo port, LaCie Rugged eSATA combines superior transfer speeds of up to 90MB/s in a truly mobile form. USB-eSATA combo interface, also known as Power eSATA, features a slightly different connector than eSATA and is frequently found on late-model laptops. Drive is also compatible with standard eSATA ports when included USB power-sharing cable is additionally connected. “Power eSATA interface allows you to work faster; Rugged casing's ideal for protecting valuable data on the go; Up to 90MB/s through Power eSATA; Compatible with standard eSATA ports.” Housed in award-winning Rugged casing designed by Neil Poulton, LaCie Rugged eSATA features a unique scratch-resistant aluminum shell, internal anti-shock absorbers, and a shock-resistant rubber bumper to better protect files against everyday blunders. LaCie Rugged eSATA will be available in 500GB capacity through LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+ and LaCie Storage Partner starting at the suggested retail price of $159.99 (excluding VAT).
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