LaCie will mix solid state drive (SSD) technology with hard disks for increased performance in its newly upgraded line of d2 storage drives.
The Thunderbolt 2-based will be available with 3TB, 4TB or 6TB hard disk drives for transfer speeds up to 220 MB/s. If you want to push the d2’s transfer rates higher, you can spring for the optional SSD Upgrade ($299, 128GB). With the SSD installed, your data transfers will clock in at up to 1150 MB/s, or five times faster than without it.
The two-pronged approach allows users to move bandwidth-heavy tasks like video editing or rapid file transferring to the SSD while using the slower hard disks for longer-term storage.
Beyond the SSD option, the updated d2 drives offer a new, all-aluminum unibody enclosure that reduces vibration and dissipates heat without the need for fan cooling. There are a pair of Thunderbolt 2 ports to support daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt peripherals as well as a USB 3.0 port.
The drives are available now for $299 (3TB), $399 (4TB) and $499 (6TB) and come bundled with encryption software. The SSD upgrade will be available in October. LaCie will also make 3TB, 4TB and 6TB versions of the d2 with only USB 3.0 ports available next month, though pricing was not announced for those drives.