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The latest external hard drive from LaCie is stealthier, sturdier and speedier LACIE RUGGED SSD PRO 1TB THUNDERBOLT 3 PR I CE £ 379 / $379

USB-C PCs, as some Thunderbolt 3 SSDs don’t. The drive works with Apple’s Time Machine, and comes with LaCie Toolkit software, which offers additional features such as drive mirroring and backups. There’s also a five-year warranty and five years of free Seagate data recovery software, which is one of the best. The Rugged SSD Pro also comes with a free, one-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership, with all the apps such as Premiere Pro CC and After Effects. And, of course, it’s rugged. It’s waterproof and dust proof to IP67 rating, can withstand a drop of 3m/9.8ft on to a hard floor and is pressure resistant. LaCie says it can withstand being driven over by a two-tonne car. This is now our go-to hard drive on location when we want speed and portability, but we do use a Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBook Pro laptop. When we get back to base, we download the files to desktop-style units with a backup system for ultimate security. However, if your computer is not Thunderbolt 3 compatible, you’re better off saving a bit of money and going for the regular LaCie Rugged SSD versions. MORE INFORMATION: lacie.com

range has long been the new black when it comes to the fastest portable external hard drives.

It’s been almost impossible not to have owned, or at least worked with, one of LaCie’s Rugged external hard drives, made so obvious with their orange rubber coating. Now, black is back, and the latest Thunderbolt 3 LaCie Rugged SSD Pro drives are more stealthy, much faster and a lot more rugged in every way. The latest family of Rugged drives uses a silent SSD inside, far faster and more reliable than any conventional HDD, which has a spinning, mechanical drive. (All these HDD units will eventually go wrong. They obviously don’t like to be dropped and will eventually wear out and die.) SSD drives have no moving parts so there’s nothing to wear out, and they’re much smaller. LaCie’s Rugged SSD drives still come in the trademark orange and are ideal for 4K video, and come in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB versions. These are the standard flavours that transfer data at up to 950MB/s, and are compatible with Thunderbolt 3, USB-C and USB 3.0 on Mac and Windows computers. The black Rugged SSD Pro is the professional version, and is ideal for up to 8K video. It has the same connectivity, but can manage transfer speeds of up to 2800 MB/s when used with a Thunderbolt 3 computer. That’s incredibly fast, and lets you download files or edit with no slowing down at all. The included cable also works with USB-C computers, as this is the same fit as Thunderbolt. But you do lose the impressive data transfer speed this way. At least it works with

SPECI F I CAT IONS CAPACITY: 1TB TRANSFER SPEED: UP TO 2800MB/S HARD DRIVES: NVME SSD CONNECTION: THUNDERBOLT 3, USB 3.1 TYPE-C CONNECTORS: THUNDERBOLT 3 CABLE

SOFTWARE: LACIE TOOLKIT DROP RESISTANCE: 3M/9.8FT DIMENSION (WXLXD): 65X17X98MM / 2.6X0.7X3.86IN WEIGHT: 100G/0.22LB

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