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LaCie introduces Philippe Starck designed USB 3.0 portable drive

LaCie has long been associated with producing external hard drives for Macs, having created a wide array of FireWire drives. Now that the old standard is moving toward obsolescence, the accessory maker has now released a fresh USB 3.0 version of its Philippe Stark designed portable drive.

Fortunately, LaCie has at least partly addressed the fact that Apple has neglected to install USB 3.0 ports on any of its products. If you have a Mac Pro or older MacBook Pro with PCI Express or ExpressCard slots, you can get an adapter for the new drive.

Barring that option, you can still use the new drive with an existing port at USB 2.0 speeds. The drive has backup software preloaded, and LaCie also provides 10GB of cloud storage at Wuala Online for the first year. The 3.0 drive is initially available in a 500GB size that starts at US$109.

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