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LaCie Launches FireWire Backup Drives

FireWire backup drives support Macintosh G3, G4 and iMacDV systems (August 07, 2001)
LaCie has unveiled its first line of FireWire backup drives for IEEE 1394-equipped computers. The product line includes an AIT backup system with a tape capacity of up to 70 GB, and a DDS-3 drive that is ideal for departmental or personal backup. Both are the first high-performance tape drives that use high-speed, plug-and-play FireWire connectivity.

The new LaCie drives, which can be connected to any FireWire-equipped computer, represent ideal data-protection solutions for the Macintosh G3, G4 and iMac systems. Digital content creators, in particular, must protect volumes of critical data. As a result, they rely on high-performance backup systems. By combining its broad experience with the FireWire interface and its expertise in backup drives, LaCie offers power users two types of ultra-reliable solutions.

Both models can deliver backup for small to medium-sized networks and servers, with a capacity per tape of up to 70GB for the AIT and 24GB for the DDS-3 (compressed). With the added flexibility of the FireWire connection, the drives can also be easily shared between individual workstations. The hot-pluggable drives can even be added or removed while computer is running. The drive mounts automatically when attached, providing immediate device recognition. There is no need for terminators, device IDs or elaborate set-up, and backup can be initiated in a matter of minutes.

AIT+FireWire: Increased Performance, Higher Reliability
The LaCie FireWire AIT+ drive provides graphics and video professionals with key benefits that distinguish it from other tape drives:

The 8mm AIT+ tapes are about the size of an audio tape, but each tape can hold up to 70GB of compressed data. High cartridge capacity is necessary for unattended backup as it minimizes run time and reduces the number of cartridges required. Offering an average of 30,000 uses, the robust media has a near-diamond-hard protective carbon layer for increased durability.

AIT media features the Memory-In-Cassette (MIC) memory chip which promotes faster data retrieval speeds. The internal Active Head Cleaner mechanism senses contamination build-up and automatically removes debris, reducing the need for periodic head cleaning. Patented Hyper Metal laminated heads deliver higher signal output, improve recording density and enhance data recovery.

These features, plus a MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) rating of 250,000 hours, make the LaCie AIT+ drive the ideal backup/recovery solution for businesses and graphics professionals alike.

FireWire DDS-3: Data Integrity, One-button Disaster Recovery Designed to protect small server and workstation data, the LaCie FireWire DDS-3 provides a compressed capacity of 24GB per cartridge. The FireWire DDS-3 stores data at 7.2GB/hr (2MB/s) and automatically carries out read-after-write verification to ensure complete data integrity. For organizations already using DDS tape drives, the LaCie DDS-3 is also backward compatible with DDS, DDS-DC and DDS-2 formats, so existing archive tapes can continue to be used.

For fast, easy disaster recovery, the drive incorporates one-button disaster recovery which immediately restores the operating system, configuration, applications and data files to their most current state in the event of a hard drive failure, data corruption or virus attack.

The drive delivers up to 200,000 hours MTBF performance. It also features an automatic internal head cleaner and TapeAlert firmware technology that automatically diagnoses tape storage problems. The TapeAlert technology is complemented by a LaCie CD-ROM that includes troubleshooting, diagnostics, drivers and documentation.

Pricing, Availability
LaCie FireWire backup solutions are available through LaCie resellers and mail order partners. The FireWire AIT+ drives have an SRP of $1,549 and the AIT 35/70GB cartridges are available at $74. LaCie FireWire DDS-3 drives are available with an SRP of $899. DDS-3 24GB cartridges are available with an SRP of $17.

The drives ship with Retrospect backup software from Dantz for both Mac and Windows environments and are backed by a 3-year warranty.

About LaCie
Founded in 1987, LaCie develops and manufactures cross-platform mass storage, digital video and color-management computer peripherals for personal, business, industrial and multimedia environments. For more information, contact LaCie, Ltd. at 22985 NW Evergreen Parkway; Hillsboro, OR 97124 or call (503) 844-4500, Fax (503) 844-4593. Visit LaCie's Web site at

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