LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2

LBD2_34_right_2In preparation for editing the huge 4K files from Panasonic’s Lumix GH4, I’ve already gone ahead and placed an order for one of the new 27″ iMacs equipped with a 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2GB graphics card, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive. But much more than sheer computer processing power is needed to edit 4K – you also need fast storage. Which is why I’m going to pick up LaCie’s Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2: to the best of my knowledge, the fastest external storage solution available for the money. Equipped with 2 Samsung PCIe SSDs, the Little Big Disk is capable of read speeds of up to 1,400 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,100 MB/s, quite a bump up from my two trusty Buffalo Mini Station Extremes. Haha. Unfortunately, the iMacs aren’t fitted with Thunderbolt 2, so transfer speeds will be a touch slower. I’ve been told by a sales representative that the drive should be in stores in a couple of weeks, barring any production mishaps.

Buffalo Mini Station Extreme Speed Test (drives filled to 80% capacity!)

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