LaCie’s Latest Hard Disk is Golden

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Let’s face it: external hard drives have been commodity items for many years now, so it’s no surprise that accessory and peripheral maker LaCie is trying to differentiate its products with dramatic looks and designs. And sometimes, those designs can be pretty darn dramatic, as evidenced by its new Golden Disk.

Boasting a unique liquid-inspired, shiny gold casing by famed designer Oro-Ïto, the Golden Disk offers USB 2.0 connectivity (via a single port) and comes with backup software for both Windows and Mac OS X. The drive itself is a 7,200 rpm device with an 8 MB cache and an average seek time less than 11ms. Perhaps best of all, the fanless drive offers nearly silent operation.

“The Golden drive encompasses all that is glamour while having the guts to perform flawlessly with glowing performance,” said LaCie’s Lise Manteau. “Coming preloaded with utilities for automatic backups, the Golden Disk shines with its ease-of-use when needing to exchange information with friends and family.”

While we can think of a few downsides to the Golden Disk—not stackable, definitely would catch a burglar’s eye—at least it’s not pink! Expect to see it in October at a retail price of $189.