The TeraByte Drives Redefine External Storage

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9s Inside

Of course we could not resist opening the Big Disk Extreme, because we wanted to know what drives and what interface types LaCie decided to use. Only two screws need to be removed at the back of the drive in order to pull the base module out of the cover. Please note that LaCie placed a sticker on one of these screws saying that opening the drive would void your warranty.

We found two of the latest generation Barracuda drives inside the Big Disk Extreme: Seagate's ST3500841A. Experienced users will easily recognize that these are UltraATA drives. These store 500 GB each, come with 16 MB cache memory and run at 7,200 RPM.

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.9 is a popular drive. Unfortunately, LaCie only provides a one-year warranty, while Seagate grants five years to retail drives.