CES: Seagate, LaCie Hard Drives Offer New Twists on Storage

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2014-01-07

In addition to all the glitzy flat-panel televisions, smartwatches and swivel-screen tablets on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is an assortment of portable storage devices that are quietly redefining the way storage is used—from acting as portable WiFi hotspots to connecting you automatically to social media sites and cloud storage companies like Dropbox. Seagate and LaCie, two leaders in the portable storage space, have raised the bar this year with models aimed at an increasingly demanding audience. Seagate took the wraps off its Backup Plus Fast, which boasts the company's Dashboard software for one-click backup. LaCie went for broke and showcased three devices, including an eye-popping $490 silver spherical drive that should send Phantasm fans into fits of excitement. The pricey drive—created in collaboration with French silversmith Christofle (which is well-known for its flatware, jewelry and hollowware)—has 1TB of storage space. LaCie's Sphere, as it's called, offers plenty of room for users to fill it with their precious data. Better look on eBay, though—they're already sold out.


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