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I've been waiting on these all year and now that they're out - I'm a little dismayed at the price.

LaCie 250GB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series SSD - Apple Store (U.S.)

LaCie 500GB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series SSD - Apple Store (U.S.)

Am I the only one suffering heartburn at the thought of paying over $900 for a 250GB drive? Evidently they're only available via the Apple website which I also find interesting.

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All I can say is ouch!!
Especially since I could put together the following (at least I think I could) for around $450. And have a FireWire 240GB SSD (no RAID and a little slower than Thunderbolt, but at 1/2 the price).
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I think those prices are just a "little" out of my affordability range.

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Am I the only one suffering heartburn at the thought of paying over $900 for a 250GB drive? Evidently they're only available via the Apple website which I also find interesting.
I also find that interesting... Anyway, it looks like buying an SSD, even a large one, is going to be more economical.
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This is completely irrelevant but does that drive not look like a blue version of HAL 9000 from the front?

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Wait a few months.. after all, even the 16GB OWC RAM kits for the MBP have dropped almost 50% in a few short months.

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This is completely irrelevant but does that drive not look like a blue version of HAL 9000 from the front?
I'm afraid I can't answer that Dave . . . I mean Van.

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Uh-oh, looks like Razor could be trouble in the near future. We better keep an eye on him.

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Uh-oh, looks like Razor could be trouble in the near future. We better keep an eye on him.
You mean I'm not trouble now?????

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They were supposed to have spinning drives too in the 1 and 2TB range. I have read that the 1TB is going to be around $400 and that is a little pricey too, but much easier to swallow that a $900 256gb model. I really want to see one of these drives in action.

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You mean I'm not trouble now?????
You're not working hard enough at it.

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You're not working hard enough at it.

Some folks are just naturals.

I hope Dysfunction is right - I just can't see the point - I'd rather just install an internal drive. I'm not sure what's going on with Apple, OEMs and Thunderbolt, but I find it odd that so far you can only get T-bolt HW via Apple's store. Makes me think there's an unnecessary layer or two of markup. At any rate - these prices have to come down - a LOT before I'll buy one. I just can't see spending that much on any drive. This is good news for OWC though - they'll be getting some more of my money soon.
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Some folks are just naturals.
Anyone in particular?

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Makes me think there's an unnecessary layer or two of markup.
You bet there is. Give it time though - Apple can't control the market forever.

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At any rate - these prices have to come down - a LOT before I'll buy one.
I'm sure they will. Like Dysfunction noted, all technology gets considerably cheaper after the "shine" wears off.

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While def out of my price range, I'd say it's probably in line. You still can't get a 240 GB SSD for less than $400 and most of them are still $500+. Even at the low end of $400, that would mean they're only charging $99 for the RAID0 enclosure. Cheapest 500 GB at newegg is $750, so they're giving away that enclosure.

Still, thanks, but no thanks. I believe I'll stick with my combo eSATA/FW800 RAID box and some good 7200 drives.

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While def out of my price range, I'd say it's probably in line. You still can't get a 240 GB SSD for less than $400 and most of them are still $500+. Even at the low end of $400, that would mean they're only charging $99 for the RAID0 enclosure.

Still, thanks, but no thanks. I believe I'll stick with my combo eSATA/FW800 RAID box and some good 7200 drives.


Errrr - I'm thinking it's time for new bi-focals Tom? The 250GB drive is $899 before tax...
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Errrr - I'm thinking it's time for new bi-focals Tom? The 250GB drive is $899 before tax...
Better be careful . . . A Dude just got banned for commenting on Bob's coffee drinking habits.

You're on very thin ice here.

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