LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive LaCie has launched two new external hard drives designed in conjunction with Philippe Starck.

The LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive and LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive come in capacities of up to 2TB and will be sold through LaCie's online store and premium resellers.

The drives are finished in a distinctive solid aluminium, inside which sits the drive itself, suitably protected. The drives aren't intended to be shockproof and aren't being marketed as ruggedised, however.

On the 3.5in Desktop Hard Drive, Starck has added a polished, silver-coloured touch-sensitive panel that can be used to instantly launch an application of the user's choice.

The world famous designer - currently the subject of a BBC show, Design For Life - has given the drives his telltale orange cross signature and his name is also engraved on one side of the larger 3.5in Starck Desktop Hard Drive.

Starck has a long-standing friendship and commercial relationship with LaCie. Back in 1994 he produced the first of LaCie's 'designer' range of storage devices, known as 'the Toaster'.

"Choosing to work with my good friend and exceptional designer Philippe Starck is always exciting. He brings poetry to his work, and helps us deliver products that combine functional and beauty," said Philippe Spruch, LaCie's CEO.

"The new Starck products showcase this amalgamation perfectly with LaCie's constant innovation and Starck, who is the ultimate designer."

The drives, which come with USB 2.0 interfaces, are made from aluminium, which LaCie and Starck believe ensure your data is well protected from knocks and prangs.

The LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive is available in 1TB and 2TB sizes, while the LaCie Starck Mobile Drive is available in 320GB and 500GB sizes. Prices start at £109.90 inc VAT for the Desktop and £84.90 inc VAT for the Mobile model. Prices include VAT. More information can be found at


LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive

The orange cross glows to indicate the drive's status while the touch-sensitive front panel is used to launch an application such as Photoshop or a backup program

LaCie Starck Desktop Hard Drive

LaCie has worked with Starck in the past and also produces storage devices in conjunction with other well-known designers

LaCie Starck Mobile Hard Drive

The Mobile Hard Drive is sleek, but the protective exterior means it's unlikely to be used as a portable backup drive