The LaCie Mirror is a truly stylish hard drive encased in Gorilla Glass and Indonesian wood

Seagate's LaCie division has decided to make storage an art form.

As cloud storage and SSDs threaten to make hard drives an afterthought, Seagate's LaCie division has decided to make storage an art form.

The £192 plus VAT LaCie Mirror takes a 1TB external hard drive and encases it in Gorilla Glass 3, more commonly found in smartphones. And in a truly dramatic twist, it perches on a piece of ebony wood imported from Indonesia.

As consumers increasingly back up their data to local SSDs and to cloud storage located elsewhere, one might wonder why consumers should continue investing in hard drives. Seagate's answer is to make its external hard drives conversation pieces.

Read on to learn more about the LaCie Mirror and Seagate's thinnest ever hard drive.

The Mirror's mirror finish may be superfluous - even if the glass doesn't shatter, dropping a hard drive on a hard surface is bad news - but the design is certainly eye-catching. Both the Mirror and Seven connect using USB 3.0, a Seagate spokesman said.

"You have to look twice to discover the LaCie Mirror's true ambition," said Pauline Deltour, the French designer who helped design the Mirror. "Covered by mirrored glass, it's first an elegant and functional object, and only on second glance is it revealed to be a slim high-performance hard drive."

LaCie's parent company has also announced the Seagate Seven: a steel-encased £70 500GB external drive designed to mimic a bare drive. Seagate claims it's the thinnest external drive ever, at just 7mm thick.

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