LaCie today announced it has expanded its range of LaCie SAFE Hard Drives to include a desktop edition with enhanced security features. The company now offers a full range of secure desktop and mobile hard drives with biometric access control designed to protect confidential data from unauthorized use. The new LaCie SAFE Hard Drive comes in capacities of 160GB, 320GB or 500GB with a universal Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface for use on PC and/or Mac. Enhanced security features include an internal drive lock and an external port for attaching an optional chain lock. In addition to biometric access control via a simple fingerprint swipe, the new drives now come with internal firmware called “Drive Lock” that prevents data from being accessed if removed from the case and plugged in to another machine. Desktop editions also include a secure chain lock port for attaching the drive to a desk to prevent theft (chain available separately from LaCie). Pricing starts at US$179.99.