LaCie has announced that it will offer 1 year of online backup for any LaCie external hard drive it offers.

The new offer, which is powered by online backup company Carbonite will mean any drive you buy from the company will automatically backup new and modified files.

Those worried about security shouldn't be, as the company says it will encrypt files twice before leaving the original workstation, before transmitting them by HTTPS (SSL) to a secure data centre, where the information remains encrypted, protecting the user’s privacy.

LaCie say backups are completed only when the computer is idle, so the process never interferes with computer performance.

The Unlimited LaCie Online Backup offer will be available at no extra charge for 1 full year beginning November 2008 on all LaCie consumer hard drives.