The LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series hard drive offers transfer rates of up to 327 MB/s*. That means backups take a fraction of the time, letting you back up more frequently. If you're a photographer using Aperture, you'll notice significantly more responsive photo library browsing. And if you rely on Final Cut Pro X or other professional software, you can even stream multiple HD video streams directly from the drive.
RAID for speed or security
Use Disk Utility on your Mac OS to configure the 2big Thunderbolt Series into a RAID array that suits your needs. It's possible to set it up as a mirrored RAID set (RAID 1), which provides data protection if one disk fails. Thanks to its removable disks, you can simply replace a disk, with zero data loss and no work interruption.
Alternatively, configure it as a striped RAID set (RAID 0) to maximize speed and capacity for large file storage and fast transfers. It even supports JBOD, which lets you assign each disk to a specific data storage task.
Daisy chain to multiply options
Thunderbolt technology is the most flexible interface ever created. With dual Thunderbolt ports on the 2big, you can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals together. That means you don't need to buy a hub to connect multiple devices to a single Thunderbolt port on your computer. Daisy chaining multiple 2bigs can also push overall performance to more than 670MB/s* for your most data-intensive tasks. Thunderbolt technology is also mini-DisplayPort compatible.
Aluminium reliability and security
The 2big's advanced dual cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. Its solid-aluminium casing provides 60% more surface area, which diverts and dissipates heat more efficiently. In addition, its thermo-regulated fan turns on and off according to internal temperature. For more energy savings, the front power button even lets you turn it off without breaking a daisy chain connection.
Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.
PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.
Thunderbolt gives you up to 10 Gbps in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch.
Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.
- 10 Gbit/s Thunderbolt interface
- RAID-ready for speed or security
- Replaceable disks for continuous data access
- Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining up to six compatible storage devices together
- Mini DisplayPort backward compatible for daisy chaining with other digital devices such as monitors and compatible cameras
- Dual cooling system prolongs product life
- Includes a Thunderbolt cable
Did you notice?Daisy chain up to six compatible storage devices for increased storage capacity and speed.
Apple Recommends ForImprove backup time, photo library browsing performance and camera downloads when doing professional audio, photo, video editing on your Mac.
What's in the Box?
- LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series RAID Hard Drive
- Drive stand for upright use
- External power supply
- CD with user manual and quick install guide
- Intego Backup Manager Pro
- Thunderbolt cable
- Other Features: RAID Support, Sleep Mode, Time Machine Compatible, Upgradeable / Expandable
- Connections: Thunderbolt
- Power Source: External power supply
- Height: 7.8 in./19.8 cm
- Width: 3.5 in./8.9 cm
- Weight: 5.95 lb./2.7 kg
- Length: 6.7 in./17 cm
- OS X 10.6 or later
- Thunderbolt port
- Mfr. Part Number: 9000246
- UPC or EAN No.: 093053001544
Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products
- Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.
- * These transfer rates were achieved using AJA System Test with a 6TB 2big Thunderbolt Series in RAID 0 when connected to a 17" MacBook Pro 2.2Ghz Quad Core and 4GB RAM with 32k.
Ratings & Reviews
Be careful buying this product
Be very careful if buying this product. I purchased a 4TB 2big unit at Christmas - have only just been able to start using it beca Be very careful if buying this product. I purchased a 4TB 2big unit at Christmas - have only just been able to start using it because of problems.
After installing unit discovered it made a random loud 'chirping/clicking' noise, not the sort of sound you like to hear from very expensive premium external HDD unit!
Contacted LaCie, I ended up having two replacements, all units exhibited same sound. Finally I found out the Seagate drives used required a firmware update (which had been officially released by Seagate many months before). To do the update (which I did myself in the end) I had to wipe the drives to remove RAID, take them out of unit, attach them directly to a Windows machine and update firmware.
During this whole process I had occasion to look at real specifications of the units via Mac system information. The AHCI controllers are from vendor 'Unknown' with Negotiated Link Speed of 3 Gigabit which is half what SATA revision 3 and the HDDs are capable of. Also the version of AHCI is only 1.19 when the current version (released in October 2010) is 1.30.
The unit is working now, but I have not been impressed by the experience and I am annoyed about the use of lower specced controller. After all it is supposed to be a premium product. …
- Written by Patrick S from Eindhoven
132 of 142 people found this useful
I'm shooting a documentary at the moment and a lot of it uses archival footage. I've been using this drive to edit video and to ba I'm shooting a documentary at the moment and a lot of it uses archival footage. I've been using this drive to edit video and to backup this project (that's many hours of video in total). I switched it to Raid1, which was rather straightforward. The speeds are excellent. The drive is also good for running high resolution video renders. It's also nice that Thunderbolt cable is included with the package. …
- Written by Dace P
28 of 31 people found this useful
Satisfied So Far
I have set up my LaCie as RAID 1 4TB mirrored storage. It was a snap to set up using the Apple disc utility and it hasn't missed a I have set up my LaCie as RAID 1 4TB mirrored storage. It was a snap to set up using the Apple disc utility and it hasn't missed a lick yet. I use it for my iTunes library and I am very satisfied with the product. …
- Written by Ted L from Vista
24 of 27 people found this useful
Great drive poor connection
After purchasing this drive I discovered that it will NOT start if you are using a thunderbolt-firewire 800 adapter.
- Written by Kendrick M from Kaslo
11 of 14 people found this useful
Excellent External Drive
This unit is quite heavy, as you'd expect from a metal-cased drive with two HDDs inside, but that's actually a good thing. It sits This unit is quite heavy, as you'd expect from a metal-cased drive with two HDDs inside, but that's actually a good thing. It sits nicely on the desk and seems to be pretty solidly built. I've got two cats, so that's an important point for me. The speeds and functionality are amazing. I also love the design of this drive. I'm really pleased with it. …
- Written by Everton B
6 of 7 people found this useful
Apart from the speed and the nice design of this unit, the best feature for me is the RAID 1 mode option and the hot-swappability Apart from the speed and the nice design of this unit, the best feature for me is the RAID 1 mode option and the hot-swappability of HDDs. I'm always concerned about accidentally loosing data, but these two functions give me a real peace of mind, especially considering how much data I've already packed into those two HDDs! …
- Written by Lyric S
8 of 8 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can I use this with only 1 HDD inside?
- Asked by Peter W from Oatley
Yes, but first you will need to use Disk Utility to unformat the RAID, and format the 2big as 2 inde Yes, but first you will need to use Disk Utility to unformat the RAID, and format the 2big as 2 independent drives inside the chassis. Once you do this, each drive is independent, and you can use 1 or the other, or both independently.
You'll also get the performance of an individual hard drive which will be approx 150-190MB/sec. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
Opinion needed: If I were using this strictly as my iMovie library and I was running RAID 1. Is Time Machine redundant?
- Asked by Cory M from Toronto
can the 7200rpm hard drives be replaced with ssd's and made to work in a raid config ?
- Asked by Ranjeet J from Toowoomba
is it compatible with os 10.9 with no problems?
- Asked by Oliver B
Yes, Compatible. No special drivers required.
General rule: always make a backup before updating Yes, Compatible. No special drivers required.
General rule: always make a backup before updating your OS, and keep separate from your main computer.
There may be other applications or peripherals you own that are not compatible with OS X 10.9
The LaCie Thunderbolt products do not use special drivers. They are all compatible with OS 10.9. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
Can I set up the LaCie 2big as a Raid-1 and then direct Time Machine to it?
- Asked by David B
Yes. Use Apple Disk Utility to reformat and reconfigure the drive. Format as Mac OS Extended.
The Yes. Use Apple Disk Utility to reformat and reconfigure the drive. Format as Mac OS Extended.
Then direct Time Machine to use the drive for backups.
You will only have 3TB of capacity when configured as RAID-1.
Inside are 2 3TB drives. In RAID-0, they are striped together to provide 6TB of fast storage.
In RAID-1, one 3TB drive is mirrored to the other 3TB drive. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
which iMac's have thunderbolt ports or what dose a thunderbolt port look like
- Asked by Terry C from The Ponds