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: 9000360
- UPC or EAN No.: 093053006990
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
I was using an older version of a Thunderbolt-equipped drive, but recently decided to upgrade to this 6TB model. It was easy to se I was using an older version of a Thunderbolt-equipped drive, but recently decided to upgrade to this 6TB model. It was easy to setup, and has been working flawlessly so far. The speeds are great. It's perfect for editing video and sound and the quality is real nice. …
- Written by Garrett G
57 of 60 people found this useful
I have two of these drives now, they are my main drives for video editing and media storage. The Thunderbolt speed is so fast that I have two of these drives now, they are my main drives for video editing and media storage. The Thunderbolt speed is so fast that I can edit videos directly from the drive, it's so much more convenient than shuffling data there and back. They are quiet and reliable, just what I was looking for. …
- Written by Celeste D
47 of 48 people found this useful
Purchased the 6TB 2big Thunderbolt at the local Apple Store to use as DAS for my Retina Macbook Pro when used at my desk via the B Purchased the 6TB 2big Thunderbolt at the local Apple Store to use as DAS for my Retina Macbook Pro when used at my desk via the Belkin TB dock. The build quality of the enclosure is far above the WD MyBook stuff - really impressive aluminum housing and surprisingly heavy. It is very quiet as well, a concern I had prior to purchasing. I have it sitting on top of my Klipsch subwoofer under the desk and I cannot hear it. The included HDD's are also very quiet in that I cannot hear head seek noises.
Be aware that this is not a hardware RAID device - the computer sees 2 drives over the TB connection (similar to an eSATA port multiplier) and you use OS X Disk Utility to either leave it as JBOD or create a RAID 1 or RAID 0 volume.
Highly recommended. …
- Written by Keith H from Oviedo
38 of 39 people found this useful
Works great every time
I've been using this drive for months now, mostly for music and video projects and so far I haven't had any issues at all. I love I've been using this drive for months now, mostly for music and video projects and so far I haven't had any issues at all. I love the speed, the solid build and the overall reliability. I am really happy with it. …
- Written by Heather S
1 of 1 people found this useful
This drive worked well to start, but less than 2 months in it won't mount. Disk Utility shows the drive is 'offline', but cannot f This drive worked well to start, but less than 2 months in it won't mount. Disk Utility shows the drive is 'offline', but cannot fix or identify the problem. 3rd party software can't fix it either.
I migrated all of my important files to this mirrored RAID, thinking that it would be safe and everything would be backed up. I never expected for both drives to go down! Now I'm sitting here unable to access necessary files for my business and having to spend my time contacting Lacie and not knowing if they will even have a fix. This is not what i expected from a product that Apple backs or from Lacie.
I've filed a ticket with Lacie and hopefully will get a solution. Otherwise this will have been by far my worst experience with Apple and the products they sell.
Many hundreds of dollars, many hours of my time, potential loss of clients and potentially the loss of important data. This is not the price I saw on Apple's site. …
- Written by Joel T from Toronto
1 of 2 people found this useful
Fast, quiet, works great
I've been using this for the past 8 months or so, mainly for my video projects and backups. It does have excellent transfer rates I've been using this for the past 8 months or so, mainly for my video projects and backups. It does have excellent transfer rates via Thunderbolt. Now when I have to switch to USB drives to move files, I really do see the difference in speed. The unit quiet and nice. I haven't experienced any issues with it so far. …
- Written by Kit B
1 of 1 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can the 7200rpm hard drives be replaced with ssd's and made to work in a raid config ?
- Asked by Ranjeet J from Toowoomba
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 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
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