More speed, more efficient workflow
With lightning-fast speeds, immense five-disk capacity and proven LaCie reliability, the 5big Thunderbolt Series is the perfect complement to your Thunderbolt-compatible Mac, ideal for handling professional creative workflows. Get speeds of 785MB/s* thanks to five 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0. With these speeds, you have all you need for any post-production work.
RAID flexibility for speed and security
Thanks to its five disks, the LaCie 5big lets you custom make RAID configurations for your precise needs. Create a lightning-fast volume with three disks in RAID 0 and a safe volume with two disks in RAID 1. Hot-swappable disks** let you slide a new disk into the safe volume without switching off the device. The LaCie 5big can also be used as a JBOD array. With five working days a week, you can assign each disk to a daily backup. Support for JBOD makes the LaCie 5big the ideal backup companion to your Mac mini with OS X Server.
Dual cooling system for long-term reliability
The LaCie 5big's advanced dual cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminium casing, a Noctua cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts. Every aspect of this ultra-quiet cooling system makes the LaCie 5big perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments.
Designed for convenience
Designed to integrate seamlessly into professional environments, with a small footprint and space-saving design, you can stand it alone or stack with multiple LaCie 5bigs.
- Blazing speeds up to 785 MB/s*
- Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining
- RAID 0, 1 and JBOD support with hot swap
- Time Machine compatible
- Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac included
- Thunderbolt cable included
- Whisper-quiet dual cooling
Did you notice?The Thunderbolt cable comes with the drive, so there's no need to make a separate purchase.
Apple Recommends ForCreative professionals who want to focus on projects without the hassle of managing multiple storage devices.
What's in the Box?
- LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series Hard Drive
- Thunderbolt cable
- External power supply
- Quick install guide
- Software suite: LaCie Setup Assistant, LaCie Private-Public, Intego Backup Manager Pro for Mac, Genie Backup Manager Pro for PC, Wuala Secure Cloud Storage
- Other Features: Kensington Port, RAID Support, Time Machine Compatible
- Connections: Thunderbolt
- Power Source: External power supply
- Height: 220 mm/8.6 in.
- Width: 173 mm/6.8 in.
- Weight: 7.6 kg
- Length: 196 mm/7.7 in.
- OS X 10.5 (Intel only); OS X 10.6 or later
- Mfr. Part Number: 9000398U
- UPC or EAN No.: 093053008345
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- * Tests conducted in RAID 0 with five 4TB 7200rpm drives. Speeds depend on the drives and RAID mode used and average transfer rates may vary from one computer to another and from one product to another. ** Hot swapping will result in data loss in a RAID 0 array
Ratings & Reviews
very quick and surprisingly good value
If you need to edit 2k or higher video this is an ideal unit, as it is easily able to handle uncompressed streams. It is quite hea If you need to edit 2k or higher video this is an ideal unit, as it is easily able to handle uncompressed streams. It is quite heavy and clearly built to last. I recorded between 700 MB/s and 800 MB/s read and write and it is easy to set up in OSX with the built in Disk utility. LACIE RAID MONITOR is also useful for monitoring the unit when it is connected up to the machine.
Good value, considering the use of 5x4TB high quality hard drives. Default setup is the fastest with full access to the 20TB - RAID 0. Just be aware if one drive fails over time, then you lose everything. If this is meant for important data backup then a reformat to RAID 1 is advisable, even though you lose half the storage capacity. …
- Written by Allan C from NEWTOWNABBEY
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Very Good System
This unit is very good value for what it is. Flexible, super fast, secure data storage for any thunderbolt compatible computer sys This unit is very good value for what it is. Flexible, super fast, secure data storage for any thunderbolt compatible computer system. It makes use of the lightning fast Thunderbolt connection and allows for daisy chaining several of them together. Our company needed a solid data storage solution for mission critical information. The supplied Raid software is very reliable and user friendly. Very pleased with the device. …
- Written by Anna N
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Does the unit come with the 5 plugin hard drives or do you have to purchase them separately?
- Asked by Norman A from Moss Vale
This unit comes with 5 each of the 2TB 7200 RPM drives, resulting in 10TB formatted as Of course!
This unit comes with 5 each of the 2TB 7200 RPM drives, resulting in 10TB formatted as a 10TB volume.
The 20TB version comes with 5 each of the 4TB 7200 RPM drives, resulting in 20TB of capacity.
Disk Utility can be used to reformat into RAID-1 volumes or JBOD.
As far as I know, LaCie does not sell this unit without drives. They also sell replacement drives. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
Can this be run in Raid 5?
- Asked by Hans D from Northridge
I agree, definitely too much data to loose by one bad disk. Unfortunately, it doesn't run in RAID 5 I agree, definitely too much data to loose by one bad disk. Unfortunately, it doesn't run in RAID 5. I was looking at this for myself, but will have to probably go with the Pegasus option (less storage and a slightly higher price tag), but as they say, you get what you pay for. …
- Answered by Bill K from Melbourne
can you plug two computers into this device?
- Asked by Stuart R
No. Only one computer at a time may control Thunderbolt devices.
If you wish to share a Thunderb No. Only one computer at a time may control Thunderbolt devices.
If you wish to share a Thunderbolt storage device with multiple computers, you can:
- connect to one Mac via Thunderbolt, then use file sharing to share the direct connected storage device over the network via WiFi or Ethernet connection to other computers. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
Can I upgrade 1 drive from 2 to 4TB, and leave the rest at 2TB?
- Asked by Bentley G from Little Egg Harbor Township
If you are using in JBOD mode, yes, a simple substitution.
However, not so easy if the configurat If you are using in JBOD mode, yes, a simple substitution.
However, not so easy if the configuration is RAID-0 or RAID-1. In either of these instances, you will have to reformat the entire array if the replaced drive is part of the array. Reformatting, of course will erase anything already on the drives, and you will now have a new, empty, but reformatted array.
So, for maximum effectiveness, consider the following:
if all existing drives are part of one RAID-0 array, then all drives should be replaced at same time and then reformatted.
If configured as RAID-0, there are many possibilities:
- 2 drives mirrored, plus 2 drives mirrored, plus 1 independent --> the last drive can be replaced independently
- 2 drives striped, plus two drives striped, then mirrored to each other, plus 1 independent --> the last drive can be replaced independently
In the above two examples, the striped or mirrored drives would need to be replaced in pairs.
It's also possible to have 3 drives striped into RAID-0 with the other 2 drives mirrored into a RAID-1 array, or kept as two independent drives.
IN other words, many possibilities. …
- Answered by Mike M from Beaverton
what is power requirement? 110 , 220 or both?
- Asked by Johnny H from Euless
According to the Lacie site (specifications page) the answer is yes.
Power Supply: 100-240Vca; 47 According to the Lacie site (specifications page) the answer is yes.
Power Supply: 100-240Vca; 47/63Hz …
- Answered by Michael H from San Diego