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
- 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. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.
- Warranty: Three-year limited
- * 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
My office has had a Thunderbolt for a few months now and we recently bought a second 6TB unit. They are both configured in Raid 1 My office has had a Thunderbolt for a few months now and we recently bought a second 6TB unit. They are both configured in Raid 1 so we have the added security with our data, and after daisy chaining the two together we are far from disappointed with the results. The speeds are amazing, long gone are the days of laggy transfers around the office. …
- Written by Cooper F
14 of 17 people found this useful
Since discovering the Thunderbolt, this has become my main drive for video editing. The transfer speeds are absolutely great. I us Since discovering the Thunderbolt, this has become my main drive for video editing. The transfer speeds are absolutely great. I used to edit directly on the drive because it's a pain in the neck to move working files back and forth, but with this drive it's not a problem really. It's fast enough to handle heavy-duty graphics applications and video editing without a glitch. …
- Written by Torin A
8 of 9 people found this useful
10 out of 10!
I have 2 of these drives daisy chained into one of the Thunderbolt sockets on my (late 2011) iMac.
I drive is for archiving my I have 2 of these drives daisy chained into one of the Thunderbolt sockets on my (late 2011) iMac.
I drive is for archiving my photos from my Nikon D4 and D800 DSLR's. This is also the drive Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 sources for these photos. A second backup of all photos goes to an external 800 Firewire that is stored elsewhere for safety.
The second La Cie is for my film work in Priemiere CS6. The Masters are stored here and, again, another drive offline to store elsewhere.
The 2nd Thunderbolt drive socket is for a 4TB G-Raid as a Scratch Drive for ALL the applications in the Adobe Master Collection as well as other software that needs a super faster turnaround.
The La Cie's are built like a tank and work with the elegance of a prima ballerina. There is nothing they cannot do.
Stop reading this and go and buy one NOW to find out how fantastic they are.
Cheers to La Cie …
- Written by Mark P from Romford
7 of 8 people found this useful
Great data transfer speeds
Great product. Fast, really fast. Solidly built. Reliable. Plug-and-play, and comes with a massive storage capacity. I use it in t Great product. Fast, really fast. Solidly built. Reliable. Plug-and-play, and comes with a massive storage capacity. I use it in the default RAID 0 mode. It handles amazingly well copying large chunks of data in almost no time. …
- Written by Tessa D
Works like it should
I have two of these units daisy-chained for use with my video editing software, and it's increased the productivity and responsive I have two of these units daisy-chained for use with my video editing software, and it's increased the productivity and responsiveness of the program dramatically. No more waiting for things to load or render slowly because of the drive lagging. The raid monitor software it comes with is a great little utility. …
- Written by Isabel P
2 of 3 people found this useful
Good piece of equipment
I use this drive mostly for Final Cut X and a couple of other VFX programs, it has no trouble dealing with multiple HD streams run I use this drive mostly for Final Cut X and a couple of other VFX programs, it has no trouble dealing with multiple HD streams running at once. I can't wait to combine this drive with a new mac-pro, and see how far I can push it. Capacity and speed and flexibility, this drive has them all in a winning design. …
- Written by Emma G
2 of 2 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
can the 7200rpm hard drives be replaced with ssd's and made to work in a raid config ?
- Asked by Ranjeet J from Toowoomba
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
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
which iMac's have thunderbolt ports or what dose a thunderbolt port look like
- Asked by Terry C from The Ponds
Can this LaCie 6TB Thunderbolt hard drive unit be set up to operate wirelessly with macbook pro? If so what additional equipment is needed to do so?
- Asked by Karen S from Greendale