LaCie 8TB 2big Thunderbolt Series RAID Hard Drive

LaCie 8TB 2big Thunderbolt Series RAID Hard Drive

$749.95

4.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 5 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    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 Mac. 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.

    Aluminum reliability and security

    The 2big's advanced dual cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. Its solid-aluminum 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 off the product without breaking a daisy chain connection.

    About Thunderbolt

    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.

  • Highlights

    • 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 Thunderbolt cable
  • Did you notice?

    Daisy chain up to six compatible storage devices for increased storage capacity and speed.
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  • What's in the Box?

    • LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series hard drive
    • Thunderbolt cable
    • Drive stand for upright use
    • External power supply
    • CD with user manual and quick install guide
    • Intego Backup Manager Pro
  • Tech Specs

    • 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
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • OS X 10.6 or later
    • Thunderbolt port
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: 9000246
    • UPC or EAN No.: 093053001544

    Warranty

    • Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
    • Warranty: Three-year limited (For details, please visit http://www.lacie.com/legal/warranty.htm)

    Manufacturer Note

    • *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

Rating Breakdown (4.0 average)
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  • Be careful buying this product

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Eindhoven

    131 of 141 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Be careful buying this product
  • Good Drive

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    28 of 31 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Good Drive
  • Satisfied So Far

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Vista

    24 of 27 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Satisfied So Far
  • Great drive poor connection

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    After purchasing this drive I discovered that it will NOT start if you are using a thunderbolt-firewire 800 adapter.

    • Written by from Kaslo

    11 of 14 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great drive poor connection
  • Excellent External Drive

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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

    6 of 7 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Excellent External Drive
  • Satisfied So Far

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Vista

    24 of 27 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Satisfied So Far

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