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.
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 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
- 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: 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)
- *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
55 of 57 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
39 of 40 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
33 of 34 people found this useful
Excellent performance and plenty of storage
This is an amazing piece of gear. Works great with my Macbook Pro based editing suite. I do fast turn around jobs quite often and This is an amazing piece of gear. Works great with my Macbook Pro based editing suite. I do fast turn around jobs quite often and this drive delivers the speed and capacity along with the RAID1 protection for doing small to medium HD projects. This really is a quality product, and I'll definitely recommend it to anyone who needs good speed, and reliability. …
- Written by Imogen B
4 of 5 people found this useful
Stuck with a defective unit. Warranty sounds a lot better than it is.
Looks great. Is larger and heaver than expected. When this product works it's great, but...
I've had this product for about 9 Looks great. Is larger and heaver than expected. When this product works it's great, but...
I've had this product for about 90 days and found the power supply connector on the housing to be defective in the last 45 days. The unit only works when there is pressure applied to the power adapter that connects to the housing. Lacie support suggested I go out and purchase an equivalent power adapter for the unit (at my own cost) to rule out that the power adapter wasn't the issue. I did this and determined that the issue is a defective connector on the housing.
Faced with the inconvenience of backing up my drives, erasing data on the Lacie drives and sending the entire unit back for repair (again at my own cost) I asked the manufacturer if there was an option to get a replacement housing unit first so I could maintain possession of the original drives and my data. Apparently replacement is not covered under the standard warranty and I have to send them the entire unit in for repair. I am in the process of doing this and will provide an update as to the progress.
If you do buy this drive I recommend you open it and ensure it is in good working order within Apple's return period. I made the mistake of purchasing this in December, not setting it up until January and later discovering there was an issue with the hardware.
If this were an Apple manufactured product the support would be much better. …
- Written by Derrick C from Burnaby
2 of 5 people found this useful
I have been using this for almost a year now and it is an amazing piece of gear. It's fast, quiet, and has plenty of storage capac I have been using this for almost a year now and it is an amazing piece of gear. It's fast, quiet, and has plenty of storage capacity. Excellent to work with large files. …
- Written by Jennifer D
2 of 3 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
- Feb 24, 2014
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
- Feb 28, 2014
Can I set up the LaCie 2big as a Raid-1 and then direct Time Machine to it?
- Asked by David B
- Oct 13, 2013
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
- Oct 16, 2013
is it compatible with os 10.9 with no problems?
- Asked by Oliver B
- Nov 4, 2013
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
- Nov 4, 2013
which iMac's have thunderbolt ports or what dose a thunderbolt port look like
- Asked by Terry C from The Ponds
- Mar 1, 2013
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
- Oct 6, 2013