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LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0 16TB External Hard Drive (9000330U)

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Product Description

Product Description

In this deadline-driven world, your external storage has to move data fast, be constantly dependable, and connect to any standard computer on the planet. With these needs in mind, LaCie designed the 4big Quadra USB 3.0 from the ground up. With USB 3.0 and RAID 5, it delivers speed and security without compromise. Thanks to an efficient and ultra-quiet cooling system, the LaCie 4big Quadra is completely reliable and perfect for intensive content creation, secure backup, or massive desktop storage.

From the Manufacturer

LaCie

LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0

The New Era for Speed
LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0

In this deadline-driven world, your external storage has to move data fast, be constantly dependable, and connect to any standard computer on the planet. With these needs in mind, LaCie designed the 4big Quadra USB 3.0 from the ground up. With USB 3.0 and RAID 5, it delivers speed and security without compromise. Thanks to an efficient and ultra-quiet cooling system, the LaCie 4big Quadra is completely reliable and perfect for intensive content creation, secure backup, or massive desktop storage.

LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for a Workflow Boost

Now with USB 3.0 and UAS compatibility, the LaCie 4big Quadra delivers optimized performance for PC and late-model Mac. Its four 7200rpm professional hard disks configured in RAID 0 provide up to 245MB/s*. The hardware RAID controller ensures sustained performance and prevents dropped frames.

More than twice as fast as FireWire 800 (up to six times the speed of USB 2.0), the LaCie 4big Quadra will transform your workflow. And its massive capacity makes it the only storage you'll need for all your projects. Backups and file transfers finish much faster. Play back multiple HD video streams in Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere. Enjoy more responsive photo library browsing in Aperture or Lightroom.

LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0
Universal Connectivity for Compatibility

Don't let your project get derailed by external drive/computer incompatibility. With its multiple interfaces, the LaCie 4big Quadra is the perfect match for any Mac or PC. With FireWire 800, import your data from your old computer even faster, if your old computer is compatible.

You can even daisy chain older external storage devices or A/V peripherals in order to import data directly, hassle-free. Thanks to backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and FireWire 400**, you can literally connect the LaCie 4big Quadra to any standard computer of any era. Whatever the computer you use, the LaCie 4big Quadra has the right connection for it.

LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0
Comprehensive Data Protection

The LaCie 4big Quadra goes the extra mile to protect your data. It can be configured in RAID 5 so your data is kept safe even if a drive fails, without compromising performance. Thanks to hot-swappable drives, you can simply swap in a new disk without switching off the device. No downtime, and no data loss. You also won't lose any data if, during a file transfer, someone trips over the interface or power cable.

The LaCie 4big Quadra's cable management system keeps all cables safely connected to the enclosure. This product is also a complete workstation backup solution. It includes professional backup software that lets you perform file-level and even system-level backup and restore. So you can create a full system backup that lets you boot your Mac directly from the product. It's also Time Machine and Windows 7 Backup compatible. It even lets you prevent physical theft thanks to Kensington lock compatibility.

LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0
Dual Cooling System for Long-Term Reliability

The LaCie 4big Quadra's advanced dual cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua cooling fan, and jumbo heat exhausts.

For the enclosure, its solid-aluminum heat sink design diverts and dissipates heat more efficiently than plastic casings. Its ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing exceptionally little noise. It also controls its speed according to temperature, which means that it works more efficiently while prolonging its lifespan.

The LaCie 4big Quadra also has oversized air holes to facilitate airflow from the fan and reduce noise. All together, this ultra-quiet cooling system makes the LaCie 4big Quadra perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments.

LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0
Perfect for Professional Environments

The LaCie 4big Quadra was painstakingly designed to integrate seamlessly into professional environments. With its small footprint and space-saving design, you can stand it alone or stack multiple LaCie 4bigs. Busy professionals can also set up email alerts, so they can monitor their device before potential problems escalate.

For example, they'll know if the product's temperature is abnormally high. Even changing the RAID mode is convenient thanks to two-step easy RAID configuration. It also features an Eco mode that puts the hard disks to sleep after a period of inactivity. This prevents overheating and controls power usage. Whatever the professional environment, the LaCie 4big Quadra delivers convenience and piece of mind.

System Requirements
  • Latest version of Windows XP^, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or greater
  • Computer with a FireWire 800, FireWire 400*, USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
  • Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
What's in the Box

LaCie 4big Quadra USB 3.0 (including 4 x hard disks), USB 3.0 cable (USB 2.0 compatible), FireWire 800 cable, external power supply, quick install guide, cable management, CD with user manual and software.

1TB (Terabyte) = 1000GB. 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less).
* Maximum interface transfer rate = theoretical bus bandwidth, whereas burst transfer rate = maximum drive speed. Tests conducted in RAID0 with 3TB hard disks. Speeds depend on the RAID mode selected, and average transfer rates vary from one computer to another and from one drive to another.
** Adapter cable (sold separately) required. File speeds limited to FireWire 400 speeds.
^ Windows XP 32-bit does not support volumes with capacities exceeding 2TB.


Product Details

User Manual [934kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 8.7 x 7.7 inches ; 15.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 21.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00AJJIVPI
  • Item model number: 9000330U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 6, 2012

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Great device for those with large data storage needs.
Cadnr
I called them back when it exhibited the same problems on two different machines, and the tech just blamed Apple.
J. S. Sevakis
The fan noise was random; sometimes it happened, other times it would work quietly.
David Fuchs

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Gilbert on March 24, 2013
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The LaCie hard drive is awesome! I have it on Raid 10 and still have 10 TB of space to work with, plus all of my data is secure. When I installed it, the program froze, so I had to actually format the hard drive myself, but as soon as I did, I tested the speed by copying all of the information from my other hard drives to it. I still have 6 TB remaining.

Awesome device!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cadnr on September 29, 2014
Great device for those with large data storage needs. Love the design - clean looks and easy to use. Set the RAID mode, format and away you go - simply plug in on USB 3 and it shows up in your OS as a single large disk drive. It sits quietly under your desk with its big blue eye shining to let you know it's online. I get read speeds of about 120 MB/s in RAID5, which is great - I couldn't be happier. HDs in the back come out quite easily in case you need to swap one. I see a lot of scientists around here at NASA Goddard using them for data storage, so I guess that speaks for itself?!

Only slight problem I had with one of mine was a vibration coming from one of the disks... This was fixed by making sure the drives were all pushed in properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Sevakis on January 24, 2015
I've now had two of these things. I've had two because LaCie let me return one, and they sent me another, and it had the exact same problems, so I'm going to assume that they all...
• unexpectedly eject over USB 3.0 on a Mac when the drives spin down
• never go to sleep when connected via Firewire 800
• have remarkably poor build quality (the fan rattles sometimes until you bump it)
• take over 30 seconds to spin up from sleep mode
• completely ignore the Mac's energy saver preference to never spin down on Mac OS X 10.9 or higher

After wrestling with LaCie's tech support for over 6 months (and having me send the drive in for testing, only to not do any of the things that make it unmount), they finally sent me a new unit. I called them back when it exhibited the same problems on two different machines, and the tech just blamed Apple. No, it is not Apple -- I've had 50+ drives hooked up to the same machines, and none of them did this. I've spent more time and energy wrestling with this exceedingly poorly designed piece of garbage than any other piece of equipment I've ever owned. It's the worst big-ticket gear purchase I've ever made. I've replaced it with an OWC ThunderRaid 4, which I highly recommend -- it has none of these problems, is much cheaper, and way faster. Nobody seems to even want this piece of garbage on eBay, so I'm ripping out the drives and putting it in a NAS enclosure. If I'm going to be out $1400, at least I can get SOMETHING useful out of it. In the mean time, if anyone wants to start some class action proceedings going, I'm SO in.
I bought this on a friend's recommendation, despite knowing LaCie's poor reputation. I got what I deserved. And I'm never listening to that friend ever again.
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