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LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series 10TB External Hard Drive (9000378U)

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  • Shocking speeds up to 785MB/s
  • RAID 0, 1, and JBOD support with hot swap
  • Dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 7.7 x 8.6 inches ; 16.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 22.4 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00AX9ZA6W
  • Item model number: 9000378U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 14, 2013

Product Description

Product Description

With 785MB/s, immense five-disk capacity, and LaCie proven reliability, the 5big Thunderbolt Series is the perfect complement to a Thunderbolt-compatible computer for professional creative workflows. Thunderbolt power for today. Enough capacity for current and future projects.

From the Manufacturer

LaCie

LaCie 5 Big Thunderbolt Series

With 785MB/s*, immense five-disk capacity, and LaCie proven reliability, the 5big Thunderbolt Series is the perfect complement to a Thunderbolt-compatible computer for professional creative workflows. Thunderbolt power for today. Enough capacity for current and future projects.

LaCie 5 Big Thunderbolt Series
More Speed, More Efficient Workflow

More speed means a leaner workflow. Get 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. Handle multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams. And with capacities up to 20TB, you have enough storage for today and the future. For example, you could store all your project's raw daily footage onto a single LaCie 5big. Focus on your creative projects without the hassle of managing multiple storage devices.

LaCie 5 Big Thunderbolt Series

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. Thanks to hot-swappable disks**, you can simply slide a new disk into the safe volume without switching off the device.

Use the fast volume for use with Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere or Aperture, and the safe volume to back up your projects. No downtime, and no data loss. 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 company's Mac Mini Server.

LaCie 5 Big Thunderbolt Series
Daisy Chain to Multiply Options

Thunderbolt technology is the most flexible interface ever created. With dual Thunderbolt ports on the LaCie 5big, 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.

In addition, it increases the total amount of storage you can make available to your Mac. Thunderbolt technology is also mini-DisplayPort compatible. For example, you can connect a display and a LaCie 5big to your Mac via the included Thunderbolt cable.

LaCie 5 Big Thunderbolt Series
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 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 5big also has oversized air holes to facilitate airflow from the fan and reduce noise. All together, this ultra-quiet cooling system makes the LaCie 5big perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments.

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Perfect for Professional Environments

The LaCie 5big 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 5bigs. Whatever the professional environment, the LaCie 5big delivers convenience and piece of mind.

System Requirements
  • Computer with a Thunderbolt port
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or greater
What's in the Box

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt Series, Thunderbolt cable, external power supply, quick install guide, CD with user manual and software (Intego Backup Manager Pro).

1TB (Terabyte) = 1000GB. 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less).
* 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.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The setup for me was easy since I was able to use straight out of the box.
Danny
The cooling fan is nearly silent and effective. iStatpro shows that the 5 disks are kept under 50degC even with continual writing/backup of data.
ANDY C
It is too expensive for a paperweight however, so I will have to return it and try again.
Dandydoc

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By ANDY C on April 2, 2013
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Compared to several Seagate, WD, Maxtor, Samsung external hard drives I had, this Lacie is nearly perfect. Some thoughts to share

1. Well built. The drives are labelled 1,2,3,4,5 and slides easily out of the casing if replacement is needed. The cooling fan is nearly silent and effective. iStatpro shows that the 5 disks are kept under 50degC even with continual writing/backup of data. My eSata external hard drive makes more noise and vibration when pushed hard.

2. The Lacie Thunderbolt cable is black and nearly 1m long. The length works well for me. Apple's 0.5m and 2m cables are either too short or too long for me.

3. Super fast. Using Blackmagic Disk speed test: 5 disk Raid 0: 612/625 MB/s for write/read.

4. Versatile for dual Raids (0 and 1) set up. I wanted to try CNET review suggestion dual raids: 3 drives in Raid 0 for speed and 2 drives in Raid 1 for backup. 5 drive Raid0 is risky and 10 TB is too much capacity for me. Why 3 drives Raid 0? How much loss in speed is there compared to 5 drive Raid0? So out of curiosity, I also set up 2, 3, 4 disks Raid 0 using OS X and recorded Blackmagic Disk speed test:
4 drive Raid 0: 545/550 MB/s for write/read
3 drive Raid 0: 509/526 MB/s for write/read
2 drive Raid 0: 314/307 MB/s for write/read

For comparison, single drive recorded168/164 MB/s for write/read. So, there is linear gain in speed from 1 to 3 drives, and somewhat flatter gain at 4 to 5. So the 3 drives Raid 0 is a sweet spot for speed, 500MB/s is fast enough for me to work on large video files. remaining 2 disks as Raid 1 for time machine backup.

5. LaCie should update the features and user guide for its Raid Monitor software.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dad2014 on August 20, 2013
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This is a fairly heavy/big hard drive weighing in at over 20lbs! With that said, you do get SSD-like performance in "normal" operations when copying large files or when doing disk I/O benchmark runs. But real-world usage is a different story, when I put this LaCie 10TB Thunderbolt (RAID 0) hard drive to its paces it showed some flaws.

My review comes from a reference point that I've been using a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD, 256GB Vertex 4 SSD, a 128GB M4 Crucial SSD and a few other generic brand name SSDs for almost 2 years now. Basically, all my Macs and PCs are running SSDs. I decided to purchase this LaCie 10TB Thunderbolt RAID system so I can have the benefit of having a hard drive that's as fast as an SSD but with the capacity that only old-fashion HDs can provide. The computer I'm using is a MacBook Pro Retina (2012).
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THE GOOD STUFF
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First, the good stuff. This hard drive as configured out of the factory at RAID 0 is fast. How fast? About 3-4 times faster than the Seagate 4TB USB 3.0 hard drive. Basically, when I run Black Magic's Disk Speed Test, the Lacie 10TB Thunderbolt HD outperforms the Samsung 840 Pro SSD slightly. Not bad. This is why you're paying for the big bucks!

The hard drive goes to sleep when your mac does. It wakes up when your mac wakes up. Which is very nice! So you never really have to use the included on/off switch at the back unless you are transporting/storing the hard drive.
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THE BAD STUFF
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Okay, maybe "bad" is a strong word, but here are some things you need to know about the LaCie 10TB Thunderbolt hard drive:
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It has 5 physical hard drives, so there are some small amount of noise and heat you have to deal with. An issue you won't have with SSDs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John M. on June 18, 2013
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The 5Big Thunderbolt drive arrived well packaged and ready-to-go out of the box configured as a Raid0 10TB drive (fast). After doing some tests, I decided to reconfigure it as a Raid0 6TB drive for fast Timemachine backups of my 3TB fusion drive, and a 2TB mirror (Raid1) for my sensitive documents. The reconfiguration was quick and easy with Apple's disk utility. It was operable immediately after unboxing and connecting to the Thunderbolt port. It took less than 10 minutes to reconfigure the drive and have it up and working. It is a fast drive and relatively quiet. I have been using it for a week with no problems or second thoughts.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Epsilon Delta on April 28, 2013
After studying more, it turns out that these multi-drive Thunderbolt RAID drives might be more towards the speed. Otherwise, USB 3.0 is good enough speed. The reason is that a single hard drive probably can give 120MB/s to 150MB/s read or write, so if it is 2 drives, then USB 3.0 is well enough for such speed. With Thunderbolt, it can go higher speed than USB 3.0, so that's why the use of 5 hard drives at the same time, with RAID 0 mode, so that there are 5 drives working for you at the same time, to achieve the speed of 600MB/s read or write.

With the WD Duo Thunderbolt 6TB, I can get speed of 250MB/s read or write. With SSD in my Macbook Air, I can get 350MB/s. With Lacie's external SSD with USB 3.0, I can get 186MB/s write and 430MB/s read. So if you have the Lacie 10TB Big5, then it is like you have something that is even faster than SSD, and at the same time, with the capacity of 10TB. (10TB of SSD would be really expensive).
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