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(OLD MODEL) 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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. There is a complete lack of interaction when I open the monitor application apart from a small icon at the top border of the screen. Clicking the icon gives the option to open/ uninstall/quit. Uninstall? Duh? This got to be the easiest software to uninstall accidentally. "Open" will fire up a boring window showing the healthy raid disks in green color. Drives that are mounted but not set up in any Raid would not be reflected with green display even though the words say all disks OK. Green light is too simplistic for users dishing out a grand for a harddisk. Why do I need a software to do the same function as 5 blue LEDs on the back of the casing? It should be easy to tweak it to also tell temperature & capacity for each disk, fan speed etc. Come on.
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).
THE GOOD STUFF
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.
THE BAD STUFF
Okay, maybe "bad" is a strong word, but here are some things you need to know about the LaCie 10TB Thunderbolt hard drive:
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. I sleep in the same room as my computer so every increase of noise and heat matters.
The software it comes with is a joke. Just a small little applet/dialog box that shows each Hard Drive's status via a green color. It doesn't do anything else. It doesn't tell you how full each hard drive is, nor their temperature. All you get is a green color for each hard drive and nothing else.
There is spin-up time. SSDs have no spin up time and are ready to go when you are. Due to the physical nature of non-SSD hard drives...and now you have 5 of them...there is a slight spin-up time when the hard drives have gone to sleep.
Fairly easy to overwhelm the hard drives. Just perform several large file copy operations and you'll choke the hard drives/RAID system. Also, perform several thousand files of deletes and you'll choke the RAID system. Or, lunch Windows 2008 in a Virtual Machine and try to do other major things like run Final Cut Pro and you'll choke the RAID system.
The RAID system is software only. If you want hardware-based raid go with something like Pegasus if you are loaded with cash (in which case I envy you).
If you want as close to achieving SSD speeds as possible, keep all 5 hard drives at RAID 0. Then buy a cheap USB 3.0 hard drive, like the 4TB Seagate HD, and use that as your Time Machine backup. If you did have a catastrophic failure due to one of the hard drives failing, you'll have your Time Machine backup so you can access files as needed. This will give you enough time to order a replacement hard drive from LaCie and/or go down to your local computer store and pick up a compatible 2TB HD. Restore your files from Time Machine and viola! You are back in business (it may take a few hours, but you will be back in business).
If you need a storage system with a SSD-like performance with a large capacity and you are on a budget, this is it! As long as you understand and can live with its limitations, you will find that the hard drive does perform as expected (I never got above 500MB/s, so not sure where everyone is getting their 765MB/s). Just don't do too many things simultaneously you'll be fine. At the end of the day, this RAID system is not an SSD and cannot be compared/treated as such. If you absolutely must run at the fastest speed, get an Samsung 840 Pro SSD and connect it via thunderbolt.
I cannot give it 5-star due to the many limitations mentioned above, but a 4-star is rightly due given its price/performance ratio. Good job LaCie!
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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