Summary: Basically, only good for fast backup. I bought two of these, planning to do speedy video editing. The transfer rates are good--about 370mbs R/W--BUT latency is a joke. If you pause using the drive even for a few seconds, you have to wait for it to start transferring again. Add up all those wait times and deduct that from the transfer rates. I opted for an ADDITIONAL 2 1TB Samsung SSDs, concatenated to make a single virtual 2TB drive for video editing.
Beautiful, fast, reliable external storage for a 5k retina iMac
J. Hardin, Amazon
8 November 2014
Summary: My Goal: To get 6TB of FAST and SAFE and REDUNDANT storage for my iMac 5k (Late 2014 model) I have too many photos and videos to take risk and have lost all of my data due to a hard disk / raid failure before, so am going to significant lengths here. I run a 12TB Lacie 2Big in raid 1 (mirrored) as my time machine backup (so 6TB of space for time machine) and a 6TB Lacie 2Big in raid 0 (striped) for fast read/write storage of all my media (photos, videos, music).
My only disappointment is that the Thunderbolt connection is not recognized by ...
Terry L Grider, Amazon
10 August 2014
Summary: This is a very solid and fast external raid drive and with 12TB of storage, it has the capacity to hold lots of HD video, the reason I purchased it. My only disappointment is that the Thunderbolt connection is not recognized by my HP ZBook laptop that is an early model that had the 10gbps version of the Thunderbolt port. This is even though the Thunderbolt 2 interface is supposed to be backward compatible with the original Thunderbolt ports.
Summary: I was not sure about going with the LaCie drive but after getting it I must say that it's very fast and I have not had a single problem with it. As soon as I hooked it up to my Mac it showed up on my desktop and the speed of this thunderbolt drive was a real eye opener. I'm not sure why so many people complained about noise - I bought it a few months ago and it's very smooth, quiet, and attractive. I think I will order another one and I highly recommend it.
Summary: We purchased two of these drives to serve as the primary backup for the shared folders on a Drobo 5D. All three drives are connected to a MacMini server via thunderbolt. From day one of usage of the LaCie drives, the server would freeze when running a Time Machine backup to one of the 2Bigs. I mean total hard freeze, where the cursor would not move, the keyboard was unresponsive and forcing the server off was the only available course of action.
Summary: Needed to buy a bigger external HD for expanded media storage. I have used LaCie external drives over the last 15 years and never had an issue. And I'm still using all the drives I bought over the years.
Summary: This is a handsome well-built unit. Mine runs smooth and quiet. I am not bothered by the “blue light” or the weight since I use it in my well-lit office on a desk. I’ve experimented extensively with the RAID configurations and have a few concerns. First, know that (unlike NAS units) this enclosure has no hardware-based RAID capabilities. It’s all driven by software from your OS (in my case Apple Maverick OSX’s disk-utility).
Summary: I bought this RAID1 solution to avoid total lost of my life data. Then, 5 months after, this junk piece of hardware had a catastrophic failure and everything was lost. And in addition to that, the 3 years warrant does not cover the cost of recovering the data. To recover the data cost me more than this piece of junk. My personal recommendation, don't buy LACIE junk product. Try WD.