Beautiful, fast, reliable external storage for a 5k retina iMac
J. Hardin, Amazon
2 weeks ago
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).
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.
LaCie Support is really bad, with long wait times for any Support
On Stranger Tides, Amazon
12 December 2013
Summary: Dead after 9 months. I should have known it would do this as the drive has always been really, really loud, so it was a matter of time before one or both drives failed. LaCie Support is really bad, with long wait times for any Support. LaCie requires you to send them the dead drive on your dime, even under full warranty. I regret purchasing this drive and should have stayed with G-Technology.