Summary: 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...
Summary: 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.
Pros: Data storage itself is pretty reliable. Reasonably fast. Has both USB 3.0 and 2 Firewire 800 ports.
Cons: • 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
Summary: Amazing, and i have three of these units, and they are filled up. I've only had two drives fail in the time that I have had them since 2009, but since it is RAID, I just have to purchase a backup drive for it. The first one was free because LACIE gives you a warranty, so they exchanged it for free. Great company.
Summary: I have two of these 4big 8TB RAIDS that were bought about 9 months apart and both have had a failed power adapter, so it was a $50 part to fix it. The first RAID adapter failed after about 3 years of use and took down one of the drives. Once I hooked it up to a new adpater the RAID rebuilt (using RAID 5). About 9 months later the second RAID's adapter went out, this time without affacting the drives. I'm fairly happy with these RAIDs.
Made my Windows7 unstable even though it says it is compatible with Windows7
S. Raut, Amazon
11 August 2014
Summary: Pros: Stunning looks hot removable drives multiple configurations for RAID Cons: Poor customer service (be prepared to be on hold ... till you give up:) ) Sharp corners might lead to injury Most irritating fact: makes windows unstable. Frequent bluescreen incidents (locale 1033, 124)occur when I have Lacies HD connected to PC (Windows7).
Summary: I was super excited to get this drive. It was the size I needed and I have had great luck with LaCie's smaller external hard drives. Unfortunately, the entire drive failed less than one year after I purchased it. All of my data for a huge project were stored on this drive. My IT guy worked with LaCie and the support was pretty good. Within one week they had restored 95% of the data on the drive and shipped me a new one.
Summary: I bought 6 of these units. Between 2 years 4 of them have failed that required the whole unit being replaced. Before that, I had to have 4-6 of the disks in different units replaced. Could not afford the downtown of these systems and have spent over $500 to get advance replacements. I complained to LacIe who offered me a discount to buy a spare disk! I highly caution buyers of getting these units. 66% failure is totally unacceptable.
Summary: It's great. It's expensive, but this is what I bought it for- it does what its intended to do and streams fine from it in USB 3.0
Pros: Holds more than enough at RAID 5 (the 12 TB model = 8.80GB or close to that). Pretty easy setup, no issues few weeks in. It's backing up my home media collection.
Cons: Nothing major I can report on.. its heavy, so just concerned for the glass desktop it sits on. Light on the front, a la HAL, comes on from time to time, but its not major. Have the drives in sleep after 10 mins.. so maybe something is pinging it.