Summary: After good experiences with smaller d2 LaCie drives, I chose the 4big from a number of other options (Drobo, Synology, etc.) Unfortunately, the product produced an exceptionally loud fan noise, even when the disks weren't being written or read.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Pros: says it holds 12tb but is set for 9tb and when I changed it , it doesnt let my computer start up , it locks unless its off at start up , also has othe stuff like a private block you can add a password to but deleted my pictures and never could get into that after install
Summary: I'm a filmmaker working with all digital workflow. I figured this RAID drive would be an excellent way to backup my raw footage while working on multiple projects. For the past 2 years I have been using this drive for exactly this purpose.
Summary: I'm on my third FAILED Lacie 4tb. Support has sent two units after red lights on drives and now the third unit keeps disconnecting from my Apple desktop. Running OS 10.6.8 and it's so frustrating to have NO back up with all my video files.
Summary: Warning to Mac users: I purchased one Lacie Big drive 18 months ago, another Lacie Big drive 24 months ago. I just upgraded to Mac OS X Lion. Neither drive works after the upgrade. The Lacie web site said that the "solution" to this problem was to revert back to Snow Leopard. Not really a solution.