Summary: I needed to first use this to extract information from drives of a failed machine, so replaced installed drives with those from old Mac. Was able to retrieve information. Then reinstalled the original drives. Set up a mirror RAID for TimeMachine. The other 3 drives are free to store videos etc. Have used it for 14 days and am very satisfied.
Summary: I bought this system to use with a 2013 model iMac. I set it up in less than 10 minutes including the time it took to format four of the included drives into two RAID 1 sets for storing files with mirrored back up and one RAID 0 drive for Time Machine back up of the iMac's HD. The housing's 7" x 8" footprint is larger than any HD tower I've used before, but the system also remains cooler and generates less vibration than my previous systems.
Summary: This thing is awesome. Its super fast, ridiculously quiet and runs really cool. I have had this drive for 6 months now and am really impressed. I have had horrible results with other enclosures and have lost drive after drive because of overheating. I can't believe how cool this thing runs. I would definitely recommend this drive to anyone in the market for a fast raid enclosure setup.
Summary: The 5Big Thunderbolt drive arrived well packaged and ready-to-go out of the box configured as a Raid0 10TB drive (fast). After doing some tests, I decided to reconfigure it as a Raid0 6TB drive for fast Timemachine backups of my 3TB fusion drive, and a 2TB mirror (Raid1) for my sensitive documents. The reconfiguration was quick and easy with Apple's disk utility. It was operable immediately after unboxing and connecting to the Thunderbolt port.
Summary: Compared to several Seagate, WD, Maxtor, Samsung external hard drives I had, this Lacie is nearly perfect. Some thoughts to share 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.
Summary: I've had this for a few weeks now and love the quietness and looks. The speed is incredible. I'm really impressed. I have the Lacie 2Big series and compared this 5Big series the speed is much greater on this.
designed to get close to the max speed that Thunderbolt can support
Epsilon Delta, Amazon
11 September 2012
Summary: After studying more, it turns out that these multi-drive Thunderbolt RAID drives might be more towards the speed. Otherwise, USB 3.0 is good enough speed. The reason is that a single hard drive probably can give 120MB/s to 150MB/s read or write, so if it is 2 drives, then USB 3.0 is well enough for such speed.
Summary: What an amazing product--I have a digital media production company where I have to sling around large photography images and even bigger video files from the likes of up to the Canon C300 editing in FCPX--this thing blasts through all of it, like a hot knife through butter. It has changed my life to be able to stream any full HD footage in FCPX I can throw at it. And of course transfer rates are insane.
Summary: I wanted to replace a GSPEED-Q and I purchased this 2 days ago. I am very happy with this product. It is very, very quiet in comparison to the GSPEED. It shutsdown automatically when my Imac goes to sleep at night and wakes when my Imac wakes. My computer is in the bedroom so this is really nice compared to the GSPEED that was loud and would never go to sleep unless it was turned off. I am running this in a RAID 0 that is backed up to two separate drives.