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With speeds up to three times faster than FireWire 800, LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series also features RAID security, hot-swappable disks, and daisy chain convenience. Heavy data users can turbo charge their workflow with jaw-dropping speed improvements. And capacities up to 10TB on 7200rpm hard disks deliver the professional storage they demand. Improve your workflow. Get huge data storage. Ensure full data protection.
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This review is from: LaCie 2big 10TB Dual 10Gb/s Thunderbolt 2-Bay RAID External Hard Drive 9000478
Pros: A small footprint on the desk conceals a huge storage capacity. The unit was easy to set to RAID 1 (you lose the neat LaCie icon, but you can download these from the LaCie website and replace them on your computer). The Thunderbolt connection is blazingly fast, making Time Machine a short and hassle free affair. I checked the unit out before plugging it in and it is easy to change out the HDDs in case of a failure.
Cons: The cooling fans are a bit loud, but not as loud as some external HDD units that I have had in the past. There are no physical lights or indicators on the unit in the event of a disk failure, but you can download an app from LaCie which does the job.
Other Thoughts: I put a lot of research into finding a Thunderbolt connected solution for my Time Machine backups, plus one-to-one copying of important files. Thunderbolt solutions are expensive and are not all created equally. This unit uses a software solution to RAID, which might use system resources, but is a better solution than a proprietary hardware solution, as in some other brands' equivalent offerings. A hardware RAID is one more thing to go wrong, and then you are stuck replacing the proprietary RAID board.
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