Thunderbolt 2 Speeds for the 4K Era
With Thunderbolt 2 technology, the interface is no longerthe performance bottleneck. For the 5big, LaCie harnessed the breakthroughperformance potential of the Thunderbolt 2 I/O, squeezing the absolute bestspeeds out of the hard disks. Add a hardware RAID controller and 7200RPM disksand the result is incredible, sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s thatturbocharge 4K workflows, file transfers, and backups.
With this kind of speed, videographers can work directlyfrom RAW files in Apple® Final Cut Pro® or Adobe® Premiere®, get maximumquality from footage, and see edits in real time. No need to first convertfootage into a lower resolution. Avid® Pro Tools® users will notice incrediblysmooth audio mixing, even when working with hundreds of tracks simultaneously.Professional photographers using Adobe Lightroom® or Apple Aperture® can browsethrough archived libraries of thousands of RAW and edited images with zero lag.
RAID for Speed with Security
The LaCie 5big offers RAID modes 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD.Its hardware RAID controller delivers sustained performance, betterflexibility, and the ability to connect the product to another computer whilekeeping the RAID configuration. Preconfigured in HFS+ and RAID 5, it is trulyplug and play for Mac® users. And easily customize the RAID mode to suit yourneeds using the LaCie RAID Manager utility.
RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection againstdisk failure, while providing excellent speed and capacity. This is perfect forwhen you want to use a single storage product for both editing and backup. Evenin the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5bigÆs hot-swappable disks mean zerodata loss or downtime.
You could instead choose RAID 0** to maximize speed andcapacity for current projects, and then move completed projects to archivalstorage incredibly quickly. Or, choose JBOD, which allows you to see and useeach disk independently. With five working days a week, you can assign eachdisk to a daily backup. ItÆs even possible to set up multiple RAID volumes. Forexample, create both a 3-disk RAID 5 array for current projects, and a 2-disk RAID1 array for backing up source files and final footage.
The Most Powerful I/O, Reinvented
Thunderbolt technology redefined external storage with itsspeed and versatility for bandwidth-intensive applications. Thunderbolt 2builds on those advances by doubling the speed potential to 20Gb/s and enablingsimultaneous RAW 4K video editing and display. And thanks to support forDisplayPort 1.2, itÆs now possible to daisy chain higher-resolution displayssuch as 4K monitors.
FireWire 800 800Mb/sUSB 3.0 5Gb/sThunderbolt10Gb/sThunderbolt 2 20Gb/s
Thunderbolt 2 also continues to support daisy chaining up tosix devices to a computer via a single cable (included in the box). Forexample, you could connect a total of 36 LaCie 5bigs via the six Thunderbolt 2ports on a single Mac Pro®, enabling more than 1PB (1080TB) and more than3000MB/s. Thunderbolt 2 even uses the same cables and connectors asfirst-generation Thunderbolt***.
Advanced Cooling for Long-Term Reliability
The LaCie 5big has a cutting-edge cooling system thatensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. It consists of threekey components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua®cooling fan, and jumbo heat exhausts. For the enclosure, a solid-aluminumheat-sink design diverts and dissipates heat more efficiently than plasticcasings.
The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from theinternal components while producing exceptionally little noise. ItÆsthermoregulated, so it also controls its speed according to ambienttemperature. As a result, the fan works more efficiently while prolonging theproductÆs lifespan. And for whisper-quiet operation, the LaCie 5bigÆs heatexhausts direct noise away from the user. Altogether, this professional coolingsystem makes the LaCie 5big perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creativeenvironments.
Usability & Reliability for Professionals
In designing the LaCie 5big enclosure, LaCie relentlesslyfocused on usability for professionals. The front button gives you a convenientway to turn off the product or put it into Power-Saving Mode. A short pressspins down the disks, reducing power consumption, without interrupting aThunderbolt daisy chain. A long press powers down the product completely.
LaCie also bundles the 5big with software solutions forsystem monitoring, backup, and unauthorized access prevention. Use the LaCieRAID Manager utility to set up email alerts and monitor storage beforepotential problems escalate. And for professional backup schemes, the LaCie5big includes Intego® Backup Manager Pro and is compatible with Time MachineÖ.The LaCie 5big features a cable lock to prevent accidental Thunderbolt cable orpower supply disconnections. It also includes LaCie Private-Public software,which lets you prevent unauthorized access by password-protecting volumes withAES 256-bit encryption. Combined with Kensington® lock compatibility, the LaCie5big fully protects your data against unauthorized access.