Lacie 2big Thunderbolt Series 4TB

7/19/2012 5:57:03 PM

The 2BIG features LaCie’s familiar metal case design, its ridged texture increasing the surface area so that the body serves better as a heat sink.

In this case it’s warranted to dissipate the energy loss of the two 3.5 inch hard disks mounted inside (a deeper ridge around the middle reminds you this is a twin drive unit), but does make the body a bit bulkier than comparable rivals.

Big blue. Though you may find it hard to shake the feeling of being watched, LaCie’s desktop drive is great value and shows the benefits of Thunderbolt performance

With a drive of this size, it’s only right that you’ll find a second Thunderbolt port on the back for pass-through, so it doesn’t matter if your Mac has only one port. A video capture box, display or additional storage can be daisy chained to the downstream port.

What you might not like so much is the huge illuminated button on the front, which lights up in blue whenever the drive is receiv­ing power. That’s easily remedied, though. Pressing the button parks the disks without putting the whole enclosure to sleep, so it can continue to pass voltage to any unpowered peripherals connected to the second port.

The disk bays are accessed from the rear. Unscrew the lock with a coin and the drives which are mounted on small plates - slide out. The disks are laid on their longest side, which contributes a little to the drive having a larger footprint than some of its competi­tors. A small app provided by LaCie sits in OS X’s menu bar, allowing you to check the status of the disks, but you must deliberately do so by clicking the icon to open the app before you can see what’s going on; it would be more appropriate for the icon to change color to provide information at a glance.

Description: Lacie 2big network
Lacie 2big network

With the two disks set up as a striped RAID array to maximise performance, the LaCie achieved average read and write speeds of 327.8MB per second and 345.4MB per second respectively. Among the individual results that contributed to these speeds, the minimum read and write speeds we saw were more than 40MB per second slower. Even so, the minimum read and write speeds were impressive for a hard disk, at 281.6MB and 299.6MB per second.

Despite the variation in transfer rates, even the 2big’s slowest transfer speeds are incredibly fast compared to traditional USB or FireWire storage. This is an excellent ex­ternal drive for tasks that demand maximum speed and lots of capacity.



$566; 6TB $753



Thunderbolt Mac * Mac OS X 10.6 or higher * Thunderbolt cable (not supplied)


Consistently fast transfer rates * easily user-replaceable disks


Audible when spinning up and down * relatively bulky design



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