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LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array

B&H # LA4BQ8TB Mfr # 301435U
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Product Highlights
  • eSATA
  • FireWire-800
  • FireWire-400
  • USB 2.0
  • RAID 0, 3, 3+Spare, 5, 5+Spare, 10
  • Also Supports Concatenation
  • Hot-Swappable Disks

The 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array from LaCie is an external 4-disk array that delivers a fail-safe storage solution. As configured, the array offers an impressive 8TB of storage spread across four drives, all of which are hot swappable.

The array features a quad interface which allows it to be connected via eSATA, FireWire-800, FireWire-400, or USB 2.0. It is capable of burst transfer rates of up to 230MB/sec when connected via eSATA. The array can be configured in a variety of schemata, including RAID 0 and RAID 5. These features and more make the array a great solution for your large data storage needs.

Connects to a computer via eSATA, FireWire-800, FireWire-400, or USB 2.0
Hardware RAID system supports RAID 0, 3, 3+Spare, 5, 5+Spare, 10, and Concatenation modes
Add an amazing 8TB of capacity, perfect for backing up your data
Delivers the superior data protection and speed that professionals demand
Features 4 hot-swappable disks
Stunning design is intended to complement and enhance your working environment
Includes Genie and Intego Backup Manager software for Windows and Mac, respectively
Works with Time Machine
Capacity 8TB
Array Type Hot-Swappable
Bays 4x
Drive Types Supported LaCie Drive Modules
Channels 1
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
Video Stream Playback Not Specified by Manufacturer
Array Configuration RAID
RAID Type: RAID
Levels Supported: 0, 5, 5+Spare, 3, 3+Spare, Concatenation, 10
Desktop/Rackmount Desktop
Status Indicator None
Input and Output Connectors 1x eSATA
2x 9-Pin FireWire-800
1x 6-Pin FireWire-400
1x USB 2.0
Fan Ultra-quiet cooling system with self-stabilizing oil-pressure bearing blower technology
Security None
Agency Certifications Not Specified by Manufacturer
System Compatibility Windows Vista, 7 ; Mac OS X 10.4 and greater 1
Please Note:

Windows 2000 and XP cannot recognize partitions larger than 2TB

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Compatibility No Drivers Required
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Environmental Requirements Operating
Temperature: 41-95°F (5-35°C)
Humidity: 5-80%, non-condensing

Storage
Temperature: 41-95°F (5-35°C)
Storage Humidity: 10-95%, non-condensing
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.7 x 7.7 x 6.9" (22.2 x 18 x 17.5cm)
Weight 15.7 lb (7.1kg)
LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array
  • Power Supply Kit
  • eSATA Cable
  • FireWire-800 Cable
  • FireWire-400 Cable
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • LaCie Utilities CD-ROM with User Manual, Genie Backup Manager Pro, and Intego Backup Manager Pro
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    LaCie8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array
     
    4.5

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (4)
    • Easy to set up (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        2.0

        Fast, but unreliable

        By Nick Weeks

        from Birmingham, AL

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Freezes or Crashes
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array:

        I purchased the Lacie 4Big back in April of 2009 to help with my ever expanding DSLR video storage needs. To date (November 2011) 3 of the 4 drives have failed and needed replacement.

        The performance is great, but 75% of the drives fail before 2 years? The drives in my unit are all Seagate 7200 SATA 3.0GB/sec. In the past I've had good luck with Seagate, not sure if it is the ventilation or what that is causing the failures but for me this is unacceptable. I run in RAID 5 mode 24/7/365, the unit is not set to auto power on mode. Connected to a Mac via FW 800.

        The unit itself has great connectivity, its quiet, and the access speed is more than enough. With the different connections (USB, Firewire, eSATA) you have plenty of options.

        I recommend looking at another product such as G-Technology, which I've had much better luck with.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Even better than I had hoped for!

        By CDA

        from New York, NY

        About Me Power user

        Pros

        • Best performance for
        • Compact
        • Easy To Manage
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Virtually silent

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • RAID 3 5 0
        • Video editing

        Comments about LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array:

        We got several 4Bigs for our facility and use them for both backing up and also as high-speed video editing drives. They excel in every category!
        The simple button-push RAID level chooser makes setting them up a piece of cake, and they are so quiet that I can put them right in the suites, even the one we use to mix our in-house shows for delivery. If you need a eSATA array for reliable Pro Res HQ editing, look no further.

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        • Business

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        5.0

        Great value

        By Editor Eric

        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array:

            We have have 4 of these drives, 3 are for video editing and one is a network drive for long term storage of tape less media. Other than having to replace a power supply (no charge under warranty) they have performed perfectly.

            We use the eSata connection.

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            • Business

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            5.0

            Great For P2

            By Lars Rendrag

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array:

                I needed an affordable RAID 5 solution for storing HD video from an HVX200's P2 cards. I'm at work on two feature documentaries concurrently, so I needed a lot of space. The LaCie was easy to set up as a RAID 5, seems pretty well behaved, and is reasonably quiet, though I will still power it down to record voiceovers into my Mac.

                Works well with my Final Cut Studio edit suite on an iMac 27". For multiple HD streams, a Mac Pro with eSata might be necessary, but I'm having no trouble with playback and editing of my 720p24n footage over FireWire 800.

                I'm going to add a spare drive in a tray, since my main concern using a tapeless workflow is media loss. (I'm keeping copies of all my media on the standalone drives the LaCie 4big "liberated" from my system, just in case.)

                The unit is bigger than I imagined, but still very compact. It's elegant to look at and well made, so I like to show it off to clients, who are always impressed that so much can fit in such a tiny space.

                I'll be curious to see how the fans hold up. Maybe they need to work awhile before they settle down, but there seem to be plenty of warning lights should anything go amiss with either a fan or a drive.

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                • Business

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                5.0

                good product [...]

                By Yuval

                from Tel aviv Israel

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good value
                • High quality

                Cons

                • Weight

                Best Uses

                • Post productions

                Comments about LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array:

                good raid works well i have 6tb one that i bought from b&h jan 2010
                I like it

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great Drive - Incorrect Instructions!

                By Bill

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Video editor

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Protection
                • It Works
                • Quiet
                • Sleek

                Cons

                • Wrong Instructions

                Best Uses

                  Comments about LaCie 8TB 4big Quadra External Hard Drive RAID Array:

                  I have a similar LaCie Quadra 2 Terabyte External 4 disk drive set up in RAID 5 config which I have been using for over a year - it was easy to set up and easy to use - flawless in its operation - and since I didn't use the eSata connection, not fast enough connection speed for editing without download, but that's my set up shortcoming, not that of the unit. I have been exceedingly pleased with it, and have recommended it to all my friends and associates. I use it not just for semipermanent backup of video files, but also for multiple mirror images of my C program drives.Now to the 8TB 4big Quadra - except for a very serious error in setup instructions, all of the foregoing comments apply fully, and I'll spell out the error in a minute, so you will have NO problem with the set up! I've only used the 8TB for a week (versus the smaller, similar unit for over a year), so I cannot comment, of course, on product reliability - LaCie is evidently not high on the reliability list for many, but that is precisely why I run in Raid 5, for a disk replacement when one goes out, without loosing any data (I have a spare disc on hand for the earlier unit, just in case, but haven't been able to purchase a spare for the 8TB yet, as its evidently too new to market to offer that yet).As indicated, everything about the product and its operation that I've said about the smaller 2TB unit apply to the 8TB, and I did not include any negative comments about the 2TB unit, because I have not been anything but fully pleased with it! The 8TB (in comparison to the earlier 2TB model) presents a much more attractive exterior front face with a single, large lit button, instead of front slots for four disks with corresponding lights (on the 8TB, the disc housings all insert on the rear panel). So the unit presents an attractive, sleek cube! The earlier unit fan was fairly noisy (which I personally did not find objectionable - so is my superbly functioning main work station - a Boxx PC), but the 8TB is relatively quiet (if anyone requests it, I'll measure the dB level with a calibrated sound level meter) but apparently effective - the heat coming out of the ventilation ports is readily discernable. As with other similar LaCie units, each of the four disks is locked in place, but can easily be removed using a flat bladed screwdriver or a supplied device for unlocking each. The time for the discs to sequentially load up is relatively quick, and once set up properly, my work station had (and has) no problem in recognizing this hot swappable device. Some individuals on other review sites have commented that the unit is expensive compared to some of the comparable competition, and I believe it is - but except for the egregious error in the provided instructions, it is a snap to set up and get running quickly, and that's what I was willing to pay extra for. As far as the unit itself, as you can see, I can't say well enough about it!Now to the unit's set-up INSTRUCTIONS which are in notable ERROR. Heads up, please. My 8TB came with a quick start up booklet, as well as a thorough and apparently well written and thoughtful instruction manual on the disc (also available of course on the Internet). The unit comes set up for a RAID 0 config, which of course if you want the best speed for editing right off the discs is best, but again of course if one disc of the four fails you loose everything! So I always go to RAID 5 which reduces the volume capacity to 3/4 of RAID 0, but also protects everything (and slows down the throughput). Well, the quick set up instructions and the complete manual are WRONG in one significant point, and if you are not aware of this, you will not be able to change the RAID configuration - here it is - the instructions indicate that to begin to change the RAID config, you press plus or minus buttons on the back of the unit to enter the RAID setting you wish to arrive at (more about those buttons in a minute!). Then we are instructed to disconnect the unit from whatever computer, and to turn the 8TB power on by simultaneously pressing the power on switch on the back of the unit, while holding down the single large circular button on the front of the unit. So far, so good. But then the instructions indicate that the step goes on by continuing to hold down that front button for TWO SECONDS - WRONG. This will accomplish nothing except the utter frustration and hours of wasted time I experienced! INSTEAD, initially hold that front button down for FIFTEEN SECONDS! That works. And then just follow the rest of the instructions as written (which include a later two second press of that first button to verify the setting, and that is correct!) and you'll be just fine. I would like to tell you that I figured out the fifteen second hold down on my own, but I didn't - I finally found it spelled out correctly on LaCies' web site, buried in a Q&A area. Once you follow the fifteen second hold down, reconfiguring RAID setup is a snap, as are other aspects of the set up.One final point about changing the RAID config. Those buttons! The plus and minus buttons on the back of the unit are very small, and reside just above and below a mechanically presented number which changes as the buttons are pressed, and then the number represents the RAID config for which you are aiming. I guess I am just naive and too old (with 65 years in electronics, and 19 years as a video editor), so there I was pressing the plus button (which like the minus button) has a little raised lip around its circumference), to raise the RAID target from the preset zero to five, and the button wouldn't work - or so I thought. Examining it with a flashlight and a magnifying glass (my close up eyesight for some reason is still fine) I then saw a tiny dimple in the center of the button, and Eureka! I then surmised that the indented flat of the button was the part that moved, and that it could be properly manipulated by using the small end of LaCies' supplied tool (the small end with a tiny nipple which fits in the button hole), pressed down on the button, using the tool, and the RAID number then changed appropriately. I suppose you all knew that - you must, because Lacie doesn't mention this anyplace in their otherwise excellent manual (excluding of course the incorrect hold down time mentioned earlier). So there!Would I purchase this or similar LaCie products again - you bet I would! I hope they shortly correct their manual - they will become aware of it after they have enough product returns and frustrated customers calling their help line!

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