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LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array

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Product Highlights
  • 4TB Capacity (2x 2TB)
  • 7200 rpm Speed, 32MB Cache
  • USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 Connectivity
  • RAID 0, 1 Modes
  • Hot Swappable Drives
  • Includes USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 Cables
  • Kensington Security Lock Compatible
  • Email Alerts for Temp and RAID Events
  • Compatible with Mac and Windows

The 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array by LaCie is a dual bay RAID enclosure that features 2x 2TB hard drives, running at 7200 rpm with a 32MB cache. The external enclosure also features USB 3.0/2.0 and FireWire 800/400 connectivity, giving you the flexibility and options to attach this unit to older PCs and Macs.

USB 3.0 offers an interface transfer rate of up to 5.0 Gbps, while the average (sustained) transfer rate is 210 MBps. The FireWire transfer rate is 800 Mbps max, and the average transfer 82 MBps. It supports RAID 0 (both disks are counted as one large drive) and RAID 1 (striping the data for redundancy and backup) and is preconfigured as RAID 0. The drives are user-serviceable and hot swappable, meaning that you can replace them at any time with fresh drives for more storage capacity.

There are also a number of features that give the LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra an added layer of protection. Besides the redundancy of data in Raid 1 mode, the unit also ships with professional backup software for timed and scheduled backups that include file-level and system-level restores. This gives you the option of performing a full system backup that would let you boot your Mac directly from the 2big Quadra. It's compatible with Time Machine and Windows 7 backup, and there's even a Kensington lock slot to prevent physical theft of the unit.

Another feature that ensures reliability in your data protection is the effective dual cooling system. An overheated drive can mean the difference between restore and failure, and LaCie has implemented a system that consists of three components - a solid aluminum heat sink, a thermo-regulated magnetic levitation fan, and numerous large venting holes for air dissipation. The fan controls speed based on the ambient temperature of the unit, so it's energy efficient and quiet since it is not spinning unnecessarily all hours of the day. You can also set the unit to deliver email alerts when a temperature or RAID level is approaching a critical status to help you plan ahead and avoid crashes.

USB 3.0 Speed
Now with USB 3.0 and UAS compatibility, the LaCie 2big Quadra has two 7200rpm professional hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0 that provide up to 210MB/s transfer speed on PCs or late-model Macs. The hardware RAID controller ensures sustained performance and prevents dropped frames. It's more than twice as fast as FireWire 800 and up to six times the speed of USB 2.0.
Connectivity and Compatibility
With its multiple interfaces, the LaCie 2big Quadra is compatible with almost any Mac or PC. With FireWire 800, import your data from your old computer even faster, if your old computer is compatible. You can even daisy chain older external storage devices or A/V peripherals in order to import data directly. Thanks to backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and FireWire 400, you can connect the LaCie 2big Quadra to almost any standard computer of any era.
Data Protection
The LaCie 2big Quadra features RAID 1 and hot-swappable disks, so your data is kept safe even if a drive fails. Simply swap in a new disk without switching off the device. You also won't lose any data if, during a file transfer, someone trips over the interface or power cable. The LaCie 2big Quadra's cable management system keeps all cables safely connected to the enclosure. This product is also a complete workstation backup solution. It includes professional backup software that lets you perform file-level and even system-level backup and restore. So you can create a full system backup that lets you boot your Mac directly from the product. It's also Time Machine and Windows 7 Backup compatible. It even lets you prevent physical theft thanks to Kensington lock compatibility.
Dual Cooling System
LaCie's completely redesigned cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: a heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a redesigned fan, and jumbo heat exhausts. For the enclosure, its solid-aluminum heat sink design provides 60% more surface area than flat designs, diverting and dissipating heat more efficiently. Its new magnetic levitation fan generates zero vibration or friction. It pulls heat away from the internal components while being 50% quieter than previous generations. The fan is also thermo-regulated, so it controls its speed according to the ambient temperature. This means it works more efficiently, prolonging its lifespan and generating less noise. The 2big Quadra has more and larger air holes to facilitate airflow and reduce noise.
Convenience
With its space-saving design, you can stand it alone vertically and reduce its footprint on your desktop, or neatly stack it with the LaCie d2 Desk Rack or standard 19" Rackmount Kit. Busy professionals can also set up email alerts, so they can monitor their device before potential problems escalate. They'll know, for example, that the ambient temperature in the room is too high before it causes problems. Even changing the RAID mode is convenient thanks to two-step Easy RAID configuration.
Eco Mode
The LaCie 2big Quadra also features an Eco mode that puts the hard disks to sleep after a period of inactivity. This prevents overheating and controls power usage.
Performance
Capacity 4TB (2x 2TB)
Interface 1 x USB 3.0 port (UAS compatible and USB 2.0 compatible)
2 x FireWire 800 (9-pin) ports
Drive Speed 7200 rpm
Buffer 32MB
Average Seek Time Not supplied by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: Up to 210MB/s
FireWire 800: Up to 82MB/s
FireWire 400: Up to 40MB/s
USB 2.0: Up to 35MB/s
Supported RAID Levels Preconfigured RAID 0
Modes: RAID 0 (Fast) / RAID 1 (Safe)
Security System monitoring and email alerts for temperature and RAID events
Kensington lock compatible
Cable management
System Requirements •Latest version of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
•Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel only), 10.6, 10.7, 10.8 or greater
•Computer with a FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port
•Minimum free disk space: 600MB recommended
General
Mounting External, desktop
Power Requirements 100-240Vca; 50/60Hz
Environmental Requirements None supplied by manufacturer
Noise Average Value (idle): 21.9dB
Average Value (stress): 32.3dB
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.5 x 6.7 x 7.8" / 91 x 172 x 200 mm
Weight 7.9 lbs / 3.6 kg
LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array
  • USB 3.0 Cable (USB 2.0 Compatible)
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • Drive Stand
  • External Power Supply
  • Quick Install Guide
  • CD with User Manual and Software
  • Cable Management
  • 3 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    LaCie4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array
     
    4.7

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (9)
    • Easy to set up (6)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Attractive (4)
    • Large capacity / good size (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (9)
      • Photo storage (6)
      • Video (5)
      • Additional storage (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (7)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (7), Business (5)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (8), PC (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Just what I wanted...

      I needed a redundant drive array to reliably store scanned slides and negatives. The Firewire 800/USB 3 connections are perfect with my Mac Mini and Macbook Pro which still have the Firewire 800...Read complete review

      I needed a redundant drive array to reliably store scanned slides and negatives. The Firewire 800/USB 3 connections are perfect with my Mac Mini and Macbook Pro which still have the Firewire 800 ports. I reconfigured the drive to RAID 1 by using the included pick.
      As always, B & H is great place to buy, be it photo or computer gear. Painless ordering system, constant communication regarding order status. What more could one ask?

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Lacie Quadra

      I like the idea of the product but I am unsure about its reliability,,it keeps disconnecting from desktop.

      I like the idea of the product but I am unsure about its reliability,,it keeps disconnecting from desktop.

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      5.0

      Big and Fast

      By pjd5150

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

        Use for Video storage and editing. Big and fast.

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

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        4.0

        A must have for every household

        By S

        from SF

        Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

        So far this is the best raid I have ever use. Quiet and not hot after running for over 36 hours!

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        5.0

        Great Photo Backup

        By Garden Photographer

        from Central Virginia

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photo Storage

          Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

          I use this product to backup the entire photo library. It is fast, reliabale and easy to us. I recommend this product to other photographers.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Love These Quadras

          By RockyS

          from Port Charlotte, FL

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

            I just love the security these drives provide. I just purchased my third one and use them for backing up my systems as well as external data storage. They give me peace of mind with the Raid 1 redundancy. I also like the passive & active cooling since heat is what kills hard drives.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Size and Speed!

            By Ceez "The Squeeze" Rivers

            from Chicago, Il

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

              This external is better than most i've has a far as speed goes. I've used LaCie products before and I'm glad that they're making things a little more affordable with thier external options.

              4TB with USB 3 and Firewire 800 options is a must for transferring large video files. So Far So Good.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Just what I wanted...

              By Old Crypto Guy

              from Bremerton, WA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Built Like A Tank
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Extra Drive Cages

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

              I needed a redundant drive array to reliably store scanned slides and negatives. The Firewire 800/USB 3 connections are perfect with my Mac Mini and Macbook Pro which still have the Firewire 800 ports. I reconfigured the drive to RAID 1 by using the included pick.
              As always, B & H is great place to buy, be it photo or computer gear. Painless ordering system, constant communication regarding order status. What more could one ask?

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Shallow Learning Curve

              By Lenny

              from Bellingham, WA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Bright light

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

              The unit is functioning as a 4TB (2x2TB) RAID I backup for photographic media. It is being used on a Dell XPS PC system run on Windows 7. Although the directions have to located on the internet, the procedure to re-format and partition is a straight forward 'shallow' learning curve. Anyone able to handle a DSLR in 'M' is quite capable of figuring out the configuration process. Thus far (two weeks) the LaCie has functioned without problems. Yes, you can program the front light to OFF, but it periodically blinks and lights up a dark room!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              I recommend to back up

              By Robson Slepicka

              from Sao Paulo - Brazil

              About Me Tech Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quiet
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                I use on my site to back up many jobs that work I do.Very good, stable and easy installation.

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

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                5.0

                My first raid

                By Joe67

                from Chico ca

                Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                This was my first raid setup I most say very easy to setup and very reliability sleack design HD swop very easy lacie is my top pick win it come to HDs naw only if I hade more cash to pick up anther one

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                5.0

                Great for secure photo storage

                By Mistur

                from Toronto

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Large Projects
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                  It's quiet, fast and well built. I purchased this to store photographs using the Raid 1 configuration. Now every photo is copied to both drives for secure backup. You can buy cheaper raid drives but I have confidence in Lacie. A quick reformat for Mac and its good to go.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Lacie Quadra

                  By Al

                  from Ontario, Canada

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • Freezes Easily

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Laptops

                  Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                  I like the idea of the product but I am unsure about its reliability,,it keeps disconnecting from desktop.

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

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                  5.0

                  Best way to make onging Backups

                  By Peter Arbib

                  from Camby, Indiana

                  About Me Somewhat tech savvy

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast Connectivity
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Laptops
                    • Large Projects

                    Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                    I needed a new way to make ongoing backups of my ever growing Photography files...
                    I used to just "Copy-Paste" to a 2nd HD...with 1TB of files... it takes too long now,
                    .
                    With this... After I copy my files to this, (on safe mode... = RAID 1), any file I edit and saved, is copied On-The-Fly in the backgroud to Drive 2.
                    .
                    No more hours of waiting to C/P files ever few weeks... I hate Backup software....

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    4TB 2big Quadra flies on FW800...

                    By Paul

                    from Ridgewood

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • Fast Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                      Excellent reliability (this is my 12th drive in 10 years of this make), fast and really easy to set up and use.

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

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Drive

                      By BJosephine

                      from Seattle, WA

                      About Me Power user

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • good RAID performance
                      • Universal connectivity
                      • User friendly

                      Cons

                      • Can't think of any

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Video

                      Comments about LaCie 4TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                      This is a thoroughly professional unit. I've got it set up to provide 100% data redundancy with RAID 1 and to send me an email in case a problem crops up while I'm out of the office (if a disk fails or the temperature gets too high). When the time comes to buy more storage, we'll look to LaCie.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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