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LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array

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LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array

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Product Highlights

  • 6TB Capacity (2x 3TB)
  • 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
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The 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array by LaCie is a dual bay RAID enclosure that features 2x 3TB 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 6TB (2x 3TB)
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 6TB 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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    LaCie6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Large capacity / good size (11)
    • Attractive (10)
    • Easy to set up (9)
    • Quiet (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photo storage (9)
      • Back-up (8)
      • Additional storage (7)
      • Video (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (13)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (10)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (7), PC (6)

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      4.0

      Great Raid 1Performance

      By Stanphoto

      from Cape Cod, MA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

        Set up several of these as Raid 1 external HD's. I have found the USB 3.0's to be fast and reliable and worth the cost difference from the Thunderbolt drives.

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

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        5.0

        I love these hard drives

        By charlaphotography

        from Kona,Hawaii

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

          These arrays are the backbone to my archive. I use them in safe mode to have an instantaneous back up of my files. I never have to worry about scheduling daily back ups or losing my files.

          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Super Quiet. Nice design.

          By NW_Shooter

          from Seattle

          About Me Power user

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage

            Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

            This is the 2nd LaCie product I've owned. Ordered my first one quiet some time ago from B&H Tool. Lasted a good long while. Now this is my 2nd 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay as the first one I ordered from B&H arrived damanged in shipping. Drives were buggered up. They returned no problem and shipped me a replacement - GOT TO LOVE B&H!!!Replacement arrived. Couldn't get drive visible to Computer. LaCie has lots of help on its sight. Through a good search, I found the DOS command stuff (can you believe it!?) which enabled me to cmd/Run instructions to the drive I couldn't access through the Disk Management utility. After I did that and with some help from Support to pick Mirrored drive - the Auto Formatting Tool kicked in and works like a charm.Boy is this quiet!

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

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            4.0

            works extremely well

            By stanphoto

            from Cape Cod

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                  Using this as a Raid 1 back up for all my digital assets. It is fast and speedy, but the documentation could have been better as it uses a different set-up procedure then expected. Quiet and small footprint.

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

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                  4.0

                  Beast of A Hard-Drive

                  By John-MIke

                  from Jefferson City, MO

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

                    Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                    I purchased this as a backup system for my computer to hold thousands of photographs. Setting up can be confusing if your not a computer geek, but the folks at LaCie were great and walked me through the process. Read through the manual (obtained on-line or from CD) a couple of times. The first step, is to decide if you want this as one complete drive or as two separate drives that mirror each other. I set them up to mirror so that if one crashed I had a back-up. If one of the 3TB drives crashes you just replace it and it immediately copies your files from its sister drive. I am only giving it four stars because I have not had it long enough to know how well it will perform but an online search of external drive performances gave it one of the highest ratings. One thing to know is that B&H does not keep this in stock. Ordering from LaCie gets immediate shipping while with B&H you will have to wait 7 to 14 days for them to get it, then turn around and ship it to you. There was no shipping costs with B&H and they are a great company to do business with.

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

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                    5.0

                    So far so good

                    By Tony! Toni! Toné!

                    from Falls Church, VA

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Video

                      Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                      Using this Lacie in Raid 1 mode and the initial file transfer went well.

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

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                      5.0

                      Easy to set up and efficient

                      By Ohmylight

                      from Saratoga, NY

                      Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                      Love this drive. It's easy to set up, Lacie has good customer service (I did have one bit of confusion but it was quickly resolved)

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                      5.0

                      Mass Storage for Digial Photos

                      By Light Ninja

                      from Irvington, NY

                      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

                        Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                        The internal 1TB drive on my comuper is quickly filling up because of my digital images. I use Lightroom 5 to catalog and edit my pix so I decided to move all my photos from my internal drive to the 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 in Raid 1 mode (redundant) by LaCie via Lightroom. I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I have freed up lots of space on my internal drive, my lightroom catalog is completely up to date and the retrival time on the LaCie with USB 3.0 is very fast. The only thing that will slow the retrival rate down is if the unit goes to sleep but that is not a problem as one can set the sleep mode from 1 minute up to 2 hours.

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

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                        4.0

                        Excellent drive!

                        By Fred

                        from Doylestown

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                          Fast, and great for editing massive projects on the road with the latest MacBook Pro retina display and USB 3.0!

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

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                          5.0

                          Works Great So Far

                          By Northwest Tech

                          from Fresno, CA

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

                            Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                            This drive works great. It is very to simple to set up, and is large enough to handle the uncompressed video files that we work with on a regular basis for archiving old projects. We've only had it for a few weeks now, but it seems to be a very stable and fast drive.

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

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent product and storage capacity

                            By Mdc622

                            from Boyds, MD

                            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

                              Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                              I needed a dependable working drive to store photos from weddings and other key events. This drive provides the security of RAID 1 so I have a copy of my images at all times. It is very fast and easy to set up.

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

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Super simple set-up and peace of mind

                              By Tom

                              from Dallas, TX

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Video

                                Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                                This is my primary video editing drive and is proving as reliable as my original LaCie drive. Backing up my work periodically was just too risky as a hard disk failure could wipe out something that took a lot of time to produce or could not be replicated. The RAID mirroring function creates a constant duplicate with cloud based storage providing the daily, redundant backup. The 2 Big was incredibly easy to install and provides fast access to even the bigest projects. I've used LaCie for a while and wholeheartedly endorse their drives.

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

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Working great for my Capture One files

                                By Kevin at MJS

                                from Minneapolis, MN

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photo Storage

                                  Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                                  It's smaller than I thought it would be, so it takes up less space on my desk. I am using it on FW800 and I have transferred several 250 GB folders to it and It was reasonably fast. I am rocking it in Raid 1 for 3TB but redundant. Overall I am very happy with it thus far.

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

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good drive

                                  By Nowell Wisch

                                  from San Diego CA

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • No Esata Port
                                  • Slow

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about LaCie 6TB 2big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID Array:

                                  It's a good drive. Great enclosure and easy to set up on Windows 7. Only issue is that it has two Firewire 800 ports and no eSATA connection... bummer. Runs on USB 2.0 fine but slow. Seems to be reliable... so far.

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

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