Tech Tuesday: LaCie’s 2big Dual-Disk RAID Delivers Fast (and Quiet) 4K Storage

By // June 10, 2014 // Posted in Gear & Equipment, Hardware, Tech Tuesday

Capacity and speed are the two key attributes for an optimized workflow, especially with 4K gaining traction among videographers, and LaCie’s re-engineered 2big Dual-Disk RAID storage solution delivers on both counts. With transfer speeds of up to 420MB/s (when connected to a Mac via Thunderbolt 2), LaCie claims this is the fastest dual-disk RAID on the market.2big_TBT2_front-backPumping all that data through the pipeline can generate a lot of heat—not to mention there’s the constant (and annoying) sound of a cooling fan—but since the 2big has 500 percent increased airflow and a quiet, thermoregulated fan that turns on and off at different speeds depending on temperature, LaCie promises near silent operation.

Hot swappable disks are accessible from the front of the smart-looking industrial design enclosures, and LEDs let you keep an eye on disk status. Each unit measures a compact 4.65 x 4.29 inches, leaving plenty of room on your desk for other things.

Equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 hard drives and a single USB 3.0 (Mac and PC-compatible), the 2big can be connected to just about any workstation. And, since it supports exFAT and the built-in hardware RAID, you’ll keep the RAID configuration regardless of what computer it’s hooked up to.


With Thunderbolt 2, up to 6 devices can be daisy-chained, providing more than enough storage for even the most prolific photographer or filmmaker. The 2big is available in 6TB, 8TB and 12TB models, priced at $599 and up, and it’s shipping now.

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Theano Nikitas, a full-time freelance writer and photographer, has been writing about photography for 18 years. Although she loves digital, Theano still has a darkroom and a fridge filled with film thanks to her long-time passion for alternative processes and toy cameras.

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