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LaCie 4big Quadra

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4big Quadra
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Multifunctional data storage servers that allow you to store huge amounts of data. Connect your storage server directly to your own PC or share it with your local area network, so anybody in your home/office can use it. You can even connect it to the internet and share your data securely with friends or colleagues at a remote office via a VPN connection or if you would wish to do so you could even share your data with the whole world via ftp (provided your server supports this).
NAS & storage servers
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Included since: 11 Jan 2011
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Warranty: 3 years
Long product name LaCie 4big Quadra :
The short editorial description of LaCie 4big Quadra

12 TB, 4 hot-swappable 3TB disks, 7200rpm, 4 x 16MB, eSATA/FireWire 800/FireWire 400/USB 2.0, RAID, 7.1 kg

LaCie 4big Quadra:
The official marketing text of LaCie 4big Quadra as supplied by the manufacturer
- The security of RAID with speeds up to 230MB/s.
- Huge capacity for backing up all your data.
- Superior protection and speed for creative pros.
- Four hot-swappable disks for non-stop data access.
- Ultra quiet cooling system to fit to working environment.
- Genie and Intego Backup Manager Pro incl.
- Mac: Time Machine® Compatible.

The LaCie 4big Quadra is the most complete 4-bay RAID solution for small servers, creative pro workstations, or offices that need large storage/backup capacity, superior speed, and advanced security. Offering capacities up to 8TB (8000GB!), the 4big features seven RAID modes, including RAID 0 and RAID 5—which is highlighted by a versatile hot-swappable feature—to customize its performance and data protection level.

With burst transfer rates reaching up to 200-230MB/s* through eSATA 3Gb/s, the 4big fits perfectly with most applications that demand high speed, such as photo, pre-press, AV projects, and even HD post-production. Compatible with Time Machine™, it also comes with Genie Backup Manager Pro™ and Intego Backup Manager Pro™, for customizable backup and computer recovery.

The 4big Quadra not only sets a new standard in RAID technology and performance, but also was designed with the modern professional office in mind. Its stackable and chainable design helps to save space, while it’s expandable and scalable up to four units (providing up to an amazing 32TB capacity and 700 MB/s transfer rates). The 4big Quadra’s universal connectivity (with eSATA, Firewire 400/800, and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interfaces) helps to ensure maximum compatibility with any Mac or PC. Compared to traditional RAID towers, it saves up to 80% more energy, and its revolutionary ultra-reliable cooling system is almost 50% more quiet, making it the perfect choice for creative professionals. The technology, performance, and the design of the 4big Quadra make it an ideal addition to any workspace.
Short summary description LaCie 4big Quadra:
This short summary of the LaCie 4big Quadra data-sheet is auto-generated and uses the product title and the first six key specs.
LaCie 4big Quadra, 12000 GB, 3000 GB, 32 TB, 0, 3, 5, 10, 7200 RPM, 64 MB
Long summary description LaCie 4big Quadra :

LaCie 4big Quadra. Total installed storage capacity: 12000 GB, Storage drive capacity: 3000 GB, Maximum supported storage capacity: 32 TB. Noise level: 29 dB. Power consumption (typical): 37 W. Weight: 7.1 kg. Bundled software: Genie Backup Manager ProTM Intego Backup Manager ProTM

This is an auto-generated long summary of LaCie 4big Quadra based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Total installed storage capacity *
12000 GB
Number of storage drives installed *
Amount of storage drives built into the device.
Number of storage drives supported *
Storage drive capacity *
The amount of data that can be stored on the storage drive.
3000 GB
Maximum supported storage capacity
32 TB
RAID levels
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disk drive components into a logical unit for the purposes of data redundancy and performance improvement. Data is distributed across the drives in one of several ways, referred to as RAID levels, depending on the specific level of redundancy and performance required.
0, 3, 5, 10
Hard drive speed
The rotational speed of a hard disk expressed in rotations per minute. The faster the better.
7200 RPM
Drive device, buffer size
A reserved segment of memory within a drive device that is used to hold the data being processed.
64 MB
Drive device, transfer rate
230 MB/s
Hard disk average seek time
10 ms
Ports & interfaces
USB 2.0 ports quantity *
Number of USB 2.0 ports (connecting interfaces) in the device. USB 2.0 was released in April 2000 (now called "Hi-Speed"), adding higher maximum signaling rate of 480 Mbit/s (effective throughput up to 35 MB/s or 280 Mbit/s), USB 2.0 ports are usually black.
FireWire 400
FireWire-interface with a data transmission speed of 400 Mbit/s (50MB/s). FireWire is a serial computer bus technology designed as replacement of SCSI and is based on the IEEE 1394 and 1394b standards.
Ports & interfaces
FireWire 800
Noise level
The amplitude level of the undesired background noise, usually measured in decibels (db).
29 dB
On/off switch
The button which is pressed to switch the device on or off.
Power consumption (typical)
Amount of power consumed by this model, often expressed in watts (W). Typical values that manufacturers give are power consumption when off, standby/suspended mode, typical use, maximum usage.
37 W
Weight & dimensions
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
7.1 kg
Packaging content
Bundled software
Software distributed with another product such as a piece of computer hardware or other electronic device, or a group of software packages which are sold together. A software suite is an example of bundled software, as is software which is pre-installed on a new computer.
Genie Backup Manager ProTM Intego Backup Manager ProTM
Other features
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Dimensions of the product (Width x Depth x Height).
178 x 196 x 220 mm
Power requirements
100-240V, 50/60Hz
Minimum RAM
The lowest RAM (memory) required to run a computer program or operating system.
600 MB
Compatible operating systems
List of desktop operating systems tested as compatible with this product.
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6
Data transfer rate
Rate at which data can be transferred. Usually expressed in units per second. May vary with network configurations.
3 Gbit/s
Power consumption (standby)
The amount of electricity that is consumed when the product is on standby.
10.3 W
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Testseek has collected 11 expert reviews for LaCie 4big Quadra and the average expert rating is 80 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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There’s no denying that DAS appliances deliver the best storage performance, but LaCie’s 4big quaddra aims to take direct attached storage to the next level. It wants to cover as many bases as possible, and LaCie has targeted a wide range of applicatio...
Bottom line A tad pricey but a well-built desktop DAS appliance with plenty of fault-tolerant storage and top performance...
There's no denying that DAS appliances deliver the best storage performance, but LaCie's 4big quadra aims to take direct attached storage to the next level. It wants to cover as many bases as possible, and LaCie has targeted a wide range of application...
Bottom line A tad pricey but a well-built desktop DAS appliance with plenty of fault-tolerant storage and top performance...
Hard drives are not the most exciting devices, but LaCie has long had a penchant for jazzing its products up with eye-catching designs. Its RAID drives may be bulkier than the company’s standard desktop drives but they’ve managed to make them pretty s...
Good Good performance with the extra reliability of RAID 5 and RAID 6...
Bad It’s big, heavy and expensive...
LaCie doesnt waste time with elaborate naming conventions. The 4big is exactly that – a big metal cube containing four hard drives.The Quadra part denotes its four connectivity options – USB, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and, most notably, eSATA, offeri...
Good Beautifully constructed, Blindingly fast as single stripe, Multiple RAID modes, Extremely quiet...
Bad Poor security by default, Finite capacity...
LaCies 4Big Quadra (4TB) external hard drive provides a huge amount of storage and comprehensive connectivity. With a beautiful design and excellent performance, the 4Big Quadras only real problem is its high price. The 4Big Quadra has a striking design, with a brushed metal aluminium texture and glowing blue orb. The gorgeous looks arent entirely surprising: it is designed by Neil Poulton, credited with the design of other LaCie products like the Network Space and Rugged All-Terrain Hard Di...
Good Seven possible RAID configurations, comprehensive connectivity, fast eSATA throughput speeds, nice design...
Bad Extremely expensive, no network interface, not the fastest USB 2.0 throughput speeds, drive replacement voids warranty, MacDrive software is only a trial...
Bottom line If you need local storage with capacities greater than 2TB, room for expansion and fast connectivity, the 4Big Quadra is a good choice. For everyone but the rich, however, it is worth looking for a cheaper option...
We review a steady stream of new direct-attached storage products. Most of them are single-drive external solutions, actively or passively cooled, all with USB 2.0, and some also featuring eSATA. Most of them are pretty much alike, and to be honest, ma...
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