Today it is time to meet the massive king of media storage: The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ 301201U 2 TB USB 2.0/FireWire400/FireWire800 RAID System! That’s a mouthful to say, a handful to type — and an eyeful of two terabytes of spinning storage glory for all your music and video files.
In the past, I have raved here about the big Western Digital drives and while I still like them, my current experience is nothing is going to touch — let alone beat — this new LaCie monster.
As you can see below, the LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ is loaded with ports connecting to your computer. You can use USB 2.0, or FireWire 400 or FireWire 800.
I can tell you right now nothing beats FireWire 800 on a MacBook Pro
for fast and sustained read and writes when you’re dealing with lots of
recorded HD video.
The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ not only holds a lot of information, it takes up tons of room in your workspace. The 7200rpm drive with a 32MB cache weighs in at a mighty 9 pounds and it is 10.6 inches deep, 6.8 inches tall and 1.7 inches thick.
The thing is so big and heavy it could stop a shotgun blast or even do duty as the immigration fence between the USA and Mexico!
The LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ is, however, whisper quiet. You can’t tell it is on or working unless you watch its flashing blue status eye.
I didn’t have to do anything special to get the LaCie Big Disk Extreme+ to work with my new MacBook Pro 17-inch LCD. The drive is pre-formatted as a Mac OS Extended RAID 0 drive and boy it is super fast!
This big baby will currently cost you around $600.00USD and I bought it
my own way. LaCie has nothing to do with this review. There are no
LaCie links in this article or any links to buy the drive. I’m simply
sharing my experience with you to point you in the right direction if
you need a big, beautiful, drive. There’s nothing in it for me to
support this product for you.
I’m actually thinking of buying a second one for use as a dedicated iTunes media server for my entire Apple network.