LaCie 5big Thunderbolt

The Good The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt is superfast and includes a Thunderbolt cable.

The Bad The 5big Thunderbolt supports just RAID 1 and RAID 0, connects solely via Thunderbolt, and, for now, only works with Macs.

The Bottom Line Though it lacks RAID 5, the speedy 5big Thunderbolt is still worth the hefty investment, and is a better buy than competing devices.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Support 7.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Massive, fast, but lacks RAID 5

Two months ago, I called Promise's four-bay Pegasus J4 Thunderbolt storage device unconventional for its lack of RAID 5 support. Soon after that, at CES 2013, LaCie made the omission of RAID 5 a little more conventional with the introduction of the five-bay 5big Thunderbolt.

The new 5big Thunderbolt is the first multiple-bay storage device from LaCie that only supports RAID 0 or RAID 1. (Find out more about RAIDs here). In return it's a lot more affordable than a RAID 5-capable storage device of similar configuration.

The new 5big Thunderbolt is far from budget-friendly, however, with the 10GB version costing some $1,200 (or $2,200 for the 20TB version). The good news is it now includes a Thunderbolt cable, and in my testing, offered very fast performance.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $2,399
  • Brand LaCie Ltd.
  • Type HDD
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