Sunday, October 5, 2008

LaCie Big Disk Extreme 1 TB

I recently bought a new external Hard Disk with 1TB of space. Its been 3 days, since am using it. 

Info on Lacie Big Disk:
The Big Disk Extreme is the dual drive model of the Lacie d2 series. All drives come in a nice aluminum case and offer either USB 2.0, Serial ATA or USB 2.0 with Firewire 400 & 800. The latter models are called Extreme with Triple Interface.

There are two Big Disk Extreme drives available, the regular one with USB 2.0 only, and the triple interface variant that has the additional Firewire ports. Yet there is another difference: While the storage area of the regular version spans across both hard drives, the Big Disk Extreme with Triple Interface is actually based on a RAID 0. As a result, it offers excellent performance when attached via Firewire/1394b at 800 MBit/s. However, this comes at the price of exposing your data to increased risk: Should either of these two drives fail, all of the data will be lost. From this point of view it's a pity that the user does not get the option to select whether to run a fast RAID 0 or a more secure JBOD setup.

LaCie provides a full set of cables for USB 2.0, Firewire 1394a and Firewire 1394b (for 800 MBit/s transfers). There is no manual, but a compact quick start guide booklet is included that will help beginners to get going.


Item Number : 301201KU
Capacity : 1 TB
Interface : 2 x FireWire 800 (9-pin) ports
1 x FireWire 400 (6-pin) port (compatible with iLink, DV)
1 x USB 2.0 port (compatible with USB 1.1)
Cooling System : Thermo-regulated progressive quiet fan
Rotational Speed (rpm) : 7200
Cache : 32MB
Interface Transfer Rate : FireWire 800: up to 800Mbits/s (100MB/s)
FireWire 400: up to 400Mbits/s (50MB/s)
USB 2.0: up to 480Mbits/s (60MB/s)
Burst Transfer Rate1 (max. drive speed) : FireWire 800: up to 80-90MB/s
FireWire 400: up to 35-40MB/s
USB 2.0: up to 30-34MB/s
Average Seek Time (Write) : <10ms
Size : 1.7 x 6.8 x 10.6 in. / 44 x 173 x 272 mm
Weight : 5.51 lbs / 2500 g
Triple Power Management : "Auto" for energy efficiency, "On" for instant access, "Off" for data protection
Driver-Free : Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista / Mac OS X. Silverlining software for Mac OS 9 included.
System Requirements : Computer with a FireWire 800, FireWire 400 or USB 2.0 port
Mac OS 10.2.8 or later; Mac G4, G5, Intel 500MHz processor or higher
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista; Intel Pentium 500MHz processor or higher
Minimum 128MB RAM (512MB or greater recommended)
Compatibility : Compatible with Windows© Vista and Mac OS© X 10.5 Leopard (including Time Machine)
Comments : *1GB (gigabyte) = 1,000,000,000 bytes. 1TB (terabyte) = 1000GB. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less).
1 Burst transfer rates vary from one computer to another and may vary slightly from one drive to another. Average speed is usually lower, depending on host configuration.
on formatting as NTFS - my drive showed 931 GB of space)
Box Content : LaCie Big Disk Extreme+; FireWire 800 to FireWire 800 (9-to-9 pin) cable; FireWire 400 to FireWire 400 (6-to-6 pin) cable; USB 2.0 cable (compatible with USB 1.1); external power supply; drive stand for upright use; User Manual; Quick Install Guide; LaCie '1-Click' Backup Software; SilverKeeper for automatic backup & file verification (Mac); EMC Retrospect Express HD for Windows, EMC Retrospect Express for Mac
Warranty : 3 Year Limited Warranty

My Experice with Lacie uptil now:
I love it. Am impressed with the big guys performance. And the little one touch back-up button is superb. 
To test lacie, I started by initially, booting up my VM. To my experiece, booting up process was very fast compared to my existing USB powered 80 GB disk. Once, I had windows OS up and running, I literally threw everything at it all at once. Starting from opening up IE, running anti-virus scan to opening up development (Visual Studio) enviornment. My screen did not pause even for once. Lacie does have an impeccable record in industry when it comes to performance and safety.

With all this great speed, space and peace of mind there are some downsides to:
  • external powered - USB powered external drives come upto 320GB, any higher one has to go for external powered drive
  • comes with a hefty price tag - drive cost me around 15k. As it is external powered, need to buy a UPS (considering power condition in India) for 2k. Totoal cost of ownership comes about 17k.
If price tag and being external powered is not an issue for you, then I highly recommed you buy Lacie.


Sai said...

Hey dude! Your comment on my blog led me to your blog :). I'm impressed with this disk, it sounds ultra cool!

mickey said...

nice post dude......i m looking for 1 gud 320gb portable hard disk bt still unable to find a gud1 with a balance of feature n price...
plz suggest if u know abt dat.