LaCie 2TB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt - Refurbished
(Thunderbolt Technology in the palm of your hand. Featuring a preconfigured RAID0 striped set with hard disks through the 10Gb/s Thunderbolt interface, it delivers astonishing transfer rates.)
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2013-04-02 Fast external space By Drew Golden
The face of disk technology has evolved over the years and now mobile / laptop users are faced with an array of good choices. For example, it's now affordable to consider replacing the internal HDD with SSD (something I highly encourage you to consider.) However SSDs come with a capacity shortfall that may leave you needing additional space. Such was the boat I was in when I replaced my internal 750gb HDD with a 512gb SSD - I needed additional space - and I wanted the space to be fast. Until now, we were faced with USB disks which are dismally slow to the point of being adequate for just backups, and some opted for the slightly faster FW800 disks, which were good, but under no terms would you call them fast. Enter today, with the affordable factory refurbished LaCie 2TB Little Big Disk Thunderbolt. It ships configured as Raid 0 - which means you have two disks to read and write across (more disks means faster access to data) and a thunderbolt interface which offers untapped speeds. In use, you can run multiple virtual machines from the external disk with slightly better performance than I achieved running them from the internal HDD. While it's not as fast as SSD, that's not the objective - this is about lots of fast space. And this is what you get. A few notes of caution; always unmount the disk before unplugging - the RAID0 configuration makes them a little sensitive to careless unmounting. Other than that - it's two tb, it's thunderbolt, it's fast, and it's small enough to travel with. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews.
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2013-01-19 2TB Lacie Little Big Disk By Joe
Pro's: Insanely fast transfer speeds. Several Gigabytes per minute speeds! Can more than max out the speed of even SSD disks. Daisy chaining (RAID) more than one of these units together on the Thunderbolt bus actually INCREASES the transfer speed. It transfers "small" files below 25MB so fast you have to double check to be certain it actually happened ! Pro: the case is quite high quality and the optional foot pedestal is rock solid and gives the unit a surprisingly low center of gravity. Pro: I bought the refurb unit at a dramatic discount, looks brand new, running perfect for several weeks now. I really like it. Cons: not really a con, just a buyer beware: It does have some fan noise, about 60db according to my little iphone app meter, and I don't think it's variable speed. Not harsh but if you are insistent on absolute silence to match your Mac Mini, etc, you will want to plan to locate this somewhere besides the desktop. I have it on a little file cabinet beside my desk and I have to strain to hear it. Does sort of defeat the otherwise asthetically pleasing nature of it a bit I suppose. Con: the blue light is cool, but the speeds are so fast it's rather pointless. If you have it on the desktop in dark lighting it can be a bit annoying. Could easily solve with a little piece of opaque tape or just point it away from you. Luckily the little thunderbolt cable and the back of the unit is still ergonomically pleasing, so you could even point it backwards and it's not unsightly. Lacie should include a little utility to control it's brightness. Overall a big fan of the form factor of these Lacie disk boxes. Probably the neatest look I've seen, very sturdy and very functional. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews.
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