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LaCie 8big Thunderbolt 2 1U Rack Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: May 26, 2016 12:45 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: LaCie

Tyler's NAS Test System Specifications

 

To test Thunderbolt solutions, I use a Late 2013 MacBook Pro Model A1502 with an i5 4258U, 8GB of memory and a 512GB m.2 SSD. Benchmarks consist of AJA System Test and Blackmagic Disk Speed Test.

 

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Setup of the 8big starts with the RAID manager. With the introduction of El Capitan, there is no way to configure a simple RAID outside of using Terminal; having the included software makes everything much easier.

 

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Opening up the RAID manager, everything has completely changed since I reviewed the 5big nearly three years ago. As you can see to the left is a large tree diagram that includes the adapter at the base which is followed by physical volumes and virtual disks.

 

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To create an array, we slide to the right side and the operation gives us a drop-down menu.

 

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We then can choose which disks we want to include, select the RAID mode at the bottom along with stripe size.

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