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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.





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.




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.




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




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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