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LaCie 2big NAS review: a solid NAS

Stylish NAS, but is it any good?

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Introduction

A 2 GHz processor and 100 MB/s transfer speeds, that's what the LaCie 2big NAS promises. It's noteworthy, because while LaCie NAS devices are known for their good looks and user-friendly nature, the performance often hasn't been as impressive. We are curious to find out whether this new model will break that trend.


The exterior of the new Lacie NAS consists of a solid, aluminium chassis with cooling fins on the sides. When you compare that to the plastic cases that many other NAS manufacturers use, LaCie really leaves an impression. A professional look on one hand, and futuristic and playful on the other, with the large, round blue indicator on the front, which turns an ominous red colour if a problem is detected. The case is virtually identical to the model this one is replacing, the 2big Network 2.

On the back of the NAS, you'll find gigabit, USB 2.0 and eSATA. The hard drives sit in sturdy, metal racks locked in place by a big screw. You can use a coin or the included plastic key to open them. There is a small grill on the back for the fan exhaust, which creates a little bit of noise.

Our test model came with two Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB / SATA 300 disks for a total of 6 TB, in a safe 3 TB RAID 1 mirror configuration. This means that your data is saved on both drives, which is nice if one should fail. You can also go for a faster and riskier RAID 0 stripe combination, or address them as separate drives. This would give you 6 TB of storage. We also put our standard WD 500 GB SATA600 disks in the NAS, as LaCie 2big NAS is also sold diskless. The official compatiblity list is not very extensive, but it will do.


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