Thunderbolt is making its way from Apple products to the PC with more hardware manufacturers adopting the new I/O, which has blazing fast data transfer speeds that are especially ideal for working with video and audio. One of the latest manufacturers to provide Thunderbolt capabilities for PC users is LaCie, which now has four storage products that work across Mac and PC platforms.
The storage capacity ranges from 3 TB to 48 TB across four devices. It's compatible with Windows 7 and 8, so all you need to do is install the drivers on your Thunderbolt-enabled PC, and you should be ready to work.
At the bottom of the range is the d2, which offers 3 TB, 4 TB, and 6 TB capacities at $299, $399 and $499, respectively. Additionally, LaCie claims the d2's speeds can reach up to 220 Mbps. The d2 features two Thunderbolt 2 ports along with a single USB 3.0 port.
Next up is the 2big, which features RAID capabilities across two disks and speeds up to 420 Mbps. The 2big comes in 6 TB, 8 TB, and 12 TB capacities that will cost $599, $799 and $999, respectively, and it features the same two Thunderbolt 2 ports and USB 3.0 port as the d2.
The 5big features RAID across five disks and removes the USB 3.0 port, rolling exclusively with the two Thunderbolt 2 ports. It comes in 10 TB, 20 TB, and 30 TB configurations and will cost you $1,299, $1,999 and $2,999, respectively. In regards to 4K video editing, the company claims the 5big can reach speeds of 1050 Mbps.
At the top of the list is the 8big Rack, which features 8 bays in a 1U rack along with RAID features. Once again, only the Thunderbolt 2 ports are included. It comes in 12 TB, 24 TB and 48 TB capacities and will cost $1,599, $2,599, and $4,599, respectively. For 4K video editing, it can reach speeds up to 1330 Mbps.
All of these devices work with both Mac and Windows, so it won't be difficult to move data between platforms. These devices might not be for the average user, but those who need the space and performance for a workstation could benefit from LaCie's latest external storage family members.
Update, 2/5/15, 8:05am - Fixed typo.
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Also, the transfer rates are listed at Mb/s, whereas LaCie lists them at MB/s.
I've got the Lacie SSD little big disk and I can attest that when Lacie says "1.2 GB/s throughput) they're not exaggerating... my unit runs almost exactly that fast for large file transfers. Only problem with the SSD LBD is that it's not 'strictly speaking' windows compatible. I can see it in the Thunderbolt device list in windows but I have to use MacDrive Pro to properly mount the array... I'm guessing the 'windows compatible' arrays in the article don't rely on the OS for array functionality.
I'm no Mac guru, but while I can mount windows formatted usb devices in OSX I can't write to them (read only)... The SSD LBD is a bit odd because it's actually a 2 drive array, and that's why it takes MacDrive Pro to access from windows, the default formatting is for OSX and while it looks like I could configure it as 2 x 512GB windows drives... that would sort of defeat the purpose (I use the 1.3GB/s write speed to offload video from camera storage)