LaCie debuts 5TB SATA RAID disk drive

Today LaCie announced the 5TB Biggest S2S 5-disk RAID designed for digital content creation applications. Thanks to its eSATA 3Gbit/s interface and direct eSATA-to-SATA connection, a single LaCie Biggest S2S is capable of reaching burst transfer rates of over 200MB/s. For advanced professionals, up to four S2S units can be connected on the included eSATA PCI-X/Express Card to achieve a massive 20TB solution with a burst speed of over 600MB/s.

“LaCie Biggest S2S 5TB is probably the most cost-efficient solution for HD/SD video editing and post-production,” said Olivier Mirloup, LaCie Hard Disk Drive Business Unit Manager, in the press release. “It offers fast performance and data integrity in a single unit up to 5TB. In RAID 0, the ultra-fast eSATA interface offers enough speed to edit hours of 10-bit HD uncompressed or play back up to six 8-bit SD video streams. This can even be drastically improved combining several S2S units, revolutionizing a market driven so far by much less cost-effective solutions, such as SCSI/fiber technologies.”

Disks are hot-swappable for instant expandability and the solution is hot-pluggable – no need to power down the computer. Advanced features include the ability to customize email alerts in the event of disk failure and to create unique RAID sets to fit different needs.

LaCie Biggest S2S comes pre-configured in Fast mode (hardware RAID 0), in which the disks are striped together for ultimate speed instantly. The Biggest S2S can be easily configured to Safe (hardware RAID 1); Safe + Fast, (hardware RAID 0+1); Big (hardware concatenation); or JBOD.

LaCie Biggest S2S comes with a 4-port PCI card for immediate use. Users can select the LaCie SATA II 3Gbits/s PCI-Express Card 4E or LaCie SATA II 3Gbits/s PCI-X Card 4E with four ports and a native x8 host bus interface. Thanks to port multiplication, all five disks are connected to a single port on the LaCie SATA II 3Gbits/s PCI-Express Card 4E.

The LaCie Biggest S2S 5TB is available at the suggested retail prices of US$3,699 (with PCI-X Card) and $3,799 (with PCI-E Card). The 2.5TB model is also available via specialized online and retail dealer network, or through LaCie direct. Disks are shipped with the selected PCI Card and all cables needed for immediate use. Product details can be found at


  1. i wish my imac had esata, oh well, i suppose thats what the mac pro is for (unfair as it already has 4 bays) 🙁 lol pros use imacs too (well, until they put glossy screens on em haha)

  2. To think that my eight-year old iMac was a niced sized machine, with only six Gigs.
    But I find I feel the need to caution those who criticize the new iMac’s glossy screen, and low-profile keyboard. . . . You may feel very foolish when you visit the store, and see and touch one of these shinning gems.

  3. I love my Drobo. It’s not as fast as this RAID setup, but its redundant and I can watch my .mp4 movies from it through my Mac and AppleTV. Oh, and it only cost $499 for a 4 bay box capable of 4TB SATA drives. If you’re looking to protect all that valuable family history, pictures, videos check it out at ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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