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It is a spare drive for any of the 5big Network and 4big Quadra, two of the units in LaCie's pro-level line of RAID storage.

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extremely affordable raid6 product with 5 drive bays.

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does not support the (extremely excellent for network storage) ZFS file system :(

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spare drives / drive trays are available, at an exorbitant price, and only as a drive/tray combo, not tray alone.

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insufficient ram: only 128mb ram with 4mb flash memory. way way low for for a product in this price category.

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not available as a shell, you need to buy the unit with hard drives. The drives LaCie puts in here are definitely not what a knowledgeable person would use. (cheap hitachi's provided at premium cost)

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As the product name suggests, the LaCie 4big/5big Spare Drive is a spare drive for any of the 5big Network and 4big Quadra, two of the units in LaCie's pro-level line of RAID storage. Spare drives are available in capacities of 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, and 2 TB, and include drawers. They can be inserted in one of the five bays of the 5big Network, or one of the 4big Quadra's four bays, to increase storage space or replace a failed drive of equal or lesser capacity. Keeping a spare drive in case of drive failure would enable quick hot-swapping for minimal disruption of workflow. The main unit must be operating in RAID 1 mode, however, for hot-swapping and quick data reconstruction to be possible.

Features
  • 500 GB, 1 TB, 1.5 TB, or 2 TB
  • Compatible with 5big Network and 4big Quadra
  • Provides security in case of drive failure
  • Hot-swappable (RAID 1)
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