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LaCie Launches 5TB SATA RAID For Video Professionals

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. (NOTE: This maximum sustained transfer rate was achieved in software RAID 0 mode using one or four S2S units in JBOD or in Fast mode (hardware RAID 0) on a current Mac using a PCI-E x8 slot.)

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 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 late-August at the suggested retail prices of $3,699 (with PCI-X Card) and $3,799 (with PCI-E Card). The 2.5TB model is also available via our 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.

(NOTE: A Windows XP partition limitation does not allow the configuration of Big with more than 2TB. This limitation does not exist for Mac OS X or Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003.)

Source: LaCie

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