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Apr 12, 2001

At today's National Association of Broadcasters Convention (or NAB), LaCie announced the new 12big Thunderbolt 3 professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage solution.

The 12big combines a storage capacity of up to 96TB with the performance speeds of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6, aimed at helping video professionals and other creatives manage data from high-end cameras that record 4/5/and 6K footage. With enterprise-class 7200RPM drives with 256MB cache and a RAID controller, the 12big can reach speeds of up to 2600MB/s or 2400MB/s in RAID 5.


According to LaCie, the transfer speeds can "slash time off nearly every post-production workflow task," and with Thunderbolt 3, users can daisy chain dual 4K displays or a single 5K display to the 12big.
"LaCie is committed to helping video professionals master ever-increasing data demands by ensuring their irreplaceable data is secure, available on demand and always driving value," said Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President of Seagate and LaCie Branded Solutions, "The combination of higher spatial resolution and 3D imagery, as well as higher dynamic range and frame rates, is driving the need for high-capacity and high-speed digital storage systems. We purpose-built the LaCie 12big to have the speed, capacity and reliability to efficiently download and edit even the most demanding content--so our customers can focus on making their creative vision a reality."
The 12big includes a new LaCie RAID manager with a more intuitive interface for managing the 12big, with access to diagnostics and settings plus built-in tools for easily creating and managing volumes based on individual needs. The aluminum enclosure of the 12big is designed to efficiently dissipate heat, and for thermoregulated fans keep drives cool. Drive health and RAID build status can be tracked using exterior drive status LEDs located on the front of the 12big.


LaCie plans to begin selling the 12big this summer in 48, 72, and 96TB capacities both through the LaCie website and LaCie resellers.

Article Link: LaCie Announces Thunderbolt 3-Equipped 12big Desktop RAID Storage Solution


macrumors member
Nov 17, 2009
So at the moment You can connect it to a Mac only via USB? no thunderbolt 3 to TB 2 cabel/adapter. thats strange.


macrumors member
Nov 8, 2009
Thunderbolt-3, though uses the same connector USB-C

hopefully yes!

Things suddenly unplug because there is no locking mechanism whatsoever.
This never happened with my FireWire connectors, but since I have to use a Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter, it happenes all the time.

For a professional port the thunderbolt connector has a foolish design!
At least USB-C has a firm connection even if it is really thin.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 11, 2009
New Brunswick, Canada
I think my company will be sticking with our Fibre Channel enabled Terrablock Facilis. This amount of space seems nice but having it be plugged into a single computer rather than shared just seems a waste.


macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
I was watching something the other day where broadcasters who have switched to 4K were talking about having all kinds of problems archiving all of their footage. The files are so enormous there just isn't room for them anywhere. It's pretty crazy but as someone who doesn't shoot a lot of video, I'm really glad that this is a problem because I can pickup a few TBs for practically nothing these days and SSD prices just keep dropping. Maybe I'm finally old, because I just have no reason to stay on the bleeding edge of storage or processors any more. That might change a little when I upgrade my photography gear soon, but it won't be a huge change like in the past. Might get whatever 5K iMac comes out next year and be set for another 4-5 years or more. My two mirrored 4TB drives aren't even close to being full. Might upgrade them to SSD in a couple years and use the old ones for archives.


macrumors 65816
Jun 3, 2012
I just want everything to be usbc/thunderbolt 3 ports now god damnit! It's the one port to rule them all for everything from phones through to enterprise high end crazy jazzy stuff like this. Old usb is just overstaying it's welcome and thunderbolt 1 and 2 just didn't catch on like intel wanted.

I would happily re-buy all my gear just to use usbc/thunderbolt 3 with all of it for no other reason than i know it'll work on anything i buy in the future for the next 10-20 years. In fact there is no reason to bring out a new product now unless it is usbc, the uptake for the tech will mean that product will have to be changed in a year or two.


macrumors 68040
Mar 21, 2014
How the hell do you back up 96TB
Like chiefsilverback wrote.

Then, LaCie will sell fireproof safes for these units at about $995 each. And, they'll look retro-Mac just like the cMP/G5 tower too, but with neon blue highlights!


macrumors 604
Jun 10, 2006
Wow, this is exactly what I've been looking for! Although I would prefer 24 bays. Nice!


macrumors 6502a
Mar 12, 2014
How the hell do you back up 96TB

tape backup with compression turned on in the backup software. Put out some more money get some deduplication in the mix. More money more refined dedupeplication.

But that's me old school, tape is the only real guaranteed backup solution. have seen the massive disk systems for disk disk copies/snapshotting. Chance of 2 or more Sans dying at same time is rare. Buts its there. Well that and cost. Failover sans like has the 30+tb SAN setup guess what the other one will need.

Rest of this...lacie is making out good it seems that apple for whatever reason has no reason to support NAS in FCP. Stepping up to SAN which they can support a bit much unless the cash rolling in. Gives a system like this a nice niche to fill.

TBH all my gripes with FCP if they'd officially support NAS like Synology sometime soon (by official I mean no more ghetto options like make a DMG file on mbp, move to nas, expand and use that in limited capacities like backups of events/libraries) would have those sins be forgiven. I'd even repay for a new version release tbh.


macrumors regular
Mar 2, 2008
Still using 7200rpm? Is capacity more important than speed or why not use SSD?
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