Lacie external Thunderbolt SSD: noisy or not?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by vannibombonato, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. vannibombonato macrumors 6502

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    As some users know,
    i'm a big fan of the Lacie SSD solution.

    For completeness and fairness of information, i want to add a piece of info i stumbled upon which is puzzling me. I have two drives, both are the same Lacie 1tB SSD model and both are awaiting the iMac to be used as main storage device.

    So what, you might say...here we go: one is perfectly silent, the other one has the internal vent always on. Always. It doesn't matter whether there's activity or not, the vent is always on. The opposite goes for the other one: the vent is always off. I've tried all possible combinations, and clearly one of the two is not performing the way it's supposed to. I obviously prefer the 100% silent one, but if that means that being silent means it will cook, obviously this is one point in favor of the internal option. The noise is not particularly loud, but it's definitely there. Benchmarks and performance are exactly the same.

    Lacie support is telling me the fan is supposed to be intelligent and not to be always on, which would make sense, but then again i've not yet managed to get the silent one to ever turn the fan on, which is making me doubt a lot and worry for its reliability (i copied files on it for one hour...it certainly went hot but fan never kicked in. Performance remained the same).

    Will report on the evolution of this, and if anyone has similar experience its welcome to share its knowledge.
     
  2. g4cube macrumors 6502a

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    I assume this is the newer 1TB Little Big Disk (LBD) with 2ea 512GB SSD inside?

    Please clarify, as there is a 1TB HDD version, as well as a 1TB SSD version.

    In any case, I don't think the LBD has temperature controlled fans.

    If purchased new, you may want to confirm with LaCie and get this corrected under warranty; if you purchased used, perhaps the original owner disconnected the fan.

    The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt has no fan inside, and the 1TB version is HDD inside. Max SSD size is 256GB.
     

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