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Lacie 5big Office+ Nas Review

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The packaging is nothing out of the ordinary with two foam pieces sandwiching the NAS in the box for safe shipment. The hard drives were shipped installed in the NAS. This raised a little concern was we have shipped servers in the past with the drives in the server and when the server was unpacked and powered on we discovered the drives had put stressed on the back plane where the hard drive connects to the server and resulted in damage of the back plane and required replacement. We did not experience an issue with our Lacie 5big Office+ NAS, but it is a concern.

The 5Big Office+

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Here we see the front of the 5Big Office+.  The front button is used to convey server status as well as act as a restart button The back of the 5Big Office+ shows the 5 vertical drive bays with locks.  We also have our I/O ports which can be better seen below.
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LaCie has included bottom feet to raise the unit slightly off of the ground for better airflow.
  • 1x eSata (non-powered)
  • 3x USB 2.0 (Type A)
  • VGA
  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet
  • Power Outlet
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 The hard drives LaCie has included with the 5Big Office+ are Seagate 2TB Barracude Greens (ST2000DL001), a SATA II drive with 32Mb Cache  All of the drives come mounted in a tray which are numbered corresponding to slots on the unit itself (Seen Below)
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 Cooling the 5Big Office+ is a “High-performance Noctua magnetic levitation fan” which exhausts through the back of the unit  The 5Big Office+ have five hot-swap slots for hard drives which makes for a very quick swap out without the need for tools

Included Accessories

  •  Server Setup Disc
  • Drawer Key
  • Power Adapter and Cable
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2
  • 15′ (5m) Shielded Cat6 Cable
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It is not uncommon for compact NAS solutions to use a external power supply, but the only concern we have with this type of setup is if/when the power supply goes bad, there isn’t a store around the corner to pick up a replacement. The LaCie 5big Office+ does have a three warranty to replace any failed hardware, but there is a possible downtime between the failure and when the replacement arrives in the mail. This issue has burnt more than customer over the past few years which resulted in days when the users could not access their data. This is of course an issue with any NAS which uses a proprietary power supply, so not specifically LaCie.

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