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The LaCie 2Big Network 2, with its aluminum fins and too-big blue front status indicator/sleep button has unique style. Beyond that, its best aspects are its stylish, well-written HTML interface and its ability to connect either to your router (via ethernet) or directly to a PC (via USB--an unusual trait for a network-attached box). Performance, on the other hand, though adequate for streaming media, is strictly middle-of-the-road. The 2Big Network 2's supplied ports are a cut above the standard-issue consumer NAS configuration. You get a single gigabit ethernet port, a type B USB 2.0 port for attaching the drive directly to PCs or Macs, a type A USB 2.0 port, and an eSATA port for attaching fast external storage. The two drive bays, accessible from the rear of the unit, contain trays that are easy to remove and keep drives firmly in place with screws. LaCie ships the 2Big Network 2 configured in RAID 0, which increases performance slightly and uses the drives to their full capacity, but leaves all data on the box at risk. Drive failure does happen, so keep the box backed up or consider switching to the supported RAID 1 mirroring configuration for data redundancy.
After the fairly unexceptional 2big Network, LaCie is probably hoping this updated version will correct some of its predecessor's faults. One major improvement is the removal of the 100 Mbps Ethernet port, which has been replaced by a Gigabit connection for improved network performances. Hardware & Handling The casing is almost identical in design to the original 2big Network NAS. It has a hefty aluminium outer shell with a very high-quality finish. The only visible difference is in the connections at the rear of the device, as there's now two USB 2.0 ports (one host, one slave), an eSATA connection, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a power connection for hooking up the transformer, which unfortunately isn't built-in. A mechanical on/off switch is also on hand. Our test model came supplied with two Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 hard drives, each with a 2 TB capacity and a spin speed of 7200 rpm, which should help bring out the best in this storage server's performances. One thing we can't be sure of though, is how good these drives' lifespan will be, as 7200 rpm models do tend to heat up more than the regular 5200 or 5400 rpm drives that are usually used in network attached storage systems.
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