Less than a month ago, I wrote about my recent purchase of an external 6 terabyte hard drive. In that article, I wrote, “I’ll never fill this one up!”
That hard drive is now spinning 24 hours a day on one of my Macintosh systems. A couple of weeks later I purchased a similar hard drive only with 8 terabytes of space. That second hard drive is now making backups and storing thousands of photos, videos, and MP3 music files on another Mac. But I purchased these drives too early. (sigh)
LaCie has just announced a new hard drive that is available with several different storage capacities. If you have the funds, you can purchase drives with up to 96 terabytes of storage space! The drives will work on any Windows, Macintosh, or Linux computer that has a Thunderbolt connector. (All newer Macintosh computers include a high-speed Thunderbolt connection but most Windows and Linux systems do not.)
Actually, the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 is not one disk drive. Instead, it is a large box with up to 12 individual 8-terabyte drives inside, what is commonly called a disk array. However, when connected to your computer, it looks like one huge disk drive. Thanks to a new hardware RAID controller, the hard drive setup is able to transfer data via the Thunderbolt connection at speeds of up to 2,600 MB/s read and 1,700 MB/s write in RAID 0 mode and 2,400 MB/s read and 1,200 MB/s write in RAID 5. If you are not familiar with those numbers, let’s just say it is extremely fast. It also should have enough storage capacity for most any individual genealogist.
With RAID 5, if any one of the individual disk drives inside the box crashes, it can be replaced with a new one and operation will continue as before. No data will be lost. A full technical discussion of RAID 5 may be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID. In short, RAID 5 guarantees there are multiple copies of all data spread across multiple drives. In the event of a failure of any one drive, the remaining drives will continue to operate using their own copies of the information already stored.
No pricing information has been released, but the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 is due to launch in the Northern Hemisphere this summer. You can read more on the LaCie web site at http://www.lacie.com/products/raid/12big-thunderbolt-3.
Where’s my checkbook? Oh, never mind. While the price is unannounced, I am guessing I cannot afford it.