Review: LaCie 5big NAS Pro

According to a Bing or Google search, LaCie “is the premier manufacturer of high quality digital storage.”

Whether you are looking for a simple USB key, external hard drive, or serious network storage such as fiber channel powered rackmount enterprise solutions, LaCie has you covered.  The operating system can be Microsoft or Linux, your choice

Today, we have access to a Linux (LaCie NAS OS3) driven 5big NAS Pro.  This 5-bay network storage unit is powered by an Intel Atom dual-core 2.13GHz CPU and comes to you equipped with anywhere from a diskless configuration up to a 20TB storage monster.

From the box graphics, you will see that this particular unit came to us populated with the 4TB drives giving us a total potential of 20TB of storage capacity.

Upon delving into the box, you will quickly see that LaCie takes great pride in their products.  You will find the 5 big Pro protected by a fabric bag; no clear plastic here!

Once fully exposed, you will find a case with the typical LaCie silver box configuration and that big blue power button on the front.

It is not until you turn it around that you can truly verify that this is a computer and not a decoration.

On this side, you will find those 5 disk bays holding, in this unit, 20TBs of storage capacity along with:

  • (2) USB 2.0 ports
  • (2) USB 3.0 ports
  • (2) 1 Gb LAN ports
  • VGA port
  • power port

For those who may prefer to protect their investment, the Pro also sports a Kensington lock port.

In addition to the the server itself, you will find a box

containing the ancillary hardware,


  • Ethernet cable
  • External power supply and power cable
  • USB key for install and recovery
  • HD tray key
  • Cable management clip

as well as some documentation,


  • Utilities CD-ROM with software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Warranty information
  • Wuala Cloud Storage offer

In addition to the CPU and hardware specs noted above, the LaCie 5big NAS Pro comes with4 GBs of DDR III ram.

Initial setup will depend upon how the machine arrives at your door.  If you purchase the unit without hard drives, your first order of business will be to use the tray tool and unlock the HD trays, install your own hard drives, and reinsert/lock the trays.  At that point, you will need to provide power and an Ethernet connection to your network, insert the provided USB key


into a client machine to configure your HD array and install the OS.  The Quick Install Guide provides a step-by-step pictorial guide on how to accomplish this task.



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