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Welcome to the User Manual for the LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt1) 2. The LaCie 8big is a rackmount direct-attached storage, or DAS. Connect it to a computer that supports Thunderbolt 2 technology for transfer rates that reach up to 20Gb/s. LaCie has constructed the LaCie 8big to handle bandwidth-intensive content such as 4K video and 3D graphics. This means that professional editors, photographers, and graphic artists get the highest performing storage for their most challenging projects.

Use this manual to guide you through the process of connecting your LaCie storage. For questions on installation, consult the Getting Help page.


Box contents

  1. Quick Install Guide
  2. Drive stickers
  3. Hard drives (the amount of hard drives can vary by model)
  4. Inner rack rails (A1, A2) and outer rack rails (B1, B2)
  5. Inner rack rail screws (M4x4); outer rack rail screws (M5x10) and washers (W)
  6. Power supply cables (certain models are shipped with one power supply cable)
  7. Thunderbolt cable (2m)
  8. LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2
  9. Cable management arm kit

An additional plastic bag with screws has been provided to fasten hard drives to the drive drawers. If you must secure hard drives to the hard drive trays, make certain to use the included screws.

Important info: Save your packaging. In the event that the product should need to be repaired or serviced, it must be returned in its original packaging.


Software suite

Visit LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 software to download your free suite of utilities including:

  • LaCie RAID Manager (manage the LaCie 8big storage)
  • Intego® Backup Manager Pro (configure automated backups)
  • LaCie Private-Public (protect data with AES 256-bit encryption)

Minimum system requirements

Client types

  • Mac OS X 10.9 and later
  • Windows 7 and later
  • A computer that supports Thunderbolt 2 technology or first generation Thunderbolt technology. To take advantage of the higher performance offered by Thunderbolt 2 technology, your computer must have a Thunderbolt 2 technology port (see LaCie 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2: Advanced Storage Technology).

Important info:
Your LaCie product's performance can be affected by such external forces as type of cable, hardware, distance, and setup.

For optimal performance: use the cables provided with your device or, cables supported by LaCie; make certain to follow the installation instructions provided in the Quick Install Guide and this user manual.

1) 1.Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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