20 TB of storage, super fast and super easy to connect with a single cable. That's the LaCie 5big Thunderbolt in a nutshell. It's got everything to become one of the most impressive external hard drives ever created.
The chassis of the 5big Thunderbolt looks familiar. That doesn't mean we don't like it, we're still big fans of the Neil Poulton design. The large, round blue eye in the front and the aluminium finish makes it a work of art almost. The rear is more functional, with five metal hard disk trays, two Thunderbolt connectors and the power connector.
The disks are locked, but can be unlocked quite easily with a coin or the included clip. Unlike the 5big NAS Pro, the LaCie 5big Thunderbolt only comes with disks. You can choose between five 2TB disks or five 4TB disks, so 10 or 20TB. Since LaCie is owned by Seagate it should be no surprise that inhouse hard disks were used. The 20TB test model we received came with five Barracuda XTs (ST4000DX000), a disk that we haven't seen often as separate hard disk.