well, seems like he got a 5big for free and did little with it. Shame
IMHO your insinuation is unjustified.
sorry, i think i must have posted after a long frustrating day trying to get my 5big to behave.
regarding the drives, i guess I stand corrected.
I just had read early on some place that I had to use official Lacie drives, for reasons of some hardwiring. I'm glad that I have other options now. Though i'm a bit upset about paying double for a Lacie part when I didn't need to.
I'm considering upgrading our 7.5TB to 10TB, but right now I'm looking for some advice (which seems hard to come by on this topic) that nowadays when large storage devices such as the Lacie 5big exist, its great until you want to flatten it. How best to backup all that data? Painful.
I also found lately an inherant weakness in off the shelf NAS boxes of all brands, which I think warrants some thought and open discussion. Recently the powersupply failed on our 5big. Finding a replacement quickly wasn't at all easy. I ordered a new Lacie one, which took 2 or 3 weeks to arrive, since they are not in stock anywhere in my country. In the meantime I did some searching for a universal laptop powersupply with the correct power rating. Eventually I found one, but it took a few days, since the Amp rating needed to be unusually high. While i searched, critical files were unavailable. The connector on the temporary repacement PSU didn't quite fit correctly, so it was a bit loose, but with a little tape it stayed connected.
Anyway, that got me thinking. With NAS we focus so much on the disk redundancy that such devices give us, but what of the rest of the device? At least if its a standard PC with sata mobo and a bunch of large drives, you can pretty much replace any part on same day from your local pc store. But with a NAS box, any part could fail (except the disks), and you'd find yourself the proud owner of a brick which maybe next to impossible to get repaired.
So in summary, i stand by my earlier comments regarding building your own NAS, though I'm not having much fun with freenas these days. weird errors in console which seem to stop me from logging into the webadmin. But, there's other OSs out there which may offer something a little more solid.