LaCie are well known for their external hard drives. A lot of small businesses use Lacie NAS systems to backup their data. In our experience a lot of Photographers, Video Production Houses, Solicitors, Architects etc use Lacie Big Disks for their business data storage solution. The LaCie Big Disk series are the perfect example of how external hard disks have grown in storage capacity without having grown in physical size. They offer between 1 and 4TB of data storage for all types of computer system and they can be used as a standalone system or they can be used in multiples to provide effective network attached storage solutions.
The LaCie Big Disk combines a number of standard IDE or SATA drives within a single housing that are concatenated in order to provide you with a device that appears to be a single storage drive. Lacie Big Disks can be setup in Raid 0, Raid 1 and Raid 5 configuration. Most Lacie Big Disks we receive in for recovery are in Raid 0 configuration. This means the data is striped across all disks with no redundancy. This means if a disk fails inside the Lacie enclosure then the data will not be accessable. If your Lacie system fails please contact us for a quote. We have 14 yeasr experience working with Lacie systems.
While LaCie drives are highly flexible in their usage you should note that LaCie drives are based on Linux, so therefore recovery of data can be more problematic because the file system that is used on the drives is in the form of XFS, which cannot be directly accessed using either Mac or Windows operating systems. Instead you will either require speciality tools or the assistance of professional data recovery engineers like ourselves.
The SATA or IDE drives that are used within the LaCie disk, because they are standard, are susceptible to the various types of failure that any standard internal SATA drive is susceptible to. They can also be susceptible to more types of physical damage due to the fact that the drives are portable and do not necessarily have the same stability that a drive has within a computer system.
In addition to the issues mentioned above, the use of LaCie drives is often in arrays so there will be the complications of ascertaining where the specific drive sits in relation to the rest of the array and so the amount of data that sits on that drive can also be assessed. There are a number of other parameters that are also required in order to successfully carry out data recovery on a LaCie Big Disk.
If you have a failure of your LaCie disk then you would be wise to give us a call straight away in order to discuss your failure with one of our LaCie experts who will be able to provide you with a diagnosis of your problem and also can outline what will need to happen in order to recover the data from it. As has been outlined above this is not an easy process and so unless you are confident in your computer skills you should hand over the task to our experts who are able to use their extensive experience and knowledge to safely recover your data from your LaCie BiG Disk.