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LaCie d2 Professional 18TB

Updated on: 21 October, 2021

The LaCie d2 Professional range of drives have long been popular with those looking to increase the available storage of their PC or laptops. The combination of fast 7200 RPM drives and a Thunderbolt 3 interface results in high data transfer rates, making them ideally suited for more intensive use cases such as video editing. They are less suitable as backup drives, as their faster performance is less important for backups and you are paying a premium for a level of performance that you may not need. For backup drives we prefer the cheaper WD Elements, WD My Book or Seagate Expansion drives. The d2 Professional looks smart on any desk and the case is made from black anodised aluminum to help with heat distribution. It would be nice if they add an option to turn off the blue LED on the front which can become annoying in dark or dim rooms. Whilst they do get warm in operation, we have never found them to become too hot, even under continued load. LaCie offers a 5 year warranty which is the longer than offered by Western Digital or Seagate.


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Summary

LaCie d2 Professional 18TB

The LaCie d2 Professional range of drives are popular for those looking for a combination of fast disk access and large capacity. The 7200 RPM drives combined with a Thunderbolt 3 interface provide a significantly faster transfer rate than typical desktop drives. The drives look smart and include a well ventilated aluminum case. A 5 year waranty is included.

80.5%

Criteria

Price
79.7%
Drive Specifications
23.9%
Drive Performance
50.0%
Connectivity
14.0%

  • 7200 RPM drives offer fast data transfer for tasks such as video editing.
  • Aluminum case looks smart and offers good heat distribution.
  • Includes both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 interfaces.
  • Includes a 5 year warranty.
  • Expensive compared to similar capacity (but slower) Western Digital and Seagate drives.
  • Only recommended if you need the faster drive and thunderbolt 3 interface.
  • If for only backups then the slower Western Digital or Seagate drives are fast enough.
  • You cannot turn off the bright blue LED on the front.
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Specifications

Specifications
Drive Specifications
Drive Capacity ?
18 TB
min: 1
average: 15.72
max: 72
Drive Type ?
Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
Number of Drives ?
1 Drive
RAID Support ?
None
Drive Performance
Disk Speed ?
7200 RPM
Price
Recommended Retail Price ?
USD 679.99
min: 89.99
average: 732.63
max: 2999.99
Connectivity
USB 3.0 ?
1 x USB 3.0
min: 0
average: 1.27
max: 5
Thunderbolt 3 ?
1 x Thunderbolt 3
min: 0
average: 0.51
max: 2
Ethernet ?
0
min: 0
average: 0.52
max: 2
DisplayPort ?
0
min: 0
average: 0.14
max: 1
HDMI ?
0
min: 0
average: 0.04
max: 1
Features
Hardware Encryption ?
No
Backup Software ?
No
SD Card Reader ?
No
Warranty ?
5 Years
min: 1
average: 3.2
max: 5
Physical Specifications
Length ?
7.421 Inches
min: 4.72
average: 7.65
max: 11.93
Width ?
2.362 Inches
min: 1.39
average: 3.36
max: 8.9
Height ?
5.118 Inches
min: 4.65
average: 5.79
max: 7.56
Enclosure Color ?
Black
Enclosure Material ?
Aluminum
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