Akitio Thunder2 Quad External 4-Bay Enclosure

Akitio Thunder2 Quad External 4-Bay Enclosure

Akitio Thunder2 Quad External 4-Bay Enclosure

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Product Highlights

  • Fits 2.5" or 3.5" Drives
  • Accepts up to SATA III Interface
  • Four Bays with Removable Trays
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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The Thunder2 Quad External 4-Bay Enclosure from Akitio is an external storage array that can house up to four 2.5" or 3.5" drives and is compatible with Windows and Mac systems. Each drive is housed in one of four bays which have removable trays for future upgrades or replacements. Each bay has a SATA II or SATA III interface for connecting SSDs or hard drives. When four drives are installed, the array can be software-configured into a RAID that emphasizes performance when accessing data, redundancy if a drive fails, or a balance of both.

Two Thunderbolt 2 ports allow you to daisy chain the Thunder2 Quad with up to five Thunderbolt devices, such as additional external drives or a monitor. A large quiet fan that spins at 1900 RPM provides active cooling and the aluminum casing provides heat dissipation for passive cooling. A large handle on top allows you to more easily move the enclosure. Along with the array, Akitio has provided a Thunderbolt cable and power adapter.

Thunderbolt 2 interface for lighting fast transfer speeds of up to 20 Gbps
Comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports, supporting storage and display
Large and quiet low speed fan (1900 RPM) for active cooling
Removable trays for easy SSD and/or HDD installation
Large handle provides comfortable grip when relocating the device
UPC: 888038000793
In the Box
Akitio Thunder2 Quad External 4-Bay Enclosure
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Performance
    Drives Supported Up to four 2.5" or 3.5" SATA-I, SATA-II or SATA-III drives
    Supports large volumes in excess of 2 TB
    Interface 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports
    Data Transfer Thunderbolt 2 up to 20 Gbps
    System Requirements Available Thunderbolt port

    Mac OS 10.9 or later
    Windows 7, or 8
    General
    Mounting External
    Power Requirements External power adapter (UL, cUL, CE, FCC, BSMI, TUV approved)
    Input: AC 100-240 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
    Output: DC +12 V / 12.5 A
    Fan Noise 25 dB
    Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
    Storage Temperature: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Relative Humidity: 5% to 95% (non-condensing)
    Certifications CE
    FCC
    Thunderbolt technology
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 9.5 x 7.2 x 5.3" / 24.2 x 18.4 x 13.5 cm
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 11.4 x 8.5"
    Thunder2 Quad External 4-Bay Enclosure is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No surprises... We just recently upgraded to a new iMac from an old Mac Pro. My wife is a photography addict, so we had added several large hard drives to the old Mac Pro and I didn't want to lose the ability to access the files, and I didn't want to have to leave the old Mac Pro set up and running as a networked computer. I found this item online and decided to give it a shot. It was incredibly easy to remove the hard drives from the old Mac Pro and install them here. The only thing that concerned me was how stiff the front panel is to remove. I have an aversion to breaking new things... The front panel simply swings outward with a little tug as it is held in place with just a snug fit around two little posts. If you go slow, you won't break anything... After moving the hard drives into the enclosure, I simply plugged everything in and connected it to my new iMac and it immediately recognized all of the drives. Quiet, easy to set up, it just works!
    Date published: 2015-05-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Good Storage Location B continually ejects for no reason. The other 3 seem to work fine. I've swapped SSD's between locations and it still ejects whatever one I put in Location B. Paid too much money for this devise and 4 1T SSD's to be able to use only 3! As soon as I get a reliable devise I will smash this one with a sledge hammer! I wrote a review on all of this over a week ago but it never was put up on the site. Thought I'd try again. I always trusted integrity of the reviews here.
    Date published: 2015-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Set this up with 4 x 6TB WD NAS Red's. I have it configured in RAID 0 and the speed is insane! Not worried about it going down because I have it powered up only when I'm editing in LR. Plus - I may just end up building another - I like it so much. Highly recommnded and great for the price!!! Just put your back into it when transporting as it is rather heavy with 4 drives in it. Only downfall if you wanna call it one. I'm a half full kinda guy and figure I'm getting a workout when picking it up!
    Date published: 2014-11-02
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Heads Up! There's a Major Flaw in Mine. In November I purchased this device and four Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SATA III SS drives. My iMac has been ejecting, without any command on my part, the SSD I had in location B. I kept thinking it was an issue with my iMac or the drive. I thought maybe I had formatted it wrong or somehow corrupted this one drive. Determined to get to the bottom of it I decided to swap the drive in location B, that kept ejecting on its own, with the drive in location D that never ejected without command. Now it's ejecting without command the drive that was in D that I moved to B. Bottom line; it's the device. There's a flaw that has something to do with its location B. I will be talking with Akitio now that I know dfinitively where the problem lies. Hopefully I will be able to get some prompt resolution from them and be able t write a positive review.
    Date published: 2015-05-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from WARNING!!! If you have a new 27 iMac mid 2017; BEWARE!! You will not be able to boot from them. You will not be able to us migration assistant to move your date to your new iMac. If you use migration assistant it Your iMac will not boot. Also, If you connect these drive cases to your iMac it can take up to 5 minutes for your iMac to boot. I was on the phone with Apple Tech support for two hours yesterday. No solutions so far. One more thing. I had two of these enclosures attached to a 2013 iMac and they ran perfectly. I could clone, boot, etc.
    Date published: 2017-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiet, Easy, Versatile, and Great Price I purchased two Akitios and have them connected via TB2 to a MacPro. They're primary purpose is to back up other external enclosures. I absolutely love 'em. They are located on a shelf less than 4 feet away. They are both very quiet (winter now). The thing I really enjoy about them is that configuration options are unlimited with the Mac. In box #1, I am running 2-each 6TB and 2-each 4TB drives. The 6 and 4TBs are mirrored. In box #2, I am running 2-each 3TB and 2-each 2TB drives. The drives were easy to install and the Akitio comes with a TB2 cable. I had data on both 3TB drives which I backed up before moving them into the Akitio. They were originally mirrored. I decided to take a chance and just load them. Surprisingly, it worked and the computer sees them as two separate drives. And finally, what can I say about the price other than it's fantastic. I wanted to buy other enclosures, but I found that several companies were only making them available with preinstalled drives.
    Date published: 2015-03-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from exceeded my expectations I'm currently using this enclosure with all 4 drives bays full, 16TB total, in a JBOD configuration. It has run at least 12 hours day since I received it about a month ago with no problems whatsoever. The system is very fast over Thunderbolt 2, allowing each drive to achieve it's maximum speed (I use a mix of WD Black and Toshiba X300 drives). Lots of nice little touches: the activity lights as subtle and non-blinding, the included cables are of high quality, the handle on the top of the enclosure (which I first thought to be superfluous) has proven to be very useful, and drive installation is straightforward. The fan moves a lot of air and it is audible, but no more so than a similar (but much more expensive) CalDigit Thunderbolt enclosure that I also use. Very highly recommended
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheap(ish) and Solid Setup is a breeze - they supply you with everything you need minus the drives. I have mine set up with 2 drives as a raid 1 for backing up my photo library, and 2 drives set up as a raid 0 for video scratch. Everything works great. My only complaints would be that's a tiny bit louder than I expected, but not a huge deal, and, how you remove the trays from the bay is a little strange. If you are going to be doing a lot of drive swapping, you might want to go with something else.
    Date published: 2015-11-29
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