OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 Four-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array

OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 Four-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array

OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 Four-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array


Product Highlights

  • 4 x 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • RAID 0: Up to 859 MB/s Read Speed
  • RAID 0: Up to 838 MB/s Write Speed
  • JBOD Also Supported
  • DisplayPort 1.2 Support
  • Daisy-Chain Capable
  • Aluminum Enclosure with Fan
  • Drive Isolating Design
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
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Add the capabilities of Thunderbolt 2 speed and storage to your Windows or Mac system with the ThunderBay 4 Hard Drive Enclosure from OWC / Other World Computing. This is a four bay, SATA III 6 Gb/s enclosure and each bay will support a 3.5" hard drive or a 2.5" hard drive or SSD. Each 2.5" drive requires an optional NewerTech AdaptaDrive adapter. Once drives are installed, you can RAID them using the software RAID of your choice to setup the ThunderBay 4 for multi-drive performance or data redundancy.

The ThunderBay 4 will provide you with plenty of space to store files such as music, photos, movies, and documents. It also allows you to operate a production workflow with 2K and 4K video in Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and Avid Media Composer, audio in Avid Pro Tools and Logic Pro X, and photos in Adobe Photoshop, Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom. When configured as a RAID 0, this array features read speeds up to 859 MB/s and write speeds up to 838 MB/s.

The ThunderBay 4 comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports that provide bi-directional data transfer rates of 20 Gb/s. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports allow you to daisy-chain up to six devices such as additional ThunderBays, 4K displays, and more. To help ensure a smooth operating environment, the array uses a 92mm nosie-quieting fan. The ThunderBay 4 is compatible with Windows 7 SP1 and later and Mac OS 10.9 and later. It may be used as a boot drive On Mac systems, but does not support Boot Camp. It operates using a 100-240 VAC power supply that runs at 50/60 Hz. Included with this ThunderBay 4 array is a 3.3' / 1.0m Thunderbolt cable, an 3-prong power cable, 2 keys for the front panel lock, and a PC & Mac compatible software bundle. Please bear in mind that while users are free to select drives of their choice for this RAID, variable spin drives, such as WD Red and WD Green, are not recommended. The issue with variable spin drives is that because the drives could potentially be spinning at different speeds, this could lead to constant rebuilds within the RAID, as it could think that one or more drives are not in operation. While WD Red and WD Green drives are specifically being mentioned, please bear in mind that variable speed drives also manufactured by other companies, such as Seagate, are also not recommended.

ThunderBay utilizes an open "flow-thru" vented design with a 92mm, low-turbulence, noise-quieting fan to keep the drives running cool and reliably
Daisy-chain up to six ThunderBays for massive storage capabilities and increased performance, or connect multiple ThunderBays to multiple Thunderbolt 2 ports to achieve exponential speed capabilities
Vibration Dampened
ThunderBay's drive isolating design reduces sonic resonance and is aided by over-sized, rugged, vibration-absorbing, non-skid feet
DisplayPort 1.2 Support
The Thunderbolt ports also support DisplayPort 1.2 that allows daisy-chaining displays through the drive
UPC: 812437020410
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 Four-Bay Thunderbolt 2 RAID Array
  • 3.3' / 1.0m Thunderbolt Cable
  • External UL listed 3-Prong Power Cable
  • 2 x Keys for Front Panel Lock
  • Utility Software Bundle for Mac and PC
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay IV specs

    Drive Mechanisms Supported Four 3.5" SATA hard drives up to 8.0 TB
    Four 2.5" SATA hard drives or SSDs
    (NewerTech AdaptaDrive required for install, sold separately)
    Chipset Thunderbolt
    Interfaces Supported Thunderbolt 2
    RAID Support JBOD: Utilize each of the four drives independently
    RAID: Use any Software RAID of your choice to setup the ThunderBay 4 for multi-drive performance or data redundancy
    Port Configuration 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports
    Max Data Transfer Rate Thunderbolt 2: 20 Gb/s
    Port/Interface Bootability It can be used as a Thunderbolt startup drive on Macs running Mac OS X
    System Requirements - Any Mac with a Thunderbolt port running OS X 10.9 or later
    - Any PC running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or later with a Thunderbolt port
    - Boot Camp is not supported. The Thunderbolt certification process does not include Macs running Windows through Boot Camp
    Power Supply Internal UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240 V, 50/60 Hz input, 12 V / 16.66 A output power supply (power cords for International use sold separately).
    Temperature Operating: 41 to 107°F / 5 to 42°C
    Non-Operating: -40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
    Relative Humidity Operating: 8 to 90% (non-condensing)
    Non-Operating: 5 to 95% (non-condensing)
    Shock Operating: 65 G / 2 ms
    Non-Operating: 175 G / 2 ms
    Vibration Operating: 1.0 G / 5-300 Hz
    Non-Operating: 5.0 G / 5-500 Hz
    Dimensions (DxWxH) 9.65 x 5.31 x 6.96" / 245.11 x 134.87 x 176.78 mm
    Weight 8.6 lb / 3.9 kg
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    Package Weight 10.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 10.2 x 8.6"

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