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The ThunderBay 4 mini Four-Bay Thunderbolt 2 Array from OWC / Other World Computing features four 2.5" bays that can each house a 2.5" SSD or HDD to provide your system a large amount of data storage. OWC has designed the ThunderBay 4 Mini to handle demanding applications such as workflows involving 4K, 2K, uncompressed HD, and multi-stream SD videos. Moreover, the mini's size and weight lets you easily transport your data between production environments.
OWC has preconfigured the four drives in a RAID 5 array that enables the drives to provide a sustained read speed of up to 1010 MB/s and a sustained write speed of up to 908 MB/s. They can also be configured, by using the SoftRAID software for Mac, into different RAID options that offer redundancy, speed, or a combination of both. You may reconfigure the drives in a RAID 0 array for performance, delivering sustained 1346 MB/s reads and 1321 MB/s writes.
The ThunderBay 4 mini is equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports that transfer data at speeds of up to 20 Gb/s between your system and the array. It also allows you to daisy-chain up to six devices such as additional ThunderBays, 4K displays, and more. To cool the drives and the array, OWC uses a quiet 60mm fan along with a "flow-thru" vented design. Additionally, included with the array is a 3.3' (1m) Thunderbolt cable to help you get started.
RAID 5 Benefits
While in a RAID 5 array, the four drives inside ThunderBay 4 mini are merged for increased capacity and performance over a single drive. Special redundancy data, called "parity information," is also stored across the drives, allowing your data to remain completely safe so you can maintain your mission-critical workflows worry-free.
ThunderBay 4 Mini utilizes a heat-dissipating aluminum unibody shell with a "flow-thru" vented design and a 60mm quiet fan to keep everything cool.
4K Display Support
The dual Thunderbolt 2 ports let you connect any display including 4K displays.
ThunderBay's drive-isolating design reduces sonic resonance and is aided by rugged, vibration-absorbing, non-skid feet.
Daisy-chain up to six ThunderBays on a single Thunderbolt port for expansive storage, RAID, and performance options.
SoftRAID Engine This software program for Mac systems delivers RAID modes as well as real-time health monitoring with email notifications and rebuild speeds. Unlike traditional software RAID solutions, SoftRAID 5 for ThunderBay's volume optimization allows you to quickly configure your drive for specific workflows.
Prosoft Engineering Data Backup 3 Data Backup 3 is a software utility for Mac that allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your valuable data with minimal effort.
Intech SpeedTools Utilities SpeedTools Utilities is designed to offer fast, easy, and automated Mac disk repair and maintenance. This utility software has the ability to optimize and tune your Mac system for a solid performance in a matter of minutes.
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 mini Four-Bay Thunderbolt 2 Array (RAID 5 Edition)
Thunderbolt Cable 3.3' (1m)
Power Supply and Cable
Keys for Front Panel Lock
Utility Software Bundle for Mac
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
Interface Transfer Rate
Thunderbolt 2 (20 Gb/s) SATA III 6 Gb/s
2 x Thunderbolt 2
Read / Write Speeds
RAID 5 Read: 1010 MB/s Write: 908 MB/s
RAID 0 Read: 1346 MB/s Write: 1321 MB/s
Comes pre-formatted for SoftRAID and configured as a RAID 5 volume
JBOD: Utilize each of the four drives independently RAID: Use any Software RAID of your choice to set up the ThunderBay 4 for multi-drive performance or data redundancy.
Operating: 41.0 to 107.6 °F / 5.0 to 42.0 °C Non-operating: -40.0 to 149.0 °F / -40.0 to 65.0 °C
Operating: 8 to 90% RH (Non-condensing) Non-operating: 5 to 95% RH (Non-condensing)
Operating: 65 G 2 mS Non-operating: 175 G 2 mS
Operating: 1.0 G (5 to 300 Hz) Non-operating: 5.0 G (5 to 500 Hz)
UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz input, 12 V 6.0 A output power supply
It can be used as a Thunderbolt startup drive on Macs running Mac OS X.
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 Driver required for proper installation (3.3 MB ZIP) Boot Camp is not supported. The Thunderbolt certification process does not include Macs running Windows through Boot Camp.