Promise Technology Pegasus3 R8 Mac Edition 32TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (8 x 4TB)

Promise Technology Pegasus3 R8 Mac Edition 32TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (8 x 4TB)

Promise Technology Pegasus3 R8 Mac Edition 32TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (8 x 4TB)

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Product Highlights

  • Includes 8 x 4TB SATA HDDs
  • 32TB Storage Capacity
  • 8 Hot-Swappable Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, JBOD
  • Pre-Configured in RAID 5 Mode
  • Hardware RAID Controller
  • Includes ChronoSync Pegasus License
  • Mac Compatible
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Promise Technology R8 overview

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The Pegasus3 R8 Mac Edition 32TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array is a Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage array designed for simultaneous streaming, editing, and backup of high-resolution videos and large multimedia files. This storage array's Thunderbolt 3 interface offers high-speed connectivity. The Pegasus3 R8 stores up to 32TB of data spread across eight 4TB SATA drives. Actual storage capacity will differ according to the RAID configuration. These drives are hot-swappable for easy access and come pre-configured in RAID 5 mode, which is optimized for data protection, capacity, and performance. RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, and JBOD levels are also supported; each level offers configuration options for capacity, data protection, redundancy, and speed.

The Pegasus3 R8 storage array has dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, one port for direct system attachment and another port for daisy-chaining up to 6 Thunderbolt devices. This storage is formatted in the HFS+ file system for Mac and is compatible with Time Machine in OS X, which automatically backs up your entire Mac system. Included is a Thunderbolt cable and a free license of ChronoSync Pegasus Edition Backup Software for macOS.

Up to 40 Gb/s port speed - twice the speed of Thunderbolt 2, 4x the speed of USB 3.1
Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports allow up to 6 daisy-chained devices
Provides connectivity for dual 5K displays
Ideal for 4K and high-resolution video editing and all demanding creative workflows
High throughput RAID performance supports simultaneous streaming and editing of 4K video while providing connectivity to dual 5K displays.
UPC: 704118113057
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Promise Technology Pegasus3 R8 Mac Edition 32TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (8 x 4TB)
  • Thunderbolt Cable
  • Free License of ChronoSync Pegasus Edition Backup Software for macOS
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Promise Technology R8 specs

    Capacity 32 TB (8 x 4TB)
    Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    Bays 8 x 3.5" SATA Drive Bays
    Transfer Rate Not Specified By Manufacturer
    Array Type Direct Attached Storage
    RAID Levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60, JBOD
    Daisy Chain Up to six devices
    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher
    Dimensions (HxWxL) 12.2 x 9.6 x 7.3" (31.0 x 24.4 x 18.5 cm)
    Weight 24.2 lb / 11.0 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 33.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.5 x 16.5 x 12.1"

    Promise Technology R8 reviews

    Pegasus3 R8 Mac Edition 32TB 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (8 x 4TB) is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from a nightmare I purchased this product to replace a Pegasus R6 i have had for years and liked immensely. The R3 32TB drive arrived, looked beautiful and ran very quietly. All went well for 3 days or so when it began causing my computer to reboot itself even while i was working on the machine (a 27' iMac late 2012 version). I then set the array up to run on a new 13 MacBook Pro laptop with touch bar. The same thing happened. If i disconnected the drive both computers were fine. If i booted into safe boot mode both computers were fine. I worked with Promise Technology's support, who i have found in the past very helpful, and they couldn't solve the problem. To their credit, they escalated the issue to a higher support level who tried to reproduce the problem but could not. I contacted Apple support and was escalated to the enterprise team that took hours working with me. They read kernel logs (the problem in a technical sense was a kernel panic). Their impression was that no extension to the kernel was loading to cause the problem but seemed to occur during a machine check of the RAID drive. No resolution was found. In any event i am lucky enough to be able to return the device to B&H. My problem might have been an isolated incident, but if you buy this array set it up and try it immediately before the return warranty with B&H expires.
    Date published: 2017-01-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great drive! Perfect for future proofing your workflow. Promise makes good stuff. The team I am a part of now own three 32TB Pegasus raids. Two are the older Pegasus2 raids- which as the name suggests, run off of thunderbolt 2. We all work on Mac Pro trash cans, which only come with Thunderbolt2 ports, which is a perfect match for the Pegasus2 raids. Seeing the Pegasus3 raids come out, for not much more than the 2s cost, we wanted to try and future proof our storage and speeds. The Pegasus3 raids are run only via Thunderbolt3, the USBc cords with the lightning bolt on it. Reading around, I did see some mixed info about the backwards compatability of a TB3 drive on a machine that does not have a TB3 port... but talking to Promise support, we were told it would work using the Thunderbolt2 to Thunderbolt3 converter made by Apple. Long story shortened, we bought the drive and the adapter, it showed up, I plugged it into my computer... and nothing. I Tried another thunderbolt cable, and nothing. Read into the packaging materials and found a quick start guide that clearly stated on the top that this drive is NOT backwards compatible, and I was not a happy camper. I contacted Promise again, and in about 30 seconds the specialist asked if I had downloaded the driver, and I said what driver? They sent me the link and a minute later the drive was there! Yay! crisis averted. TL;DR -You need a driver form Promise thats not clearly mentioned in order to set the drive up, but once you do, it works perfectly fine connecting to a Thunderbolt2 connection on a MacPro, MacBook, or iMac. If you're planning on upgrading machines eventually, get this drive. The speed will be worth it.
    Date published: 2017-06-21
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