OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure

OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure

OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure

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Product Highlights

  • 4 x 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s Drive Bays
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Interface
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 1+0
  • Pre-Configured in RAID 5
  • Software Controller
  • Read Speed: 1527 MB/s
  • 1 x 92mm Cooling Fan
  • SoftRAID Software Included
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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RAID Configuration: RAID 5

RAID 0 RAID 5
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OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 overview

  • 1Description

Add RAID 0 storage to your Mac or Windows computer with the ThunderBay 4 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 0 Enclosure from OWC / Other World Computing. As you can guess from its name, the ThunderBay 4 features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, which utilize the USB Type-C connector. There is also a DisplayPort 1.2 port for connecting to a 4K display. The ThunderBay 4 has four drive bays, which supports both 2.5" and 3.5" hard drives (2.5" HDDs do not need adapters). With the included SoftRAID software you can format the ThunderBay 4 to RAID 1. RAID 4, 5, and 1+0 are also supported with a RAID software of your choice.

Thunderbolt 3
Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The connector also transmits data via USB 3.1 at up to 10 Gb/s, and dual-bandwidth DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to connect up to two 4K displays simultaneously. Additionally, you can daisy chain up to six devices from a single Thunderbolt 3 port.
RAID & JBOD Support
The ThunderBay 4 comes pre-configured in RAID 5, but also supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 1+0.
Time-Tested Cooling
Built on OWC's time-tested enclosure cooling technology, the Thunderbay 4 utilizes an open "flow-thru" vented design with an over-sized 92mm, low turbulence, noise-quieting fan to keep the drives running cool and reliably.
Multi-Drive
Daisy-chain up to six ThunderBay 4s for more storage capabilities and increased performance, or connect multiple ThunderBay 4s to multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports to achieve higher speed capabilities.
Vibration Dampened
The ThunderBay 4's drive isolating design reduces sonic resonance adn is aided by over-sized, rugged, vibration-absorbing, non-skid feet.
DisplayPort 1.2 Support
Dual Thunderbolt ports let you connect the display of your choice that your computer can support, including 4K displays.
OWC Thunderbolt Cable
The ThunderBay 4 comes with a 6.6' (2m) certified OWC Thunderbolt 3 cable.
UPC: 812437029666
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure
  • Thunderbolt 3 Cable (6.6')
  • External Power Cable
  • 2 x Security Keys
  • SoftRAID Software
  • Utility Software Bundle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 specs

    Number of Bays 4 x 2.5"/3.5"
    Connections 2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
    1 x DisplayPort (DisplayPort 1.2)
    Compatible Drive Interface SATA, SATA II, SATA III
    Form Factor Desktop
    RAID Modes RAID 0, 0+1, 1, 4, 5
    UASP Support Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Memory Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Hot-Swap Support Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
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    Power Source AC Adapter
    PSU Wattage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    AC Input Power 100 to 230 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Security
    Encryption Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Security Features Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
    Operating Humidity Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Storage Temperature -40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
    Storage Humidity Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Physical
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Cable Length Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Cooling 1 x Fan
    Bridge Chipset Intel DSL6540
    RAID Controller Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Status Monitoring None
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.3 x 7.0 x 9.6" / 13.5 x 17.8 x 24.4 cm
    Weight 8.6 lb / 3.90 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.6 x 10.2 x 8.6"

    OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 reviews

    ThunderBay 4 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Enclosure is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from PC users beware Hindsight being 20/20 I should have done more research on "how" this device works with a PC. The OWC website says the Thunderbay 4 RAID 5 enclosure works with PC and MAC operating systems. Which is true. What doesn't work with a PC, however, is the SoftRaid software so you have to use third party RAID software or the Windows 10 RAID software as the device has no inherent RAID capability. I used 4 x 6TB WD Red Pro HHDs and configured it "with parity" using the Windows 10 storage allocation process and performance was abysmal -- less that 70MB/sec transfer speed over the provided OWC thunderbolt 3 cable connected to my Dell Precision 7710 Thunderbolt 3 port. I bet if I were a Mac user it would be great. I'm not so it's on its way back to B&H.
    Date published: 2018-06-28
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