OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 12TB Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array (4 x 3TB)

OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 12TB Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array (4 x 3TB)

OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 12TB Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array (4 x 3TB)

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Product Highlights

  • 4 x 3TB 3.5" 7200 rpm Hard Drives
  • 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 Lite Software Included
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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OWC / Other World Computing Thunderbay 4 overview

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Add RAID 5 storage to your Mac or Windows computer with the ThunderBay 4 Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array 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 up 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). This particular ThunderBay 4 model comes with four 3TBTB 3.5" 7200 rpm drives for a total of 12TB storage capacity. The included drives are configured in RAID 5. With RAID 5, you get protection against a single drive failure. Three of the hard drives are used for storage while one hard drive is used for parity. If you want to reformat to RAID 0 or 1, you can use the included SoftRAID Lite software. RAID 4 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 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.
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 and 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' (2 m) certified OWC Thunderbolt 3 cable.
UPC: 812437029697
In the Box
OWC / Other World Computing ThunderBay 4 12TB Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array (4 x 3TB)
  • Thunderbolt 3 Cable (6.6')
  • External Power Cable
  • 2 x Security Keys
  • SoftRAID Lite
  • Utility Software Bundle
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    OWC / Other World Computing Thunderbay 4 specs

    Interface Thunderbolt 3
    Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) female ports
    1 x DisplayPort 1.2 female port
    Drive Bays 4 x 2.5/3.5" SATA 6Gb/s hard drive bays
    Installed Hard Drives 4 x 3 TB 3.5" 7200 rpm HDDs
    Total Storage Capacity 12 TB
    RAID / JBOD 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
  • Includes SoftRAID Lite with support for RAID 0 and 1. Upgrade option for RAID 4, 5, 1+0 capability
  • Initial Configuration RAID 5
    Read Speed Up to 1527 MB/s
    Write Speed Not specified by manufacturer
    Kensington Lock Support Yes
    LED Indicators
  • Power
  • Disk activity
  • Operating System Requirements macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or later
    Windows 10 or later
    System Requirements Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt 3 interface
    (Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt 2 interface is supported, but it requires a certified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, which is not included and is sold separately)
    Power AC input: 100 to 230 V
    Temperature Operating
    50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
    -40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
    Dimensions 5.3 x 7.0 x 9.6" / 135 x 177 x 245 mm
    Weight 12.6 lbs / 5.7 kg
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    Package Weight 18.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.6 x 14.3 x 10.8"

    OWC / Other World Computing Thunderbay 4 reviews

    ThunderBay 4 12TB Four-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array (4 x 3TB) is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crashed on first project. OWC support doesn't help. Spent hours trying to rectify. My review on OWC's site was never published. Which feels dishonest. As for "support," I keep getting confused sounding OWC employees who know nothing about editing...telling me supervisors are too busy to call. They are polite. But don't know their products. It takes 5 hours to verify each of the four 3TB hard drives. So far I'm a week down on a project. Emails yesterday and today unanswered. And still no call from a supervisor or informed technical support professional.
    Date published: 2018-06-08
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