OWC Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure with SoftRAID XT

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OWC Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure with SoftRAID XT
Key Features
  • 4 x M.2 2280 Slots
  • Thunderbolt 3 | DisplayPort
  • Supports 4K Resolution
  • Includes SoftRAID XT
The Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure from OWC / Other World Computing is designed to house separately sold solid-state drives via four M.2 2280 slots. Store and carry your music, photos, and personal data safely wherever you go with the enclosure's durable aluminum body. Connect to devices via the two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can also be used along with the DisplayPort to extend your system's screen. In terms of visuals, the Express 4M2 outputs resolution up to 4K at 60 Hz.
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OWC Express 4M2 Overview

The Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure from OWC / Other World Computing is designed to house separately sold solid-state drives via four M.2 2280 slots. Store and carry your music, photos, and personal data safely wherever you go with the enclosure's durable aluminum body. Connect to devices via the two Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can also be used along with the DisplayPort to extend your system's screen. In terms of visuals, the Express 4M2 outputs resolution up to 4K at 60 Hz.

The Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure includes SoftRAID XT, which supports Supports RAID 0, 1, 10, 4, 5, 6, and JBOD modes. A Thunderbolt 3 cable, power supply, and charging cable are also included. This enclosure is compatible with devices running Windows and Mac operating systems. The Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure has been tested with 8TB drives and supports a total capacity of 32TB. Please note, all drives are available separately.

Note:
For best performance and to avoid compatibility issues, please make sure your system is running macOS 13.5 or later.
NVMe SSD
Non-Volatile Memory Express provides an efficient communication interface protocol, so you can utilize SSD technology and high-performance connection buses like PCIe. Furthermore, there is room for four NVMe SSDs while also supporting multiple enclosures, advanced drive monitoring, e-notifications, and downloadable updates.
SoftRAID Compatible
The OWC Express 4M2 features a SoftRAID engine for sturdy performance. Moreover, SoftRAID protects your data by alerting you to issues before anything happens, ensuring you're protected. Advanced monitoring tools work behind the scenes to keep your RAID running in tip-top shape.
RAID and Storage Spaces
The OWC Express 4M2 comes with SoftRAID XT so you can customize this enclosure for speed or data redundancy. Choose from RAID 0, 1, 10, 4, 5, 6, and JBOD mode for storage that fits the needs of your project.
DisplayPort
Extend your screen with a DisplayPort output located on the rear of the OWC Express 4M2.
Thunderbolt 3
The OWC Express 4M2 is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and comes with an OWC Thunderbolt 3 cable, which is Thunderbolt certified for Mac and Windows. Moreover, the OWC Express 4M2 is backward compatible with Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2.
Multi-Drive
The OWC Express 4M2 comes equipped with an OWC SoftRAID, which provides RAID compatibility across multiple drive enclosures. Furthermore, add Express 4M2 drives to your storage pool using Windows Storage Spaces. Configure and reconfigure your storage however you need by combining multiple OWC Express 4M2 drives together on Mac and Windows systems.
Windows Compatible
The OWC Express 4M2 fully supports Windows workflows using Windows Storage Spaces. Pool the four M.2 NVMe SSDs together with support for all the storage spaces with configuration options, including the ability to add another OWC Express 4M2 to expand your storage pool on the fly.
Compact Design
This enclosure is design to be small and portable.
Compatibility
iMac Pro 27" (Late 2017)
Model ID: iMacPro1, 1
2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.0 GHz, 3.2 GHz
iMac with Retina 5K Display 27" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: iMac18, 3
3.4 GHz, 3.5 GHz, 3.8 GHz, 4.2 GHz
iMac with Retina 4K Display 21.5" (Mid 2017)
Model ID:iMac18, 2
3.0 GHz, 3.4 GHz, 3.6 GHz
iMac 21.5" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: iMac18, 1
2.3 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 15" (Mid 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15, 1
2.2 GHz, 2.6 GHz, 2.9 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 13" (Mid 2018)
Model ID: MacBookPro15, 2
2.3 GHz, 2.7 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 15" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14, 3
2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, 3.1 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 13" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14, 2
3.1 GHz, 3.3 GHz, 3.5 GHz
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13" (Mid 2017)
Model ID: MacBookPro14, 1
2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 15" (Late 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13, 3
2.6 GHz, 2.7 GHz, 2.9 GHz
MacBook Pro with Touch 13" (Late 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13, 2
2.9 GHz, 3.1 GHz, 3.3 GHz
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13" (Late 2016)
Model ID: MacBookPro13, 1
2.0 GHz, 2.4 GHz
UPC: 810586030090

OWC Express 4M2 Specs

Key Specs
Number of Bays
4x M.2 (2280) NVMe
Inputs/Outputs
2x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
1x DisplayPort
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/6/JBOD
General
Number of Bays
4x M.2 (2280) NVMe
Inputs/Outputs
2x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
1x DisplayPort
Form Factor
Desktop
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/6/JBOD
Bridge Chipset
Intel Alpine Ridge DSL6540
Transfer Rates
2800 MB/s
Software
OS Compatibility
macOS 10.12 or Later
Windows 11 (64-Bit Only)
Windows 10 (32-/64-Bit)
Windows Server 216
Security
Encryption
No
Security Features
Kensington Security Slot
Electrical
Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 1 to 2 A
12 VDC at 7.5 A
Power Source
AC Adapter
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
Certifications
CE, FCC
Physical
Color
Black
Cooling
1x 2800 rpm 60 mm Fan
Material of Construction
Aluminum
Dimensions
5.35 x 4.45 x 2.36" / 13.6 x 11.3 x 6 cm
Weight
1.8 lb / 816.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.86 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.1 x 7.65 x 4.4"

OWC Express 4M2 Reviews

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Can it transfer data thru USB-C too ?

Can it transfer data thru USB-C too ?
Asked by: Ngan
The OWC Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure is not compatible with USB Type-C hosts.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2023-01-13

If I use only one M.2 drive. Do I still need to ...

If I use only one M.2 drive. Do I still need to install softraid? (does currently not work on M1)
Asked by: Gudjon
SoftRAID 6 now runs on the New M1 Macs. You do not need to use both drives being filled either.
Answered by: Zev
Date published: 2024-01-05

Is it compatible with Crucial 2TB P3 NVMe PCIe ...

Is it compatible with Crucial 2TB P3 NVMe PCIe 3.0 M.2 Internal SSD?
Asked by: Derek
Yes, this OWC Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure is compatible with the Crucial 2TB P3 NVMe PCIe 3.0 M.2 Internal SSD.
Answered by: Sagi
Date published: 2023-06-22

Can you use this with a USB-C card like the ...

Can you use this with a USB-C card like the Sonnet Allegro card on an older Mac Pro 2012?
Asked by: Joshua
No, this can only be used with a native Thunderbolt 3 port.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-07-12

Is this compatible with samsung 980 evo plus?

Is this compatible with samsung 980 evo plus?
Asked by: Marco
Yes, that drive is compatible.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2022-05-05

Is the "XPG 2TB SX8200 Pro NVMe M.2 Internal SSD" ...

Is the "XPG 2TB SX8200 Pro NVMe M.2 Internal SSD" SSD a good option to be used with this enclosure?
Asked by: Marcelo
That will work just fine in the enclosure.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-11-28

Is this compatible with samsung 970 evo plus ?

Is this compatible with samsung 970 evo plus ?
Asked by: Boat
Yes, the OWC Express 4M2 4-Slot M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure BH #OWTB3EX4M2SL is compatible with the Samsung 970 Evo Pro.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2021-11-28

Can a USB-C hub be connected to add additional ...

Can a USB-C hub be connected to add additional USB ports?
Asked by: Michael
An Infographic on the OWC website https://www.owcdigital.com/assets/dealer/files/thunderbolt-daisy-chain-inforgraphic.pdf shows that a usb device should be placed at the end of the Thunderbolt chain.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2021-11-26
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