OWC ThunderBay 4 16TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 4TB, RAID 5 Enterprise Edition)

BH #OWTB3SRE160S • MFR #OWCTB3SRE16.0S
OWC ThunderBay 4 16TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 4TB, RAID 5 Enterprise Edition)
Key Features
  • 4 x 4TB 3.5" 7200 rpm Enterprise HDD
  • 4 x 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x DisplayPort
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0, & JBOD
This ThunderBay 4 16TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing is pre-configured with four 4TB Toshiba MG03ACA Enterprise-grade drives set up in RAID 5 via SoftRAID XT software. With two Thunderbolt 3 ports featuring transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s, it's suitable for a wide variety of workflows such as video and photo editing, audio production, and much more. Actual read and write performance in RAID 5 are around 591 and 582 MB/s respectively. If needed, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also supports daisy-chaining with up to six devices as well as DisplayPort-equipped displays. Using the SoftRAID XT software, you can reconfigure these drives from RAID 5 to alternate configurations including RAID 0, 1, 4, 1+0, and JBOD.
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OWC ThunderBay 4 External HDD Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Cooling
  • 3Multi-Drive
  • 4Vibration Dampened
  • 5DisplayPort 1.2 Support

This ThunderBay 4 16TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing is pre-configured with four 4TB Toshiba MG03ACA Enterprise-grade drives set up in RAID 5 via SoftRAID XT software. With two Thunderbolt 3 ports featuring transfer speeds of up to 40 Gb/s, it's suitable for a wide variety of workflows such as video and photo editing, audio production, and much more. Actual read and write performance in RAID 5 are around 591 and 582 MB/s respectively. If needed, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity also supports daisy-chaining with up to six devices as well as DisplayPort-equipped displays. Using the SoftRAID XT software, you can reconfigure these drives from RAID 5 to alternate configurations including RAID 0, 1, 4, 1+0, and JBOD.

Cooling
ThunderBay utilizes an open "flow-thru" vented design with a 92mm, low-turbulence, noise-quieting fan to keep the drives running cool and reliably.
Multi-Drive
Daisy-chain up to six ThunderBays for massive storage capabilities and increased performance, or connect multiple ThunderBays to multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports to achieve exponential speed capabilities.
Vibration Dampened
ThunderBay's drive isolating design reduces sonic resonance and is aided by over-sized, rugged, vibration-absorbing, non-skid feet.
DisplayPort 1.2 Support
The Thunderbolt 3 ports also support DisplayPort 1.2 that allows daisy-chaining displays through the drive.
UPC: 810586030960

OWC ThunderBay 4 External HDD Specs

Drives
Storage Capacity16 TB
Included Drives4 x 4 TB 3.5" HDD
Initial RAID ConfigurationRAID 5
InterfaceSATA III
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
General
Number of Bays4 x 2.5"/3.5"
I/O2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s))
1 x DisplayPort
Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA III
Form FactorDesktop
RAIDRAID 0, 0+1, 1, 4, 5, JBOD
Transfer Rates497 MB/s (Read in RAID 5)
491 MB/s (Write in RAID 5)
Security
EncryptionNone
Security FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Electrical
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power SourceInternal Power Supply
Environmental
Operating Temperature50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
Storage Temperature-40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
Physical
Status MonitoringLED Indicator
Cooling1 x 92 mm Fan
Dimensions9.7 x 6.97 x 5.31" / 245 x 177 x 135 mm
Weight12.6 lb / 5.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight18.655 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.3 x 10.8 x 0.3"

OWC ThunderBay 4 External HDD Reviews

Great Storage Device

By Reese
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-11

This DAS device is a real workhorse and has worked flawlessly for me. It is very fast at transferring data which is important to me. Very happy with my purchase!

Drives seem to work well, software is a realy pain

By lorenzo
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-29

The physical product is great, large drives and a solid metal housing, and they're pretty fast. The problem I have is with the software, SoftRAID. First time setting up I it did not go smoothly, had to do a bunch of reading and research to even show up as a drive on my mac. I have an M1 Mac and this drive does not show up eiter. They advertise this a plug and play, it's not. You'll likely need to do technical reading, validation, lots of restarting your comp, and waiting. The SoftRAID program is strange, it will randomly pop up windows recommending a update. If you unplug the drive from your computer it pops up at least seperate 4 windows notifying you. I'd really recommend using a different software for this.

Good! But could be great!

By Karen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

Fantastic product! Relatively quiet for what it is; goes great under my desk instead of on top of it. Ready to use right out of the box. I do wish the cord was a little longer. BUT kind of annoying that after paying for such a great item I also have to go buy software to run an actual RAID on it. Sure people do different things on these enclosures. But tacking on another 50 or 100 bucks to the price to get it to the most common functions of the advertised process feels cheap or better nickel-and-dimed.

Noisy and crashes after sleep - known issue to OWC.

By John
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-15

Several times now I keep getting SoftRaid Volume Locked, to avoid data corruption. It advises restarting your computer. It takes forever to shut down. And then the fan suddenly hisses in a short burst before rebooting. On one occasion I had to re-arrange my display preferences in the Control pannels as somehow that was affected also. Info reports error is known and they are expecting a fix from Apple. This is not really acceptable at this price. Also, the drive is really clunky noisy requiring a really expensive optical Thunderbolt cable to put it in another room or closet. Other than these annoying qualities it seems to work well. I had Caldigit drives before and had none of these issues. They are cheaper than the others so despite the flaws there is still value. The noise is really not good though. They should include a long TB cable with this box. As it is $250.00 to buy one. I would see if there are other drives that do not have these issues. Too late for me, I bought two of these. So twice the troubles.

Caution: Performs poorly on Windows computers

By Aaron
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-14

I attempted to use this device on two different Windows computers and tried multiple Thunderbold 3 to Thunderbold 3 cables (including the one that was included in the packaging). The out of the box (RAID5) peak transfer speed was 120/MBs - and the average was 70MBs. The advertised peak transfer speed is 704/MBs On the third contact with OWC support, the agent admitted that this device is known to have extremely slow transfer speeds on Windows. The agent was unable to provide information on whether a fix was in the pipeline. I would consider this device unusable for Windows users despite claims of Windows compatibility on their website and packaging.

Great for editing

By Wesley
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-01

My go-to drive for feature-length documentary editing!

Works well so far

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-18

Bought raid to handle over two weeks worth of shooting 4k. Working well so far, and definitely a bit faster/efficient than my previous way of working with a bunch of drives daisy chained together!

Excellent product and support

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-03

Dead simple setup with my new Mac Studio. OWC's support is excellent, from the initial purchase decision to installation (and I presume support down the road). Only minor complaint is the fan noise. A lot quieter than my old Promise Pegasus raid but still noticeable.

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