OWC ThunderBay 4 32TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 8TB, RAID 5 Enterprise Edition)

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OWC ThunderBay 4 32TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 8TB, RAID 5 Enterprise Edition)
Key Features
  • 4 x 8TB 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 32TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing is pre-configured with four 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 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 453 and 456 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 32TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing is pre-configured with four 8TB HGST Ultrastar He8 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 453 and 456 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: 810586030984

OWC ThunderBay 4 External HDD Specs

General
Number of Bays4 x 2.5"/3.5"
Connections2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s))
1 x DisplayPort
Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA III
Form FactorDesktop
Maximum RAID Transfer Rate507 MB/s (Read in RAID 5)
527 MB/s (Write in RAID 5)
RAID ModesRAID 0, 0+1, 1, 4, 5, JBOD
Drives
Total Raw Capacity32 TB (4 x 8 TB)
TypeHard Disk Drive
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
InterfaceSATA III
Initial RAID ConfigurationRAID 5
Electrical
Power SourceInternal Power Supply
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Security
EncryptionNone
Security FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Environmental
Operating Temperature50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
Storage Temperature-40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
Physical
Cooling1 x 92 mm Fan
Status MonitoringLED Indicator
Dimensions (W x H x D)5.31 x 6.97 x 9.65" / 135 x 177 x 245 mm
Weight12.57 lb / 5.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight18 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.5 x 14 x 11"
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