OWC ThunderBay 4 48TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 12TB, RAID 5 Enterprise Edition)

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OWC ThunderBay 4 48TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 12TB, RAID 5 Enterprise Edition)
Key Features
  • 4 x 12TB 3.5" 7200 rpm Enterprise HDD
  • 4 x 3.5" SATA III 6 Gb/s Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 | 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0, and JBOD
This ThunderBay 4 48TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing is pre-configured with four 12TB Toshiba MG09ACA Enterprise-grade drives pre-configured in RAID 5 via included SoftRAID XT software, which provides a balance of performance and data redundancy. 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. 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 (10), and JBOD. When configured in RAID 0, the ThunderBay 8 features read speeds of up to 1047 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1047 MB/s.
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OWC ThunderBay 4 External HDD Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Cool, Fast, and Empowering
  • 3Time-Tested Cooling
  • 4Vibration Dampened
  • 5Multi-Drive
  • 6Gain a 4K Perspective
  • 7The "Supply Chain" That Always Delivers
  • 8SoftRAID: RAID Made Easy
  • 9Beyond Hardware RAID
  • 10Workflow and Storage Solutions for Pros
  • 11Thunderbolt Made Easy

This ThunderBay 4 48TB 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC / Other World Computing is pre-configured with four 12TB Toshiba MG09ACA Enterprise-grade drives pre-configured in RAID 5 via included SoftRAID XT software, which provides a balance of performance and data redundancy. 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. 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 (10), and JBOD. When configured in RAID 0, the ThunderBay 8 features read speeds of up to 1047 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1047 MB/s.

Note:
SoftRAID XT works with macOS 10.12 or later and Windows 10 (64-bit) or later. SoftRAID is licensed per computer and while the serial number will work with both Mac and Windows, it can only be active on one computer at a time. Additional seats can be purchased. RAID 4/1+0 (10) are currently Mac only at this time. M1 Macs require macOS 11.3 or later.
Cool, Fast, and Empowering
Each populated ThunderBay 4 solution undergoes OWC's multi-hour drive burn-in performance certification procedure prior to shipping. This ensures your ThunderBay 4 arrives operating properly and ready for demanding use. And OWC Enterprise Drive solutions are feature Enterprise class drives with robust technologies that provide maximum drive endurance, data reliability, and extended warranties.
Time-Tested Cooling
Built on OWC's time-tested enclosure cooling technology, the ThunderBay 4 utilizes an open flow-thru vented design with an oversized 92mm, low-turbulence, noise-quieting fan to keep the drives running cool and reliably.
Vibration Dampened
The ThunderBay 4s' drive-isolating design reduces sonic resonance and is aided by oversized, rugged, vibration-absorbing, non-skid feet.
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.
Gain a 4K Perspective
With a dedicated DisplayPort 1.2, ThunderBay 4 empowers you to add the fresh, crisp perspective of a 4K display to your workflow. Whether in your home office or on a mobile studio job, seeing your work in full detail is just one connection away. Use it to free up your laptop port so you can dock in and out quick.
The "Supply Chain" That Always Delivers
With two Thunderbolt ports, the ThunderBay 4 lets you daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices and displays while keeping Thunderbolt ports on your laptop or desktop free for other uses. You can learn more about how to connect multiple Thunderbolt devices to your computer with this easy-to-flow infographic.
SoftRAID: RAID Made Easy
Harness the full capability of your OWC drive array with the included SoftRAID XT, the most powerful, intuitive RAID management software on the market for macOS and Windows. SoftRAID's RAID creation and management technology has been finely tuned to perfection with over 20 years of development to provide rock solid protection of your data and optimize drive performance.

SoftRAID XT provides a combination of speed, protection, and compatibility:

  • Advanced: Create RAID 0/1/4/5/1+0 (10) arrays
  • Protected: SoftRAID Monitor constantly watches your disks and alerts you if problems are detected
  • Validated: Volume validation ensures sectors can be read and parity is correct
  • Certified: Checks disks before use to ensure they are safe for data storage
  • Vigilant: Error prediction helps protect against unexpected failure
  • Universal: Move SoftRAID arrays seamlessly between Mac and PC2 with built-in OWC MacDrive technology
Beyond Hardware RAID
SoftRAID provides a level of storage performance that you simply can't get with hardware RAID. SoftRAID gives you increased power and control over your RAID drives and disks that hardware RAID can't deliver and doesn't lock you into technology that you can't upgrade or expand.
Workflow and Storage Solutions for Pros
Whether you're finishing and mastering, creating proxies, or working with state-of-the-art VFX and AR, you need dependable tech that keeps pace with your demands. OWC workflow and storage solutions cover every angle, delivering blazing speed, capacity for all five levels of RAID, and bonus features like the freedom to daisy-chain and hot-swap.
Thunderbolt Made Easy
OWC makes it easy to choose the right gear. Their Thunderbolt-certified products offer the same performance and functionality whether they are Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4. And if you're rocking a beloved Thunderbolt 2 machine, they offer an adapter so you can plug into their universe of solutions. No hassles, no confusion. That's the OWC Difference.
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OWC ThunderBay 4 External HDD Specs

Key Specs
Storage Capacity
48 TB
Included Drives
4x 12 TB 3.5" HDD
Interface
SATA III
Number of Bays
4x 2.5"/3.5" SATA III
Inputs/Outputs
2x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
1x DisplayPort 1.2
RAID Support
, RAID 0/1/5/JBOD
Drives
Storage Capacity
48 TB
Included Drives
4x 12 TB 3.5" HDD
Cache Memory per Drive
512 MB
Initial RAID Configuration
RAID 5
Interface
SATA III
Rotational Speed
7200 rpm
General
Number of Bays
4x 2.5"/3.5" SATA III
Inputs/Outputs
2x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
1x DisplayPort 1.2
Form Factor
Desktop
RAID Support
, RAID 0/1/5/JBOD
Bridge Chipset
ASMedia ASM1062
Intel DSL6540
Hot-Swap Support
Yes
Transfer Rates
1083 MB/s (Read in RAID 0)
1164 MB/s (Write in RAID 0)
UASP Support
No
Software
OS Compatibility
macOS 10.12 or Later
Windows 10 or Later (64-Bit Only)
Security
Encryption
No
Security Features
Kensington Security Slot
Electrical
Input Power
100 to 230 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Source
Internal Power Supply
Environmental
Operating Temperature
50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
Operating Humidity
8 to 90%
Storage Temperature
-40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
Storage Humidity
5 to 95% (Non-Condensing)
Physical
Color
Black
Status Monitoring
LED Indicator
Cooling
1x 92 mm Fan
Material of Construction
Aluminum
Dimensions
9.7 x 6.97 x 5.31" / 245 x 177 x 135 mm
Weight
8.6 lb / 3.9 kg (without Drives)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
18.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
15.6 x 14 x 11"

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