OWC 16TB ThunderBay 4 mini 4-Drive HDD Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array

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OWC 16TB ThunderBay 4 mini 4-Drive HDD Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array
Key Features
  • 16TB Total Storage Capacity
  • 4 x 4TB 2.5" HDDs
  • 4 x 2.5" SATA Drive Bays
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3
Backup critical data with the 16TB ThunderBay 4 mini 4-Drive HDD Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array from OWC / Other World Computing. Featuring four 2.5" drive bays, this RAID array offers a total of 16TB of storage divided between four HDDs. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, the ThunderBay 4 mini supports transfer speeds up to 1556 MB/s when using RAID 0, allowing for quicker backups or daisy-chaining multiple arrays for extended storage.
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OWC ThunderBay 4 mini External HDD Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Thunderbolt 3
  • 3Multiple RAID Levels
  • 4Multi-Drive Capable
  • 5Performance Quality Check

Backup critical data with the 16TB ThunderBay 4 mini 4-Drive HDD Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array from OWC / Other World Computing. Featuring four 2.5" drive bays, this RAID array offers a total of 16TB of storage divided between four HDDs. Equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, the ThunderBay 4 mini supports transfer speeds up to 1556 MB/s when using RAID 0, allowing for quicker backups or daisy-chaining multiple arrays for extended storage.

This array comes pre-formatted in RAID 5, but supports RAID 0, 1, 10, and 4 modes. The included software controller, SoftRAID XT, offers driver certification checks, email notifications, volume validation, and drive failure prediction. The software controller also allows for easy volume management, so you can choose what to use RAID volumes for and how much space is allocated for backup. The ThunderBay 4 mini is compatible with Windows 10 and later, as well as MAC OS X 10.13 and later. Furthermore, independent volumes can be booted with macOS. An ASMedia ASM-1062 chipset functions as the SATA Controller while an Intel JHL6540 controls Thunderbolt 3 operating modes.

Housed in black aluminum, the array features a locking front panel offering access to the individual bays. The back panel includes a Kensington Security Slot. The ThunderBay 4 mini comes with a 100-240V power supply, and outputs 12V and 6A, or 72W.

Air cooled, this array uses a single 60mm fan and is designed to operate in temperatures between 41 and 95°F. Measuring 7.5 x 4.6 x 3.8", the small form factor of the ThunderBay 4 mini is designed to fit desktops, racks, and DIT carts, with a total weight of 2.51 lb.

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.

Multiple RAID Levels

Arriving pre-configured in RAID 5, the ThunderBay mini 4 also supports RAID 0, 1, 10, and 4.

Multi-Drive Capable

The two Thunderbolt 3 ports allow you to connect up to five additional arrays for increased storage capacity.

Performance Quality Check

Each ThunderBay 4 mini receives multiple hours of burn-in by OWC, intended to ensure each unit is performing to the manufacturer's standards.
UPC: 810586032391

OWC ThunderBay 4 mini External HDD Specs

Drives
Storage Capacity16 TB
Included Drives4 x 4 TB 2.5" HDD
Cache Memory per Drive128 MB
Initial RAID ConfigurationRAID 5
InterfaceSATA
Rotational Speed7200 rpm
General
Number of Bays4 x 2.5"
Pre-FormatNone
I/O2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s))
Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA
Form FactorDesktop
RAIDRAID 0, 1, 10, 4, 5
Hot-Swap SupportNo
Transfer Rates1556 MB/s
Software
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.13 or Later
Windows 10 or Later
*As of January, 2020: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Security
EncryptionNone
Security FeaturesKensington Security Slot, Lockable Bay Door
Electrical
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power SourceAC Adapter
PSU Wattage1 x 72 W
Environmental
Operating Temperature41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
CertificationsBSMI, CE, FCC, RCM, VCCI, as per Manufacturer
Physical
Status MonitoringLED Indicator
Cooling1 x 60 mm Fan
Noise Level32.5 dBA
Material of ConstructionAluminum
Dimensions7.5 x 4.6 x 3.8" / 19.1 x 11.7 x 9.7 cm
Weight2.5 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.98 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.8 x 10.7 x 4.8"

OWC ThunderBay 4 mini External HDD Reviews

Great Enclosure, Could Be Better Designed

By Emerson
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-28

I bought two of these to replace units from the previous generation. The two units are RAIDed via SoftRAID for video editing. Using 8 1TB WD Blue SSD in RAID 0, the read and write speeds are almost as fast as the SSD in my MacBook Pro. These units are very quiet. A few improvements would make these great: 1. The mounting method could be improved: a. use stainless steel trays instead of rails. b. the springs (clips) for securing the rails can pop off. 2. The logo light cannot be turned off. (Gaff tape came in handy.) 3. The power supply is a bit large.

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Asked by: Joachim
The OWC 8TB ThunderBay 4 mini 4-Drive HDD Thunderbolt 3 RAID 5 Array will support up to 1556 MB/s when using RAID 0. The drives that are included are (4) 2TB Toshiba MQ04AB Series 5,400RPM Hard Disk Drive with 128 MB cache.
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