OWC 2TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 500GB)

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OWC 2TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 500GB)
Key Features
  • 4 x 500GB NVMe SSDs
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 Host Connection
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3 Daisy Chain Port
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 4, 5 & 10
Bring portable RAID storage to your workflow with the 2TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC. Boasting four M.2 NVMe drive bays housing four 500GB SSDs, this RAID array provides 2TB of total storage. Connect to host via Thunderbolt 3 to take advantage of read and write speeds up to 2405 and 2318 MB/s, respectively. An additional Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port can be used to daisy chain additional Thunderbolt 3 devices.
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OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2OS Requirements
  • 3SoftRAID XT
  • 4Your Digital Life Protected

Bring portable RAID storage to your workflow with the 2TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC. Boasting four M.2 NVMe drive bays housing four 500GB SSDs, this RAID array provides 2TB of total storage. Connect to host via Thunderbolt 3 to take advantage of read and write speeds up to 2405 and 2318 MB/s, respectively. An additional Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port can be used to daisy chain additional Thunderbolt 3 devices.

Preconfigured in RAID 0, this array also supports RAID 1, 4, 5, and 10. A plug-and-play design and ballistic hard-shell carrying case allow for easy deployment, while the included AC adapter ensures ample power. This RAID array is preformatted for use with Mac and is compatible with macOS 10.13 and later; compatibility extends to Windows 10 and later and Windows Server 2016 using SoftRAID for Windows. Please note, RAID 4 and 10 are available for Mac only at this time.

Note:
For best performance and to avoid compatibility issues, please make sure your system is running macOS 13.5 or later.
OS Requirements
The OWC 2TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array is compatible with macOS 10.13 and later and Windows 10 or later. Please note, an available Thunderbolt 3 interface is required. Additionally, RAID 4 and RAID 10 are only available on Mac at this time. This drive is preformatted for use with Mac and can be used with a PC using SoftRAID for Windows.
SoftRAID XT
SoftRAID XT is an intuitive RAID utility providing multiple RAID options. Select the RAID level that fits your needs. If you need maximum volume capacity, optimum drive performance, data protection, or a combination of attributes, SoftRAID has you covered. With features like drive validation, verification, and failure prediction, SoftRAID includes features you don't get with hardware RAID. It's like having a datacenter on your desktop! From home users looking to protect photos and documents to professionals needing to protect and quickly access projects, SoftRAID has you covered.

Configure your array in RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, and 10. Use SoftRAID Monitor to constantly watch your disks and issue an alert if problems are detected. Additionally, volume validation ensures sectors can be read and parity is correct. SoftRAID XT checks disks before use to ensure they are safe for data storage and error prediction helps protect against unexpected failure. A universal design allows you to move SoftRAID arrays seamlessly between Macs and PCs with built-in OWC MacDrive technology.

Your Digital Life Protected
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OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Specs

Key Specs
Storage Capacity
2 TB
Included Drives
4x 500 GB SSD
Interface
NVMe
Number of Bays
4x M.2 (2280)
Inputs/Outputs
1x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
RAID
RAID 0/1/5
Drives
Storage Capacity
2 TB
Included Drives
4x 500 GB SSD
Initial RAID Configuration
RAID 0
Interface
NVMe
General
Number of Bays
4x M.2 (2280)
Default OS Support
macOS
Inputs/Outputs
1x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
Compatible Drive Interface
NVMe
Form Factor
Desktop
RAID
RAID 0/1/5
Bridge Chipset
Intel DSL6540
Transfer Rates
2405 MB/s (Read)
2318 MB/s (Write)
UASP Support
Yes
Software
OS Compatibility
macOS 10.13 or Later
Windows 10 or Later (64-Bit Only)
Security
Encryption
Yes
Security Features
No
Electrical
AC Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 2 A
DC Input Power
15 VDC at 4.8 A
Power Source
AC Adapter
PSU Wattage
1 x 72 W
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)
Certifications
CE, FCC, RoHS
Physical
Color
Black
Status Monitoring
LED Indicator
Cooling
No
Noise Level
0 dBA
Cable Length
1.6' / 0.5 m
Material of Construction
Aluminum
Dimensions
7.6 x 4.9 x 1.1" / 192 x 124 x 29 mm
Weight
1.5 lb / 676.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
7.36 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
14.2 x 12.3 x 6.7"

OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Reviews

A most expensive paperweight

By Donald
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-20

This drive is too complicated for its own good. I spent days with tech support to get it recognized on my MacBook Pro, then copied data to it. Later, the trial to the RAID software expired and an offer was made to buy the software to again view the drive--maddening. Once a product key was entered, I could again see files in Finder but Lightroom and other apps cannot see the drive and report it as unplugged. Tech support has advised if it is viewable in Finder that is the end of their obligation, even though their own software reports it as unmounted. Now too much time has passed that the device is not returnable to B&H. A very expensive paperweight!

Fast and Easy

By Nick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-19

Item came packaged better than any drive I have ever received. It is built well and easy to set up. From there, performance is as expected, fast and reliable.

Fast ! Fast ! Fast!

By Mo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-25

Using mainly for active Final Cut projects ! Couldn't be happier. The speed of drive keeps up with ever increasing .mov file sizes from newest cameras. No more crashes in FCX ! Love the compact form factor.

Very fast - Very reliable

By YBY
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-05

I've been using two of these drives for the better part of a year. While I don't edit full time, I have used these on mission critical projects. While these are RAID 0 and subject to the faults of that, OWC build these specifically for RAID 0. Thankfully, I have not had any issues to date. That being said, because this is RAID 0, I try to backup this stuff often.

Exceptional Performance for Video

By Allison
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-09

I was struggling to get any sort of multicam editing done on Final Cut Pro X using a 2017 MacBook Pro. Though this was an investment, I decided to upgrade to this instead of an entirely new computer for now, and I'm super glad I did. The build quality, the performance, and the ease-of-use is second to none. The pelican-style case is a nice addition as well for when editing on the go happens. The most important question isn't whether or not to get this, but to decide what size best fits your workflow. For me the 2TB was sufficient as I only work on one project at a time. I could see upgrading to another larger one later if that changes.

Horrid

By Shaun
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-10

One of the worst hard drives in the market

So Fast

By Nicholas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-08

After getting bogged down Transcoding files for clients I needed a super fast working drive on which I could dump frles and transcode jobs at lightning fast speeds. What surprised me is just how fast it is to copy files to and from the drive. 160gb in just over a minute and a half. Amazing. It's expensive but the time it saves me is worth every penny.

Expensive but very large and fast!

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-04

I hesitated before I bought this because of the price; after I was sure this was fair, I bought it from B&H so I could use my B&H PayBoo card and get reimbursed for the sales tax. I haven't looked back. It is an extremely fast 8 TB and I use it to edit large drone photos and movies as well as family movies. Final Cut Pro finally flies! The soft raid software that comes with this drive is excellent and gives me the full  2800 MB/s it promises. So much faster than my iMac memory/SSD and my external SSD cards. I highly recommend this drive for fast processing of very large files like photographs and movies. They recommend you keep backups and I do.

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Does it provide enough power to daisy chain a ...

Does it provide enough power to daisy chain a bus-powered TB3 external drive like an OWC Envoy Pro EX?
Asked by: Robert
Yes, there should be plenty of power to run the Envoy Pro EX.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-08-06

Is this compatible with the 2018 Mac Mini?

Is this compatible with the 2018 Mac Mini?
Asked by: Brandon
Yes, it is compatible with the 2018 Mac mini.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-02-03

Can this work on bus power over Thunderbolt 3?

Can this work on bus power over Thunderbolt 3?
Asked by: Trevor
No. It still needs to have a breakout power adapter to operate.
Answered by: Zach
Date published: 2021-01-19

Does the 1TB product come with 4x 250GB NVMe or ...

Does the 1TB product come with 4x 250GB NVMe or 1x1TB? Other capacities?
Asked by: Matthew
Yes, the OWC / Other World Computing 1TB ThunderBlade External Thunderbolt 3 Solid-State Drive B&H # OWTB3TBV4T01 has 4 x 250GB NVME SSD's configured in RAID 0.
Answered by: Miguel
Date published: 2021-02-03

Does this drive work with Big Sur Mac OS 11.7.4?

Does this drive work with Big Sur Mac OS 11.7.4?
Asked by: Sue
Yes, this OWC 8TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 2TB) is compatible with MacOS 11.7.4. https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/TB3TBV4T08/#specs
Answered by: Sagi
Date published: 2023-02-23

Is it at all possible to use this with Linux?

Is it at all possible to use this with Linux?
Asked by: Steven
There is no simple answer due to the various Linux builds out there. It will all depend on the availability of Thunderbolt drivers available. One thing that I do know, is that unless you have a PC available to reformat the drive within the PC version of SoftRAID, the volume likely will not mount.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-01-19

Windows RAID setup. Please enumerate the "multipe ...

Windows RAID setup. Please enumerate the "multipe permission steps" in 2.2 of the Manual noted under troubleshooting. You make it sound as though failure to mount in PCs is a common issue- text instructions would be useful. The unit comes set up in RAID 0 for Mac. There is nothing in the manual about setting up the RAID in Windows. I presume once you have followed the steps in 2.2, then the newly formatted drive will show up as unallocated in Disk Management. From there, I presume you must use "Storage Spaces" in Windows, found by typing into Search [Since SoftRAID is for Mac only]. Please clarify. You should have specific instructions on this as well within your text. How many SSD drives are present in the unit? That directly impacts the speed of a RAID 0. I know you are a Mac company, so I have significant reservations on your technical support for Windows.
Asked by: Donald M
You have correctly summarized how the individual blades are to be formatted in Disk Management, and then yes, you must use Storage Spaces. There are 4 M.2 blades inside the unit. I will speak with the appropriate people about adding more specific language for Windows users.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2019-04-23

Can I use this drive on 2015 MacBook Pro, which ...

Can I use this drive on 2015 MacBook Pro, which predates Thunderbolt 3 ?
Asked by: mark
You can get a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter (https://bhpho.to/2VdXuZP), and plug THAT into the drive. Then use Thunderbolt 2 to connect to your computer.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2020-04-07
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