OWC 8TB ThunderBlade External Thunderbolt 3 Solid-State Drive

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OWC 8TB ThunderBlade External Thunderbolt 3 Solid-State Drive
Key Features
  • 8TB Capacity
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Read/Write Speeds up to 2800 MB/s
  • Preformatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac
Take a speedy 8TB hard drive on the go with the 8TB ThunderBlade External Thunderbolt 3 Solid-State Drive from OWC. This external 8TB solid-state drive comes equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, ideal for daisy chaining up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices, and it offers read/write speeds up to 2,800 MB/s. Pre-formatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac and capable of being reformatted for Windows, the plug-and-play four-bay drive has been pre-configured as RAID 0 using SoftRAID. A ballistic hard-shell carrying case is included.
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OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Overview

Take a speedy 8TB hard drive on the go with the 8TB ThunderBlade External Thunderbolt 3 Solid-State Drive from OWC. This external 8TB solid-state drive comes equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, ideal for daisy chaining up to six Thunderbolt 3 devices, and it offers read/write speeds up to 2,800 MB/s. Pre-formatted HFS+ Journaled for Mac and capable of being reformatted for Windows, the plug-and-play four-bay drive has been pre-configured as RAID 0 using SoftRAID. A ballistic hard-shell carrying case is included.

OS Requirements

macOS 10.13 or later
Windows 10 or later

Hardware Requirements

Mac or Windows PC with Thunderbolt 3 interface
Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 compatibility requires a certified Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) to Thunderbolt 2 (mDP) adapter
UPC: 810586031851

OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Specs

Pre-FormatMac OS Extended (Journaled)
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Noise Level0 dBA
Operating Temperature50 to 95°F / 10 to 35°C
Storage Temperature-40 to 149°F / -40 to 65°C
Weight23.85 oz / 676 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.1 x 12.4 x 6.7"

OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Reviews

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.

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

If half were an option I would have selected it.

By Shaun
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-06

On arrival one whole section of the raid failed then the problem seemed to correct itself now, the power adapter provided has started intermittently failing owc is on backorder and I'm left with a unusable device to edit a pilot on, going back to my g drives because its pointless to have a blisteringly fast drive if its just going to get power failure within a few weeks of use.

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.

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.

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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

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

Does this device's power brick supply enough ...

Does this device's power brick supply enough power to charge a MacBook Pro (or similar PC) over a Thunderbolt 3 cable?
Asked by: Kiruba
No, there is very little residual power.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-02-03

Can both Thunderbolt ports be used to access the ...

Can both Thunderbolt ports be used to access the drive from two computers simultaneously?
Asked by: Florian
I don't believe so. It would cause read/write permission errors. Typically you need a primary machine connected to it that manages all the read/write access. I'd recommend networking to your main computer over Thunderbolt 3 and doing it that way.
Answered by: Zach
Date published: 2021-07-23

Definitely a niche question, but does the unit ...

Definitely a niche question, but does the unit power on and off depending if it's plugged in to a computer? I'm unsure if there's a power button somewhere on it that I'm missing. Would be really convenient if unplugging it from a laptop would have it power down.
Asked by: Christopher
Yes, without a data connection to the computer it does shut down. If connected to a computer and the computer is shut down, the enclosure goes into a low power state and the drive is shut down. If the computer is sleeping, the drive will go into a low power mode until the system is woken.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-07-06

The product specifications say the speed is ...

The product specifications say the speed is 2800MB/s, but I know that the individual speed of the SSD in NVME format is over 2800MB/s. Why is the speed of Thunder Blade using RAID method only 2800MB/s?
Asked by: Kim
To accommodate the 4 blades a switch must be used, this is what limits the speed.
Answered by: OWC Andy
Date published: 2021-02-03

Does this SSD work with APFS? (I know SoftRaid ...

Does this SSD work with APFS? (I know SoftRaid still doesn't.)
Asked by: Glenn
Thanks, Andy. Because APFS is now the default file system for Macs (apart from Time Machine drives), and overall, it’s a more advanced file system with various performance (and security) advantages over the legacy system, not just for boot drives.
Answered by: Glenn
Date published: 2021-02-03

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
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