OWC 8TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 2TB)

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OWC 8TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (4 x 2TB)
Key Features
  • 4 x 2TB 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 8TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC. Boasting four M.2 NVMe drive bays housing four 2TB SSDs, this RAID array provides 8TB of total storage. Connect to host via Thunderbolt 3 to take advantage of read and write speeds up to 2800 and 2450 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 8TB ThunderBlade Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array from OWC. Boasting four M.2 NVMe drive bays housing four 2TB SSDs, this RAID array provides 8TB of total storage. Connect to host via Thunderbolt 3 to take advantage of read and write speeds up to 2800 and 2450 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 8TB 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.

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OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Specs

Key Specs
Storage Capacity
8 TB
Included Drives
4x 2 TB SSD
Interface
NVMe
Number of Bays
4x M.2 (2280) NVMe
Inputs/Outputs
1x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
RAID
RAID 0/1/5
Drives
Storage Capacity
8 TB
Included Drives
4x 2 TB SSD
Initial RAID Configuration
RAID 0
Interface
NVMe
General
Number of Bays
4x M.2 (2280) NVMe
Default OS Support
macOS
Inputs/Outputs
1x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s)
Form Factor
Desktop
RAID
RAID 0/1/5
Bridge Chipset
Intel DSL6540
Transfer Rates
2800 MB/s (Read)
2450 MB/s (Write)
UASP Support
Yes
Software
OS Compatibility
macOS 10.13 or Later
Windows 10 or Later
Windows Server 2016 to 2022
Security
Encryption
Yes
Security Features
No
Electrical
Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 2 A
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
6.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
14.1 x 12.4 x 6.7"

OWC ThunderBlade External SSD Reviews

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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

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 C
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

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: 2023-01-10
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