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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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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