Promise Technology 8TB Pegasus R4 RAID Storage with Thunderbolt (4x 2TB)

Promise Technology 8TB Pegasus R4 RAID Storage with Thunderbolt (4x 2TB)

Promise Technology 8TB Pegasus R4 RAID Storage with Thunderbolt (4x 2TB)

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Product Highlights

  • Direct Attached Storage with 8TB
  • 2x Thunderbolt: 10Gbps Speed Per Port
  • 4x 2TB SATA 7200rpm Drives
  • Sustained Throughput of Over 500MB/s
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
  • Connects to a Thunderbolt Port
  • Daisy-Chain Up to 6 Units
  • Mac Compatible
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Promise Technology R4 overview

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8TB Pegasus R4 RAID Storage with Thunderbolt (4x 2TB) from Promise Technology is a direct attached storage unit (DAS) with the data safety, huge storage space, and blazing fast data recall demanded by media professionals. Great if you work with video, graphics, or audio, this unit features two Thunderbolt ports and includes four 2TB SATA hard drives preinstalled, each of which spins at the fast disk speed of 7200rpm.* This unit can also save your data in a RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, or 10 configuration.

With the Thunderbolt interface, you can transfer data at a rate of up to 10Gbps, and with this enclosure, you can hit sustained data transfer speeds of up to 500MB/s. That's megabytes, not bits! This unit can connect to Mac computers that have a Thunderbolt port, such as a MacBook Pro or iMac. Plus, you can daisy-chain up to six enclosures. For the office or at home, if you want safe and vast data storage with super-swift recall speeds, your soaring, reliable solution just might be this Pegasus.

Note: *Total data capacity will be less because of HFS+ formatting.

Lightning Fast Performance
Pegasus allows amateur professionals, audio engineers, photographers, and post production engineers to unleash the raw power of Pegasus and Thunderbolt Technology. Final Cut professionals can ingest, edit, and playback, multiple streams of uncompressed HD (8-bit and 10-bit) video, while protecting valuable workflows, audio sessions, and other creative media content, with PROMISE's award winning, enterprise level, RAID6 engine (features mature error handling schemes for the ultimate in data protection). Graphic artists utilizing Photoshop and Maya 3D animation can both manipulate and archive high resolution graphics on Pegasus, with relative ease and lightning fast responsiveness.
Flexible Connectivity
The multi-protocol support of Thunderbolt Technology enables Pegasus to deliver amazing flexibility. Daisy-chain more than one Pegasus enclosures to a single Thunderbolt technology port to Pegasus for the ultimate in convenience and interface connectivity.
Fast, Safe, and Reliable
Digital Media consumption is growing at an astonishing rate, and is part of everyone's life. Featuring, two, high performance, 10Gb/s bi-directional channels, and PROMISE enterprise-level RAID 6 protection, Pegasus provides fast, safe, and reliable external storage, essential for protecting your music, photos, videos, and other valuable data. Pegasus provides massive storage, and fast performance for popular applications, including Final Cut Pro, Garageband, iTunes, iPhoto, and Photoshop. Pegasus can be used, in conjunction with Apple's Time Machine utility (in Mac OS X), to store backups of invaluable digital media, documents, or an entire computer (or workstation).
Easy to Use
Pegasus comes pre-configured out of the box. Simply unpack, supply power, and connect the Thunderbolt cable (available for purchase under Accessories) to the Thunderbolt port on your computer, and you will be ready to either ingest/edit production video, or store all your important documents, music, photos, and videos. Management of Pegasus is made possible through an easy to use, all new, made-for-Mac OS X GUI utility.
One More Thing, Eco-Friendly
Pegasus is RoHS compliant; in simple terms Pegasus is eco-friendly, keeping harmful lead out of the environment and our delicate ecosystems.
In the Box
Promise Technology 8TB Pegasus R4 RAID Storage with Thunderbolt (4x 2TB)
  • 4 x 2TB SATA Hard Disk Drives
  • Power Cable
  • Product CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Promise Technology R4 specs

    Capacity 8TB

    Total capacity of the device is less because of HFS+ formatting

    Array Type Direct Attached Storage
    Bays 4
    Drive Types Supported 4x 2TB SATA 7200rpm Drives Included
    Sustained Data Transfer Rate Over 500MB/s
    Video Stream Playback Supported
    RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
    Desktop/Rackmount Desktop
    Status Indicator Not specified by the manufacturer
    Input and Output Connectors 2x Thunderbolt Ports
    Fan Not specified by the manufacturer
    Security Not specified by the manufacturer
    Agency Certifications RoHS Compliant
    System Requirements Mac Computer with a Thunderbolt Port
    Supports Time Machine in Mac OS X
    Electrical Requirements Not specified by the manufacturer
    Environmental Requirements Not specified by the manufacturer
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Not specified by the manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by the manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.2 x 12.8 x 11.4"

    Promise Technology R4 reviews

    8TB Pegasus R4 RAID Storage with Thunderbolt (4x 2TB) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY Fast, very robust - very happy. I was unfamiliar with RAID 5, which is what this device comes with standard configuration. You can change it, but I left it RAID 5. I was going to mirror to have data redundancy giving me an effective 4TB, but I was pleased to have 6TB on the 8TB system with RAID 5 giving me redundancy. Set-up took all night, about 10 hours running, to configure the 8TB system RAID 5... but when it was done, it displayed a 6TB drive to my iMac. Writes to the Pegasus R4 are about twice as fast as my internal SATA drive... reads are insanely fast... the read benchmark showed read speeds over 6 times faster than any USB or Firewire 800 drive I have... insane. Definitely get it if you need lots of space, fast reads and redundancy....
    Date published: 2012-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so good!!! I have several G-Raid drives, and found myself spending 14-18 hours in order to make duplicate drives for off site storage of my files. I started to notice a slow down in performance, and wanted to try a Thunderbolt drive. After doing some research I chose the 8TB Pegasus, and have been extremily happy so far. Running Raid-5 and it is several times faster then my stand alone G-Raid drives. I have plenty of room to gorw, and I'm confident that the system will take good care of me for the next 3-4 years.
    Date published: 2012-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faster Than a Speeding Bullet Needed RAID for office images for education. Have a DROBO--VERY slow. With new Macbook pro Thunderbolt and the Pegasus, access is AMAZING and almost instantaneous. Setup a breeze. Set for RAID 5 out of the box.
    Date published: 2012-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential for Video Source Media Storage The Thunderbolt interface is shockingly fast. The RAID-5 configuration is essential if recording with tapeless devices. Expensive, but less expensive than reshooting a project.
    Date published: 2012-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ecxellent product I use it for editing of documentary films in full HD. I am on my third unit. I recommend this product because of its cost, performance, price.
    Date published: 2012-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy meant for editing Extremely fast transfer speeds with an ease to install and use. An ideal tool for feature-length editing.
    Date published: 2011-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Purchased 2 of these. Love them. Fast reliable. More than I expected.
    Date published: 2012-07-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thunderbolt is right Lightning Fast! I own and operate a branding agency in the midwest. We do a lot of web and video work with my primary desire for the Pegasus unit being the video work. Pro's: The unit is extremely fast with transfer speeds. I mean fast. I backed up roughly 2.5 TB in a matter of hours, something that took all day with USB 3.0. The unit is extremely quite and has no heat accumulation to speak of like some other units I have used. The size is relatively small for what I was anticipating and it fits in my desk configuration nicely. Excellent customer service. Had to call due to a sync issue (see below for details). The Reps did a wonderful job and even quickly used remote access to login to my computer and take care of the issue without me having to lift a finger! Con's: When the unit arrived, it did not have the proper firmware which caused the sync process to take a very long time. After roughly 36 hours (was told 10 hours would complete the process), I finally called Promise Technologies. Their customers service was amazing as mentioned above. After the firmware was updated, the normal 10 hours did it on the sync process. Overall, this is an AWESOME unit, perfect for what I do and for the editing capabilities I need.
    Date published: 2014-07-09
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