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Installing Drives in the OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 [VIDEO]

FLEXible Storage

Whether you call it a workflow workhorse, a productivity platform, or a configurable command center, one description of the ThunderBay Flex 8 says it best. It’s a groundbreaking workflow solution for digital imaging, VFX, video production, and video editing professionals from the world’s leading Thunderbolt accessory manufacturer.

Eight Universal 3.5/2.5-inch Drive Bays

  • Use SATA/SAS1 and U.2/M.22 NVMe drives for up to 128TB of capacity and real-world speeds up to 2750MB/s.


  • The top four bays can utilize U.2 SSDs…the emerging M&E industry storage standard.

Powerfully Easy RAID

  • Create, manage, and monitor advanced RAID sets with SoftRAID, the world’s most advanced RAID management solution with easy setup, e-notifications, and drive integrity monitoring.

In this video, we show you how to install hard drives, solid states drives, and U.2 drives in the OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 external enclosure.

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  • Hi, where can I find the Physical specs for this enclosure? I have looked all over.

    I need to make sure it will fit where I need it to go.


    • When you click through to the page where you configure the FLEX 8, scroll down just a little bit and you’ll see a “Specifications” tab between “Overview” and “Gallery.”

      Height: 34.9 cm (13.7 in)
      Length: 39.0 cm (15.4 in)
      Width: 14.9 cm (5.9 in)

  • Will these sleds work in the older model OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad RAID enclosures?

    • Yes, these are the same drive trays that have been used in the past for the older Thunderbays, and the Mercury Elite Pro Quads.