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OWC ThunderBay IV

8.0TB High-Performance 4-Bay
Thunderbolt Drive

Mac / PC / Thunderbolt / RAID Ready
The Speed You Need
Add vast amounts of high-performance storage capacity to any Thunderbolt equipped Mac or PC with the ThunderBay IV. Utilize each of the four drives independently, or use the software RAID of your choice to setup the ThunderBay IV for multi-drive performance or data redundancy. Take A/V post-production, photography, data management, and backup to new heights with sustained reading speeds of 895MB/s* and writing speeds of 858MB/s.
Real-Time Editing
You can now work at the full speed of the drive. Create, backup your data, or edit multiple uncompressed video streams faster and more efficiently than ever.
Solid, Reliable, and Cool
The ThunderBay IV has a durable aluminum enclosure that protects the four internal drives while keeping them cool thanks to its superior heat dissipation. A locking faceplate keeps the drives secure.
The Perfect Mac Pro Migration Drive
You don't have to give up your drive bays when migrating from a Mac Pro tower to the new Mac Pro. Simply plug in the ThunderBay IV to your new Mac Pro and you'll have four drives with a Thunderbolt interface capable of running all the drives at full speed – just as if they were installed internally.
Thunderbolt Daisy-chain Capable
Add high-performance features by daisy chaining up to six devices plus one high-resolution display. Of course, the biggest benefit is even when you use a ThunderBay IV, you will still have an available Thunderbolt port.
Key Features
  • Four (4) independently mounted/enumerated high-performance drives
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports for daisy-chaining
  • RAID ready
  • Durable aluminum enclosure with fan
  • High-Quality, Certified, Double-Shielded 1 Meter Thunderbolt cable

Speedtools
Includes the Powerful SpeedTools Utility Suite for Mac
The comprehensive Mac utility used by professionals for accurate Mac diagnosis and maintenance. Click the SOFTWARE tab below to learn more »

Includes

  • OWC ThunderBay IV High-performance 4-bay Thunderbolt drive
  • High-Quality, Certified, Double-Shielded 1 Meter Thunderbolt cable
  • External UL listed 3 prong power cable
  • 2 keys for front panel lock
  • User guide
  • Utility software bundle for Mac and PC
  • OWC 3 Year Solution Warranty with 48-Hour Turnaround Time
  • Complimentary 1 Year Level 1 Data Recovery

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Product Specifications:

Chipset

  • Thunderbolt

Interfaces Supported

  • Thunderbolt

JBOD / RAID Support

  • JBOD: Utilize each of the four drives independently
  • RAID: Use the software RAID of your choice to setup the ThunderBay IV for multi-drive performance or data redundancy.

Standard Mechanism

    2.0TB Toshiba DT01ACAxx Series Specifications:

    Specifications

    Form Factor
    3.5″ HDD
    Interface
    SATA 6GB/s
    Capacity1
    2.0TB
    Formatted Capacity2
    1862GiB
    Rotational Speed
    7,200 RPM
    Cache / Data Buffer
    64MB
    Manufacturer Model Number
    HDKPC09
    RoHS Compliant
    Yes
    Format

    Physical

    Height (max)
    26.1mm (1.03″)
    Width (max)
    101.6mm (4.00″)
    Length (max)
    147mm (5.79″)
    Weight (typical)
    680g (1.499 lbs.)

    Reliability3

    Contact Start-Stops
    300,000

    Performance

    Transfer Rate (Max)
    6 Gb/sec
    Track-to-track Seek
    0.5ms

    Power

    Read Power
    6.4 Watts
    Write Power
    6.4 Watts
    Idle Mode
    5.2 Watts
    Standby Mode
    1.0 Watts
    Sleep Mode
    1.0 Watts

    Environmental (Operating)

    Shock
    70 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    32°F to 107°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    0°C to 42°C
    Vibration
    0.67 G, with 5 - 500 Hz
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 3,048 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000+ ft)

    Environmental (Non-Operating)

    Shock
    300 G max at 2ms
    Ambient Temperature (°F)
    -40°F to 158°F
    Ambient Temperature (°C)
    -40°C to 70°C
    Vibration
    1.04 G, with 2 - 200 Hz
    Altitude
    -304.8 m to 12,192 m (-1000 ft to 40,000+ ft)

    Acoustics

    Idle (Typical)
    2.7 bels
    Seek (Typical)
    2.8 bels
    1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.
    2. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity of shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
    3. Specific application environments such as temperature and duty cycle will affect the overall reliability rates.
  • 4 x 2.0TB* Toshiba DT01ACAxx Series Hard Disk Drives**

  • *1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.

    **OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.

Drive Rotation Speed

  • 7200 RPM

Drive Cache Size

  • 64MB per drive, 256MB total for the solution

Port Configuration

  • Thunderbolt – (2) Thunderbolt ports

Format

Max Data Transfer Rate

  • Thunderbolt – 10Gb/sec

Port/Interface Bootability

  • It can be used as an external startup drive using Thunderbolt port.

System Requirements

  • Works with any Mac, PC, or device that supports a Thunderbolt drive.

Software Included

Power Supply

  • Internal UL Listed U.S./International Auto Switching 100 ~ 240v, 50/60Hz input, 12 Volt 16.66 Amp output Power Supply (power cords for International use sold separately).

External Case Dimensions

  • 9.65″(D) x 5.31″(W) x 6.96″(H)
  • 245.11mm x 134.87mm x 176.78mm

Enclosure Weight (no accessories)

  • Approximately 8.6 pounds (3.9kg)

Product Manual

Operating Environment:

Temperature

  • (operating) 5°C – 42°C (41°F – 107°F)
  • (non-operating) -40°C – 65°C (-40°F – 149°F)

Relative Humidity

  • (operating) 8% – 90% RH (Non-condensing)
  • (non-operating) 5% – 95% RH (Non-condensing)

Shock

  • 65G 2mS; (non-operating) 175G 2mS

Vibration

  • (operating) 1.0G (5 – 300Hz)
  • (non-operating) 5.0G (5 – 500Hz)

Warranty

3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

The best warranty is one you never have to use, but should the need occur – OWC is proud to provide a superior level of support and warranty coverage to our customers. Even when not used, we understand the peace of mind afforded by a longer warranty period. OWC's industry leading coverage is a testament to our confidence in the reliability of the solutions that we offer. OWC solutions are engineered to demanding quality standards in order to deliver the most reliable, highest performance available on the market in each storage category.

View more information about the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty

Note: Do not disassemble or otherwise open your OWC solution prior to the conclusion of the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty period. Doing so will void the remainder of the OWC warranty.

Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n TBIVT08.0S UPC#: 794504327755

Software

Prosoft Macworld 4.5 miceProsoft
Prosoft Engineering® Data Backup 3 for OS X v10.2.8 or later
Backup Made Easy. Data Backup makes it easy to backup to FireWire and USB drives, network drives, CDs and even DVDs. Make schedules so you don't need to 'think' about backing up... It does it for you.
A $59.00 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase softwareseparately from solution
Novastor
NovaStor NovaBACKUP® Solution for Windows®
NovaBACKUP has been helping millions of users recover from data loss and disasters for over 18 years. Feature rich, NovaBACKUP provides a powerful backup solution. Built-in support for hundreds of the most popular storage devices and a step-by-step backup and restore wizard makes NovaBACKUP extremely easy to use. Requires Windows 2000 or later.
A $49.95 Value! View detailed software info
Intech SpeedTools Utilities
Intech® SpeedTools Utilities™
Intech SpeedTools consists of a suite of utilities managed by an application which controls the launching, documentation and version control of each individual component utility, such as Disk Defrag and QuickBack. An easy-to-use installation and removal application is provided to make installation a snap, yet powerful enough to allow you to customize which utility component set you would like to create.
An $89.95 Value! View detailed software info, or click here to purchase software separately from solution

Benchmarks

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RAID 0 (Striped) Test Results

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.8 / 5 75 out of 79 (95%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Notcheeky Location: Sacramento Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Speedy January 28, 2018 This product has been superseded by a ThunderBay with thunderbolt 3, but I thought I'd add my 2 cents. I'm using it with an iMac with thunderbolt 3 so an Apple $49 adapter is necessary. Since Thunderbolt 2 is faster than my hard drives I don't have any penalty for thunderbolt 2. I access data on the drives in the bay without any delay as though they were internally mounted. My setup is such that the enclosure is a bit close to me, so the fan noise is noticeable, but really not bad at all. The bay is actually heavy and very substantial, despite its compact size.

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Reviewer: BryanL Location: Bluff City, TN Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic! December 25, 2017 I have two of the ThunderBay boxes, one I've had for quite a while and I just bought another a few weeks back.

The first box is used as a box of discs while the second is setup as a raid5 box with 4 - 6tb Toshiba X300 drives.

Performance of either is superb.

The quality of the ThinderBay boxes is absolutely top notch, a very class act product.

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Reviewer: Unixjedi Location: Trophy Club,TX Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 4 years still going December 4, 2017 Never had an issue with any OWC products or refurbs. This is no exception. It has been a workhorse. Just realize that you will need to purchase the Softraid at some point. It is good and less hassle that sinking around with the Public domain.

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Reviewer: ptevh Location: Montreal, Quebec Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Amazing enclosure, easy to set up and very quiet November 6, 2017 I recently purchased this OWC Thunderbay 4 with 4 1 TB drives and I am very suprised at the noise level. The speed is also a huge plus seing that it uses Thunderbolt port. Very pleased..will sure buy OWC products again.

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Reviewer: Rossphoto Location: RI Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great product September 5, 2017 The website video made this easy to setup and it works beautifully. Well designed and made. And quiet.

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Reviewer: ProducerGuy Location: Scottsdale Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Speed Needed for Power-Editors September 4, 2017 I've never had any issues with OWC-branded external drives and this one is no different.

The build quality is amazing, setup is painless and the R/W speeds are FAST. I chose to purchase my own drives (which have far more cache than anything OWC offers) and my read/write speeds with an 8TB Raid 0 array at 1/3 full averages 720MB per sec. Awesome.

Totally recommended.

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Reviewer: Edmo3 Location: Brampton, Ontario Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Love these things July 20, 2017 This is my third of these beasties. I have two in an 8disc RAID-4 array and this one has four SSDs RAID-5.

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Reviewer: Varejao Location: Northern Virginia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect solution for moving from a tower Mac Pro... June 26, 2017 If you are moving to an 2017 iMac (or any other Thunderbolt 2 or 3 computer) from a 2006-2010 Mac Pro, and had the internal drive bays filled with SATA drives, then this Thunderbolt enclosure is a perfect solution for bringing your old drives with you. (Note - you will need a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter if you have Tbolt3).

The bay allows for mounting of drives using sleds similar to those in the 2008 Mac Pro, where you simply screw the drive to the sled, and slide it into the bay. The cabling is done automatically.

The bay itself is well-integrated with MacOS, and supports sleep and other features faultlessly. I've been running for a week with the drive bay attached, and not had a single hiccup.

Highly recommended.

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Reviewer: oldfart58 Location: Flyover Country Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works like a charm. June 23, 2017 I am using the ThunderBay with an SSD in the first bay as a boot drive, and the other 3 bays with 3.5" HDs as back-ups. This is on the original 21.5 inch Retina iMac, which came saddled with a 5200rpm drive. Night and day. The iMac now works like it is supposed to (no beach balls), and I have that three-drive back-up.

The ThunderBay is nearly silent, runs cool, and was ultimately simple to set up. Highly recommended.

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Reviewer: Dean1157 Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Great product, noisy however June 10, 2017 I love this product! Being able to connect via one Thunderbolt 2 cable is awesome. My only complaint is it is a little loud. Louder that having my Mac Pro mid 2010 tower sitting in the same place. I now keep it under the counter with some sound proof designed foam surrounding it but still with air able to come in and out from above. If you could only quiet that fan down I would rate it a five!

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Reviewer: EditChuck Location: Chicagoland, IL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Love This Tough Little RAID! May 21, 2017 This is my second Thunderbolt 4 RAID from OWC. I loved the first one so much for my video editing needs that I bought a second. All by itself in RAID 5 mode, it's great for HD material. In RAID 0 it handles 4K in Premiere with decent results. My plan is to do an 8 drive RAID 0 stripe for the most demanding 4K projects.

It has been on the road with me to and a number of fast turnaround, high profile editing projects for major broadcast networks. An impressive, sturdy performer!

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Reviewer: Matreya Location: Gold Coast, Australia Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent Thunderbolt Enclosure January 11, 2017 I have bought 2 of the earlier Thunderbay IVs before this, and have been so impressed with their performance that I bought another, this time the Thunderbay 4. I'm using all 3 in conjunction with SoftRAID, running 3 x RAID5 arrays. The quality of these enclosures is unmatched and it's so easy to add/remove hard drives.

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Reviewer: PhotoGuy2 Location: Philadelphia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 GREAT! January 9, 2017 I have lusted after one of these and finally did it. 4 6TB drives and it works like a charm. Super easy set up, easy to swap drives, quiet and it just works! No brainer if you need lots of storage. Great product.

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Reviewer: b407driver Location: Front Range, CO Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Fantastic Thunderbolt solution December 28, 2016 Though a bit pricy. Well designed/constructed, sleeps properly running El Capitan, fan not too loud but seems to cool drives more than adequately. Just wish it came with a longer cord, as it's not a unit you really need convenient access to.

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Reviewer: Detox Location: Toronto, Canada Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Worked great! November 10, 2016 I consolidated a few external drives in separate USB3 enclosures. It was done with little effort and time - all worked great. Not only did this clean up a mess of cables and wall warts, the speed increase was great rather than the slow USB connections.

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Reviewer: Cogset Location: Portland, Maine Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Surprised by speed October 19, 2016 The Thunderbay 4 is a very solid and surprisingly fast 4-drive RAID enclosure which , combined with Softraid, makes a extremely powerful combination. I feared Softraid would tax my CPU, but it's not noticeable and is more powerful than most RAID software utilities built into other enclosures (and imminently more upgradeable).

In RAID 5 configuration, I compared the Thunderbay speed to my internal SSD and also an external two-bay RAID 1 thunderbolt-attached drive. The Thunderbay's speed, using the Blackmagic test (347.4 MB/s write and 487.8 MB/s read) was just a hair BETTER than the internal SSD. At the same time, it's about 3x faster than the RAID 1 thunderbolt drive I was using. (see screen shots).

Note: I only have Thunderbolt 1 (on a 2012 Mac Mini Server) so I don't know if Thunderbolt 2 would give a better performance or not.

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Reviewer: Griffin86 Location: Canada Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Wished I bought it sooner! October 12, 2016 I stuffed this with 8TB HDDs and consolidated 4 external hard drives sitting on my desk to this. It's fairly quiet, not distracting. I bought a 10m Thunderbolt cable and put it across the room so I don't notice it.

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Reviewer: ssls6 Location: Dallas, TX Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Works well, drives sleep, drives wake like expected September 23, 2016 I'm very happy with this unit. I have it connected to a OWC thunderbolt 2 dock and everything works like I expect it too. No complaints.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean) Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Perfect sollution for storage. August 4, 2016 Quick and easy installation. Fast Thunderbolt connection. 4 drives running simultaneously for back-up and work drives...works perfectly!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Orlando, FL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 5-6 months
Rating: 5/5 Great option for gaining additional storage space! July 19, 2016 I purchased the OWC ThunderBay 4 to house 4 - 3TB drives, which are connected to my iMac via one ThunderBolt cable. It operates seamlessly. It's very quiet and runs very cool. It automatically sleeps when your Mac sleeps. It's as compact as I can be considering it holds 4 hard drives and fits nicely next to my iMac. I would not hesitate to recommend the ThunderBay 4 to anyone who needs to expand their storage space.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Knoxville, TN Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Solid, quiet and compact June 14, 2016 I bought it to hold my data SSD and an enormous SATA drive for holding Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner backups. Runs silently, hides behind monitors and is easy to open, mount drives and slide them back in and it works.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Denver, CO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Outstanding Product! June 6, 2016 Performs exactly as advertised. Great way to consolidate 4 drives into one very fast interface. Quiet operation.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: SF, CA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised March 31, 2016 Up and running over a month with zero issues. I used SoftRaid to create a RAID 5 volume and am very happy.

This simple solution replace a WD MyCoud EX4 that was a piece of feces and huge waste of money that I tried for over a year to get to work but was never problem free.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Silicon Valley, CA, USA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Great little Thunderbolt enclosure February 20, 2016 I needed an external enclosure for my data drives when I upgraded to the current Mac Pro. Couldn't ask for an easier installation procedure! The fan is quiet, which is important since I use it on my desktop. I would suggest better vibration isolation (e.g. bigger, softer feet), so I wouldn't hear the drives seeking, but that's picking nits.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Cuyahoga Falls, OH Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Incredibly Fast February 13, 2016 I own two of these - one for external storage and the other as a backup of the first. In RAID 0 config they're faster than the internal SSD. I use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a backup of my internal SSD every 4 hours throughout the day and barely notice that it's running. In the past I've had issues with Time Machine restores so having an external backup makes the restoration process painless. I also quit buying new movie releases on DVD or Blu-ray a couple of years ago and get them through iTunes. It's nice to have more than enough storage and speed to store all my music, video and pictures. If you have El Capitan you'll need SoftRAID since Apple removed the RAID part of Disk Utility (not one of Apple's smarter moves). SoftRAID made setup a breeze. The only thing missing as this point is the ability to encrypt a volume when setting it up, but SoftRAID is working on a solution.

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*895MB/s achieved with four Toshiba 2TB 7200RPM drives (TOSDT01ACA200) running in a software performance RAID