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OWC ThunderBay 4 mini

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OWC ThunderBay 4 mini


Reach speeds up to 1346MB/s


Pre-configured solutions offer up to 16TB of storage capacity

Quick Specs:

  • Thunderbolt 2
  • 4 Drive Bays
  • SoftRAID
  • Mac & Windows

4-Bay 2.5-inch Drive Thunderbolt 2 Storage Solution

  • Retasks/maximizes SSD potential: four 2.5-inch drive bays
  • Pro-grade speeds: up to 1346MB/s with (2) Thunderbolt 2 ports (Thunderbolt 10Gb/s backward compatible)
  • Daisy-chain expansion: add up to five additional Thunderbolt devices
  • Deployment ready: solutions undergo rigorous multi-hour drive burn-in
  • Near silent operation: heat dissipating aluminum with 32.5dB cooling fan
  • Includes SoftRAID XT: robust software for creating, monitoring, and managing advanced RAID sets
  • Worry free: up to 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty1

  • Performance & reliability at an exceptional value

  • Wide array of model configurations

  • OWC storage solutions consistently receive top ratings

  • Industry-leading warranty & support. Get help »

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With SoftRAID XT — RAID 0/1/4/5/1+0 (10) or JBOD

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Add your own RAID software

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Big RAID System Performance in a Compact Design

With four 2.5-inch drive bays, ThunderBay 4 mini transforms SSDs and HDDs into a pro-grade, Thunderbolt 2 storage solution in a compact design. ThunderBay 4 mini is about the length of a pencil and weighs only 3.1 pounds — with SSDs.

The rugged heat-dissipating aluminum enclosure features two Thunderbolt 2 ports (Thunderbolt 10Gb/s backward compatible) for up to 1346MB/s speeds, so you can breeze through personal and business backups all the way up to today's highest resolution audio, photo and video formats.

Use mixed drives independently or combine drives as a RAID with the included SoftRAID setup and management software. Add your own drives or choose from pre-configured solutions that are multi-hour "burn-in" test certified.

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Store More, Go Faster

With the ability to daisy-chain, you can add up to five additional ThunderBay 4 mini solutions to create massive storage capacities. Merge them with SoftRAID for even more flexibility, capacity, and capability. Or if speed is what you’re after, connect multiple ThunderBay 4 mini solutions to multiple Thunderbolt 2 ports on your Mac or PC to achieve exponential speed capabilities.

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RAID Made Easy

Harness the full capability of your OWC drive array with the included SoftRAID XT, the most powerful, intuitive RAID management software on the market for macOS and Windows. SoftRAID’s RAID creation and management technology has been finely tuned to perfection with over 20 years of development to provide rock solid protection of your data and optimize drive performance.

Packed with Features

SoftRAID XT provides an unbeatable combination of speed, protection, and compatibility:

  • Advanced: Create RAID 0/1/4/5/1+0 (10) arrays1
  • Protected: SoftRAID Monitor constantly watches your disks and alerts you if problems are detected
  • Validated: Volume validation ensures sectors can be read and parity is correct
  • Certified: Checks disks before use to ensure they are safe for data storage
  • Vigilant: Error prediction helps protect against unexpected failure
  • Universal: Move SoftRAID arrays seamlessly between Mac and PC2 with built-in OWC MacDrive technology

Beyond Hardware RAID

SoftRAID provides a level of storage performance that you simply can’t get with hardware RAID. Software RAID gives you increased power and control over your RAID drives and disks that hardware RAID can’t deliver and doesn’t lock you into technology that you can’t upgrade or expand.

Dive deeper into the benefits of SoftRAID »
  1. RAID 4/1+0 (10) is available for Mac only at this time.
  2. SoftRAID serial numbers work on both Mac and Windows. SoftRAID is licensed per computer. In order to use SoftRAID on multiple computers, you will need a unique, valid license per computer. Additional licenses can be purchased anytime.
Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

Thunderbolt Made Easy

Have a newer Thunderbolt (USB-C) equipped Mac or iPad? Good news – the OWC ThunderBay 4 mini with Thunderbolt 2 is compatible with your device! You'll need a certified Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 (mDP) Adapter and a Thunderbolt 2 cable. The adapter is bi-directional – meaning it can connect a Thunderbolt (USB-C) device to a Thunderbolt 2 Mac and connect a Thunderbolt 2 device (like the OWC ThunderBay 4 mini) to your Thunderbolt (USB-C) Mac or iPad. This compatibility makes it easy to share a OWC ThunderBay 4 mini with both older Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 Mac models and the newest Thunderbolt (USB-C) computers and devices. That's Thunderbolt made easy!

Connect the adapter to one of the available Thunderbolt (USB-C) ports on your Thunderbolt (USB-C) Mac or iPad, then use the Thunderbolt 2 Cable between the adapter and the OWC ThunderBay 4 mini. If you need a Thunderbolt 2 cable to complete your workflow, OWC offers a selection of premium Thunderbolt 2 cables.

Learn more – Rocket Yard Blog: Top 14 questions people ask about Thunderbolt – Answered »

Professional Grade

Professional Grade = Ready to Work

We understand having confidence in gear reliability is paramount to creative professionals. That’s why every ThunderBay undergoes OWC's multi-hour "burn-in" performance certification prior to shipping. This ensures your ThunderBay arrives operating properly and immediately ready for demanding use.

OWC Thunderbolt Cable

OWC Thunderbolt 2 Cable Included

OWC ThunderBay comes with a certified 1.0M OWC Thunderbolt 2 Cable. But if your workflow demands a different length to make the connection, OWC Thunderbolt 2 Cables are the perfect choice.

OWC, Trusted by Pros & Enthusiasts the World Over

OWC, Trusted by Pros & Enthusiasts the World Over

We build our hardware to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because 100% reliability is always the goal, we rigorously quality test and back our hardware with a 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty and award-winning customer support.

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  1. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty for Hard Drive and Solid-State Drive solutions. 1 year OWC Limited Warranty for enclosure only.