OWC ThunderBay 8

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OWC ThunderBay 8


2586MB/s

Up to 2586MB/s performance

144TB

8 drive capacity up to 144TB

Quick Specs:

  • 8 Universal Drive Bays
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Mac & Windows
  • RAID
  • Thunderbolt 3

Like a Data Center on Your Desk

  • Pro-grade transfer speeds: up to 2,586MB/s real-world tested speed with Thunderbolt 3 (Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt backward compatible)1,2
  • Massive capacity: store up to 144TB of critical footage, images, and files
  • Eight hot-swappable universal drive bays: mix or match 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch HDDs and SSDs (no adapter needed)
  • Includes SoftRAID: robust software for creating, monitoring, and managing advanced RAID sets
  • Create a data center: daisy-chain six units together for up to 864TB of capacity
  • Deployment ready: preconfigured solutions undergo rigorous multi-hour drive burn-in
  • See more + save a Thunderbolt port: add a 4K display via DisplayPort
  • Worry free: up to 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty3

  • Performance & reliability at an exceptional value
  • Wide array of model configurations
  • Part of the top rated ThunderBay family
  • Industry-leading warranty & support

Stay Ahead of Your Storage Needs

This latest addition to the popular ThunderBay line, introduced in 2014, now offers eight drive bays for either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs in any combination for up to 144TB of capacity. The ThunderBay 8 is like a high-performance personal data center that offers multiple configuration options to suit ever-expanding storage needs. Photo, film and video editors can take advantage of the largest capacity desktop RAID storage solution we’ve ever offered to handle the voracious drive space appetite of RAW, 4K, large format, and VR workflows.

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Monstrous Capacity

Need even more capacity? Daisy-chain up to six of these capacity behemoths together for up to a staggering 864TB. Now you can capture vast amounts of footage from multiple cameras or store vast libraries of production work with a unified and reliable storage solution.

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Conquer High-Bandwidth Demands

With up to 2,586MB/s real-world tested speeds and the ability to RAID together eight SSDs or HDDs, ThunderBay 8 has the under-the-hood horsepower needed to conquer high-bandwidth requirements. Plus, its rugged, field-tested aluminum design stands up to studio and on-location workflows. You can even configure multiple ThunderBay 8 solutions connected via multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports on your Mac or PC to achieve exponential speed increases. Take on multi-stream 4K workflows. Export and render footage with effects at full speed. Whatever your set up, when you’re racing against a deadline, ThunderBay 8 puts you in the winner’s circle.

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Easy and Complete Drive Management with SoftRAID XT

SoftRAID XT is 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. It is packed with features like multiple RAID options, validation and verification of drives, and predictive disk failure with SoftRAID Monitor. SoftRAID provides a level of performance that you simply can’t get with hardware RAID.

Multiple RAID Levels

Create advanced RAID 0/1/4/5/1+0 (10)1 volumes for higher performance and/or redundancy.2

Disk Health

SoftRAID protects your data by alerting you to issues before anything happens, ensuring you’re protected when you’re on a critical deadline.

Cross-Platform

Built-in MacDrive technology lets you read/write SoftRAID RAID 0/1 arrays and use them interchangeably between Windows and macOS.

Flexible, Upgradeable

With SoftRAID you’re not locked to expensive hardware. SoftRAID is upgradable and portable.

Easy License Management

New license management enables quick activation or deactivation so your license can move moved between computers.

Compatible

Works with macOS 10.12 or later (including Big Sur), M1 Macs, and Windows 10.3

SoftRAID is ideal for anyone who needs to safely store and backup massive amounts of data, including video editors, audio producers, photographers and graphic designers.

SoftRAID Pro Tip: Need even more power and flexibility? Upgrade to SoftRAID Pro to spread volumes over two or more disk enclosures for incredible performance! (Impossible with hardware RAID.)

  1. RAID 4/5/1+0 (10) is available for Mac only at this time.
  2. Data protection requires RAID 1/4/5/1+0.
  3. SoftRAID XT and SoftRAID Pro work with macOS 10.12 or later and Windows 10. M1 Macs require macOS 11.3 and later. 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 valid license, which can be purchased anytime.

8 Drive Bays of Multi-RAID Gold

Featuring 8 universal drive bays that support large capacity 3.5-inch hard drives, and 2.5-inch blazing fast SSDs, the ThunderBay 8 opens up an entirely new realm of multi-RAID capabilities — all from a single desktop solution.

You can create two RAID 5 arrays, four RAID 1 arrays, four RAID 0 arrays, or create RAID arrays on-the-fly to suit any project or data need. Heck, with so many drive bays available, you could leave a few empty — enabling you to create a new RAID, or add an additional drive with ease.

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Swap and Identify Drives with Ease

ThunderBay 8 makes it easy to keep large data sets organized for every project thanks to its eight hot swappable drive bays. Whether you’re using 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs and/or SSDs, the drives mount in alphabetically labeled trays for easy identification and are secured by a thumb screw. If you want to access a collection of drives quickly, you can create a drive “bullpen” with additional OWC drive trays (sold separately).

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As Secure as a Bank Vault

With a locking front panel and security slot on the backside, the ThunderBay 8 is like a safe house for your data. Plus, with SoftRAID XT’s e-notifications via the macOS menu bar or Windows pop-up messages, you can rest easy there’s a vigilant guard watching over the integrity of your digital assets.

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See More, Do More

ThunderBay 8 isn’t just about high-capacity, high-performance storage. It’s about giving you all the options you need to work at your best. Attach a 5K Thunderbolt display or two 4K displays. Place a USB-C device at the end of a daisy chain. With an extra Thunderbolt 3 port, you have the flexibility to add more devices to your workflow and master any task at hand.

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  • Easy Disk Cloning and Full Image Backup - Just two clicks to start a full disk image backup.
  • Cloud, Local or Hybrid Cloud Backup - Back up locally, to the cloud, or both. With 250GB of cloud storage, it’s your choice.
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Secure Your Workflow with OWC ClingOn

Greatly reduce — if not eliminate — cable strain and accidental disconnects with the OWC ClingOn (sold separately). These custom cable stabilizers screw onto the ThunderBay's housing to secure your Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections to prevent work session interruption and possible data loss.

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.

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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Cable Included

OWC ThunderBay solutions come with a certified 0.7 meter OWC Thunderbolt 3 Cable. But if your workflow demands a different length to make the connection, OWC Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) 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 up to a 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty and award-winning customer support.

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  1. Sequential read/write performance with 8 x 2.0TB Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD in RAID 0 connected to iMac Pro Late 2017 (iMacPro1,1) with 32GB RAM and 3.2GHz processor running AJA System Test (4K-Full resolution, 64GB file size, 10bit RGB codec, single file test).
  2. Apple Mac models with Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt ports can be connected using an Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (sold separately). This configuration provides data transfer at up to 20Gb/s but does not support notebook charging.
  3. 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty for Enterprise Hard Drive solutions. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty for Hard Drive solutions. 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty for Enclosure only.