ThunderBay 8

The Storage Array Built for Creative Pros

Thunderbolt 40Gb/s 8-Bay Desktop External Storage RAID Solution

Up To

2500+MB/s

Real-World Speed

Massive

16-160TB

Capacity

Daisy-Chain

Connectivity

For Display & Storage

Certified, High-Performance Arrays for Demanding Data Needs

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

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

DIY Enclosure

Add your own RAID software

DIY Enclosure

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

DIY Enclosure

Add your own RAID software

“Manages large libraries of video and audio production files… outstandingly well after months of constant use.”

macrumors.com

“More than enough for editing RAW photos in Lightroom, and… I was really happy to see… it was fast enough to be directly editing 4K video projects directly off the ThunderBay”

Todd Dominey (watch the entire YouTube review)
OWC ThunderBay 8 in Edit Bay

Pro Storage Built by Creators for Creators

We understand your needs as a creative professional, and we understand that every project is unique. We designed ThunderBay 8 with the speed, capacity, and flexibility to adapt to your evolving needs. Whether you’re changing cameras from a Sony FX9 to a Canon C300 or RED KOMODO, ThunderBay 8 has you covered.

How Much Video Footage You Can Store

RAID 0

RAID 5

XAVC Intra 4K Class 300
10-bit at 23.976fps - 100GB/hour

up to
1600 hours

up to
1400 hours

ProRes 422 HQ 4K
at 23.976fps - 396GB/hour

up to
404 hours

up to
354 hours

REDCODEC RAW 8K
at 8:1 compression and 23.976fps - 571GB/hour

up to
280 hours

up to
245 hours

The Storage Epicenter to Build Your Creative Career

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Work Faster

Up to 2586MB/s1 real-world speed for up to 8K multi-stream video editing and AR/VR workflows.

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Work Bigger

Access, backup, and archive up to 160TB of irreplaceable footage, images, and files on either HDD or SSD storage.

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Built for RAID

Bundled with OWC SoftRAID; the fastest and most flexible RAID 0/1/4/5/10 tool. Also supports Apple RAID and Microsoft Disk Manager.

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Expansive

Daisy-chain up to five additional ThunderBay 8 or other Thunderbolt storage devices via the second Thunderbolt port.

The Pro Storage Choice

Video Editors, Colorists, VFX Compositors, DITs, Music Artists, and more...

"We're using ThunderBays because reliability is huge for us. If we're on tour and need to bring in a piece of gear into the workflow, it just must work. There's no time for troubleshooting..."

Trevor, Billie Eilish Music Technician / Global Tour

"Our primary drive is the ThunderBay 8. We cut the whole movie in 4K and it handled everything we could throw. It was our production workhorse and the central piece of gear to our workflow."

Geoffrey, Post Production / San Francisco, USA

"Enterprise-grade stuff made up to a spec and not down to a price. With their reputation and my experience, I knew I could trust OWC to deliver a product I could trust to work the first time."

Mike, Founder of Pro Tools Expert / Manchester, GB

"When I'm back at my desk editing this footage, I use a ThunderBay. I'm getting scary fast read and write speeds to this drive… I'm not only storing 70+ TB's of footage on this thing, but editing off it in real time in 4k, 6k, 8k."

Thomas, Buffnerds YouTube Channel / Los Angeles, USA

OWC ThunderBay 8 in daisy chain

Mac-Ready Across the Board

ThunderBay 8 checks all the functional boxes to make you a more efficient content creator: lightning-fast data access, massive capacity, centralized file location and it works with Macs (Intel-based as well as the latest Apple Silicon M1/M2/M3 machines) and Windows PCs. What makes ThunderBay 8 the best 8-bay storage solution available is its ability to give you peace of mind your data is safely protected today and tomorrow. Gone is the fear of a costly slow down or – gulp – losing irreplaceable data because you didn’t select the right RAID solution.

OWC SoftRAID
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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) arrays
  • 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 PC 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.
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Daisy-Chain Possibilities

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 port, you have the flexibility to add to your daisy-chain and master any task at hand.

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OWC ThunderBay 8 rear view
OWC ThunderBay 8 front view

A Data Safe-House

With a locking front panel and backside security slot, the ThunderBay 8 is like a safe house for precious data. Additionally, implementing a redundant RAID setup, such as RAID 5 on SoftRAID, will protect against data loss from disk failure.

Professional Grade = Ready to Work

We understand having confidence in gear reliability is paramount to creative professionals. That’s why every ThunderBay 8 undergoes OWC's multi-hour "burn-in" performance certification prior to shipping. This ensures your ThunderBay 8 arrives operating properly and immediately ready for demanding use.

OWC ThunderBay 8 on test bench
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. 5 Year OWC Limited Warranty for Hard Drive solutions. 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty for Enclosure only.