OWC ThunderBay 8 RAID 5 Edition 8 Bay External Drive

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OWC ThunderBay 8 RAID 5 Edition 8 Bay External Drive
OWC ThunderBay 8 RAID 5 Edition 8 Bay External Drive

OWC ThunderBay 8 RAID 5 Edition 8 Bay External Drive Price History

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Current Price £854.90 July 17, 2024
Highest Price £854.90 July 3, 2024
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OWC ThunderBay 8 RAID 5 Edition 8 Bay External Drive Description

60TB Storage With Speedy Connectivity

The OWC 8-Bay External Drive ThunderBay 5 RAID is the ultimate solution for those who need large storage space combined with blazing fast speeds. It boasts a total of 60TB of external storage thanks to its six 4TB drives, provided by OWC. You benefit from maximum scalability and flexibility, as the drives can be setup in a RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 10, or 50 configuration. To maximize performance even further, it includes dual Thunderbolt 3 ports running at up to 40Gbps. Now you can move huge amounts of data to and from your computer system in no time, ensuring cinema-quality video playing in real-time and never having to worry about production slowdowns.

Multi-Tasking Capability

The OWC 8-Bay External Drive ThunderBay 5 RAID isn’t just about the storage capacity or data transfer rates. Thanks to its eight separate bays, users can easily multi-task efficiently. Use all the bays for storing sixty 4TB drives, or combine them for higher storage redundancy, with disks set in RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 10, or 50 configurations. Should you need to edit huge files such as 4K footage or 8K video, this drive can handle them with ease, even when multiple threads are running.

For Any Operating System

Using the OWC 8-Bay External Drive ThunderBay 5 RAID is a breeze regardless of what type of computer you have. It works perfectly with both Mac and Windows, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. The sleek design also perfectly fits any type of environment, from offices to post-production studios. Not only does it look great, but it also runs quietly and consumes very little power.

The Latest Technology

The OWC 8-Bay External Drive ThunderBay 5 RAID uses the latest storage and connectivity technologies available. It’s based on the latest generation of ThunderStrike 3 ports, allowing up to 40Gbps transfer rates. Moreover, the ultra-fast PCIe 3.0 interface allows for superior storage performance with less latency. Finally, the RAID 5 Admin Tool simplifies day-to-day task monitoring and drive maintenance.

Feature Highlights:

• Sixty 4TB drives provide up to 120TB of total storage space
• Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports running up to 40Gbps
• 8 bays for multi-tasking efficiency
• Compatible with both Mac and Windows
• Sleek design with very little power consumption
• Based on the latest generation of ThunderStrike 3 ports
• Ultra-fast PCIe 3.0 interface for superior storage performance
• RAID 5 Admin Tool for easy monitoring and drive maintenance

OWC ThunderBay 8 RAID 5 Edition 8 Bay External Drive Specification

Brand

‎OWC

Item model number

‎OWCTB38SRKIT0

Hardware Platform

‎Mac

Item Weight

‎16.2 pounds

Product Dimensions

‎12.6 x 14.96 x 14.57 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎12.6 x 14.96 x 14.57 inches

Color

‎RAID 5 HDD

Hard Drive Interface

‎Raid

Manufacturer

‎Other World Computing

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer

‎No

Date First Available

‎February 13, 2020

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OWC ThunderBay 8 RAID 5 Edition 8 Bay External Drive Reviews (12)

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  1. Mark A Smith

    Plugged it in and it worked with no issues. Installed SoftRaid with no issues on a 24 inch IMac. I don’t hear the fan noises others have mentioned

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  2. Yosemite

    Recently, I replaced my DROBO 5D and DROBO 5N2 with an OWC ThunderBay 4 and an OWC ThunderBay 8, both equipped with Dual Thunderbolt 3 Ports. The reason behind this switch was the recent announcement of DROBO’s bankruptcy and my previous experiences with their 5 series. In my experience, the DROBO 5 series has had issues with enclosures, power supplies, firmware, and overall reliability. Thus, I thoroughly researched various NAS and DAS brands and ultimately chose the OWC Thunderbolt 3 series for its exceptional build quality and performance. As someone who has had a positive experience with their Thunderbolt docks, this was a significant factor in my decision-making process. My previous experience with DROBO reinforced the importance of keeping data safety simple. The OWC enclosures provide me with the necessary RAID features in a simple and efficient manner. So far, everything has been working well, and I hope it continues to be that way.

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  3. Adrien Carlyle

    I bought this unit to test compatibility before committing to a purchase. I’m using this to replace a Synology and needed to be sure it would work with my setup.

    The enclosure is great. SATA controllers were detected by ESXi 7.0u3 without issue, and works with passthrough to a guest VM. This unit uses JMicron Sata controllers which is different than the 4 bay variant which uses ASMedia.

    I decided to send this back and purchase an empty one since I’ll be using this with a VM running TrueNAS which will handle RAID. I really wish OWC would have listed/allowed the purchase of an empty DIY enclosure directly in Canada via Amazon.

    Downgrading review to 2 stars: I returned this item and it was received by Amazon on Nov 17. They state that a refund will be issued within 7 days of receipt, it has been 14 and I’m being told for a 2nd time by support to wait another 3-5 days for the refund to process.

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  4. Amazon Kunde

    Ich habe dieses Raid System fast ein Jahr in Betrieb gehabt und habe mich nun entschlossen, eine Rezension zu verfassen. Das wichtigste zuerst: Ich kann vom Kauf nur abraten. Wer wissen will warum, liest hier weiter.

    Zuerst mal das Positive: Die Hardware ist massiv und sauber gebaut. Alles ist aus Metall. Das ist sehr schwer und wirkt sehr hochwertig. Ähnlich einer Kitchen Aid Küchenmaschine ist dies die typisch amerikanisch massive Bauart. Nicht kleckern sondern klotzen. Man hat also beim Auspacken erstmal ein gutes Gefühl.

    Nun zu den weniger guten Aspekten: Das Gehäuse wird über Thunderbolt zusammen mit dem Mac ein- und ausgeschalten. Das Ausschalten geht ziemlich hart, die Festplatten (WD Red Plus) machen ordentliche Geräusche. Bei einem anderen NAS habe ich das nicht, obwohl die gleichen Platten zum Einsatz kommen.

    Apropos Geräusche: Der Lüfter lässt sich nicht in der Drehzahl regeln. Er bläst mit allem was er kann. Nicht angenehm. Keine Temperatursteuerung. Das sollte bei dem Preis schon drin sein. Schade! Die Festplatten selbst machen die typischen Geräusche beim Schreiben und Lesen. Allerdings sind die HDD Träger nicht gedämpft. daher werden alle Vibrationen 1:1 an das Gehäuse weitergegeben. Ganz schön laut.

    Benutzung: Die mitgelieferte Software “SoftRAID” ermöglicht es, ein RAID5 zu erstellen. Leider kein RAID6. RAID 0,1 und 10 kann ein Mac ja von Haus aus.

    Allerdings hat man nur die Wahl zwischen dem veralteten und unsicheren HFS+, ExFAT oder APFS. Von letzterem Rät OWC sogar offiziell ab, das es für SSDs konzipiert ist und bei einem RAID mit drehenden HDDs im Laufe der Zeit immer komplexer wird und das System stark verlangsamt. ExFAT ist für RAIDs ebenfalls ungeeignet.

    Bleibt also das betagte und unsichere HFS+. Damit habe ich es fast ein Jahr genutzt. Das System ist in der Zeit zweimal gecrasht, da eine Festplatte mit I/O Fehlern gemeldet wurde. Es war nicht möglich, das System mit einer neuen Platte wieder neu aufzubauen, obwohl dies so angepriesen wurde und auch eine Grundsätzliche Funktion eines RAID ist. Wiederherstellung des RAID ist jeweils fehlgeschlagen! die HFS+ Partition war zerstört.

    Dank regelmäßiger Backups habe ich keinen Datenverlust erlitten.

    Eine weitere Überraschung kam mit dem Upgrade auf das neueste MacOS Ventura: SoftRAID 6 war nicht mehr funktionsfähig. Ich wurde zu einem Upgrade auf SoftRAID 7 gezwungen. Der Hersteller bietet dies nur noch im Abo an, was bei so einer teuren Hardware ein absolutes No-Go ist.

    Ich müsste also dauerhaft zahlen, um die Kernfunktion des Gehäuses (RAID) weiter nutzen zu können.

    Fazit: Abo-Zwang, schlechte Leistung und Datenverlust. Das Gehäuse ist eine Mogelpackung, die Software bunte Kirmes, die kein Versprechen hält.

    Amazon war zum Glück so kulant, das Gehäuse zurück zu nehmen, nachdem es per Software vom Hersteller unbrauchbar gemacht wurde.

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  5. Morris

    I’m replacing old Drobo units with this hardware. It’s great to have something that’s not proprietary RAID-wise.

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  6. A. L.

    Really love the simplicity of getting it up and running. Just put your drives in with the included screws, plug in the power and thunderbolt 3 cable and you’re set! It acts like a JBOD enclosure which is exactly what I wanted.

    However, it is fairly loud coming at around 42dB when it’s just sitting there at your desk. You can DEFINITELY hear it along with some slight higher pitched vibration coming from the single exhaust fan at the back. It’s already irritating me.

    A fan upgrade is a MUST when getting this enclosure, I highly recommend a Noctua NF-A9 FLX with the ultra low noise adapter, it SIGNIFICANTLY lowers the amount of noise compared to the stock fan. Although this will mean you have to spend even more money on top of this already expensive enclosure which will put people off.

    This thing’s heavy too, coming in at a whopping 7.3KG without drives. It’s built like a tank though.

    Another thing I wished it had were filters, I came up with a DIY solution by using electrical tape to stick some Silverstone ultra fine mesh 120mm filters on the front mesh panel, and at the rear exhaust (removing the grille). I won’t be worried about dust anymore.

    Really had a hard time finding reputable thunderbolt 3 JBOD enclosures, but despite the shortcomings, I’m going to keep this as there’s really nothing out there that’s much better. Just be prepared to spend a bit more one some extras to actually tolerate the noise and keep dust from getting into the enclosure.

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  7. Richard McDonald

    Drobo died, no support, no way to buy another one, so dropped 4K, YEP, 4K on this TB-8 w/eight 18TB drives for 144 TB. Darth Cylinder Mac and drive seem to be working well, but for 4K, they had better. Customer SVC at OWC has been superb. Will follow up in a year to report function.

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  8. Paul Martin

    This was the fourth enclosure I bought from OWC. The other two have been problem free, but this one is unreliable to the point of lunacy.

    TLDR: this product constantly crashes my whole system and has killed three different Western Digital HDD.

    I added this enclosure to archive video footage. It started out just locking up, but as it crashed more and more often, it became incapable of operating, limiting data to read only and then not even that.

    Support was hard to contact, slow and mostly, unhelpful. They blamed the entire incident on not letting the software do its thing in Apple Security preferences (which was set up correctly according to their support tech). Eventually, they said I should back up my data and do a clean install and create new volumes. I have almost 25tb of data. The tech’s solution? Just buy another enclosure to back up to.

    This isn’t an isolated incident either. I purchased this because a friend recommended it. He had exactly the same issues.

    Save your money and get something else.

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  9. Amazon Customer

    It delivers enough throughput to power 6 different movies streaming to TV’s in our home.

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  10. Benjamin Mendez

    I have been using for 6 months with a PC for video editing and motion graphics projects:
    -Fast transfer speeds
    -Solid build
    -Louder than it should be
    -Only works with super short cord
    -Impossible to distance from sound
    -Crashes PC, but avoidable if ejected before restart
    -Tech support is not helpful for PC users
    -Not satisfied

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  11. “photopicturetaker”

    Well manufactured easy to install and very quiet

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  12. Steve Rogers

    I bought this to replace a Drobo, which I was totally happy with, but they seem to be tanking, so I’m getting off that boat before it sinks. The hardware seems really well done, and the SoftRaid software seems . . . adequate. Time will tell how that works out. The documentation is OK, but it can take quite a bit of study to figure out what you actually need to do in any specific case. It’s not entirely “plug and play”.

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