Professional Grade 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Storage Solution
With up to 128TB at up to 2,586MB/s real-world-tested speeds, the ThunderBay 8 is like a personal, desktop-sized data center for content creators and small business workgroups.
Pro-grade transfer speeds: up to 2,586MB/s real-world tested speed with Thunderbolt 3 port (Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt backward compatible)1,2
Massive capacity: store up to 128TB of critical footage, images, and files
Create a data center: daisy-chain six units together for up to 768TB of storage capacity
Eight hot-swappable universal drive bays: mix or match 2.5-inch (no adapter needed) and 3.5-inch HDDs and SSDs
Includes SoftRAID: robust software for creating, monitoring, and managing advanced RAID sets
See your work: DisplayPort 1.2 for connecting up to a 4K display
Daisy-chain expansion: second Thunderbolt 3 port for adding up to five additional Thunderbolt devices
Deployment ready: preconfigured solutions undergo rigorous multi-hour drive burn-in
Quick drive swaps: thumb screw release trays
Plug and play ready: no drivers needed and includes Thunderbolt 3 cable
Thunderbolt certified for Mac and Windows
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 128TB 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.
Need even more capacity? Daisy-chain up to six of these capacity behemoths together for up to a staggering 768TB. 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.
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.
INCLUDES SOFTRAID: EASY AND COMPLETE DRIVE MANAGEMENT
Now you can maximize disk space, get the fastest access speeds, and protect against disk failure with Plug and Play simplicity. SoftRAID’s easy setup makes it a breeze to create RAID volumes by helping you through the entire process. Just decide what you’re using your RAID volume for and how much space to allocate to it. It's that simple to create your preference of speed and/or redundancy attributes of your data volume.
SWAP AND IDENTIFY DRIVES EASILY
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).
AS SECURE AS A BANK VAULT
With a locking front panel and security slot on the backside, the ThunderBay 8 is like an ironclad vault for your data. Plus, with front-panel LEDs indicating the status of each drive, you’ll know at a glance if your data is safe and secure.
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.
SECURE YOUR WORKFLOW WITH OWC CLINGON
Greatly reduce — if not eliminate — cable strain and accidental disconnects with the OWC ClingOn.3 These custom cable stabilizers (sold separately) screw into the ThunderBay 8's housing to secure your Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections to prevent work session interruption and possible data loss.
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.
RELIABILITY AND SUPPORT YOU CAN COUNT ON
From the seamless aluminum enclosure to the slip-resistant feet, the OWC ThunderBay 8 — like all OWC products — is designed and built to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because 100 percent reliability is always our goal, ThunderBay 8 is rigorously tested for quality and backed by our 3 Year Limited Warranty* and award-winning customer support.
macOS 10.13 or later
Windows 10 or later
Any Mac or Windows PC with a Thunderbolt 3 port
(2) Thunderbolt 3 ports
(1) DisplayPort 1.22
(8) 3.5-inch SATA HDDs and SSDs or
(8) 2.5-inch SATA HDDs and SSDs or
A combination (hybrid storage)
Software RAID Modes
RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0 (10) (RAID 6, 6+ coming soon)
Maximum Data Transfer Rate1
SSD: Read: 2,551MB/s and Write: 2,586MB/s
HDD: Read: 2,139MB/s and Write: 2,550MB/s
Internal UL Listed, universal auto-switching
AC Input: 100 ~ 230V, 50/60Hz
DC Output: 12V, 25A
Width: 10.2 in (26.0 cm)
Height: 7.1 in (18.0 cm)
Depth: 9.4 in (24.0 cm)
Enclosure Weight (empty)
16.1 lb (7.3 kg)
Product Specification Sheet
OWC ThunderBay 8
Temperature (F) 41F to 95F
Temperature (C) 5C to 35C
Temperature (F) -4F to 140F
Temperature (C) -20C to 60C
3 Year OWC Limited Warranty
Enterprise Drives Included
5 Year OWC Limited Warranty
1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
1. Speeds will vary based on drives used, RAID configurations, and other factors.
2. DP++ not supported
OWC ThunderBay 8
Thunderbolt 3 cable
External power cable
(2) keys for front panel lock
Assembly Manual and User Guide
SoftRAID software bundle