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Areca ARC-8050T2 8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 to 6Gb/s SAS RAID Storage Enclosure includes 2 metre Thunderbolt Cable

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Thunderbolt 2 to 6Gb/s SAS RAID Storage
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8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 to 6Gb/s SAS RAID Storage Enclosure

Mac / PC / Linux / Thunderbolt
Compact 8 Drive RAID
Unleash Your Creativity Faster Than Ever
Thunderbolt 2 is fully backward-compatible with the same cables and connectors used with today's Thunderbolt. It pushes speed to 20Gb/s and enables 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously. ARC-8050T2 is equipped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for connecting to any Thunderbolt 2-enabled host such as the new Mac Pro, and offers an additional Thunderbolt 2 port for daisy-chaining other peripherals. The Thunderbolt daisy-chaining allows connection of up to six devices, so customers can connect ARC-8050T2 for massive amounts of video storage with a single Thunderbolt connection to their host computer. ARC-8050T2 can meet the demand of users when working with rich, ultra-high resolution media through Thunderbolt 2 interface.
Unparalleled Performance for 4K Workflow
ARC-8050T2 is the most complete 6Gb/s SAS 8-bay Thunderbolt 2 box with RAID control capabilities solution for both PC and Mac. ARC-8050T2 incorporated on-board dual core 800Mhz RAID-On-Chip and with 1GB DDR3-1333 memory to deliver true high performance hardware RAID protection against drive failure. This combination helps to provide a high performance storage device perfect for the video editor working with Real time multi-stream HD and 4K workflows. It runs efficiently without disruption or major drops in performance to meet the requirements of 4K data workflow. It is so quick it allows for 4K displays at the same time as daisy chaining ARC-8050T2 and doing a simultaneous 4K output and file transfers while maintaining maximum throughput.
Enterprise-Class Data Availability and Security
ARC-8050T2 supports the hardware RAID 6 engine to allow two HDDs failures without impact the existing data and performance. It allows users to hot swap drive in the event of a drive failure with zero downtime. Its high data availability and protection derives from many advanced RAID features on ARC-8050T2 RAID box design. Intelligent power On/Off function on storage turns power in unison with the host computer power status. It can intelligently power down the unit after the thunderbolt host shuts down everything for data integrity. ARC-8050T2 also supports a battery backup option that protects all data in cache memory in the event of unexpected power outage. Board-level hardware encryption manages any kinds of drives attached to ARC-8050T2 without impacting the performance for higher levels of security.
Enabling Easy-to-Manage Storage
Configuration and monitoring can be managed either through the LCD control panel, Thunderbolt interface or LAN port. The intelligent cooling continuously adapts to environmental conditions by automatically controlling the speed of the cooling fans for the rapidly growing demand from the video editing markets. You can even configure ARC-8050T2 to intelligently spin down drives during periods of inactivity to further reduce noise and save energy. Areca solution of Thunderbolt 2 provides user the capability of adding bootable drive via Thunderbolt on Apple thunderbolt-capable machine.


  • Areca ARC-8050T2 8-bay storage unit
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN cable
  • 1 x Power cord
  • 32 x Drive mounting screws (4 per drive tray)
  • 1 x Quick start guide
  • 1 x Installation CD
    • Drivers
    • Relative software
    • Electronic documentation


Product Specifications:

Areca Part Number

  • ARC-8050T2

RAID Features

  • RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD
  • Multiple RAID selection
  • Support up to 1MB stripe size
  • Online array roaming
  • Online RAID level/stripe size migration
  • Support global hot spare and local hot spare
  • Instant availability and background initialization
  • Advanced configuration for smooth data streaming
  • Disk scrubbing/ array verify scheduling support
  • Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function
  • SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support


  • Environment and drive failure indication through LCD, LED and alarm buzzer
  • Keep silent and adequate air flow and cooling by intelligent cooling fan speed controller
  • Enclosure management ready

Drive Support

  • Up to 8 x 6Gb/s SAS/SATA/SSD

RAID Management

  • McRAID manager - browser-based management tool (LAN or Thunderbolt)
  • Push Buttons and LCD Display panel for setup and status
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)- scriptable configuration tool
  • API libraries support - combine GUI with user management ut ility
  • SNMP support for remote monitoring
  • SMTP support for email notification

Controller Architecture

  • 800 MHz Dual core ROC for RAID core and SAS microcode
  • 1GB on-board DDR3-1333 SDRAM with ECC protection
  • Support bootable from RAID storage volume
  • Controller level hardware encryption support
  • Redundant flash image for adapter availability
  • System status indication through LCD, LED and alarm buzzer
  • Intelligent power On/Off function

OS Support

  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 or Higher & Windows 7/8

Host Connection

  • Two 20 Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 Technology Ports


  • 270W / 90-256V AC / +12V/26A,
  • +5V/18A, +3.3V/16A

Operating Temperature

  • 0° ~ 40° C

Operating Humidity

  • 5% ~ 95 %, Non-condensing


  • 2 x 2700rpm / 0.135A Brushless Fan


  • 5.7" x 11.8" x 11.4" (146 x 302 x 290 mm)


  • 14.9 lbs. (6.8Kg)


  • Areca 3 Year Limited Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Areca p/n ARC-8050T2

Additional Information

Colour Black
Capacity Enclosure Only
Number of Bays/Drives 8
Type No
Model Identifier No
Connection Thunderbolt 1 (10Gb/s), Thunderbolt 2 (20Gb/s)
Form Factor 3.5 inch
Manufacturer Areca
Manufacturer P/N ARC-8050T2
UPC 898041003346

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