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 and/or SSDs in any combination. The OWC 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.
Conquer High Bandwidth Demands
With Thunderbolt 3 offering real-world transfer rates up to 2586MB/s1 and the ability to RAID together eight SSDs or HDDs2, ThunderBay 8’s rugged, field-tested aluminum design has the under-the-hood horsepower needed to conquer high-bandwidth requirements. You can even configure multiple ThunderBay 8 solutions connected via multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports on your Mac or PC to achieve exponential speed increases. Whatever your set up, when you’re racing against a deadline, ThunderBay 8 puts you in the winner’s circle.
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.
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 the freedom to access an extensive 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 l for your data. Plus, with front panel LEDs indicating the status of each drive, you’ll know at a glance if your data is 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 3.1 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.
Works with SoftRAID: Easy and Complete Drive Management
SoftRAID (sold separately) is OWC's powerful and intuitive software RAID utility for macOS and Windows that allows you to quickly access and robustly protect your data. SoftRAID makes it a breeze to create RAID volumes by helping you through the entire process. With multiple RAID options, you 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 for your data volume.
Advanced: Create RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0 (10) volumes (RAID 6, 6+ coming in soon) and get email notifications for drive and RAID volume health with SoftRAID XT (Mac only)
Verify: volume validation ensures sectors can be read, parity is correct, and any potential volume failure is minimized
Certified: drives are validated before use to ensure they are safe for data storage
Vigilant: predictive warnings help protect against unexpected drive failure
Outperforms: up to 86% faster than AppleRAID
Thorough: full TRIM support improves internal and external SSD performance in all RAID levels
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Secure Your Workflow with OWC ClingOn
Greatly reduce — if not eliminate — cable strain and accidental disconnects with the OWC ClingOn. These custom cable stabilizers (sold separately) screw into the ThunderBay 8's housing to secure your Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections and prevent work session interruption and possible data loss.
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).
Advanced RAID features require RAID management software (such as OWC SoftRAID, sold separately).
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.
ClingOn sold separately.
Pro-grade transfer speeds: up to 2586MB/s real-world tested speed with Thunderbolt 3 port
Eight hot-swappable universal drive bays: mix or match 2.5-inch (no adapter needed) and 3.5-inch HDDs and SSDs
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
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
OWC ClingOn ready: cable stabilizer prevents work session interruption and possible data loss
(1) ThunderBay 8
(1) Thunderbolt 3 cable
(1) Power cable
(2) Keys for front panel lock
(1) Quick start guide
1 Year OWC Limited Warranty
Eight (8) 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives
Up to two 4K displays @ 60Hz,
or one 5K display @ 60Hz
Display Support by Port
Thunderbolt 3: Up to 5K @ 60Hz via a native Thunderbolt 3 display or 4K @ 60Hz via a Thunderbolt display or a USB-C display adapter
DisplayPort 1.2: Up to 4K @ 60Hz
Hot Swap Support
Thunderbolt: (1) Intel JHL-6540
SATA Controller: (2) JMicron JMB-585
CE, FCC, VCCI, RCM, BSMI
Data Transfer Rate (Maximum)
Thunderbolt 3 : 40 Gb/s (or 5000 MB/s)
Plug and Play
RAID Levels Supported
MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
Contact Start Stops
Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
Mac OS Compatibility
macOS 10.13 High Sierra
macOS 10.14 Mojave
macOS 10.15 Catalina
PC OS Compatibility
Windows 10 64-bit Edition
Windows Server 2016
Host Port Requirements
Thunderbolt 3 port
Internal UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
90-264V, 47-63Hz, 3.5A At 115V, 1.8A At 230V
External Power Adapter
Number of Bays
(2) Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Ports
(1) DisplayPort Port
(1) 92mm cooling fan
Height: 18.0 cm (7.1 in)
Length: 24.0 cm (9.4 in)
Width: 26.0 cm (10.2 in)
7.3 kg (16.14 lbs)
Operating: 41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)
Non-Operating: -4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
Operating: -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
Non-Operating: -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)
Operating: 8% to 90% non-condensing
Non-Operating: 5% to 95% non-condensing
Varies depending on drive mechanism installed
Intel JHL-6540 chipset supports two 4K displays (4096 x 2160 30bpp @ 60 Hz) or a single 5K display.
Number of Bays/Drives
DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s)
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