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  • 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.

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Monstrous Capacity

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.

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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 quickly access and robustly protect your data with SoftRAID for Mac and Windows. 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.

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SoftRAID highlights:

  • Flexible: create RAID 0 and 1 volumes with SoftRAID Standard (Windows and Mac)
  • Advanced: create RAID 0, 1, 4, 5, 1+0 (10) volumes (RAID 6, 6+ coming soon) and get email notifications for drive and RAID volume health with SoftRAID Pro (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
  • Cross-platform ready: Built-in MacDrive technology lets you exchange SoftRAID RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays between Windows and macOS computers
  • 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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

*Warranty varies based on model purchased. See the Tech Specs tab for full details.

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. 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. 3. ClingOn sold separately.