OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini offers fast RAID SSD storage

Get Thunderbolt 2 RAID SSD  storage in a portable size with OWC's new ThunderBay 4 Mini!

Thunderbay 4 Mini openThis is a great option for HD and 4K video editing, or any other kind of fast and safe storage.

The ThunderBay 4 Mini offers four 2.5-inch drive bays. With RAID-0 and four SSDs, you can reach transfer speeds up to over 1 GB/s, plus around 800 MB/s RAID-5.

You can connect up to 4 TB of SSD storage or up to 8 TB of spinning HDD storage.

OWC offers the ThunderBay 4 Mini in a variety of configurations with SSD or traditional HDD drives.

With the two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the ThunderBay 4 Mini supports Thunderbolt daisy-chaining.

The attached fans are designed to be silent and run only when necessary.

The OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini is available now starting at $349.

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Steve Wilkinson • cgWerks

Hey Daniel and others, does anyone know how these handle drive spin-up?

I have a small self-built (software) RAID right now, but the drive-spin-up issues are really making me want to replace it. But, maybe that’s a problem with any RAID with spinning drives? Maybe I have to use ‘server’ drives and just keep them awake 24×7, but that seems like kind of a ‘hack’ solution. I sure wish Apple would address this! I don’t need my RAID to spin-up every time I open a save/open dialog, sheesh!

Steve Wilkinson • cgWerks

Thanks Daniel. Hopefully someone who has used one for a bit might read this. I’m quite familiar with RAIDs, but more in the IT/server-room environment where everything is 24×7. This was my first venture into RAID on my desktop (and trying to do it on a budget)… and I hadn’t even thought of this being a problem, but it’s quite annoying.

I’m guessing it will actually be a problem for any drives that ‘sleep’ but curious if these kind of units do something in firmware/software to counteract that behaviour. Anyway, just saw the article and decided to comment. I should probably give OWC a call. 🙂

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