Anyone have opinions about the OWC Thunderbay IV?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by oxband, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. oxband macrumors 6502

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    I'm thinking about long term storage and about to start editing a feature. I think I'm going to buy the OWC Thunderbay IV and just swap drives in and out. Any advice on this product? I plan on using it as a JBOD and just backing up my drives regularly.
     
  2. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    It's great. I have one for my Mac Mini and it works as advertised. Fast, reliable, silent. Not much more to say really. Although I think it's cheaper from OWC directly (or at least you can get the Thunderbay 4 which is TB2 for the same money from OWC directly).
     
  3. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I have two of them, and they are excellent, the fans are quiet too.
     
  4. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    A very good product.

    If you don't need TB2, the older TB1 models have been in the OWC clearance bin, saving you at least $100.
     
  5. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    I've heard nothing but good things about the ThunderBay and I have one scheduled for delivery tomorrow. The only minor issue that has surfaced for a few people (but not all) is more fan noise then they prefer. However, there is a very easy fix for that. Otherwise, it has received nothing but praise.

    There's an on-going thread regarding the Thunderbay over in the iMac forum and I think you may find it to be very useful. Check it out -- its definitely a good read.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1808641

    Cheers,
    Bryan
     
  6. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    The only issue I've had with mine (Thunderbay 4) is that the slightest of movements seems to disconnect Thunderbolt. Now mind you, a box full of spinning hard drive platters isn't something that I move around often, but during the initial arrangement I did manage to disconnect several times.

    Tried a couple different Thunderbolt cables, and seems as if the ports on the unit as just a tad too shallow. That said, a non-issue once the box has been put into its final resting place on my desk, and I used a stick on cable hold down and a loop of cable as 'slack' to prevent it from disconnecting inadvertently.

    I own their Helios II Thunderbolt box as well, and wish the Thunderbay came with the similar cable clamp to keep things in place.

    I was skeptical of SoftRaid, as I was initially unaware how long the software had been around and the performance of "software" raid in general, but I ended up being really impressed with it and ended up buying a license (even after the recent +$50 price increase).
     
  7. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

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    I looked up the TB enclosures on OWC. They also had Elite(?) model/ Lookede to be same warranty & etc, what about it?
     

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