Fastest external hard drive enclosure?

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  1. stanw, Nov 5, 2018
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    stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I have a OWC Thunderbay 2 that I bought several years ago, and I believe it uses Thunderbolt 2. It seems like it might stop working any day now, so I want to start looking into what else is out there. The new iMac Pros use USB C, so I'd like to if possible, get something that I can put multiple hard drives in a JBOD setup for storing photos for Lightroom, video for editing in Premiere, and files for storage, and have the fastest cable option for connecting it. Is USB C the fastest cable option out now? Which enclosures should I look into based on how I described I will be using it?

  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I think Thunderbolt 3 over the USB-C port is going to be fastest. I believe OWC has some new models like this.
  3. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    1. I want to use the enclosure as JBOD, not in a RAID configuration. Can I use different size drives inside the enclosure? Example: 2 8TB, 2 4TB?

    2. It is sold pre-configured in either RAID 0, 5, or RAID 5 (Enterprise). Which should I get?

  4. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    The links I provided were for the JBOD versions of the enclosures. OWC also offer the enclosures bundled with SoftRAID to permit RAID 0,1,4,5 and 0+1. I use one of the original TB1 Thunderbay IVs with 4 HDDs in JBOD, up to 12TB in size.

    Here's the link for the bare enclosure, discounted:
  5. FireWire2 macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2008
    For the JBOD, there are four, eight, twelve and even sixteen tray-less hot-swap bay models. No more spending money on hard drive tray.

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