OWC TB2 Enclosure (Major Brand) G-Tech?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by supercooled, May 2, 2015.

  1. supercooled macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007

    Does anyone know if OWC's enclosure here:


    Is this the same one without the G-Technology logo? I have been searching for a nice looking Thunderbolt 2 enclosure with at least 4 bays. Looked at the G-Technology 'G-Speed Studio XL' which has 8 Bays but you cannot purchase them diskless and the cheapest option at 24TB is the equivalent of a Mac Pro which is a complete non starter for me.

    Anyway, came across this one fro OWC and it looks like a clone of it.

    Anyone have any ideas? I might have to sign up to CreativeCow and see what those folks think.

  2. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2010
    Colorado Springs, CO
  3. supercooled thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    Hey thanks for commenting. Seems plausible.


    Still a little too rich for me though being just 4 bays. I wonder if they will stock the 8 bay ones.

    I was or still am considering something like the Sinology 1813+ but those don't connect directly to the computer and are strictly NAS. And I have read some mixed reviews on cheap boxes like the San Digital.

    Do you have any recommendations yourself? I'm going to sleep on it for a while and see if it's worth 5 big ones.
  4. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Thanks for the tip, I might buy one of those units after a couple of questions are answered by OWC - how long is the warranty and where do I get my hands on the drive enclosures or does the enclosure take bare drives...

    One of my friends owns the 8-bay Areca enclosure that's offered by OWC, but he spend about $250 less from PCH Micro on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Areca-ARC-8050T2-Thunderbolt-Interface-Subsystem/dp/B00IKPKG7E/ref=pd_cp_pc_0 - other sellers are pushing the same unit on Amazon for about $150 more.

    BTW, the "Product Manual" link at the bottom of the page is:
    That mystery solved. :D
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Well they do say its a new name brand enclosure with disks removed.

    You can save some $$$ by forgoing HW RAID, RAID0 and 1 is free from disk utility. Now that RAID5 doesn't make much sense for larger drives, I just use the built in software RAID.
  6. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    They've removed the big G from the front of the picture, but it's definitely a G-Technology G-SPEED Studio with the (enterprise) drives removed.

    I bought one and populated it with HGST Deskstar NAS drives and it works perfectly.
  7. williamh macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2006
    Just for people's curiosity, I have found the unboxing article (in Chinese) from the internet. This guy shows every detail of this Major Brand product.

    Here is the link: http://www.macuknow.com/node/73147
  8. pjsmith67 macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Hmmm... this has me interested. What kind of drives would be best for this? I would be using it mainly for backups and scratch space. I know its probably overkill for what a i need but its work a look to me.
  9. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    I have one of these and used 3TB HGST Deskstar NAS drives, but they're tested to use up to 6TB units, giving a total storage space of 18TB in RAID5.


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