OWC TB2 Enclosure (Major Brand) G-Tech?

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  1. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    Does anyone know if OWC's enclosure here:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/MISC/0G033S2TB0GB/

    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.

    Thanks
     
  2. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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  3. supercooled thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey thanks for commenting. Seems plausible.

    http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?130408-4-Bay-Drive

    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

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    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:
    http://www.g-technology.com/sites/d...roduct/G-SPEED_StudioR_UserManual_1114_LR.pdf
    That mystery solved. :D
     
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    http://www.hgst.com/products/hard-drives/nas-desktop-drive-kit
     

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