OWC Thunderbay 8 – 8-BAY RAID Enclosure

The OWC Thunderbay 8 is a professional Grade 8-Bay Storage Solution with Thunderbolt 3 interface.

With up to 144TB at up to 2,586MB/s real-world-tested speeds, the ThunderBay 8 is like a personal, desktop-sized data center for content creators and small business workgroups.

  • Eight hot-swappable universal drive bays
  • Mix or match 2.5-inch (no adapter needed) and 3.5-inch HDDs and SSDs.
  • Daisy-chain via Thunderbolt 3.
  • Thunderbolt certified for Mac and Windows.


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The OWC Thunderbay 8 offers eight drive bays for either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs or SSDs in any combination for up to 144TB of capacity.

The ThunderBay 8 is like a high-performance personal data center that offers multiple configuration options to suit ever-expanding storage needs.

Photo, film and video editors can take advantage of the largest capacity desktop RAID storage solution we’ve ever offered to handle the voracious drive space appetite of RAW, 4K, large format, and VR workflows.

Daisy Chain for even more Capacity

Need even more capacity?

Daisy-chain up to six of these capacity behemoths together for up to a staggering 768TB. Now you can capture vast amounts of footage from multiple cameras or store vast libraries of production work with a unified and reliable storage solution.

High Bandwidth Demands

With up to 2,586MB/s real-world tested speeds and the ability to RAID together eight SSDs or HDDs, ThunderBay 8 has the under-the-hood horsepower needed to conquer high-bandwidth requirements.

Plus, its rugged, field-tested aluminum design stands up to studio and on-location workflows.

You can even configure multiple ThunderBay 8 solutions connected via multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports on your Mac or PC to achieve exponential speed increases.

Take on multi-stream 4K workflows. Export and render footage with effects at full speed. Whatever your set up, when you’re racing against a deadline, ThunderBay 8 puts you in the winner’s circle.

SoftRAID Software (Optional)

To configure the drives in RAID 0/1/4/5/1+0 (10)1 it is recommended to use softRAID XT software, available to purchase separately here.

SoftRAID’s easy setup makes it a breeze to create RAID volumes by helping you through the entire process. Just decide what you’re using your RAID volume for and how much space to allocate to it. It’s that simple to create your preference of speed and/or redundancy attributes of your data volume.

For RAID 0 / 1 you can use Windows or MAC OS, or the unit can be used as a JBOD without software.

Swap and Identify Drives Easily

The OWC ThunderBay 8 makes it easy to keep large data sets organized for every project thanks to its eight hot swappable drive bays.

Whether you’re using 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch HDDs and/or SSDs, the drives mount in alphabetically labeled trays for easy identification and are secured by a thumb screw. If you want to access a collection of drives quickly, you can create a drive “bullpen” with additional OWC drive trays (sold separately).


With a locking front panel and security slot on the backside, the ThunderBay 8 is like an ironclad vault for your data. Plus, with front-panel LEDs indicating the status of each drive, you’ll know at a glance if your data is safe and secure.


From the seamless aluminum enclosure to the slip-resistant feet, the OWC ThunderBay 8, like all OWC products is designed and built to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because 100 percent reliability is always our goal, ThunderBay 8 is rigorously tested for quality and backed by our 3 Year Limited Warranty* and award-winning customer support.

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Drive Bays


Mains Powered

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With SoftRAID, Without SoftRAID


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