Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,345 Reviews & Articles | 53,755 News Posts

OWC ThunderBay IV 8TB Thunderbolt External Storage Drive Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Apr 5, 2014 2:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: OWC

OWC ThunderBay IV

 

owc_thunderbay_iv_8tb_thunderbolt_external_storage_drive_review_03

 

The packaging for the ThunderBay IV carries a simple exterior. We have an image of the enclosure on the front with bits and pieces of branding on the box.

 

owc_thunderbay_iv_8tb_thunderbolt_external_storage_drive_review_04

 

Scope of delivery included a Thunderbolt cable, power adapter, keys for locking the front of the chassis, and reading materials.

 

owc_thunderbay_iv_8tb_thunderbolt_external_storage_drive_review_05

 

With our sample that was sent over for review, OWC included four of their AdaptaDrive sleds. These will allow us to test the enclosure with our Seagate 600 Pro SSDs in addition to the included 3.5-inch hard drives.

 

owc_thunderbay_iv_8tb_thunderbolt_external_storage_drive_review_06

 

Here you can see all of the drives we are using for testing. We have four Seagate 600 Pro 200GB SSDs and four 2TB Toshiba hard drives.

 

owc_thunderbay_iv_8tb_thunderbolt_external_storage_drive_review_07

 

In our first look at the unit, you can see the ThunderBay IV carries an aluminum design. The front of the chassis locks and tucks away your drives behind.

 

owc_thunderbay_iv_8tb_thunderbolt_external_storage_drive_review_08

 

The back of the enclosure houses both Thunderbolt ports; next to those, we have the power switch and connection. To the top of the enclosure, we have a large 120mm fan.

 

owc_thunderbay_iv_8tb_thunderbolt_external_storage_drive_review_11

 

Here we have the front of the enclosure with the bay cover removed. The ThunderBay IV utilizes a thumbscrew design to latch the drives in place, and each drive sled is lettered accordingly.

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading