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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




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.




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




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.

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