- What's Included
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Faster Than You Can Imagine
- Up to 2840MB/s Read & 2821MB/s Write
- Daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
- Rugged portability in a sleek design
- Includes a custom-fit ballistic hard-shell case
- Includes SoftRAID: robust software for creating, monitoring, and managing advanced RAID sets
- 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty
OWC’s extreme performance ThunderBlade might just be the ultimate working drive for media professionals. In terms of pure transfer speed, ThunderBlade is at the absolute cutting edge of possibility.
The Fastest. Period.
In a fast-paced, professional environment, time is money and performance is everything. The success of your project depends on quick data processing, and demands performance and efficiency working with uncompressed, high-bandwidth content streams. ThunderBlade delivers the performance to match - capable of unbelievable transfer speeds up to 2586MB/s read & 2613MB/s write. And with SoftRAID, two ThunderBlades can reach dizzying heights up to 3800MB/s.
At Home on the Road.
Designed to be rugged and dependable as well as blazing fast, ThunderBlade is equally at home on the road, on set or in the edit suite. It’s compact and tough enough to withstand even the roughest treatment in between locations, and it comes complete with its own ballistic hard-shell case for even greater protection. And with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, ThunderBlade fits your workflow daisy-chain perfectly.
SoftRAID: RAID Made Easy
Harness the full capability of your OWC drive array with the included SoftRAID XT, the most powerful, intuitive RAID management software on the market for macOS and Windows. SoftRAID’s RAID creation and management technology has been finely tuned to perfection with over 20 years of development to provide rock solid protection of your data and optimize drive performance.
SoftRAID XT provides an unbeatable combination of speed, protection, and compatibility:
- Advanced: Create RAID 0/1/4/5/1+0 (10) arrays
- Protected: SoftRAID Monitor constantly watches your disks and alerts you if problems are detected
- Validated: Volume validation ensures sectors can be read and parity is correct
- Certified: Checks disks before use to ensure they are safe for data storage
- Vigilant: Error prediction helps protect against unexpected failure
- Universal: Move SoftRAID arrays seamlessly between Mac and PC2 with built-in OWC MacDrive technology
Beyond Hardware RAID
SoftRAID provides a level of storage performance that you simply can’t get with hardware RAID. SoftRAID gives you increased power and control over your RAID drives and disks that hardware RAID can’t deliver and doesn’t lock you into technology that you can’t upgrade or expand.
Quality You Can Trust
Like all OWC drives, ThunderBlade is built to the highest standards of reliability and performance. Because 100% reliability is always the goal, ThunderBlade is rigorously quality tested, and backed by an OWC 3 Year Limited Warranty and 24/7 customer support.
Number of Bays
- (4) 1.0TB OWC Aura Pro IV PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD
*OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.
Plug and Play
Hot Plug Support
- Mac only. Boot volume must be independent from RAID volume.
- Formatted as 4 disk RAID 0 for Mac. To convert for PC, use SoftRAID for Windows.
- M.2 NVMe (PCIe 3.0)
Default RAID Level
- RAID 0
RAID Levels Supported
- RAID 0
- RAID 1
- RAID 4
- RAID 5
- RAID 10
- Software RAID
- (1) Host Port - Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) up to 40 Gb/s (5000 MB/s)
- (1) Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Port
- Up to one 5K display @ 60Hz,
- or one 4K display @ 60Hz,
- or one 4K display @ 30Hz
Display Support by Port
- Thunderbolt 3: Up to 5K @ 60Hz via a native Thunderbolt 3 display or 4K @ 60Hz via a Thunderbolt display or a USB-C display adapter
Data Transfer Rate (Maximum)
- Thunderbolt 3 : Up to 40 Gb/s (or 5000 MB/s)
Benchmark Speed, Read (Max)
- Up to 2840 MB/s
Benchmark Speed, Write (Max)
- Up to 2821 MB/s
- Thunderbolt 3: (1) Intel DSL6540
Host Port Requirements
- Thunderbolt (USB-C) port (backward compatible with Thunderbolt 2/Thunderbolt1)
Mac OS Compatibility
- macOS 10.13 High Sierra
- macOS 10.14 Mojave
- macOS 10.15 Catalina
- macOS 11.x Big Sur
- macOS 12.x Monterey
- macOS 13.x Ventura
- macOS 14.x Sonoma
PC OS Compatibility
- Windows 10 64-bit Edition
- Windows 11
- SoftRAID Only
- SoftRAID automatically checks for the latest driver. Launch the app and if displayed, follow prompts to update driver.
- SoftRAID XT works with macOS 10.14 or later and Windows 10 or later. SoftRAID is licensed per computer. The SoftRAID serial number will work with both Mac and Windows but can only be active on one computer at a time. Additional seats can be purchased. RAID 4/1+0 (10) are currently Mac only at this time.
External Power Adapter
- External UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
- 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 2.0A
- +15V, 4.8A
- Height: 2.9 cm (1.1 in)
- Length: 19.2 cm (7.6 in)
- Width: 12.4 cm (4.9 in)
- 676.0 g (1.49 lbs)
- Operating: 50°F to 95°F (10°C to 35°C)
- Non-Operating: -40°F to 149°F (-40°C to 65°C)
- Operating: -304.8 m to 3,048.0 m (-1,000 ft to 10,000 ft)
- Non-Operating: -304.8 m to 12,192.0 m (-1,000 ft to 40,000 ft)
- Operating: 8% to 90% non-condensing
- Non-Operating: 5% to 95% non-condensing
- (1) OWC ThunderBlade External Storage Solution
- (1) 0.7M (29") Thunderbolt Cable
- (1) External Power Supply
- (1) US Power Cable
- (1) Ballistic Hard-Shell Travel Case
- (1) Quick Start Guide for OWC ThunderBlade
- (1) User Guide for OWC ThunderBlade
- (1) OWC SoftRAID XT Software Bundle
- (1) Quick Start Guide for OWC SoftRAID XT
- (1) Manual & User Guide for OWC SoftRAID XT
- 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty