Thunderblade – External Solid-State Drive Mac / PC / Thunderbolt 3

Faster Than You Can Imagine

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 2800MB/s read & 2450MB/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.

Includes SoftRAID XT: Easy and Complete Drive Management

SoftRAID XT is the most powerful, intuitive software RAID utility on the market. Multiple RAID levels let you select the RAID level that fits you or your project’s needs best. If you need maximum volume capacity, optimum drive performance, data protection, or a combination of attributes, SoftRAID has you covered.

Packed with features like drive validation, verification and failure prediction—SoftRAID includes features you simply don’t get with hardware RAID. It’s like having a datacenter on your desktop! From home users looking to protect photos and documents to professionals needing to protect and quickly access projects, SoftRAID is the perfect solution.

  • Compatible: Works with macOS 11 Big Sur, M1 Macs and Windows 10
  • Advanced: Create RAID 0/1/4/5/1+0 (10) with Macs, RAID 0/1 with Windows machines
  • 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 Macs and PCs with built-in OWC MacDrive technology

SoftRAID provides a level of performance that you simply can’t get with hardware RAID. Learn more about the power of SoftRAID XT.

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.

Your Digital Life…Protected for FREE

Your data is irreplaceable, and we take protecting it seriously. That’s why this OWC Solution includes Acronis True Image OEM — the world’s only combination backup and antimalware solution that keeps your data protected from accidents, failures, and malware/ransomware attacks.

  • Easy: Protect everything – photos, files, applications, systems, and the devices they’re on in just a few clicks
  • Efficient: create “set and forget” backups to recover and restore files and folders
  • Secure: Stop ransomware and cryptojacking attacks from harming your device data and backup

Highlights

  • Up to 2800MB/s Read & 2450MB/s Write
  • Daisy chain up to 6 Thunderbolt 3 devices
  • Rugged portability in a sleek design
  • Includes a custom-fit ballistic hard-shell case

Product Specs

Product Specifications

Specifications

  • Total Storage Capacity
  • 2TB
  • Standard Mechanism
  • (4) 480GB OWC Aura P12 Pro NVMe M.2 SSDs
  • *1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences.
  • **OWC reserves the right to replace or upgrade to equivalent or better components.
  • Display Support
  • 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
  • Bootable
  • Mac only. Boot volume must be independent from RAID volume.
  • Hot Plug Support
  • Yes
  • Chipset
  • Thunderbolt 3: (1) Intel DSL6540
  • Drive Interface
  • M.2 NVMe (PCIe 3.0)
  • Format
  • Formatted as 4 disk RAID 0 for Mac. To convert for PC, use SoftRAID for Windows.
  • Certifications
  • CE
  • FCC
  • RoHS
  • Data Transfer Rate (Maximum)
  • Thunderbolt 3 : 40 Gb/s (or 5000 MB/s)
  • Plug and Play
  • Yes

RAID

  • RAID Capable
  • Yes
  • Default Raid Level
  • RAID 0
  • RAID Levels Supported
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 4
  • RAID 5
  • RAID 10
  • RAID Features
  • Software RAID

Compatibility

  • Mac OS Compatibility
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • macOS 11.0 Big Sur
  • macOS 11.1 Big Sur
  • PC OS Compatibility
  • Windows 10 64-bit Edition
  • Other Requirements
  • SoftRAID XT works with macOS 10.12 or later and Windows 10. Intel-based Macs require macOS 10.12 or later. M1 Macs require macOS 11.1 or 11.3 and later. macOS 11.3 is currently available as a public beta.
  • Host Port Requirements
  • Thunderbolt 3 port or later
  • Driver Required
  • SoftRAID Only

Power

  • Power Supply
  • External UL-listed universal auto-switching power supply
  • AC Input
  • 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 2.0A
  • DC Output
  • +15V, 4.8A
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