Thunder2 4 Drive Thunderbolt Enclosure
The Thunder2 Quad bay Thunderbolt JBOD enclosure is hands down the best bargain to be had in Thunderbolt storage today. Great performance, over 1300 MB/sec in possible throughput. Ease of use. No drivers, no RAID software or hardware, plug it in and go to work.
2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports
With a pair of Thunderbolt ports you can chain up to 5 more Thunderbolt devices off this unit. And being Thunderbolt 2 you can maintain the chain's speed at top Thunderbolt 2 levels.
With full Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth you can get 100% of the performance out of installed hard drives and SSDs. If you want the highest speed, stick a couple of SSDs in and RAID0 them. You can easily get up around 800MB/sec just using 2 SSDs. The trays in the Thunder 2 are built to accommodate either 3.5 inch drives or 2.5 inch drives and SSDs. This device is FAST.
Easy to use tray system. You can pull a drive and insert a drive without affecting the operation of other drives in the enclosure. note: if you swap drives a lot, I'd recommend just leaving the front panel off for easier access to the drive trays. While not hard to remove, it will save a step to just leave it off.
You can backup to, and boot off of, drives installed inside the Thunder 2 Quad. Note, this device is not Bootcamp compatible.
At 5.5 inch X 7 inch X 9.5 inch this is a small enclosure for its power. It takes up very little space on the desktop and is pretty nice looking.
Personal observations: Very solid all aluminum design. Works like it should right out of the box. Speeds are uncompromisingly fast as possible. I don't think you can build a 4 drive enclosure faster than this. Like all Akitio devices the fan is not fancy. I can hear it, it doesn't bother me a bit. But that means some folks who are more sensitive will be bothered by it as it isn't silent. Two cures for that: we can use a longer Thunderbolt cable and put it further away, or we can swap the fan out for a high end fan for you before shipping. Either way is a low fuss solution. ~Rick
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