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Initializing with New Drives

OWC Thunderbay Mini

Thunderbay Mini configurations start at about $379 without drives. Thunderbay Mini RAID-5 edition also available.

MPG used SoftRAID 5.0.4 to initialize and test with the various flavors of RAID.

Since the unit was supplied for teesting with brand-new drives in packaging, so they were screwed into the drive sleds and installed. Then they were initialized as shown with the screen shots that follow. An off-the-shelf unit with drives installed has all this done already.

Click images for larger versions.

New unit with 4 new drives

Shown below in SoftRAID, four uninitialized OWC 6G SSDs.

OWC Thunderbay Mini, SoftRAID 5: 4 brand-new uninitialized SSDs

4 drives initialized as 4 volumes

Four OWC 6G SSDs as four independent volumes.

OWC Thunderbay Mini, SoftRAID 5: 4 SSDs as 4 volumes (no RAID)

4 drives as a RAID-5

Select the 4 drives, then choose Volume => New. By default the volume will be all the available capacity, but a smaller size can be chosen (to make more than one volume, repeat)

Creating a RAID-5 volume in SoftRAID 5

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