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TerraMaster’s new Mac Pro like DAS storage brings space for designers and creatives

By Ken Wong - on 20 Sep 2021, 10:37am

TerraMaster’s new Mac Pro like tower storage is DAS space for designers and creatives

The D16 certainly looks stylish.

The TerraMaster D16 Thunderbolt 3 is tower storage designed for professional content creators. Looking akin to a Mac Pro, the stylish design comes fitted with two durable aluminium handles for easy transport.

As its name says, it has a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports with up to 40Gbps data transfer speeds to support content creators needing fast speeds for fast and efficient 4K/8K video editing for example.

This is considered a Direct Attached Storage (DAS) solution, and not a Network Attached Storage (NAS). The difference between DAS and NAS is that NAS has to be connected to a network and could be affected by bandwidth issues, while DAS is connected directly to a PC and thus isn’t held back by network issues.

There is also a professional-grade RAID controller that delivers speeds of up to 2817MB/s when fitted with 16 SSDs in RAID 0 array mode on Windows OS. In RAID 6 mode, the storage device can deliver speeds of up to 2480MB/s.

The D16 Thunderbolt 3 is compatible with 3.5-inch SATA disks and 2.5-inch SSDs and offers a total storage capacity of up to 288TB (16 x 18TB HDDs). Storage expansion is also easy using Thunderbolt 3 scalability. Users can expand up to 1 Petabyte of storage by daisy-chaining six D16 Thunderbolt 3 devices.


Price and availability

Daisy-chaining them together is one way to increase your storage capacity.

The TerraMaster D16 Thunderbolt 3 16-bay professional-grade RAID storage is priced at US$3,599.99 (without drives) and is available from their website.

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