TerraMaster D8 Hybrid

TerraMaster’s latest D8 Hybrid storage enclosure supports up to 128 TB

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TerraMaster announced the all-new D8 Hybrid, a direct-attached storage (DAS) enclosure supporting up to 128 TB capacity. What makes this DAS particularly interesting is the configuration of storage slots. There are four SATA HDD and SSD bays with four M.2 2280 NVMe SSDs for lightning-fast flash drives.

What is the D8 Hybrid?

The D8 Hyrbid is a DAS, requiring a direct connection between the enclosure and a Linux, macOS, or Windows system. Plenty of other DAS models are available, mostly from TerraMaster, but the D8 Hybrid combines the speed of NVMe SSDs with the capacity of mechanical NAS drives.

When storing data, you’ll have the choice of hot or cold. NVMe drives are better suited to data you will read frequently and need higher transfer speeds. Data that simply needs to be stored or backed up can then be stored on the slower HDDs. TerraMaster will be supplying free backup software for Windows.

This will make the process of offloading data to the DAS painless. TPC Backupper will let you schedule folder or partition backups to the USB DAS or other NAS enclosures with the click of a few buttons. Running on Windows 8 or above, the software will be a great addition to a backup solution. For macOS, TerraMaster supports Time Machine.

TerraMaster D8 Hybrid launch render
TerraMaster D8 Hybrid launch render. (Source: TerraMaster)

To facilitate the transfer of lots of files, TerraMaster will include a 10Gbps link. Most NAS enclosures have 1Gbps or 2.5Gbps ports, making the D8 Hybrid special in this regard. The USB-C 3.2 Gen2 port will have plenty of bandwidth and so long as your PC has a similar port, you’re good to go.

Depending on which type of drive is used, speeds can be up to 980MB/s. Then there’s RAID support with a unique 2+6 configuration, catering for multiple RAID modes for data security and redundancy. Bays 1 and 2 can be used for RAID 0, 1, or JBOD while 3, 4, and the M.2 NVMe slots can focus on storing data.

A great addition to a NAS

A DAS doesn’t just make sense for PCs. The D8 Hybrid can also be used for expanding the storage capacity of a NAS. The D8 Hybrid will be easy to use with tool-free HDD tray installation and the M.2 slots can be easily accessed. The fan will allow all storage drives to run at optimal speeds, even when the enclosure is fully populated.

How much will the D8 Hybrid cost? 

TerraMaster D8 Hybrid launch render
TerraMaster D8 Hybrid launch render. (Source: TerraMaster)

TerraMaster has confirmed a price of $299 for the MSRP. If you’re eager to get hold of one at launch, the company is selling the D8 Hybrid to early birds for $199 during the Kickstarter campaign. No word on availability just yet but we do know the Kickstarter campaign comes to an end on June 24, 2024.

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