4 BAY Thunderbolt & USB 3.0 RAID TOWER

Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 -to- 6G SATA


Introducing the compact and whisper quiet Areca ARC-5026 designed with powerful and versatile connectivity through either Ultra Fast Thunderbolt or SuperSpeed USB 3.0 allowing you to move data without limits and delivering outstanding performance, high storage capacity and fail-safe operation. Ingest, edit, archive and playback multiple steams of uncompressed 8bit and 10 bit HD video with relative ease and lightning fast responsiveness.  Supports up to 4TB SATA drives in each hot-swap drive bay, giving you up to 32TB of raw storage making the ARC-5026 the  best in class compact Thunderbolt Hardware RAID solution around.



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Thunderbolt Connectivity


A revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-performance data devices and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. It sets new standards for speed, flexibility and simplicity. Thunderbolt gives you two channels on the same connector with 10Gbps of throughput in both directions, so you can move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than with Firewire 800.

With Thunderbolt technology, you finally have a way to get the same high performance storage to your laptop or just as likely to build a professional video setup around the latest Thunderbolt technology.


Drive Trays

  • Rotational vibration dampening design for reducing vibration between drives and help keep drives running at peak performance.

  • Individual LED lights for Power, Activity and Failure for instant status of each drive. 

  • Supports 3.5inch and 2.5inch HDD or SSD without the need for any special adapters


LAN Port 


The ARC-5026 RAID storage has a browser-based RAID manager embedded in the firmware and can be accessed through the dedicated ethernet port for remote management and configuration as well as . This can be used as an alternative way to manage or configure the RAID storage instead of using or installing the Areca MRAID utility.




  • 933Mhz I/O Processor

  • 1GB on Board DDR3 SDRAM with ECC Proctection

  • Dual Thunderbolt Ports + Single USB 3.0 Port

  • Battery Backup Module Ready (optional)

Built-In RAID Controller

  • Supports RAID level 0, 1, 1E, 3, 5, 6, 10, 30, 50, 60, Single Disk or JBOD

  • Multiple RAID selection

  • Online array roaming

  • Online RAID level/stripe size migration

  • Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously

  • Online Volume set growth

  • Support global hot spare and local hot spare

  • Instant availability and background initialization

  • Automatic drive insertion / removal detection and rebuilding

  • Disk scrubbing / array verify scheduling for automatic repair of all configured RAID sets

  • Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend service life

  • Support NTP protocol to synchronize RAID controller clock over the on-board LAN port

Drive Support

  • Up to 8x 3.5" and 2.5" 6Gb/s SATA HDD or SSD (3Gb/s backwards compatible)

  • Up to 4TB SATA Drives in each drive bay

  • Hot swappable drive trays

Host Connection

  • Two Thuderbolt Ports - 10Gb/s per Channel

    • Simultaneous bi-directional, 10Gb/s transfers over a single cable

    • Dual-Protocol support (PCI Express and Display Port)

    • Compatible with existing Display Port devices

    • Daisy-Chain Support

  • One USB 3.0 Port - 5Gbps (Backwards compatible to USB 2.0)



RAID Management

  • Field-upgradeable firmware in flash ROM

  • Firmware-embedded RAID manager via web browser based MRAID storage manager or LCD

  • 10/100 LAN port for out of band Firmware-embedded browser based RAID manager, SMTP manager, SNMP agent and Telnet function

  • API library for customer to combine GUI with its own monitor utility

  • Command line Interface

Monitors / Notification

  • Environment and drive failure indication through LCD, LED and alarm buzzer

  • Keep silent and adequate air flow and cooling by intelligent variable speed cooling fan

  • Enclosure management ready

Operating System

Dimensions & Weight

  • 6.5 (w) x 9.1 (h) x 4.8 (d) inches

  • 8 lbs - without drives

  • ~20 lbs - with drives


  • 3 Year Manufacture Warranty








ARC-5026-16TB (4x 4TB) - Single Volume - RAID 5

AJA System Test / 1920x1080 10-bit RGB / 4GB File Size

Macbook Pro / OSX 10.8.2



  • ARC-5026 -  - Diskless - $899
  • ARC-5026-16TB - 16TB Solution - $2299
  • ARC-5026-24TB - 24TB Solution - $2899
  • ARC-5026-32TB - 32TB Solution 7200RPM HDDs - $3599







*Raw capacity shown. Actual capacity will vary depending on RAID level, formatting, partition, computer's operating system and other factors.










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