The premier storage choice for creative audio/video professionals and multimedia enthusiasts around the globe, the PROMISE Pegasus2 can now deliver even faster performance with the new 20Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 technology, while assuring enterprise-class reliability and ease of use.
Incredible speed for creative workflows
The Pegasus2 is the fastest Thunderbolt 2 storage solution available, delivering raw power for audio/video/graphics amateurs and professionals alike to experience new capabilities with ease. Final Cut professionals can ingest, edit and play back multiple streams of ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 4444 as well as uncompressed HD 10-bit and 12-bit video, while protecting valuable workflows, audio sessions and other creative media content.
Simple, flexible and cost-effective backup solution for SOHO
Fast, safe and reliable external storage is essential when protecting your valuable files such as music, photos and videos. The hardware RAID capabilities of the Pegasus2 family protects all the memories that were meant to last a lifetime that could be impacted from single drive failures, while simultaneously providing data protection and high reliability. The Pegasus2 family provides fast performance for popular applications such as iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Photoshop and media centre applications. Back up your irreplaceable digital media, documents, and also your entire computer or workstation to Pegasus2 with Time Machine in OS X.
Easy to use, quiet and eco-smart
Pegasus2 systems are user friendly and come preconfigured straight out of the box — so you can just plug in and start using. Status, management tools and advanced settings can be accessed via the built-in Promise Utility. Engineered to be eco friendly and RoHS compliant, Pegasus2 is perfect for SOHO and SMB environments.
Enterprise-class RAID protection
Pegasus2 features enterprise-level RAID storage protection for your data, supporting a broad range of RAID levels as well as automatic error handling.
About Thunderbolt 2
Thunderbolt is a revolutionary I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices via one simple port and a cable that carries both DisplayPort and PCI Express data. And it’s standard on every Mac.
PCI Express is the technology that links all the high-performance components in a Mac. And it’s built into Thunderbolt, which means you can get PCI Express speed outside the box.
With Thunderbolt 2 now built into the new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina display, you can connect up to three 4K displays at once. Thunderbolt 2 gives you up to 20 Gbps in both directions, allowing for super-fast data transfer between peripherals. You also have enough bandwidth to daisy-chain multiple high-speed devices without using a hub or switch.
Thunderbolt also provides double the power of USB 3.0, delivering 10 watts to peripherals for improved performance on the go.
- Choice of raw capacities: Either 12TB (9.7TB configured RAID 5 and formatted with HFS+) or 18TB (14.7TB configured RAID 5 and formatted with HFS+)
- Advanced RAID engine, supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10
- Robust error handling provides superior data protection
- Reliable, rugged yet elegant enclosure, ultra-quiet design
- Two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chaining up to six Pegasus units, Apple Thunderbolt Displays or Mini DisplayPort devices
- Hot-swappable bays for effortless drive access and serviceability
- Built-in Promise Utility for systems management and advanced settings
- Backward compatible with 10Gb/s Thunderbolt hosts and devices
Did you notice?Pegasus2 systems come preconfigured straight out of the box — so you can just plug in and start using them.
Apple Recommends ForTake advantage of 20Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 performance for creative audio/video projects on your Mac Pro.
What's in the Box?
- PROMISE Pegasus2 R6 (12TB model has six 2TB 7200-rpm drives; 18TB model has six 3TB 7200-rpm drives)
- Thunderbolt cable
- Power cable
- Quick start guide
- Other Features: RAID support, Time Machine compatible
- Connections: Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 2
- Power: 78W max load (read and write); 55W idle mode
- Power Source: External power supply
- Height: 25.1 cm/9.88 in
- Width: 18.7 cm/7.36 in
- Weight: 8.9 kg/19.6 lb
- Length: 25 cm/9.84 in
- OS X v10.8.5 or later (OS X Mavericks ready)
- Available Thunderbolt port
- Mfr. Part Number: F40SR6R01100000
- UPC or EAN No.: 704118095995
Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products
- Note: Apple's One Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer - Please see your product box and literature for details. Rights under the product manufacturer's warranty are in addition, and not instead of, any rights that you have under consumer protection laws.
- Non-Apple Branded products / Third Party Products: Two years; extended warranty options are available. Please contact Promise for details.
Ratings & Reviews
Purchased one for testing and to help me decide whether or not to have more ordered for my students to use in my Final Cut Pro edi Purchased one for testing and to help me decide whether or not to have more ordered for my students to use in my Final Cut Pro editing lab.
So far, so good. Honestly, I'm very impressed with the ease of use and performance of this Pegasus2. …
- Written by Patrick L
29 of 31 people found this useful
so far so good
Bought one of these for home use: photos, movies, etc. As the doc says, it does need some time to get itself ready for use. The ma Bought one of these for home use: photos, movies, etc. As the doc says, it does need some time to get itself ready for use. The management program is on the storage itself and works fine. Called support once (to see if unit can be laid on it's side - the answer is yes, it can) and they responded quickly. …
- Written by Eric E from HICKORY
29 of 33 people found this useful
Fast & Quiet
Configured to RAID 50 on Mac Pro Late 2013.
-Mac Pro internal SSD speed of 975mb write/ 942mb read.
-Promise Pegasus2 RAID 5 Configured to RAID 50 on Mac Pro Late 2013.
-Mac Pro internal SSD speed of 975mb write/ 942mb read.
-Promise Pegasus2 RAID 50 730mb write / 659mb read.
Using Blackmagic Disk Speed Test utility.
No problems to speak of when using it with Final Cut Pro X with 2k video. …
- Written by Ara K from Los angeles
18 of 19 people found this useful
Good performer, but makes me nervous
I'm a long time user of Promise RAID systems. This is my first purchase of a Pegasus RAID, which isn't quite as full featured as t I'm a long time user of Promise RAID systems. This is my first purchase of a Pegasus RAID, which isn't quite as full featured as their server class equipment, but it saves a ton of money since it uses Thunderbolt and forgoes the need for an expensive fiber-channel card.
The one missing star is because this RAID only supports a very limited number of hard drives and those drives are fairly low-rated for reliability. For example, if you need to replace a 2TB drive, the only officially supported option is the Toshiba DT01ACA200. Check out the reviews on Newegg and you'll see why it makes me nervous.
The only other options would be a 3TB or 4TB Seagate drive (ST3000DM001 and ST4000DM000 respectively). The former is also poorly rated and the latter is a waste of money and capacity, considering it will only use 2TB when added to your existing level 5 RAID.
And what happens when these drives go EOL? Hopefully Promise will provide some more options, but this is an expensive purchase to base on hope.
Overall, performance has been pretty good, but it's hard to wholeheartedly recommend a RAID with such limited drive support. …
- Written by Adam A from Denver
1 of 2 people found this useful
Very bad start
The first Pegasus 2 arrived with a dead drive. Days and weeks of trying to deal with promise support from Taiwan was extremely pai The first Pegasus 2 arrived with a dead drive. Days and weeks of trying to deal with promise support from Taiwan was extremely painful. And their online support system is just mind boggling as another reviewer mentioned. Promise even logged on to my computer twice to try and resolve the dead drive despite me stating the obvious, its DEAD, and the Promise Utility says so too.
They initiated an RMA and said I had to cover costs to post it to an Australian address. I refused and called Apple who promptly replaced it. Now, a week later, I cannot initialise the system. 6 times i have tried. I cannot get it past 64% and that takes at leaf 10 hours to get to that point, then you have to start again once it stalls.. I have the system preferences keeping everything ON in Energy saver.
I read the Apple description with an angry chuckle...
"Pegasus2 systems are user friendly and come preconfigured straight out of the box — so you can just plug in and start using."
This is just a straight out lie.
If it ever works I am sure it will be great, nice and fast, but its infinitely slow right now and my anger grows by the day. …
- Written by Josh E from Galston
1 of 1 people found this useful
First one failed...
Ok... waited 12 weeks for this to arrive after receiving my Mac Pro... great anticipation... but then 2 dreaded red lights appeare Ok... waited 12 weeks for this to arrive after receiving my Mac Pro... great anticipation... but then 2 dreaded red lights appeared...2 failed drives. Didn't even get to use it...they failed during the auto setup phase. Tried finding local (Aus) Promise support...no good. Then figured I should just call Apple. Glad I did.
2 Days later the courier arrived with my new unit...and took the old one away.
This one did the auto setup thing for about 6 hours...and 6 blue lights later I'm using it to cut a documentary.
So zero stars for the first unit... 5 for the second... average of 3 stars.
As long as this one keep working I'll be happy... …
- Written by Mark-John W from Aberfoyle Park
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
If the Pegasus itself dies, can the (hopefully good) drives be plopped into another Pegasus and work from where they left off?
- Asked by Dimitri B from Los Angeles
That depends on the nature of the failure. I suspect if the Pegasus unit fails, you are in serious That depends on the nature of the failure. I suspect if the Pegasus unit fails, you are in serious trouble, and should NOT depend on the internal drives. Numerous read / write errors, RAID integrity, or other anomalies one would expect with a controller failure would likely be present.
I backup my Pegasus using Carbon Copy Cloner with Incremental backups nightly to a Big USB Drive for this reason. …
- Answered by Fred F from Overland Park
Can two MacBook Pros with Retina Display access / work with the stored content at the same time?
- Asked by Paul P from Ottawa
You can't direct connect two MacBook Pros to the same thunderbolt drive. However, you can have one M You can't direct connect two MacBook Pros to the same thunderbolt drive. However, you can have one MacBook Pro share the Pegasus2 data with the 2nd MacBook Pro over ethernet. The first MacBook Pro would act as a file server and provide a share point that many computers can access. …
- Answered by Joseph A from Deerfield Beach
Apple Support Says to never put FCP libraries on a RAID. So, why do these drives come that way and say they support FCP?
- Asked by Joseph F from Citrus Heights
Can this be configured by Apple as Raid 6?
- Asked by Fred F from Overland Park
Simple. The answer is yes, and it would be under a different partition on the same drive. The same Simple. The answer is yes, and it would be under a different partition on the same drive. The same way bootcamp works when you use the bootcamp assistant to partition the drive on a macbook air or pro or iMac or any other mac. Separate partition.... Only difference in this case is the fact that it's a "RAID array", which is technically multiple hard drives that "look" like one large one. So you're not necessarily creating a different partition "in the same drive" as you phrased it, theoretically, the partition that you create may be on a different drive... I'd imagine you'd want it to be frankly, so if an important system disk does go down and you have to replace it, preferable not to lose both operating systems and have to wait on the RAID rebuild (which they do a good job of on their own... you shouldn't lose any data if you use a smart RAID strategy (like RAID 5 that both maximizes storage space while insuring redundancy)
hope that helps and I'm not misunderstanding your question or simply stating the blatantly obvious... If so, I apologize in advance. Have a blessed day! …
- Answered by Bernard G from San Jose
Can this be configured as JBOD? (6 individual volumes without raid).
- Asked by James G from West Chester
(Source: I tried it already)
- Answered by Patrick L