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Drobo 5D

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Product Highlights
  • Highly Desktop Scalable Storage Array
  • 2 x Thunderbolt / 1 x USB 3.0
  • Holds 5 x 3.5' SATA HDDs (not included)
  • Holds 1 x mSATA SSD (not included)
  • Hot Swappable Drives
  • Battery Backed Memory
  • Any Drive/Manufacturer/Speed/Spindle

If you haven't heard of the Drobo, you're probably not being as productive as you could be. The Drobo 5D is one of the easiest to use, simplest to maintain, and most effective enclosure bays in its field of data storage. The Drobo 5D offers room for up to five 3.5" SATA I/II/III drives and one mSATA solid state drive (drives sold separately). It handles drives from any manufacturer, at any capacity, spindle speed, and cache. You can add drives on the go - hot-swapping drives is not a problem for the Drobo 5D.

But what puts this unit ahead in the storage game are the dual Thunderbolt ports (Thunderbolt cable sold separately). We've talked about Thunderbolt before - it's 25 x faster than USB 2.0 - and its data transfer rates almost approach warp speed, but more importantly, for disk arrays of this size, it reliably and safely transfers big-project data across multiple disks. Imagine having to put a crucial 200GB file on a USB 2.0 drive, as you're late for an important meeting and running out the door. You'll be delayed for ten minutes or more, trust us. The same crucial information on a Thunderbolt attached drive - 20 seconds.

You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. With six Drobo 5D arrays in a chain, you can have up to 96 TB of usable capacity. And, the bi-directional 10 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.

But Thunderbolt isn't the only option. The Drobo 5D also sports USB 3.0 connections, which is still 12 x above the transfer rates for USB 2.0. This interface allows PC users to utilize the power of the Drobo 5D right out of the box.

The Drobo 5D also uses their proprietary Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, but also available in this desktop Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere and Apple Aperture fast access to data. If you want a total, all-out speed/storage solution, you could load all the bays with solid state drives. Minimal seek time, no drive spinning - pure zoom.

And the Drobo 5D is built on the BeyondRAID technology, which features single- or dual-drive redundancy. This added layer of protection will create mirrors of one drive so that you'll always have a backup. Paired with the ability to hot-swap drives, this conceivably allows you to formulate a game plan on the fly in the case of a drive failure or power outage.

Speaking of power outages, the Drobo 5D also includes a battery backup for all data in memory or cache, - anything on its way to the drives, in other words.

The design of the unit has you in mind as well -it's sleek, sturdy, and has a carrierless drive-bay design so that hard drives fit closer to each other, and the unit houses a significantly quieter variable-speed cooling fan.

The Drobo 5D is the perfect choice for content managers or data archivists that need speed and performance and room in one easy-to-use desktop enclosure.

BeyondRAID Technology
BeyondRaid Technology features single- or dual-drive redundancy. This added layer of protection will create mirrors of one drive so that you'll always have a backup.
Data Aware Tiering
Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this portable Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere and Apple Aperture fast access to data.
Thunderbolt and USB 3.0
Drobo Mini is equipped with dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. This allows even the most portable laptop computers access to high-performance storage while retaining connectivity to other devices and an external monitor. Drobo is the only storage array that offers Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. This latest USB also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatibility with computers running compatible versions of Mac OS X or Windows.
Power and Critical Data
Drobo doesn't just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Drobo Mini includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives. When power spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to nonvolatile storage. The battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.
Quiet
Drobo 5D is also significantly quieter than previous-generation Drobos due to its tuned, large, variable-speed cooling fan. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they're not in use to further reduce noise and save energy.
Interface Thunderbolt / USB 3.0
Drive Types Supported SATA I/II/II, mSATA
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion
Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion
Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
Power Requirements AC Input - 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
DC Output - 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
Dimensions (WxHxD) Width: 7.3 in x 5.9 x 10.3" / 150.3 x 185.4 x 262.3 mm
Weight 8.5 lb / 3.86 kg (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)
Drobo 5D
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • 6' power cord with power supply
  • Quick Start Card
  • Limited 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Drobo 5D
     
    4.4

    (based on 125 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (77)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (7)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (75)
    • Easy to use (65)
    • Fast (61)
    • Highly compatible (42)
    • Compact (38)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (5)
    • Slow (4)

    Best Uses

    • High volume (52)
    • Home (48)
    • Sensitive materials (26)
    • Multimedia (23)
    • Small networks (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (71), Heavy duty user (20), Frequent user (13), Casual user (11)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (53), Personal (28)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (72), PC (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good But Sow

    ASUS G75VW, Win 7, USB 3.0, DROBO mirrored mode (RAID 6???}, with 5 2TB Seagate Barracuda drives, 256GB Crucial M4 MSATA installed.
    Real World: Sustained sequential large file...Read complete review

    ASUS G75VW, Win 7, USB 3.0, DROBO mirrored mode (RAID 6???}, with 5 2TB Seagate Barracuda drives, 256GB Crucial M4 MSATA installed.
    Real World: Sustained sequential large file transfers ~50GB
    Write ~ 61MBs
    Read ~ 101MBs
    Doesn't effectively use the full capacity of the MSATA drive. Good performance boost for about the first 1-1.5GB.
    Very slow in this mode. About 15-18MBs faster in standard mode (RAID 5???)
    Let's hope it's as reliable as they say it is.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Unimpressive performance; Easy to use

    I use the Drobo 5D every day at work. I've had it for about 6 months now. I've used it on several different computers with various configurations.

    To be brief:...Read complete review

    I use the Drobo 5D every day at work. I've had it for about 6 months now. I've used it on several different computers with various configurations.

    To be brief: This is not a solution for professional grade video editing nor is it likely to increase your productivity as a professional photographer if you're already using good quality external hard drives.

    I've upgraded the Drobo with the recommended 64GB mSATA SSD ("Accelerator" for "hot cache" as Drobo calls it), have 5 drives in the system, and connect via Thunderbolt. Real world performance gets you an average speed of ~60MB/s. Best case scenario is transferring a single large file (zip, mov, etc) and that runs an average of ~100MB/s if you're lucky.

    Priorities for this product are ease of use, data security, and expandability. To get all that you sacrifice performance. Had I known this going in I would have purchased a different product.

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    5.0

    Easy to use!

    By G Rock

    from San Diego

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Manage
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Photo Business
      • Small Networks

      Comments about Drobo 5D:

      LOVE this RAID. So easy to set up, reliable, and great design. Very satisfied!

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      3.0

      Flawed easy to use big storage

      By Ulcerdoc

      from New Hope, PA

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast

      Cons

      • Insecure

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Small Networks

      Comments about Drobo 5D:

      I use this to back up an extensive photo library. Easy to use and install but lots of quirks in software. It doesn't go online to update itself - and didn't come with latest firmware. It won't completely shut down on power off and has moments when it goes to sleep and can't be recognized by windows 8 usually necessitating a reboot. Many of these issues persist from the Drobo S. The D is faster but has the same issues - and they wil no longer support the S end of 2014. Customer service is so so. Buy with your eyes wide open.

      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      Great Value for Size

      By PostSupervisorCanada

      from Toronto, Canada

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Manage
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High Volume
        • Sensitive Materials

        Comments about Drobo 5D:

        I use this product in a professional work environment.
        Storing TBs of digital media for a television series.

        The setup and flexibility of the Drobo 5D is worth every penny.
        Upgrading from 3TB to 4TB drives was a simple as it gets.

        With the Thunderbolt access it is more then fast enough to keep up with the demands of my editors... and I do not even use the SSD memory cache feature.

        If you are looking for large storage capacity with high speed access and expansion flexibility, then you are looking at the right hardware.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Fantastic backup! BUY IT

        By Harry

        from Pennsylvania

        Comments about Drobo 5D:

        I cannot say enough good things about the Drobo 5D that i have now running for 3 weeks! It is everything they said it was and then some! It Works! It is fast with the MSATA SSD drive along with my five 3GB drives. I backup my complete Lightroom/Photoshop photo work. I was so glad to see something so well explained and with a bullet proof setup. Highly recommed it to all!

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        2.0

        Not what I expected

        By Mark Bogart

        from Aliso Viejo, CA

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Complicated To Set Up
          • Slow

          Best Uses

            Comments about Drobo 5D:

            I have been disappointed in the Drobo.
            We had a tough time just getting it to work after putting our existing drives into it.

            After we finally got it working it turns out that it does not handle large files very well. It got REALLY slow with files over a GB, which is what we bought it for.

            By the time we realized the problem it was too late to return it. Will not buy another.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            4.0

            so far so good

            By JG

            from Hartford, CT

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            Pros

            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High Volume

              Comments about Drobo 5D:

              Much faster and more reliable than the old Drobo, the "network appliance". large data storage needs a robust computer to manage the processes, so I'd recommend the Drobo 5D, as it is made to hang off a fast Mac.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              4.0

              Works well once booted, but has issues

              By Jim

              from Cary, NC

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Data Protection
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast Enough For Video

              Cons

              • Issues Booting

              Best Uses

              • Backups
              • Video editing

              Comments about Drobo 5D:

              I like the Drobo concept, and expecially with the mSATA SSD card installed, the performance is good. I can do a four-camera multi-cam edit with the source media on the Drobo without a problem. However, it's very picky on the USB card that it'll work with, and soime brands are not supported. On my editing computer, I have to boot the drobo with the USB cable disconnected and the connect it after it's booted for the PC to recognize it (or have it booted or in standby mode when my PC boots). It had similar issues with my Lenovo W530 laptop, but then Lenovo issued new USB3 drivers and it boots fine with it now.
              Once it's up, it works great. It's jsut the boot process that's an issue. It's speed also depends on the USB card it's attached to -- performance was poor when connected ot the native USB3 port on my motherboard.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Loving my 2nd drobo

              By Jan the Creative Professional

              from Chicago, IL

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Manage
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast

              Cons

              • Limited Compatibility

              Best Uses

              • Creative Professionals
              • High Volume
              • Home
              • Raid For Dummies
              • Small Business
              • Small Networks

              Comments about Drobo 5D:

              I use the drobo 5D to back up my professional photography and design work. Having upgraded from a drobo S, I am well acquainted with the expandability of the drobo capacity. If you are not IT-savvy enough to create a RAID back-up server and if you do not have your own IT department, drobo to the rescue! It's hot-swappable drives and its management software interface are fairly intuitive for the non-IT professional who simply wants to rest assured their data is safe. My drobo S experienced 3 hard drive failures (out of 5) and all of my client data was still safe. That was the single most important reason why I choose to upgrade to the 5D. Word to the wise, keep a couple of spare hard drives on the shelf so you can swap out a bad drive or two seamlessly when the 5D tells you to do so.The 5D has one feature that I cannot wait to explore. It has a hidden compartment (accessible from the bottom) that can hold an internal SSD accelerator card for blazing fast seek times. I list the Crucial mSATA SSD below that I'm planning to buy from my unit very soon.I would have given a 5-star rating to the 5D unit had the kept the FireWire 800 and/or the eSATA compatibility alive. Instead, the 5D uses only Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. My older MacPro does not have either, so I had to purchase and install a USB 3.0 PCIe card to get the full functionality of the 5D. Other than that, it's been great!

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              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Works like a champ

              By Jamul Photo

              from San Diego

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Manage
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • High Volume
                • Home

                Comments about Drobo 5D:

                Arrived the day before a major computer hard drive crash.
                Quick access to files with the Thunderbolt connection.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Fast... Lightning fast

                By Reskiebak

                from Mexico

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High Volume
                  • Home
                  • Photography

                  Comments about Drobo 5D:

                  I bought an ssd for the accelerator bay and a thunderbolt connection. I use this drobo to replace my second generation drobo.

                  It is amazingly fast, a lot more than what I was used to with the other drobo.

                  The Drobo migration was painless, I just shutdown the drobos and moved the disk pack. As soon as it went on, the data was there.

                  As always excellent service from B&H!!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  1.0

                  Drobo 5D may = door stop

                  By Ferenc

                  from Robbinsville, NJ

                  About Me Power user

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                  • Insecure

                  Best Uses

                  • High Volume

                  Comments about Drobo 5D:

                  My experience with the Drobo 5D (with 5 x 4tb) has been satisfactory until early May of 2014. Since July of 2013 the 5D was connected to a MP 2010. In May of this year the 5D updated its self to new firmware. After the update, the 5D went into a continuous re-booting of the computer. I tried different startup combination but no avail. At this point the 5D has used about 1/3 of its net capacity. 16TB net capacity while the rest was earmarked for redundancy. I have been in communication with the Drobo technical support staff since early May and after many suggestions on the fix, too long to list, I am still with a very expensive door stop. I was even able to exchange the 5D but the problem continues and the 5D keeps rebooting the computer and itself. The 5D will start normally when not connected to the computer. All 5 lights are green indicating that the drives are good to go and the blue lights (indicating capacity usage) are about 1/3 lite. As soon as I plug it to the computer (either to the 3.0 USB or to the Thunderbolt port) the computer re-boots itself with the 5D.
                  Thru one of the diagnostic file I generated, the tech support said that I may a problem with the bottom drive. I purchased a new 4TB drive, same brand same capacity and followed the instruction to clone the old drive onto the new one.
                  Feeling hopeful, I inserted the new cloned drive, crossed my finger and tuned the power on to the 5D. My hopes were quickly dashed when the computer started to re-boot. The tech support sent me more new instructions, followed them to the letter but the re-booting keeps on going.
                  I am waiting for further instructions from the Drobo tech support.
                  Be cautiously aware that once the drives have been initialized by the Drobo machine the drives can no longer be accessible via 3rd party software for re-capturing any data.
                  It does give me pause if I ever made the right choice… I would like to think that I did and I am still hoping that tech support will come thru. I even purchased and extended DroboCare for continued support. Good money after bad I hope not.
                  I am given them a 1 star for now and I will update the rating once my 5D is back in working condition.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Huge storage with fast R/RW

                  By VOD squad

                  from Washington, DC

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Manage
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High Volume

                    Comments about Drobo 5D:

                    Lets start with the only setback for this product, it has a rather large and bulky power adapter. Once this product is set up and you've done some cord managment you'll have roughly 18TB of storage space with the 5 4TB drives. It's very fast with USB 3.0 and has no problem with multiple, large, and overnight transfers.

                    Works well with the new Mac Pro (trash can), and the software from Drobo is easy to install/use.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    2.0

                    BEWARE IF YOU HAVE A DEFECTIVE UNIT

                    By sbaja

                    from Swoyersville, Pa.

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Manage
                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Photo backup
                      • Video Backup

                      Comments about Drobo 5D:

                      Since the first of the year 2014 I have purchased 2 Drobo 5Ds and a Drobo 5N. Over the years I have purchased a first generation Drobo, Drobo FS abd Drobo S. I have not had a complaint about any Drobo product, until my second 5D. I have one 5D on my Mac Mini and one on my new Mac Pro using thunderbolt.The 5D connected to my Pro is a bit weird. The 5D does not always mount from standby, after starting the Mac. I have swithced the unit to the Mac Mini and still have the same problem. I also moved the other 5D to the Mac Pro and did not have any problems.I have sent many Dashboard Diagnostics to Drobo tech support. They keep telling me that the "Developement" team can not find any problem. There obviously is a problem. This problem has been investigated for 2 months. I would think that Drobo would have done an rma a while ago. My support advisor supposedly was going to ask for an rma to be initiated. All that happened was another email requesting more diagnostics files from Drobo Dashboard, while Dashboard could not find a connected Drobo. If Dashboard can not see the unit, Dashboard can not do a diagnostic file. I will gladly admit that I have had no problems with any of the other 5 Drobo units I own. However, if this is how Drobo handles defective products, I probably should think about an alternative solution. Judging from the support I have received, I would no longer recommend Drobo.

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                      • Mac

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                      4.0

                      Great Product

                      By Shriyan

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Manage
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Sensitive Materials

                        Comments about Drobo 5D:

                        Easy to install and works very well.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        1.0

                        Warranty is not honored by company

                        By Bruce Arnold

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High Volume

                            Comments about Drobo 5D:

                            This unit is used to store all information for our company. It worked flawlessly for almost a 1/2 year. The unit failed two weeks ago and I've spend at least an hour a day on the phone with tech support with no resolution. They seem unwilling to supply me with a replacement unit even though the product is under warranty. They said someone by the name of Mike Siato would get back to me 3 days ago. They have even told him that our company is completely shutdown because of this problem but still no response. Highly recommend you get another backup system because customer service and replacement doesn't seem to be in their business plan. I've filed a complaint with the BBB of San Jose Calif.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Works a treat with Thunderbolt

                            By Gary

                            from MA

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Fast

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Drobo 5D:

                                When i first got the Drobo i used it with the USB 3 cable. For some reason it kept ejecting itself (on a mac) while i was working on projects. I switched to using a thunderbolt cable and havent had the problem since. Other than that havent had any problems and the 5D is essential to my storage of video projects.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Love it !

                                By Gunztone

                                from Iceland

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Manage
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Sensitive Materials
                                • Small Networks

                                Comments about Drobo 5D:

                                I have had Drobo 1st ten for some time now and it has never failed... This 5D version with thunderbolt is simply amazing.. I love it. Easy to set up, and for the first time I trust that it will really take care of my files.. And the speed is just fantastic, and now I can work straight from the Drobo 5D.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                5.0

                                Bigger! Faster!

                                By Lightroom Eric

                                from Seattle, WA

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Manage
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast

                                Cons

                                • Not All Usb3 Will Work

                                Best Uses

                                • High Volume
                                • Home

                                Comments about Drobo 5D:

                                I purchased a Drobo 5D, 5x4TB, USB3 kit to provide more capacity Time Machine backups than my old, 2nd Generation Drobo 4x2TB Firewire 800. One I got the right USB3 card for my Mac Pro (check with Drobo for a list of compatible USB3 cards) the setup was easy. My first Time Machine back of 3.26TB took less than 24 hour versus over five days for my old 2nd Generation Drobo 4x2TB Firewire 800.

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                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                3.0 speed with Drobo 5D

                                By Ed

                                from Mesa, Arizona

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Manage
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Highly Compatible

                                Cons

                                • Slow

                                Best Uses

                                • High Volume
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                                Comments about Drobo 5D:

                                I bought the Drobo 5D (my 1st Drobo) specifically for a 3rd, very large back –up storage device. I shoot a ton of 14 Bit RAW files with my Nikon D4, and was looking for a safe, large storage area for quick reviews of past events / shoots. I have to say it set up with ease within 10 minutes after I slowly read the directions. It was very simple. I am currently using a Windows 7 based computer tower with a Formula V ASUS Motherboard, 32 gigs of Coirsair Dominator Ram (2400 mhz), with a AMD 4.0-4.2 Turbo CPU, with a Noctua NH-D14 cooler, two / 3 gig DDR5 EVGA Graphics Cards with SLI, with a 1300 Watt Power Source, and Two Blue Rays. Updates to the Drobo 5D firmware and Dashboard occurred within 30 seconds. I initially put in two 4TB WD Reds, and had just under 4tb's of storage. I later added another 2TB Red and now have about just under 6TB's of storage with one disk safe mode. The initial transfer speed, coping over roughly 4TB's of data via USB 3.0, took about six hours. I had an original spike of 80 mb's per sec, as it sustained around 40mb's per sec. I then installed the Crucial M550 mSata (256 gig) which gives write and reads of 500mb's per sec. It slowed down the Drobo 5D transfer to about 6 mb's per sec, even on only 2-3 gig folders. This was tragic. I called Drobo support and they had no clue. Of course, the four recommended mSata's on their web site, one of which was a Crucial M500, which had 500 read with 150 write. I thought for an extra $40.00, I spent $160.00 on the mSata with better write speeds, but it just slowed it down. I returned the M550 to B&H with no problems. I am hesitate to purchase any other of the four mSata's on the Drobo web site in fear they might work like the Crucial did, and slow down the system. Drobo Support had no real answers, nor did the sales department know anyone who was successfully using a mSata card via USB 3.0 with faster transfer speeds. They did not believe the mSata only sped up the Drobo using a Thunderbolt, as it should have sped up the USB 3.0 as well. PLEASE, if anyone is using a Windows computer with the Drobo 5D, and has a mSata card in it with it writing more than 40mb's per second, hopefully around 80-100mb's per sec, PLEASE let me know the name brand and gig of the mSata so I can get one. Other than the mSata issue, the Drobo is working great over the last week or so. I accidentally copied a fold from the Drobo back to a drive on my tower and wow, it had a spike of 1.2 gigs, which lowered to about 400mb's sustained on a 5 gig folder of 14 Bit RAW files. The transfer from the Drobo back to a hard drive (7200 rpm / 3TB / Seagates, was great. Too bad I couldn't even get a sustained 100mb's per sec going to the Drobo. As long as I know the DRobo 5D writes slowly, I start by 3rd back-up to it as soon as my 2nd back up on my computer is completed. By the time the Drobo back-up is completed, I'm usually done with reviewing my files through CS6 / Bridge. Also, once I shut down my computer, the Drobo 5D only takes about 10 seconds to light up yellow in the case indicating you can safely shut it down completely via the power button on the back. I do not leave it on over night as some do. It also has a small BUZZ noise you can hear, but it is not so great where you can hear it when your tower is on. Besides the mSata debate, I would recommend this to a friend for a 2nd or 3rd back-up, knowing of course the transfer speed to it will take a bit depending on the file size. Respectfully, Ed

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                                5.0

                                Plug in the Drives and Go!

                                By Mark

                                from Texas

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                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Manage
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • High Volume
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                                • Media Server Storage

                                Comments about Drobo 5D:

                                I am using this with a MAC Mini and Plex software for a media server. It could not be easier to set up. The Drobo, Mini, and Plex all play together beautifully.

                                So happy with the Drobo technology I even bought a Drobo Mini for my daughter's laptop. She does a lot of video productions and needed a lot of external portable, secure, and fail-safe storage.

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