Drobo 5D 6TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt Array (3 x 2TB)

Drobo 5D 6TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt Array (3 x 2TB)

Drobo 5D 6TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt Array (3 x 2TB)

Drobo 5D 6TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt Array (3 x 2TB)

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  • 6TB Storage Capacity
  • 3 x 2TB Hard Drives
  • 2 x Thunderbolt & 1 x USB 3.0 Port
  • Holds 1 x mSATA SSD (not included)
  • Hot-Swappable Drives
  • Battery Backed Memory
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Drobo DRDR5A21-6TB overview

  • 1Description

The 5D 6TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt Array is equipped with 3 x 2TB hard drives for an overall capacity of 6TB and offers room for up to five 3.5" SATA I/II/III drives and one mSATA solid state drive. 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.

The Drobo is also equpped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. 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 but the same information via a Thunderbolt 2 attached drive can take as little as 20 seconds.

You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. The bi-directional 10 Gb/s 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 times 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 proprietary Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions. It uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere fast access to data. If you want a total, all-out speed/storage solution, you could load all the bays with solid state drives that are faster than spinning-based drives.

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. The Drobo 5D also includes a battery backup for all data in memory or cache.

The design of the unit has you in mind as well-it's sleek, sturdy, and has a carrier-less 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.

General Features

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 intelligently uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere fast access to data.
Thunderbolt and USB 3.0
Drobo's 5D 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. It 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.
The 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.
UPC: 851916004169
In the Box
Drobo 5D 6TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt Array (3 x 2TB)
  • USB 3.0 Cable (6.0')
  • Power Cord with Power Supply (6.0')
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Drobo DRDR5A21-6TB specs

    Capacity 6 TB (3 x 2 TB)
    Interface 2 x Thunderbolt (Mac only)
    1 x USB 3.0
    Drive Types Supported SATA III, SATA II, and SATA I
    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.11 or higher
    Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit)
    Windows 8/8.1 (32 and 64 bit)
    Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)
    File System Options Mac OS X: HFS+
    Windows: NTFS
    Power Requirements AC Input - 100 to 240 VAC~2 A, 50 to 60 Hz
    DC Output - 12 V, 12.5 A, 150 W max
    Dimensions 7.3 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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 19.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.5 x 14.5 x 13.5"

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