Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

Drobo 5D3 30TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure Kit with WD NAS Drives (5 x 6TB)

Drobo 5D3 30TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure Kit with WD NAS Drives (5 x 6TB)

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Product Highlights

  • 30TB Storage Capacity
  • 5 x 6TB 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" HDDs
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C Port
  • mSATA SSD Slot
  • BeyondRAID Technology
  • Rechargeable Battery Helps Protect Data
  • Daisy-Chain up to Six Devices
  • Supports One 5K or Two 4K Displays
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
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  • 1Description

This B&H Kit combines the Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure with five WD 6TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" internal NAS hard drives, for a total storage capacity of 30TB.

  • Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

    Designed for media professionals, content creators, and small businesses running Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Lightroom, and other I/O intensive applications, or even those who just need to back up terabytes of data, the 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure from Drobo is equipped with five 3.5" SATA drive bays that support SATA III 6 Gb/s and SATA II 3 Gb/s drives. The 5D3 distinguishes itself from the original Drobo 5D and 5Dt through the inclusion of Thunderbolt 3 technology, which is accessed through two integrated Thunderbolt 3 ports. While one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports is used to connect the 5D3 to your compatible system, the second one is used to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices together, including one 5K display or two 4K displays. The Thunderbolt 3 ports also provide 15W of charging power for Thunderbolt 3 laptops, and there is also one USB 3.0 Type-C port, which transfers data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s. Please be aware that the 5D3's Thunderbolt 3 ports are only compatible with Mac, while the USB 3.0 Type-C port can be used with both Windows and Mac. Mac support includes APFS/macOS High Sierra.

    To help complement the speeds of Thunderbolt 3, the 5D3 has been built with Drobo's Accelerator Bay, which uses an separately sold mSATA SSD to boost system performance. It accomplishes this by placing data that is read or written into SSD storage. When the data is active, it is stored in the SSD and will be moved back to the hard drive tier as its use decreases.

    To facilitate data protection, Drobo's BeyondRAID technology enables single or dual-drive redundancy. If there are any empty drive bays, BeyondRAID allows additional drives to be inserted into the array, where they would be automatically configured. If all drive bays are occupied, simply replace the smallest capacity drive with a larger one and BeyondRAID will handle the rest. BeyondRAID is also what allows drives of varying capacities to work in the same unit, which helps enable future expansion as larger drives become available.

    Additional data protection is provided by the included rechargeable battery, which helps protect data stored in the 5D3's cache. If there were to be a sudden power loss, the battery allows the Drobo to stay powered long enough for the cached data to be written to non-volatile storage. Cooling is provided by a 120mm variable-speed fan and once installed, the hard drives can be configured to spin down when they're not in use, helping to further reduce noise and energy. Also, the LEDs can be dimmed to reduce light pollution when working in sensitive environments. The Drobo 5D3 also includes a 3.3' Thunderbolt 3 cable and a 6.0' power cord with a power supply that operates using 100-240 VAC at 50-60 Hz. Protection is provided by a limited 2-year warranty.

    General Features

    Data Protection and Expandability
    Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, the Drobo 5D3 protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.

    Drives can be added or hot-swapped and updated in real time for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you're running low on space, the lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one. Consult the online capacity calculator to determine how the choice of drive size, number of drives, and protection levels affect available capacity.
    The Power of Thunderbolt 3 and Flexibility of USB Type-C
    Thunderbolt 3 technology provides performance that's twice as fast as the previous generation. This optimizes your performance when transferring large volumes of data.

    The Drobo 5D3 is equipped with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining on Mac only. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. The 5D3 supports one 5K monitor, two 4K monitors, and 15W of power for device charging. By having 5D3 arrays in a chain, you can have up to 300TB of usable capacity and achieve throughput by enabling the bi-directional 40 Gb/s performance of Thunderbolt 3. It is compatible with systems running supported versions of Mac OS X, including APFS/macOS High Sierra, as well as Windows, with Windows compatibility only available using the USB 3.0 Type-C port.
    Enhanced Time Machine Support
    Drobo is compatible with Apple's Time Machine, which will consume the capacity of an external storage system. By utilizing the Drobo Dashboard, you can simply allocate capacity limits for backups and data storage.
    Capacity and Performance
    The Drobo 5D3 includes a built-in Accelerator Bay, with an mSATA card holder (mSATA card not included). Their patented Accelerator Cache technology keeps a copy of your most frequently accessed data to deliver fast speeds. The accelerator cache can dramatically speed up loading large photo libraries and other I/O intensive operations, smoothing out workflows allowing you to optimize productivity for applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Lightroom.
    Power Protecting Your Critical Data
    Drobo doesn't just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Often found only in arrays that cost tens of thousands of dollars, the Drobo 5D3 includes a battery that protects all data in the memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives.

    During a sudden power loss, the internal battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage. The battery recharges itself and lasts for the life of the product.
    Drobo Dashboard
    Drobo Dashboard is the single tool used to centrally manage all of your Drobo devices. Drobo Dashboard displays status as if all of your Drobos were right in front of you with the same status lights and capacity gauge that are on the front panel. All administration tasks are a single click away.
    Designed for You
    Drobo devices have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5D3 is no exception. It is designed to provide high capacity, without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is compact because of Drobo's carrier-less drive bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other. Users can also dim the lights and configure drives to spin down when not in use. Included is a Thunderbolt 3 cable.
    UPC: 816604020302
  • 5 x WD 6TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD

    Designed with home and small office/business customers in mind, the 6TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD from WD is well-suited for NAS environments with up to eight 3.5" drive bays. Engineered to handle increased workloads, this 6TB drive operates using a SATA III 6 Gb/s interface, a 64MB cache, and a rotational speed of 5400 rpm, all of which help to ensure uninterrupted data transfers with a sustained rate of up to 175 MB/s. This drive also features high levels of reliability, with 600,000 load/unload cycles, <10 in 1014 non-recoverable read errors per bits read, error recovery controls, and 1,000,000 hours MTBF for 1-8 bay NAS systems. Also built into this drive are noise and vibration protection and WD's NASware 3.0 helps increase system compatibility, allowing WD Red drives to be more easily integrated with your existing network infrastructure.

    General Features

    Fill Your NAS with WD Red
    Built for 1 to 8-bay NAS systems, WD Red lets users store their data in one unit
    NASware 3.0 Technology
    Built into every WD Red hard drive, NASware 3.0's technology helps improves your system's storage performance by increasing compatibility, integration, upgradeability, and reliability
    Built for NAS Compatibility
    Desktop drives aren't purpose-built for NAS, but WD Red drives with NASware are. WD's technology helps takes the guesswork out of selecting a drive. WD Red is for small NAS systems and WD's algorithm balances performance and reliability in NAS and RAID environments
    Desktop Drives vs. WD Red
    Desktop hard drives are not designed for NAS environments. Do right by your NAS and choose a drive with an array of features to help preserve your data and maintain optimum performance. Take the following into consideration when choosing a hard drive for your NAS:
  • Compatibility: Without being tested for compatibility with your NAS system, improved performance is not guaranteed
  • Reliability: The always-on environment of a NAS or RAID is a hot one and desktop drives aren't typically tested in those conditions. WD Red is
  • Error Recovery Controls: WD Red NAS hard drives are specifically designed with RAID error recovery control to help reduce failures within the NAS system. Desktop drives are not typically designed for RAID environments where this can be an issue
  • Noise and Vibration Protection: Designed to operate solo, desktop drives offer little or no protection from the noise and vibration faced in a multi-drive system. WD Red drives are designed for multi-bay NAS systems
  • WD Red for Home
    Stream, backup, share, and organize your digital content at home with a NAS and WD Red drives designed to share content to the devices in your home. Red NASware helps increase your drives' compatibility with your devices, TV, stereo, and more
    WD Red for Small Business
    WD Red is a good hard drive choice for 1 to 8 bay systems. NASware 3.0 allows for integration with your existing network so WD Red can share and backup files at the speed of your business. For larger businesses with up to 16 bays, use WD Red Pro
    3D Active Balance Plus
    This helps ensure your data is protected from excessive vibration and noise in a NAS or RAID environment. This dual-plane balance control helps reduce the degradation of your drive over time
    Reliability
    Since your NAS system is always on, a reliable drive is essential. With an MTBF of up to 1 million hours, the WD Red drive with NASware 3.0 is designed for 24x7 environments
    Cooler Operations
    By reducing power consumption, the operating temperature of your NAS stays cooler. With a lower temperature in your system, you can create a more reliable solution for your NAS
    UPC: 718037827582
In the Box
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure
    Number of Bays 5 x 3.5"
    Connections 2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
    1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
    Compatible Drive Interface SATA III
    Form Factor Desktop
    Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
    Electrical
    Power Source AC Adapter
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 2 A
    DC Input Power 12 VDC at 10 A
    Power Consumption 120 W
    Security
    Encryption Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Security Features Kensington Security Slot
    Physical
    Cooling Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Status Monitoring Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.9 x 7.3 x 10.3" / 150.0 x 185.0 x 262.0 mm
    Weight 8.5 lb / 3.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.7 x 13.2 x 10.3"
  • 5 x WD 6TB Red 5400 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS HDD
    Storage
    Drive Capacity 6.0 TB
    Cache Memory 64 MB
    Pre-Format Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Performance
    Interface SATA III (6 Gb/s)
    Maximum Read Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Maximum Write Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Sequential Read Speed 175 MB/s
    Physical
    Drive Type HDD
    Form Factor 3.5"
    Noise Level 28.0 dB (Active)
    25.0 dB (Idle)
    HDD Specs
    Spindle Speed (RPM) 5400 RPM
    Reliability / Data Integrity
    Load/Unload Cycles 600,000
    Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 1.0 Million Hours
    Non-Recoverable Read Errors per Bits Read < 1 in 1014
    Electrical
    Power Draw 5.3 W (Active)
    3.4 W (Idle)
    0.4 W (Standby)
    Environmental
    Operating Shock 30 G / 2.0 ms
    Storage Shock 250 G / 2.0 ms
    Operating Temperature 32 to 149°F / 0 to 65°C
    Storage Temperature -40 to 158°F / -40 to 70°C
    General
    Certifications RoHS, as per Manufacturer
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.0 x 5.8 x 1.0" / 101.6 x 147.3 x 25.4 mm
    Weight 1.65 lb / 0.75 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 6.1 x 2.8"
5D3 30TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure Kit with WD NAS Drives (5 x 6TB) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great storage I purchased this DROBO 5D3 to consolidate my many terabytes of photographs which were spread over several hard drives. It comes very well packaged, I highly recommend getting the SSD drive and new NAS hard drives at the same time. While I have a fair amount of computer experience, you don't need it to set this up. There are two "technical" things you will have to do while setting it up. One is inserting the mSATA card in a slot on the bottom of the unit, which gives it a method of quick access memory while working on files and speeds the functionality. Inserting the card takes about 1 to 2 minutes at most. The 2nd technical thing is inserting your hard drives into the hard drive bays. No trays or other mounting hardware is needed. You simply slide a brand new hard drive into each bay you want to use, firmly seat it and that's it. Its recommended you use at least 3 drives, if you use 2 you can make a direct mirror on the second drive or if you use 3 then you can have some raid capability. I highly recommending using all 5 bays. The set up software is very simple, it asks you a few questions about how many hard drives you want to dedicate to backing up data (1 or 2) then it automatically builds a raid array. If the DROBO detects a drive problem it notifies you with its software and a yellow or red light comes on next to the problem drive. You replace the drive and the DROBO automatically rebuilds the array over a day or so. No data lost. I use mine as a working external hard drive array on a PC with a USB 3.0. The unit also has 2 ports for Apple products (which are faster than USB 3.0) This said, if you pull up a series of files like a large Lightroom catalogue it will take several seconds for it to load up but after the initial loading into the mSATA card and your computer, there is little to no delay. The DROBO versions with an "N" are for network storage. "D" is for direct storage to a computer, similar to an external hard drive. I purchased 6 of the WD Red NAS hard drives, keeping one in reserve in case of a drive failure. I have had my DROBO over a year now and it has operated flawlessly. Even though the raid provides backup capability, I still make an additional copy of my images on another 5 TB external hard drive.
Date published: 2018-02-07
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