Drobo 5D3 10TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (5 x 2TB)

Drobo 5D3 10TB 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 RAID Array (5 x 2TB)
Key Features
  • 5 x 2TB 3.5" Hard Drives
  • 5 x 3.5" SATA III Drive Bays
  • Thunderbolt 3 & USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1
  • Supports Drobo BeyondRAID
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Expected availability: 2-4 weeks
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  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.
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What are the 3 HDD drives included in this ...

What are the 3 HDD drives included in this package?
Asked by: Stephen
This is not something that is published by the manufacturer as it can change at any point. If you are wanting specific drives it would be best to buy the Drobo 5d3 without drives and add on the drives you would like. Drobo 5d3 with out drives : https://bhpho.to/2sQsYVB
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2019-06-03

If the unit has 5 bays then why does every ...

If the unit has 5 bays then why does every configuration come with only 4 drives?
Asked by: Jordan
The 5th bay is for a cache drive, in the case of RAID mirroring, it is optional for RAID use and speed. For JBOD use, a 5th drive can be installed there for extra capacity.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2019-06-25


Why does this cost more than if you got the 5D3 enclosure and then bought the Seagate Iron Wolf 6 TB drives separately?
Asked by: Jeremy
We have available and in stock, the enclosure and drives, and we are able to price them accordingly. This specific item is a special order from Drobo directly and the pricing is more controlled.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I just received my 5D3. I already have a 5D (previous generation, Thunderbolt 2), connected to an older MacBook (also Thunderbolt 2). The 5D3 only has Thunderbolt 3 inputs, and comes with a Thunderbolt 3 cable, which I cant use. What do I need to fit the 5D3 in with my 5D and MacBook? Is there a cable that is Thunderbolt 3 on one end and Thunderbolt 2 on the other? And, does it matter which Drobo is first in the chain? Thanks!
Asked by: Glenn G.
In order to make this work, you would need to use the Apple Thunderbolt 3 Male to Thunderbolt 2 Female Adapter. It is bi-directional and will work when daisy chaining drives as long as you are running at least OSX 10.12.13. The adapter should be used with the first drive in the chain.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Can i get this with larger drives? would prefer ...

Can i get this with larger drives? would prefer to have 5 8t
Asked by: Williard
You can purchase the unit separately and choose any hard drives of your choice to install.
Answered by: Gregorio M.
Date published: 2020-10-12


I currently edit photos using Lightroom and Photoshop, I edit video up to 4K using Premier Pro and audio using Audition and other plugins. I have about 24TB of storage in 4 Western Digital Raid 9 drive pairs using Firewire 800 and Thunderbolt. I am intersted in the next step, considering a Drobo 5D3 with SSD and 6 8TB Western Digital Red Pro drives to get a 35-40TB once configured. Is this a set up you sell, would you recommend the Red Pro versus the regular Red drives, is adding the SSD worth it in terms of speed when accessing Video, which is my biggest bottleneck? I use a maxed out iMac 27# with 24GB ram, and i7 Quadcore running at 3.6GBS and am planning on adding an iMacPro when the dust settles in a couple of months.
Asked by: Gordon
I just bought the 5D3 over the holidays and use it as a working drive. Its been pretty quick even with the kit HDDs that came in the BH package. Im sure if youre going to be using SSD drives it will be fairly quick and with the addition of the iMac pro youll no longer have to downgrade to thunderbolt from USB c! I spent a ton of time researching the best drives for video editing and only saw good things. By the way Im using a maxed out 2016 iMac 27
Answered by: Stan L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Which drives come with the array? The description doesn't specify.
Asked by: Jeremy
The drives that are currently being shipped with this model are the Seagate Ironwolf HDD's.
Answered by: Brett B. Drobo Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27


What is included in the box? e.g. thunderbolt cables?
Asked by: Ronald
Disregard my comment. I purchased a different Drobo. The system mismatched my info.
Answered by: Tony P.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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