Drobo 5D Professional Storage Array

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Drobo 5D Professional Storage Array
Key Features
  • Highly Desktop Scalable Storage Array
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2, 1 x USB 3.0
  • Holds 5 x 3.5' SATA HDDs (not included)
  • Holds 1 x mSATA SSD (not included)
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.
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Drobo 5D Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2BeyondRAID Technology
  • 3Data Aware Tiering
  • 4Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0
  • 5Power and Critical Data
  • 6Quiet

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 2 ports (Thunderbolt 2 cable sold separately). We've talked about Thunderbolt 2 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 2 attached drive—20 seconds.

You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt 2 devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. And, the bi-directional 20 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt 2 allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.

But Thunderbolt 2 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 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.

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 2 and USB 3.0
The Drobo 5D is equipped with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt 2 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 2 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, including macOS High Sierra.
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.

Drobo 5D Specs

Interface
Thunderbolt 2 (Mac only)
USB 3.0
Drive Types Supported
SATA I/II/III, mSATA
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.7 and higher, including macOS High Sierra (APFS)
Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64-bit
Windows 8 32 and 64-bit
Power Requirements
AC Input - 100 to 240 VAC~2 A, 50-60 Hz
DC Output - 12 V, 12.5 A, 150 W max
Dimensions
Width: 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
14 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
13.8 x 13.7 x 10.2"

Drobo 5D Reviews

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question

Is the thunderbolt 2 compatible with Windows 10? Also what is the maximum output via USB 3.0?
Asked by: Charles H.
Thunderbolt works only for Mac, not windows.
Answered by: luana l.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

I have a second generation Drobo and want to migrate to the latest Drobo 5D. Is it just a matter of taking the hard drives from the old Drobo and plugging them into the 5D?
Asked by: Anonymous
We do have migration paths that are supported. The 2nd Gen 4 bay to the Drobo 5D is one of them. There are step by step instructions on the Drobo website for how to do this as well. <a href= http://www.drobo.com/resource-center/migration/ target= _blank >http://www.drobo.com/resource-center/migration/</a>But all you need to do is update the firmware on both units, power everything down, move the drives into the 5D, and turn it on. Your disk pack, volumes and data will all be transferred. The only thing to note is that you will still be limited to a 16TB volume, where as if you started with new drives or reformatted, the 5D can support up to a 64TB volume.
Answered by: Brett B. Drobo Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

What is the best/safest way to transport a Drobo 5D with 5 hard drives inside?I have two offices, one at home and one at work, and sometimes i need to move my Drobo from one to the other. But i'm very nervous to move it around as i believe it could damage the hard drives.Is this a viable concern, or is it quite safe to move?
Asked by: Greg W.
Drobo suggests removing the drives before transporting. Get some drive cases, and carefully move everything. Also, make sure everything is backed up in case something does happen!
Answered by: Ryan S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Does the Drobo 5D come with a thunderbolt cable? Mine only had the usb3 cable in the box. My 5d I ordered from Amazon a couple years ago did come with a thunderbolt cable.
Asked by: Chris H.
The Drobo 5D includes a 6ft. USB 3.0 cable, power supply and quick start guide. It does not come with a Thunderbolt cable. It originally did come with a Thunderbolt cable, but that was removed in March 2014. Sorry for the confusion.
Answered by: Brett B. Drobo Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

How much is the maximum capacity Get it from drobo 5d?
Asked by: ibrahim a.
I have 5x 4TB drives, but am reaching the maximum capacity with double disk redundancy. Has anyone tried putting HGST 6TB drives in the Drobo 5D?
Answered by: Bryan D.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

can this be connected to my mac pro via usb 3.0, and then also connected to my mac pro laptop via thunderbolt?? and both clients access files at the same time??
Asked by: ronald
Hi Ronald.No. The Drobo 5D drive array was not designed for multiple simultaneous access (it is a DAS or Direct Attached Storage array). The drive will shutdown access if it detects both ports trying to be active at the same time (at least mine does). If you want or need simultaneous access then look to the Drobo 5N (it's a little slower and cheaper NAS or Network Attached Storage array). If that's too involved then just have the cables plugged in to the drive but only one computer hooked up at a time. That way the Drobo becomes a local backup as well. Because the Mac Pro (Non Thunderbolt) is inconvenient in gaining access to the USB port I would use a USB extension cable or even better a mechanical switch box (NOT a hub) to disconnect the drive before plugging in the TB cable. BTW you do realize that you must have an internal hardware PCIe USB 3.0 card for ALL Mac Pros (non-thunderbolt) to gain the speed benefits of the Drobo 5D USB 3.0 interface yes? Otherwise you will be crippled to 25-40 MB/s using the Mac Pro's native USB 2.0 ports. If you have the (Thunderbolt) newer Mac Pro then you are set to go. Hope this helps.Kean
Answered by: Kean S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

How could I connect this in a way that would be visible on my students 24 mac desktops?
Asked by: Jay E.
Connect to your Mac and share the drive with file sharing. Put a public share on the drobo and open up your Mac to the network. A 5N might be a better solution depending the size of the data you will share.
Answered by: Harold
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Is it recommended to use a mSata SSD with 5 4TB hard drives? Will the mSata help the performance?
Asked by: Rosa N.
Most definitely!The array gets faster the more drives you have, but it's no comparison to when you have the msata. If you want it even faster, don't worry about the msata, just install all ssd's, assuming of course you are rich! If not, the msata is the way to go. I install a 240 gig in each of my Drobos, but the manufacturer says that 64 gig is more than enough. Hope this helps!
Answered by: cristopher h.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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