Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

Used Cat.# 1910432 MFR # DRDR6A21

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Drobo 5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

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  • 5 x 3.5" SATA III/II Drive Bays
  • 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
  • 15W of Charging Power via Thunderbolt 3
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
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Drobo DRDR6A21 Overview

  • 1Description

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.
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Drobo DRDR6A21 Specs

Number of Bays 5 x 3.5"
Connections 2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s))
1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s))
Compatible Drive Interface SATA III
Form Factor Desktop
Operating System Support Windows, macOS/OS X
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 Features Kensington Security Slot
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

Drobo DRDR6A21 Reviews

5D3 5-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do NOT buy this product! I purchased this product in April 2018 as a primary storage and back up device. It has consistently failed and required excessive troubleshooting. My original unit had to be replaced after a 30 second power outage - while plugged into a surge protector. Customer service is abysmal! As a long-time loyal B&H customer, I hate to see them even selling this product. If you want more technical and detailed information, please email me. I'd like to keep anyone from making the same mistake I made.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from yet another disaster my drobe 5 failed, it does not mount on my Mac Pro anymore, volume is corrupted and data lost. Drobo did not honor their warranty so I had to trash the unit. Just look up Drobo's BBB rating, it is D- as. a result of numerous unresolved complains.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great update to my Drobo 4 2nd gen Firewire Recently purchased a 2017 27"iMac 4.2 with 1tb SSD from BandH. ?Best price around. ?Since this machine is the optimal Final Cut Pro X machine, needed a faster external drive to replace my Firewire Drobo 4. ?Also purchased two WD 4tb Reds and an mSata 256Gb card from Samsung. ?Put everything together and IMMEDIATELY had instant success and a remarkable system. ?Don't know what all the 1 stars are all about. ?Maybe incompatible systems. ?Maybe bad unit. ?If so SEND IT BACK while its NEW!! ?Get your money back. ? This unit is fast. ?Have 30,000 photos on Drobo 4. ?Took Minutes to be able to scroll through photos. ?With 5D3, can INSTANTLY scroll through all 30,000. ?WOW!! ?So far, after a two weeks with this unit, am totally satisfied. ?iMac is Thunderbolt 3, Drobo 5D3 is also Thunderbolt 3. ?All peripherals connect up nicely. ?Cloned Drobo 4 to Drobo 5D3 since the units are incompatible, when trying to remove drives from one to place in the other. ?Used CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) to copy to the new Drobo. ? ? ?Love this entire system and would highly recommend. ?Thank you BandH for fast shipping and great prices. ?Have used these guys since they appeared on line. ?Even visited their store in NY one a business trip several years ago. ?GREAT STORE!!!!!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love my Drobo.  The packaging was beautiful and set up was seem less.   I installed two Seagate Barracuda Pro 6TB drives and a 64GB mSata.  The install went perfectly and I have been using the Drobo everyday to store my video files for YouTube.  I also keep my photo libraries on it and edit from the Drobo.  It is plenty fast enough to handle the editing.  This thing has been a life saver.  The best part for me is that when I want to add another drive all I have to do is plug it in and go, no set up required.  If you want a RAID system that you dont have to think about, buy a Drobo.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Speed and promised reliability It was a little tricky to set up: drives showed green at first but couldn’t connect via Thunderbolt via Apple TB3-TB2 adapter, then a USB-A to USB-C cable but issue then escalated to some drives showing red, some showing empty, etc. until I removed all drives and reinserted one-by-one from bottom up (previously top-down). Then it worked via either connection method. But, after more than a week of constant noisy drive activity (computer idle/not accessing), I setup/formatted again and after a few days of frequent disk activity (w/computer idle) it settled down. The few days of activity while computer idle is the Drobo striping the data redundantly across the five hard disks. Unit vibrates a bit even when disks are spun down, so maybe it's the fan? Still it’s not loud at all, fairly quiet even, though I do live in a city, so your mileage may vary. It is very active the first week (especially in the middle of the night) as it writes data across the disks.? I use this as my production storage unit and it’s just as fast as — if not faster then — my internal hybrid/fusion drive. I installed an approved 250GB mSATA SSD for caching and the 7,200 rpm NAS-rated drives.? Speed and reliability, what else could a person ask for?
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Second Drobo I love my Drobos!? This was the second one I've had.? The original (a 5D) had the fan eventually go bad, but that was after several years of continuous use.? I had 3x drives go bad over the lifespan without so much as a hiccup from the Drobo system.? Slap a new one in and once it was rebuilt good to go.? When the fan failed in the old unit, it locked up the system and I was unable to use it.? This turned out to be good though becuase it prevented me from melting my drives.? I was a bit wary of removing all my drives and putting in the new enclosure, but again Drobo was super resilient and within a few minutes I was already working once again on my project while the RAID rebuilt its redundancy.? Note this actually took a few days, but the RAID was fast enough to do that and allow me to work on my project simultaneously. This new 5D3 is much faster as well.? I know the cable interface is faster but also feels like I'm getting more throughput on the drives as well, perhaps the architecture is improved.? This is a must when pushing around 8k RED Raw footage.? Currently I have 5x 6TB drives in for a total of 30TBs, dual redundancy. Bottom Line?? There are other RAIDs that are faster, but the easy, upgradability, and resiliency of the Drobo system is why I'm a dedicated believer.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Slower than any other drives I'm using, yes, even USB 3.1! It feels like an awesome waste if you put any good HD or large Hard disks in this thing! I've got the msdd cache and even tried popping 1GB ssd in the mix and it's still slower than other Thunderbolt 2 or 3 drives on my Macbook pro touch bar 15. a worst nightmare is a brand nwe drive can be detected as having HD failure out of nowhere! so you wait for it to rebuild, it took more than a day! like over 36 hours! ended up the HD which it claimed to have failed is working fine now in another raid array. And it's the not drive since it's in their compaitbbilty list and same drives are put in it but it just decides one is not good enough i guess. I really can't recommend this especially professsionals doing a lot of heavy transfering of files. this drive can't even work as a time machine - it's that slow! you'll never get a full backup of a 2TB HD before it needs to restart again. It's been hell for me using it and i'm really tempted to use my drives elsewhere and just put this thing aside! put resources to better use. For example, the OWC Thunderbolt 2 dual dock is even faster than this thing! Unbelievable!!! Very disappointed and frustrated! No more drobos for me!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I can even get it to connect Won't even connect. Spent an hour on support, they sent me an email the next day saying to reinstall the dashboard app. Still nothing, not showing up on my brand new maxed out iMac. wtf. Should I send this thing back? Come on Drobo, whats up with that D- BBB score?
Date published: 2017-11-16
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