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Drobo 5D 5 Bay 3.5" Storage Array with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Connections, With5 Western Digital 3 TB HDDs

SKU: DRD5D15TB MFR: DRDR5A21
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About this item

The Drobo 5D 5 Bay 3.5" Storage Array 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 ports. It is 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.

You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. With six Drobo 5D arrays in a chain, you can have up to 96 TB of usable capacity. And, the bi-directional 10 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput. They even throw in the Thunderbolt cable so Mac users can get started immediately.

But Thunderbolt 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. Minimal seek time, no drive spinning - pure zoom.

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.

What's Included With This Item

  • Drobo 5D 5 Bay 3.5" Storage Array
  • 6' Thunderbolt Cable
  • 6' USB 3.0 Cable
  • 6' Power Cord with Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Drobo 2 Years Warranty

Key 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, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this portable Drobo
  • Thunderbolt and USB 3.0: Drobo Mini 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
  • 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
  • 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

Technical Specs

Interface Thunderbolt / USB 3.0
Drive Types Supported SATA I/II/II, mSATA
System Requirements Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion
Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion
Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
Power Requirements AC Input - 100-240VAC-2A, 50-60Hz
DC Output - 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.3x5.9x10.3" / 185.42x149.86x261.62mm
Weight 8.5lbs / 3.86kg (Without Hard Drives, Power Supply)
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