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Drobo 5D

Redefining Professional Storage. Again.

Redesigned from the ground up to meet the data storage needs of today’s media creators and demanding professionals, Drobo 5D builds on the fully automated functionality of previous Drobos by adding blazing-fast performance. Leveraging cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity–along with the innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs) –Drobo 5D is the highest-performing personal storage array on the planet.
Not only is Drobo 5D fast, but it’s easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and protected–exactly what’s expected from a Drobo. You can safely store and edit photos and videos as well as store and back up personal data.

Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5D protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.
Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly 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.

Power of Thunderbolt & Flexibility of USB Thunderbolt I/O technology provides performance that’s up to 5x faster than the previous-generation Drobos. This allows you to move large amounts of data in a fraction of the time it used to take. Visit the Thunderbolt technology site to learn more about this exciting new way to connect devices.
Drobo 5D 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. 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.
Drobo is the only storage array that offers Thunderbolt AND USB 3.0. This latest generation of USB also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatibility with any computer running compatible versions of Mac OS X or Windows.

Capacity AND Performance Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is 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. To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all five 3.5” drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.
If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo gives you the flexibility to choose.
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, Drobo 5D 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 non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product. Designed for You

Drobos have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5D is no exception. It was designed from the ground up to provide very high capacity without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is compact mostly because of Drobo’s unique carrierless drive-bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other. The result is an attractive storage array that’s up to 34% smaller than the leading competition.
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.

Connectivity 2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only) 1 x USB 3.0 port Thunderbolt and USB cables included Management Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later Capacity Up to five (5) 3.5" SATA I / II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately) 
and one (1) mSATA solid state drive Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the 5-bay Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations BeyondRAID Features Thin Provisioning Instant Expansion Mixed Drive Size Utilization Automatic Protection Levels Dual Disk Redundancy Virtual Hot Spare Data Aware Drive Re-ordering Additional Software Features Data-Aware Tiering Drive Spin Down Dim Lights Hardware Features Carrier-less Drive Bays Power Fail Protection Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included) Operating System Support 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 File System Options Mac OS X: HFS+ Windows: NTFS Size and Weight Desktop Form Factor Width: 5.9 in (150.3 mm) Height: 7.3 in (185.4 mm) Depth: 10.3 in (262.3 mm) Weight: 8.5 lb (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging) Power and Cooling External Power Supply: AC Input — 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz; DC Output — 12V, 12.5A, 150W max Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan Box Contents Drobo 5D 2 m (6.6 ft) Thunderbolt cable 2 m (6.6 ft) USB 3.0 cable 1.8 m (6 ft) power cord with power supply Quick Start Card
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Stock code IB-D5D
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5D
Model DRDR5A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; USB3+Thunderbolt
ROHS Y
Date added 22/06/2012

DRDR5A31 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDR5A31 Spec Connections

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USB3USB3 type BExternal1
ThunderboltThunderboltExternal2
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

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DRDR5A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb to USB3 and Thunderbolt

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Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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Drobo Drobo 5D DRDR5A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; USB3+Thunderbolt


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OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 8.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 8.00
  PROS
designhe Drobo 5D is a beautiful Thunderbolt 2 RAID box for your Mac or Windows System, will fit in nicely in most environments.
featurest may appear simple, but with the beyond RAID letting you mix drives, it's a good Mac buy!
performanceExcellent performance over both Thunderbolt 1 and USB 3.0
valueAn excellent Thunderbolt 1 RAID enclosure featuring USB 3.0 too. If you need reliable RAID external storage for your Mac, this is the one for you!

  CONS
designlike most Drobo products, only available in black, which is a shame as most Mac users have a more white or silver device environment.
featuresIt's a shame you can only use a few third party apps and only upto TB1 speed 10GB/s
performanceThunderbolt 1 is a little old now
valueLooking a little old now and recommend going for the newer and better Drobo 5Dt with Thunderbolt1

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Drobo 5D

Redefining Professional Storage. Again.

Redesigned from the ground up to meet the data storage needs of today’s media creators and demanding professionals, Drobo 5D builds on the fully automated functionality of previous Drobos by adding blazing-fast performance. Leveraging cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity–along with the innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs) –Drobo 5D is the highest-performing personal storage array on the planet.
Not only is Drobo 5D fast, but it’s easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and protected–exactly what’s expected from a Drobo. You can safely store and edit photos and videos as well as store and back up personal data.

Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple

Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5D protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.
Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly 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.

Power of Thunderbolt & Flexibility of USB

Thunderbolt I/O technology provides performance that’s up to 5x faster than the previous-generation Drobos. This allows you to move large amounts of data in a fraction of the time it used to take. Visit the Thunderbolt technology site to learn more about this exciting new way to connect devices.
Drobo 5D 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. 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.
Drobo is the only storage array that offers Thunderbolt AND USB 3.0. This latest generation of USB also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatibility with any computer running compatible versions of Mac OS X or Windows.

Capacity AND Performance

Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is 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. To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all five 3.5” drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.
If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo gives you the flexibility to choose.
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, Drobo 5D 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 non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.

Designed for You

Drobos have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5D is no exception. It was designed from the ground up to provide very high capacity without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is compact mostly because of Drobo’s unique carrierless drive-bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other. The result is an attractive storage array that’s up to 34% smaller than the leading competition.
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.

Connectivity
  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • Thunderbolt and USB cables included
Management
  • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
  • Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later
  • Capacity
    • Up to five (5) 3.5" SATA I / II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately) 
      and one (1) mSATA solid state drive
    • Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations
    • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the 5-bay Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations
    BeyondRAID Features
    • Thin Provisioning
    • Instant Expansion
    • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
    • Automatic Protection Levels
    • Dual Disk Redundancy
    • Virtual Hot Spare
    • Data Aware
    • Drive Re-ordering
  • Additional Software Features
    • Data-Aware Tiering
    • Drive Spin Down
    • Dim Lights
    Hardware Features
    • Carrier-less Drive Bays
    • Power Fail Protection
    • Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
    Operating System Support
    • 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
    File System Options
    • Mac OS X: HFS+
    • Windows: NTFS
  • Size and Weight
    • Desktop Form Factor
    • Width: 5.9 in (150.3 mm)
    • Height: 7.3 in (185.4 mm)
    • Depth: 10.3 in (262.3 mm)
    • Weight: 8.5 lb (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)
    Power and Cooling
    • External Power Supply: AC Input — 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz; DC Output — 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
    • Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan
    Box Contents
    • Drobo 5D
    • 2 m (6.6 ft) Thunderbolt cable
    • 2 m (6.6 ft) USB 3.0 cable
    • 1.8 m (6 ft) power cord with power supply
    • Quick Start Card
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Specifications

General

Stock code IB-D5D
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5D
Model DRDR5A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; USB3+Thunderbolt
ROHS Y
Date added 22/06/2012

DRDR5A31 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 150 x 185 x 262 mm
Platter size 3.5"
Guarantee 2yr
Total Drives 5
RAID 5:6:
RAID Levels Drobo BeyondRAID

DRDR5A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
USB3USB3 type BExternal1
ThunderboltThunderboltExternal2
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDR5A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb to USB3 and Thunderbolt

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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17/02/2017 | | GB Flag |
Can I use the Drobo 5D with both Mac and Windows? Also what makes the Drobo 5D better or worse than the Drobo 5DT Thunderbolt2 RAID box?
I can confirm taht the Drobo 5D is compatible with both windows and Mac - Here is our comparison of the Drobo 5D and Drobo 5DT and how the thunderbolt RAID boxes compare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fXHyQNS12I


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06/08/2015 | | GB Flag |
Love the BeyondRaid
11/12/2013 | Guest | GB Flag |
I'm considering using this (Drobo 5D) with some existing hard drives and buying a new HD. There would be 2x1TB drives 2x1.36TB drives and 1x3TB, giving a total size of 7.72TB. Presumably there would be some loss of storage capacity in the "beyond RAID" configuration. Could you please tell me what the maximum storage size would be in this configuration. We have an old apple xserve here with firewire and usb2 connection. Would it be possible to connect the Drobo 5D to this (on a temporary basis, until we can upgrade the server). Thanks.
Hi (no name),

Drobo have a very handy capacity calculator here :
https://www.drobo.co.uk/products/capacity-calculator/

You can connect any USB3 device (such as the Drobo 5D) to a USB2 port on any machine.


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19/11/2013 | Dan | GB Flag |
Which SS drive would you advise using in the accelerator bay for best results using applications like Premiere? Thanks!
Hello,

It will depend on fact if you need a lot of storage using for example 4TB drives or speed using SSD drives, please email us on sales@span.com so we can make a personalised quote


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