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Drobo 5D3
Lightning Fast Storage for Your Creative Workflow
 
for Media Professionals, Content Creators, and Small Businesses

The Drobo 5D3 is the 3rd generation 5 Bay direct-attached storage (DAS), reimagined for media professionals, content creators, and small businesses. Lightning fast Thunderbolt™ 3 technology delivers the speed, while Drobo’s fully automated BeyondRAID™ functionality provides the simplicity. Not only is the 5D3 fast, but it’s easy to use, expandable, flexible and protected. You can safely edit, store and view photos and videos in your 4K/5K workflow, as well as backup your personal and business data.


Features

Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID®
Built on award-winning BeyondRAID™ technology, Drobo 5D3 simply protects your data against a single or dual disk drive failure.
Drives can be added, 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 provide guidance. Just add a drive in an empty bay, or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one. In addition, Smart Volumes™ are thinly provisioned volumes, that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage.
 
Enhanced Backup for Time Machine
Time Machine and Drobo: A Perfect Pairing
Apple’s Time Machine was designed to make backing up your files simple and painless. Pairing Time Machine with Drobo improves your data protection by ensuring your data is safe in the event of hard drive failure.

Control How Much Storage Time Machine Uses
Apple’s guidelines are to set the storage space for Time Machine at twice the size of the Mac’s hard drive that is to be protected. Time Machine users know that it will gradually use all available disk space without an easy way to stop this from happening. With Drobo you can easily control the maximum storage space available for Time Machine backups through Drobo Dashboard. When you install a Drobo, Drobo Dashboard prompts to see if you want to create a dedicated storage volume for Time Machine’s use, allowing you to set the size of this volume.

Compact, Expandable Design
Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn’t be easier. There’s no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo – no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it’s time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique compact, carrier-less drive-bay design results in an attractive, efficient storage array that won’t dominate your valuable desk space.
If you’re running low on space, the lights on the front of the Drobo 5D3 provide guidance. The innovative, user-friendly design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Simply expand storage, while safely storing and backing up your personal data with ease of use and peace of mind.

 Capacity and Performance
Drobo 5D3 includes a built-in Accelerator Bay, with an mSATA card holder (mSATA card not included). Our patented, Accelerator Cache technology keeps a copy of your most frequently accessed data to deliver blazing-fast speeds. The accelerator cache will dramatically speed up loading large photo libraries and other I/O intensive operations, smooth out your workflow and optimize your productivity.
To keep capacity of your Drobo 5D3 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. For the fastest performance possible, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo 5D3 gives you the flexibility to choose!

Connectivity Without Compromise
Drobo 5D3 is equipped with dual, Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. 5D3 supports one, 5K monitor display or two, 4K monitors. With multiple 5D3 arrays in a chain, you can have up to 300 TB of usable capacity and achieve maximum throughput by enabling the bi-directional 40 Gb/s performance of Thunderbolt 3. This latest generation Drobo also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running supported versions of Mac OS X or Windows. 

Power Protecting Your Critical Data
In addition to drive failure protection, Drobo also protects against potential data loss during a power outage. In every Drobo we include battery backup technology to protect data in memory or cache. When power spontaneously goes away, Drobo moves any in-flight data to onboard flash in your Drobo, so it will be protected and moved to your disk drives once power is restored. This ensures your important information is safe and sound. Even better, your battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of your Drobo.
 
DroboCare™
DroboCare extends beyond Standard Hardware Warranty, providing you with additional peace of mind. If an issue occurs, we will immediately send you a replacement Drobo and pay for shipping both ways. Phone support is also available 24×7, beginning the day you activate DroboCare.
*Please note that DroboCare does not cover failed hard drives.



Specifications

Connectivity 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices, including 5K and dual 4K displays (Mac OS X only) 1 x USB 3.0, Type-C port Drives and Expansion Up to five (5) 3.5″ SATA II/III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately). Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance with one (1) mSATA solid state drive (card sold separately). 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 Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations. BeyondRAID Features Thin Provisioning Instant Expansion Mixed Drive Size Utilization Automatic Protection Levels Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy Virtual Hot Spare Data Aware Drive Re-ordering Management Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights Drobo Dashboard version 3.1.1 or later Operating System Support Apple® Macintosh® macOS 10.10 and higher Microsoft® Windows® 10 Microsoft® Windows® 8 Microsoft® Windows® 7 File System Options Apple® macOS: HFS+ Microsoft® Windows: NTFS Hardware Features Carrier-less Drive Bays Power Fail Protection with Internal Battery Metal Chassis and Cover Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included) Additional Software Features Hot Data Caching Maximum System Capacity: 64TB Drive Spin Down Dim Lights macOS Time Machine Support Warranty Two (2) year warranty 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 (3.9 kg) without hard drives, power supply, or packaging Power and Cooling External Power Supply: AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz DC Output – 12V, 10A, 120W max Fixed, 120mm variable speed cooling fan 15W of power to slow charge a Thunderbolt 3 Laptop Box Contents Drobo 5D3 3.3 ft (1 m) Thunderbolt 3 cable 6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply Quick Start Card
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Stock code IB-D5D3
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5D3
Model DRDR6A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; USB3+Thunderbolt3, USB-C
ROHS Y
Date added 27/06/2017

DRDR6A31 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

DRDR6A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
USB3USB3 type BExternal1
Thunderbolt3USB-CExternal2
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDR6A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb to USB3 and Thunderbolt3rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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SATA 6Gb to USB3 and Thunderbolt3
2yr Warranty


Drobo 5D3
Lightning Fast Storage for Your Creative Workflow
 
for Media Professionals, Content Creators, and Small Businesses

The Drobo 5D3 is the 3rd generation 5 Bay direct-attached storage (DAS), reimagined for media professionals, content creators, and small businesses. Lightning fast Thunderbolt™ 3 technology delivers the speed, while Drobo’s fully automated BeyondRAID™ functionality provides the simplicity. Not only is the 5D3 fast, but it’s easy to use, expandable, flexible and protected. You can safely edit, store and view photos and videos in your 4K/5K workflow, as well as backup your personal and business data.


Features

Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID®
Built on award-winning BeyondRAID™ technology, Drobo 5D3 simply protects your data against a single or dual disk drive failure.
Drives can be added, 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 provide guidance. Just add a drive in an empty bay, or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one. In addition, Smart Volumes™ are thinly provisioned volumes, that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage.
 
Enhanced Backup for Time Machine
Time Machine and Drobo: A Perfect Pairing
Apple’s Time Machine was designed to make backing up your files simple and painless. Pairing Time Machine with Drobo improves your data protection by ensuring your data is safe in the event of hard drive failure.

Control How Much Storage Time Machine Uses
Apple’s guidelines are to set the storage space for Time Machine at twice the size of the Mac’s hard drive that is to be protected. Time Machine users know that it will gradually use all available disk space without an easy way to stop this from happening. With Drobo you can easily control the maximum storage space available for Time Machine backups through Drobo Dashboard. When you install a Drobo, Drobo Dashboard prompts to see if you want to create a dedicated storage volume for Time Machine’s use, allowing you to set the size of this volume.

Compact, Expandable Design
Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn’t be easier. There’s no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo – no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it’s time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique compact, carrier-less drive-bay design results in an attractive, efficient storage array that won’t dominate your valuable desk space.
If you’re running low on space, the lights on the front of the Drobo 5D3 provide guidance. The innovative, user-friendly design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Simply expand storage, while safely storing and backing up your personal data with ease of use and peace of mind.

 Capacity and Performance
Drobo 5D3 includes a built-in Accelerator Bay, with an mSATA card holder (mSATA card not included). Our patented, Accelerator Cache technology keeps a copy of your most frequently accessed data to deliver blazing-fast speeds. The accelerator cache will dramatically speed up loading large photo libraries and other I/O intensive operations, smooth out your workflow and optimize your productivity.
To keep capacity of your Drobo 5D3 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. For the fastest performance possible, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo 5D3 gives you the flexibility to choose!

Connectivity Without Compromise
Drobo 5D3 is equipped with dual, Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. 5D3 supports one, 5K monitor display or two, 4K monitors. With multiple 5D3 arrays in a chain, you can have up to 300 TB of usable capacity and achieve maximum throughput by enabling the bi-directional 40 Gb/s performance of Thunderbolt 3. This latest generation Drobo also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running supported versions of Mac OS X or Windows. 

Power Protecting Your Critical Data
In addition to drive failure protection, Drobo also protects against potential data loss during a power outage. In every Drobo we include battery backup technology to protect data in memory or cache. When power spontaneously goes away, Drobo moves any in-flight data to onboard flash in your Drobo, so it will be protected and moved to your disk drives once power is restored. This ensures your important information is safe and sound. Even better, your battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of your Drobo.
 
DroboCare™
DroboCare extends beyond Standard Hardware Warranty, providing you with additional peace of mind. If an issue occurs, we will immediately send you a replacement Drobo and pay for shipping both ways. Phone support is also available 24×7, beginning the day you activate DroboCare.
*Please note that DroboCare does not cover failed hard drives.



Specifications

Connectivity
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices, including 5K and dual 4K displays (Mac OS X only)
  • 1 x USB 3.0, Type-C port
Drives and Expansion
  • Up to five (5) 3.5″ SATA II/III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately).
  • Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance with one (1) mSATA solid state drive (card sold separately).
  • 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 Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations.
BeyondRAID Features
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy
  • Virtual Hot Spare
  • Data Aware
  • Drive Re-ordering
Management
  • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
  • Drobo Dashboard version 3.1.1 or later
Operating System Support
  • Apple® Macintosh® macOS 10.10 and higher
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10
  • Microsoft® Windows® 8
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7
File System Options
  • Apple® macOS: HFS+
  • Microsoft® Windows: NTFS
Hardware Features
  • Carrier-less Drive Bays
  • Power Fail Protection with Internal Battery
  • Metal Chassis and Cover
  • Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features
  • Hot Data Caching
  • Maximum System Capacity: 64TB
  • Drive Spin Down
  • Dim Lights
  • macOS Time Machine Support
Warranty
  • Two (2) year warranty
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 (3.9 kg) without hard drives, power supply, or packaging
Power and Cooling
  • External Power Supply:
    • AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
    • DC Output – 12V, 10A, 120W max
  • Fixed, 120mm variable speed cooling fan
  • 15W of power to slow charge a Thunderbolt 3 Laptop
Box Contents
  • Drobo 5D3
  • 3.3 ft (1 m) Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • 6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
  • Quick Start Card
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Specifications

General

Stock code IB-D5D3
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5D3
Model DRDR6A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; USB3+Thunderbolt3, USB-C
ROHS Y
Date added 27/06/2017

DRDR6A31 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

DRDR6A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
USB3USB3 type BExternal1
Thunderbolt3USB-CExternal2
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDR6A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb to USB3 and Thunderbolt3rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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17/02/2018 | Guest | CH Flag |
Hello from Switzerland. Is the 5D3 available for delivery to Switzerland (without disks)? Can it be sent through the Swiss Post or are shipping through courier services?



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03/02/2018 | PDAgnew@gmail.com | US Flag |
You state that Thunderbolt 3 can only be used on a Mac, but I have a Thunderbolt 3 port on my pc running Windows 10. Can I use my Thunderbolt 3 port to connect to your disk array? I'm only interseted in using Thunderbolt 3 because of the tremendous speed that this interface uses.
The Drobo 5D3 is fully Windows compatible, as it says in the specifications :

Operating System Support

  • Apple® Macintosh® macOS 10.10 and higher

  • Microsoft® Windows® 10

  • Microsoft® Windows® 8

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7





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22/01/2018 | | FR Flag |
The Drobo is one of the few multi bay RAID-able thunderbolt 3 enclosures out there. Excellent for speed future-proofing. Definitely worth looking at as an option to the usual brands.
08/01/2018 | | GB Flag |
If you media-focused go for a Drobo, way better for managing than a QNAP. I bought this 5D3 and am running mine and my clients data off it. Its speedy, quiet and very user friendly.
28/06/2017 | | GB Flag |
Finally I got my Drobo for my Mac Pro with thunderbolt 3. Great for video editing!


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