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Drobo DRDS4A31 Drobo 5N 30TB 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet (5 X 6TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS))


spantv reviewOur Review:

7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
  PROS
designAn unquestioningly modern design. A particularly impressive achievement, given the design has not changed in over a decade in the Drobo range. However it is hard to imagine this sleek, compact, modern and quiet chassis will not fit in any modern home or office - both Mac or Windows based.
featuresOn look at the specs will tell you that this is not a POWER-NAS device. But in most respects it isn;t designed to be. This is a two to three tasks at a time kind of device. It is not made with room for tinkering. If you have most of the day to day tasks of a photo or video editor in mind, as well as housing and distributing your work in the most efficient and easy manner - the Drobo 5N could well e the device for you. Likewise this unit is industry recommended for Apple Time Machine and popular editing suite applications for editing raw footage. This coupled with features and funcitons like standard RAID protection and the BeyondRAID technology to mix and match any SATA drive regardless of speed, brand, size or model, means that there are more than enough features to support your existing office or home network.
performancePowered by Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB DDR3 RAM, the Drobo 5N doesn't arrive with the sort of specs that will intimidate the guys at Synology and QNAP. However for it's intended purpose, the Drobo Network RAID enclosure doesn't need an all powerful x86 CPU like an Atom or a Celeron. Remember that this device is Mac target led and not for generalised use. Yes, it can be uses for straight forward DLNA support, a Plex Media Server and as a network destination for popular programs to house their data. However it is also the optimal device for things like a network Attached image backup with Apple Time Machine and Mac based editing suites. If you work in a solid, Mac OS based environment, I recommend this device to suit your needs.
valueIf you need a network attached solution that is reliable, practical, dependable, sensible and lots of other words that end in 'ible' - Then the Drobo 5N is certainly the NAS for you. What is apparently lacks in hardware innovation, it gains in being a no fuss, stable and incredibly reliable piece of kit. It is not designed with change in mind, but more to provide a solid network based RAID solution with as little interaction on a technical level required. Additionally with a lower power consumption and noise output that most NAS devices, it is certainly the NAS choice for those that want a more secluded and hidden piece of hardware in their IT environment.

  CONS
designIf you like your hardware devices in any other colour than black (maybe you are a content creator and have lots of silver or white around you) then you may find the design of this device rather obtrusive.
featuresBecause this device has been designed with certain applications in mind, the result is that it
performanceThe Drobo 5N leaves little room to grow and evolve your NAS applications. You cannot upgrade the memory, the app centre has fewer apps than the likes of Synology NAS and QNAP NAS, and finally the device's hardware, though modest and specific application targeted, is not going to give you the sort of horsepower designed for transcoding, Virtualisation and higher end graphic creation.
valueSadly those who want a NAS Server witha little bite in terms of hardware, applications and expand-ability will find the Drobo 5N a very limiting experience and therefore it is not recommended to buy the Drobo 5N NAS if you like to tinker with your technology. In that case, perhaps consider the QNAP TS-253A and the Synology DS716+ NAS.

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The Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet 30TB is good enclosure. This Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 is backed with Drobo’s 2yr limited warranty.

Out of the box this NAS can handle 5 x 3.5" hard drives / SSDs, giving it a maximum capacity of 70TB via 14TB drives.

Key Features

  • Pre-populated with 30TB of storage capacity (includes 5x 6TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS) HDD)
  • RAID Levels: 5:6:
  • SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00
  • Arrives with 2yr warranty for enclosure and 3yr warranty for hard drives



Includes Seagate IronWolf (NAS) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives

This Drobo NAS includes the best Seagate hard drives to work with this box. The perfect foundation for building maximum density server to be run 24/7.
Seagate NAS drives have been rigorously tested in high read and write Network Attached Storage Environments. This results in increased performance and efficiency within your DRDS4A31 NAS server device.

Combining Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 and 5 Seagate hard disks will provide you with a solid, long term Network-Attached Storage solution ranging from simply media file access, Apple Time Machine, complex Surveillance and Synchronisation abilities, as well as the utilization of VMware and ISCSI.

Vital Statistics (per drive)

  • Model Number: ST6000VN0033
  • Rotation: 7200RPM
  • Interface: 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s
  • Form factor: 3.5 inch
  • Capacity: 6TB
  • Cache: 256MB
  • Warranty: 3yr

Back of the Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 box (the connections)

  • LAN Network Port / Ethernet Port – Giving your Drobo storage device to both send, receive and manipulate files over the internet. However that is just the tip of the iceberg. Via the connection of devices such as IP camera, mobile apps and other system tools, you can use multi-purpose applications for homes, small business and enterprises uses.

Free Drobo Drobo 5N SpanStor Build & Test

You can have JBOD,RAID 0,RAID 1,RAID 5,RAID 6,RAID 10 set up on Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31. We offer our completely free and highly recommended SpanStor build service for your Drobo 5-bay enclosure. We ensure that your Drobo box and Seagate drives are in perfect working order before we send it out, at no additional cost. That's not all. We can install the latest Drobo firmware or even construct a custom build from the ground up! Depending on the nature and complexity of the setup you request, this can take from a few minutes to a few hours, all done here at SPAN, thereby saving you time and money.
Possible RAID options for your Drobo 5-bay box are explained below.
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Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 RAID options

  • JBOD- is a cost-effective network storage solution. If you have a lot of temporarily data to store, JBODs are an economical solution. Mind that the data is not critical or you have an effective backup scheme in place. JBOD is either a single or number of disks which are grouped together and presented to the Operating System as a single volume, called 'Spanning'. If you lose a single disk in the JBOD then you possibly will lose data, as the concept of a JBOD does not include not fault tolerance.
  • RAID 0 is ideal for non-critical storage of data that have to be read/written at a high speed, such as on a video editing station or an image retouching. RAID 0 offers great performance, both in read and write operations. All storage capacity is used, there is no overhead.
  • RAID 1 (mirrored drive) is ideal for critical storage, like accounting systems. It is also suitable for small servers in which only two data drives will be used (disc mirroring). It offers excellent read speed and a write-speed that is comparable to that of a single drive. In case a drive fails, data do not have to be rebuild, they just have to be copied to the replacement drive (mirroring hdd ). It can be used as back up mirror.
  • RAID 5 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. It is ideal for file and application servers that have a limited number of data drives. Very fast read data transactions while write data transactions are bit slower. In case if drive fails, you still have access to all data, even while the failed drive is being replaced and system rebuilds the data on the new drive.
  • RAID 6 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. Similar to RAID 5, read data transactions are very fast. Two drives can fail and you still have access to all data, even while the failed drives are being replaced. It makes it more secure.
  • RAID 10 combines pros and cons of RAID 0 and RAID 1 in one single system. If one drive fails, the rebuild time is very fast because data being copied from the surviving mirror to a new drive.

Choose your RAID here -> Spanstor Build And Test
If you buy this Drobo Drobo 5N and hard drives we do free build and test for the unit and hard drives. So you can use this device straight out of the box. All free of charge in DRDS4A31 price.
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General

Stock code IB-D5N
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N
Model DRDS4A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 13/12/2012

DRDS4A31 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

DRDS4A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDS4A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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Description

Drobo DRDS4A31 Drobo 5N 30TB 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet (5 X 6TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS))


spantv reviewOur Review:

7.5

OVERALL

DESIGN rating score 9.00

FEATURES rating score 7.00

PERFORMANCE rating score 7.00

VALUE FOR MONEY
rating score 7.00
  PROS
designAn unquestioningly modern design. A particularly impressive achievement, given the design has not changed in over a decade in the Drobo range. However it is hard to imagine this sleek, compact, modern and quiet chassis will not fit in any modern home or office - both Mac or Windows based.
featuresOn look at the specs will tell you that this is not a POWER-NAS device. But in most respects it isn;t designed to be. This is a two to three tasks at a time kind of device. It is not made with room for tinkering. If you have most of the day to day tasks of a photo or video editor in mind, as well as housing and distributing your work in the most efficient and easy manner - the Drobo 5N could well e the device for you. Likewise this unit is industry recommended for Apple Time Machine and popular editing suite applications for editing raw footage. This coupled with features and funcitons like standard RAID protection and the BeyondRAID technology to mix and match any SATA drive regardless of speed, brand, size or model, means that there are more than enough features to support your existing office or home network.
performancePowered by Marvell Armada XP MV78460 quad-core @ 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB DDR3 RAM, the Drobo 5N doesn't arrive with the sort of specs that will intimidate the guys at Synology and QNAP. However for it's intended purpose, the Drobo Network RAID enclosure doesn't need an all powerful x86 CPU like an Atom or a Celeron. Remember that this device is Mac target led and not for generalised use. Yes, it can be uses for straight forward DLNA support, a Plex Media Server and as a network destination for popular programs to house their data. However it is also the optimal device for things like a network Attached image backup with Apple Time Machine and Mac based editing suites. If you work in a solid, Mac OS based environment, I recommend this device to suit your needs.
valueIf you need a network attached solution that is reliable, practical, dependable, sensible and lots of other words that end in 'ible' - Then the Drobo 5N is certainly the NAS for you. What is apparently lacks in hardware innovation, it gains in being a no fuss, stable and incredibly reliable piece of kit. It is not designed with change in mind, but more to provide a solid network based RAID solution with as little interaction on a technical level required. Additionally with a lower power consumption and noise output that most NAS devices, it is certainly the NAS choice for those that want a more secluded and hidden piece of hardware in their IT environment.

  CONS
designIf you like your hardware devices in any other colour than black (maybe you are a content creator and have lots of silver or white around you) then you may find the design of this device rather obtrusive.
featuresBecause this device has been designed with certain applications in mind, the result is that it
performanceThe Drobo 5N leaves little room to grow and evolve your NAS applications. You cannot upgrade the memory, the app centre has fewer apps than the likes of Synology NAS and QNAP NAS, and finally the device's hardware, though modest and specific application targeted, is not going to give you the sort of horsepower designed for transcoding, Virtualisation and higher end graphic creation.
valueSadly those who want a NAS Server witha little bite in terms of hardware, applications and expand-ability will find the Drobo 5N a very limiting experience and therefore it is not recommended to buy the Drobo 5N NAS if you like to tinker with your technology. In that case, perhaps consider the QNAP TS-253A and the Synology DS716+ NAS.

Drobo DRDS4A31 logo

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The Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet 30TB is good enclosure. This Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 is backed with Drobo’s 2yr limited warranty.

Out of the box this NAS can handle 5 x 3.5" hard drives / SSDs, giving it a maximum capacity of 70TB via 14TB drives.

Key Features

  • Pre-populated with 30TB of storage capacity (includes 5x 6TB Seagate IronWolf (NAS) HDD)
  • RAID Levels: 5:6:
  • SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00
  • Arrives with 2yr warranty for enclosure and 3yr warranty for hard drives



Includes Seagate IronWolf (NAS) 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s Hard Drives

This Drobo NAS includes the best Seagate hard drives to work with this box. The perfect foundation for building maximum density server to be run 24/7.
Seagate NAS drives have been rigorously tested in high read and write Network Attached Storage Environments. This results in increased performance and efficiency within your DRDS4A31 NAS server device.

Combining Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 and 5 Seagate hard disks will provide you with a solid, long term Network-Attached Storage solution ranging from simply media file access, Apple Time Machine, complex Surveillance and Synchronisation abilities, as well as the utilization of VMware and ISCSI.

Vital Statistics (per drive)

  • Model Number: ST6000VN0033
  • Rotation: 7200RPM
  • Interface: 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s
  • Form factor: 3.5 inch
  • Capacity: 6TB
  • Cache: 256MB
  • Warranty: 3yr

Back of the Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 box (the connections)

  • LAN Network Port / Ethernet Port – Giving your Drobo storage device to both send, receive and manipulate files over the internet. However that is just the tip of the iceberg. Via the connection of devices such as IP camera, mobile apps and other system tools, you can use multi-purpose applications for homes, small business and enterprises uses.

Free Drobo Drobo 5N SpanStor Build & Test

You can have JBOD,RAID 0,RAID 1,RAID 5,RAID 6,RAID 10 set up on Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31. We offer our completely free and highly recommended SpanStor build service for your Drobo 5-bay enclosure. We ensure that your Drobo box and Seagate drives are in perfect working order before we send it out, at no additional cost. That's not all. We can install the latest Drobo firmware or even construct a custom build from the ground up! Depending on the nature and complexity of the setup you request, this can take from a few minutes to a few hours, all done here at SPAN, thereby saving you time and money.
Possible RAID options for your Drobo 5-bay box are explained below.

Drobo Drobo 5N DRDS4A31 RAID options

  • JBOD- is a cost-effective network storage solution. If you have a lot of temporarily data to store, JBODs are an economical solution. Mind that the data is not critical or you have an effective backup scheme in place. JBOD is either a single or number of disks which are grouped together and presented to the Operating System as a single volume, called 'Spanning'. If you lose a single disk in the JBOD then you possibly will lose data, as the concept of a JBOD does not include not fault tolerance.
  • RAID 0 is ideal for non-critical storage of data that have to be read/written at a high speed, such as on a video editing station or an image retouching. RAID 0 offers great performance, both in read and write operations. All storage capacity is used, there is no overhead.
  • RAID 1 (mirrored drive) is ideal for critical storage, like accounting systems. It is also suitable for small servers in which only two data drives will be used (disc mirroring). It offers excellent read speed and a write-speed that is comparable to that of a single drive. In case a drive fails, data do not have to be rebuild, they just have to be copied to the replacement drive (mirroring hdd ). It can be used as back up mirror.
  • RAID 5 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. It is ideal for file and application servers that have a limited number of data drives. Very fast read data transactions while write data transactions are bit slower. In case if drive fails, you still have access to all data, even while the failed drive is being replaced and system rebuilds the data on the new drive.
  • RAID 6 combines efficient storage with excellent security and decent performance. Similar to RAID 5, read data transactions are very fast. Two drives can fail and you still have access to all data, even while the failed drives are being replaced. It makes it more secure.
  • RAID 10 combines pros and cons of RAID 0 and RAID 1 in one single system. If one drive fails, the rebuild time is very fast because data being copied from the surviving mirror to a new drive.

Choose your RAID here -> Spanstor Build And Test
If you buy this Drobo Drobo 5N and hard drives we do free build and test for the unit and hard drives. So you can use this device straight out of the box. All free of charge in DRDS4A31 price.
Same Day and Next Day Delivery available in UK and fast WorldWide delivery for products in stock.
FREE Business Quotes available for products with specific requirements or quantities. Often cheaper than Amazon.

Drobo DRDS4A31 Drobo 5N RAM / Card upgrade options








Drobo Drobo 5N compatible mSATA SSD
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Drobo Drobo 5N compatible drives here


Specifications

General

Stock code IB-D5N
Brand Drobo
Series Drobo 5N
Model DRDS4A31
Type 5-Bay RAID Enclosure for SATA HD; Gigabit Ethernet
ROHS Y
Date added 13/12/2012

DRDS4A31 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

DRDS4A31 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal1
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5

Software

DRDS4A31 Speed

Speed/RPM SATA 6Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,00rpm

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 6.4kg
Weight (bare) 3.9kg
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07/03/2013 | | GB Flag |
I found this fantastically easy to set up and configure. The only reason it misses top marks is that it is rather slow at times.
Hi Duncan,

Thank you for your opinion, once the BeyondRAID is set and all checks are performed you would see a speed increase as well. Usually that takes some time before is completely ready to use.


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