|Item model number||DRDR6A21|
|Item Weight||8.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.3 x 5.9 x 7.3 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||10.3 x 5.9 x 7.3 inches|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
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Drobo 5D3 5-Drive Direct Attached Storage (DAS) Array – Dual Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 Type-C ports (DRDR6A21)
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- Highly scalable direct attached storage array with 2 x Thunderbolt 3 & 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C ports
- Holds up to 5x 3.5" SATA HDDs. Optional mSATA SSD boosts performance. Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. On-line and instant capacity expansion
- Award-winning Beyond RAID automated data protection. Internal battery backup protects against power interruptions
- Ideal for large media collections and performance demanding applications with 64TB volume support
- Includes Thunderbolt 3 cable compatible with USB 3.0 Type-C
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Drobo 5D3 5-Drive Storage Array, Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.0 Type-C
The Drobo 5D3 is designed to meet the data storage needs of today's media creators and demanding professionals. Leveraging Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 Type-C connectivity along with solid-state drive (SSD) acceleration (via mSATA), the Drobo 5D3 offers amazing performance in a compact desktop storage array.
But it’s not just fast. The 5D3 is also easy-to-use, expandable, and automatically protects against hard drive failure(s). Whether you need to edit high-definition videos, store a large photo library, or simply backup terabytes of data, the Drobo 5D3 delivers the perfect combination of speed, simplicity, expansion, and protection.
Designed with You in Mind
Drobo storage arrays have always been designed with the user in mind. From the tool-less design that allows hard drives to be inserted without carriers or screws to the variable-speed cooling fan, the compact and quiet 5D3 was designed to work just as well on your desk as it does in an office environment. Users can also dim the lights and configure drives to spin down when not in use.
All Your Stuff, Automatically Safe
Built on BeyondRAID technology with single or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5D3 protects your data without any user interaction. Consult the online capacity calculator to determine how the choice of drive size, number of drives, and protection levels affect available capacity at our official website calculator. Drives can be added or replaced or hot-swapped 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 slot or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.
Power of Thunderbolt 3, Flexibility of USB Type-C
Drobo 5D3 storage array offers both high-speed Thunderbolt and the latest generation USB 3.0 Type-C that is both fast and backward compatible. Equipped with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Drobo 5D3 can connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and the bi-directional performance of Thunderbolt 3 allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput. Supports one 5K or two 4K display (with a Thunderbolt dock). With 15W of power to slow charge a Thunderbolt 3 laptop.
*Laptops and computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports will require a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.
SSD Acceleration Boosts Performance
Most storage arrays use either all hard drives or all SSDs. The Drobo 5D3 delivers the best of both worlds by intelligently combining hard drives and SSDs to deliver both capacity and performance. Using a small form-factor mSATA SSD (card not included) boosts performance of popular applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Lightroom by up to 3X!
Power Protecting Your Critical Data
Drobo doesn’t just protect your critical data from drive failure, but also from power outages. The Drobo 5D3 includes a battery that protects all data – whether active or at rest. Should the power go out while using your Drobo, the battery will protect everything until the power is restored. The battery recharges automatically and is designed to last for the entire life of the product.
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Lightning fast storage for your creative workflow. The Drobo 5D3 is the 3rd generation 5 Bay Direct Attached Storage reimagined for media professionals, content creators, and small businesses. Lightning fast Thunderbolt technology delivers the speed, and Drobo's fully automated Beyond RAID functionality provides the simplicity for the best storage experience on the planet. Not only is the 5D3 fast, but it's easy to use, expandable, flexible and protected – exactly what you would expect from a Drobo. Safely edit, store and view photos and videos for your 4K/5K workflows as well as back up your personal and business data. This latest generation offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running supported Mac OS X or Windows. Drobo 5D3 comes with an Accelerator Bay for an mSATA card (not included) to enable our patented Drobo Accelerator Cache technology. The Drobo Accelerator Cache keeps a copy of your most frequently accessed data so that it can be delivered even faster when you need it. Drobo 5D3 includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache. During a sudden power loss, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. Drobo LEDs can also be dimmed to reduce light pollution in photo and video editing environments.
Top customer reviews
I have only had this thing for about 24 hours. So far there have been lots of little things like that. Trying to call customer service resulted in being hung up on by the support number before even reaching a person. This happened 3 times in a row before I gave up. Their online support community is currently not accessible.
I bought this device and 5 6TB WD Red drives, as well as a 250 gb ssd. So this represents an investment substantially larger than the $600 for the device.
If my experience and confidence in the product improves, I will update my review.
I have had this for a few day now. Despite Drobo's response about service and their lines being BS, I still want to update.
The device is not very user friendly. This was the main reason I chose it over Synology. If I had known about the lack of tech support availability and that this thing wasn't rock simple then I might have chose differently.
That said, the device appears to be working properly. It is noisy. Whether it was worth the expense can only be evaluated over time. This is a "worst case scenario" type product. If it saves your rear in that situation, then it is awesome. If not it sucks.
Since long term is "yet to be seen" an short term is "noisy, poor customer service, and a little quirky (being nice here", then I have to say this is solidly a 3* product.
So I am raising my review from 1 to 3 stars.
We understand how frustrating it would be to not be able to get a hold of someone in support during the weekend. We are unaware of any issues over the weekend with our phone lines. The message from the phone line would direct you to the proper lines for off-hours. Moreover, please note that you can always file a support ticket online: https://supportportal.drobo.com
Based on your review we do not have a case for your issue, and we would need access to your diagnostics to assist you. However, we do realize that you need a rapid response as it has been over 24hrs since you submitted the review. Please contact our director of customer support directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your case number so we may assist.
We want to make sure we resolve your issue.
We are sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations of product performance and customer support when you had an issue with your Drobo 5D3. The results you observed are not expected for any unit based on our internal tests, as well as industry standards and our commitment to customer support.
From our records, we can see that you are currently in contact with support, and we are also following-up on our end. We want to resolve this issue as soon as possible, and will continue to reach out to you until this is resolved. In order to help trouble shoot it would be helpful to understand the configuration of your set-up (MacBook Pro model, drives used including brand, capacity & model number, daisy chaining, and any other factors regarding your set-up). Your case has been elevated to our Director of Support and we will be in touch. You can also contact support at email@example.com to reach us directly.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
In terms of visual appeal, the Drobo is clean - black, with bright lights, and some color aspects make it truly stand out.
Overall, I would certainly recommend the Drobo for those who need to store large amount of data and/or those who want to keep it all in a secure location.
The Drobo 5D3 is the same great Drobo frame with some extra ‘oompf’ behind it. It has up to a 2X performance boost over the Drobo 5D (Interfaces: 2X Thunderbolt 2, 1X USB 3.0) and the second new product released by Drobo in 3 months time (5N2 was released in March).
The 5D3 was designed for lightning fast workflows for creative professionals and small businesses that needed superior performance and high capacity storage. With it’s five drive-bay design and ability to hold up to 64TB of storage, it’s great to use as a central backup system as well as media storage for live video editing. Because it uses Thunderbolt 3, the 5D3 can transfer at speeds up to 800/346 MB/s read/write (with SSD + mSATA). The increased speed and Thunderbolt technology allow for more pixels and clarity on 4K/5K displays for editing purposes. You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices together.
As always, Drobo designed the 5D3 to be simple, safe, and smart. Customers come first with Drobo and they prove that by providing this easy to use, manageable system. The Drobo 5D3’s package includes the Drobo unit, a Thunderbolt 3 cable, power supply, and a quick start card. Just like it’s cousin units, the 5D3 features 5 carrier-less drive bays. This means that you can insert any 3.5” HDD or SSD without having to use an adapter. It simply slides into the bay and clicks into place when the locking mechanism pops out. They can stick just a bit so don’t think it’s jammed if you have a little trouble getting it to lock into place at first. One of the things I truly love about Drobo is that you have the option to choose whatever drives you want. Some RAID systems have requirements or come with certain drives pre-installed. Drobo makes it easy to exchange a drive when it fills up or fails. In addition to the at a glance stoplight LED indicators, you always have full access to your Drobo’s health and system status through the Drobo Dashboard software on your computer.
Each 5-bay Drobo has a LED light system that shows the status and capacity of the Drobo. The status LEDs show you at a glance what is going on with the system. Green means all systems are fine and operational. Yellow means that a drive may need to be replaced soon. Red means that you need to replace a drive and flashing red means that you need to replace the drive immediately. Along the bottom of the Drobo, there are blue LEDs that indicate the storage capacity of the system. There are 10 lights that indicate a percentage of usage from 0-100%. Even the power light shows the power status of the Drobo (green = on; yellow = standby mode; red = overheated).
All in all, your setup time should only take about 10 minutes from unboxing to powering it on. It may take a bit longer for your hard drives to format especially if you previously used them for something else. Drobo actually provides a very simple migration method to move your data from an older model (Drobo S, 4Bay (Gen3), 5C, 5D/5Dt) to the 5D3. First, you upgrade the firmware on both units. Then you power off the Drobo and pull the drives out of the older unit and place them into the 5D3. Then you power on and connect your new Drobo to your computer.
I’ve been fortunate enough to use the new Drobo 5D3 for the past few weeks and I can’t tell you how happy I am with it. Over the past two years, Drobo has been innovating with new products and really stepping up its game. When I heard that they were adding the new age of Thunderbolt to their already amazing BeyondRAID systems, I was ecstatic. As you can tell I get pumped over great technology and knowing my previous experiences with Drobo I felt I would be in for a treat. Let me tell you — they didn’t disappoint.
If you are into media editing and are running a computer with Thunderbolt 3 this device is a no-brainer. The transfer speed and ease of use makes the expense worth every penny. The thought of knowing your projects are secure from drive failure and that replacing a drive is as simple as just popping the old one out and sliding a new one in without the use of tools is mind blowing. I’ve had the opportunity to use other RAID systems but none compare to what Drobo offers as they really do have the best most efficient device around.
Even though there are a lot of endurance tests that could be run on the 5D3, I opted to keep my trials simple. For my purposes, I plan on using the 5D3 as a storage space for my media as I edit videos. So, I simply wanted to see how quickly files would transfer from the computer desktop to the Drobo. I used a folder with different types of media from RAW photos, high-resolution videos, MP3s, and software DMG files. The folder size was 37.12 GB in size and I was able to move it from my Mac to the Drobo 5D3 in two minutes and seven seconds. I would like to state here that I currently have HDD drives in the 5D3. There is an mSATA card installed, which helps to manage the efficiency of the entire system. That said the transfer time of just over 2 minutes for that size of a file is pretty amazing.
In addition to the drag and drop test, I also ran a BlackMagic Speed Test on the drives. The results are shown in the video. And even though it’s showing a bit slower than the average specs from Drobo, that could be because my drives are all HDD and not SSD. That said, my file transfer test above shows a very quick transfer rate — faster than the BlackMagic test and the specs actually show. I can also report that editing from the 5D3 is a breeze. I’ve not had any connection issues or file locations lost.
A couple of additional features that I really love about Drobo storage arrays that are not often talked about are the internal backup battery and DroboCare. Drobo not only protects against drive failure, but it also provides an additional level of protection during power outages. There is an internal battery backup that sort of works like a UPS does. It moves any in-flight data to onboard flash in your Drobo. This technology ensures your important information is safe if the power is interrupted and will move that data back to the disk drive once power is restored. And Drobo Care provides you with peace of mind (sort of like Apple Care does) where if an issue occurs with the storage array itself, Drobo will send a replacement unit and pay for the shipping. This program does not cover failed hard drives, but service begins the day you activate DroboCare.
The Drobo 5D3 is made with the customer in mind. Drobo product designers and executives really did their research when they went to the drawing board for this impressive storage solution. The drive bay system retails for $699 (drives not included).