Drobo 8D DRDR7A21-96TB 8-Bay 96TB DAS Storage Array


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Capacity: 96TB

Interface Types: SATA, USB Type C, Thunderbolt

Form Factor: 3.5inx1.0in LFF Hard Drive

Electrical Interface: Thunderbolt 3 - 40Gbps

Bays/Ports/Slots: 8

Wattage/VA: 250W

Voltage: 110-240V Multi

Drobo 8D DRDR7A21-96TB 8-Bay 96TB USB Type-C / Thunderbolt3 DAS Storage Array - Brand New

Drobo 8D DRDR7A21-96TB 8-Bay 96TB (8 x 12TB Serial ATA) USB Type-C / Thunderbolt3 DAS / Direct Attached Storage Array - Brand New

Includes: 8 x 12TB SATA drives.

Transform your storage workflow. Meet the bigger, better, bolder Drobo 8D. At a 128TB volume size, the Drobo 8D is designed to meet the need for data intensive workflows. With lightning speed Thunderbolt 3, the Drobo 8D is the fastest direct attached Drobo yet. The Drobo 8D is the only Drobo with the Intelligent Volume Management, which allows for the flexibility of manual and automated management of storage pools.

Creative professionals will experience the editing power for media rich, high resolution workflows with the protection of Drobo’s patented BeyondRAID technology. The 8D is also ideal as primary storage for SMBs requiring reliable, easy to use, high capacity solutions.

This latest direct attached solution offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running supported macOS. Drobo 8D comes with an Accelerator Bay in a rear mounted slot for an SSD (not included) to enable the patented Drobo Accelerator Cache technology. The Drobo Hot Data Cache keeps a copy of your most frequently accessed transactional data so that it can be delivered even faster when you need it. Drobo 8D includes a battery that protects all data in flight. During a sudden power loss, the battery keeps the Drobo functioning long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage (written to an included internal SSD storage device), ensuring your important information is always safe. Drobo LEDs can also be dimmed to reduce light pollution in photo and video editing environments.

Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID
Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo B810i protects your data without any intervention – even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo’s with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption.

Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds.

To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity.

BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use.

Bigger. Better. Bolder
The Fastest Drobo Yet With Thunderbolt 3 Speed
Meet the bigger, better, and bolder Drobo 8D. Capable of supporting 16 volumes of up to 128TB, with a total storage pool of 256TB, 8D is designed to meet the need for data-intensive workflows. With lightning speed ThunderboltTM 3, the Drobo 8D is the fastest direct attached Drobo yet. The 8D comes equipped with a Drobo Accelerator Bay, and is the only Drobo with the new Intelligent Volume Management technology.

SSD Acceleration Boosts Performance
Most storage arrays use either all hard drives or all SSDs. The Drobo 8D delivers the best of both worlds by intelligently combining hard drives and SSDs to deliver both capacity and performance. The Drobo 8D gives you the option to enable Hot Data Caching through the Drobo Accelerator Bay on the rear slot. Using an SSD allows access to most frequently read data to deliver blazing fast speeds. This boosts performance of popular applications such as Apple’s Final Cut and Adobe Lightroom.

SSDs can also be utilized in the front bays of the Drobo 8D for Data-Aware Tiering, allowing for transactional data to migrate to the SSDs. This ensures that both writes and reads are accelerated.

Intelligent Volume Management
New to the Drobo product line is the Intelligent Volume Management technology available on the 8D. This technology combines the flexibility of manual volume configuration with the convenience of Drobo’s legendary automation, allowing for separation of file systems as customer needs dictate. The 8D allows the creation of up to 16 volumes with a maximum 128TB volume size, and a 256TB storage pool.

Power of Thunderbolt 3
Drobo 8D storage array offers a lightning fast ThunderboltTM 3 connection (macOS only) that is both fast and backwards compatible. This optimizes your performance when transferring large volumes of data. With the dual ports, the Drobo 8D connects up to six Thunderbolt devices or five devices and a monitor at the end of the chain. Supports one 5K or two 4K displays (with a Thunderbolt dock).

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.

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 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.

Drobo 8D
Standard Model NumbersDRDR7A21-96TB
Connectivity(2) - Thunderbolt 3 ports
Second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices, including one 5K or two 4K displays (macOS only)
Drives and Expansion
  • Up to eight (8) 3.5”SATA hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately)
  • One (1) 2.5” solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance (sold separately)*
  • Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required.
  • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones.
BeyondRAID Features
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy
  • Virtual Hot Spare
  • Data-Aware Tiering
  • Drive Re-ordering
  • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
  • Drobo Dashboard version 3.3.0 or later
Operating System SupportApple macOS 10.12 and higher
File Systems SupportedmacOS: HFS+
Hardware Features
  • Carrier-less drive bays
  • Power fail protection with internal battery
  • Metal chassis and cover
  • Rear slot for 2.5” SATA SSD
  • Hybrid Storage
  • Automated Data-Aware Tiering
  • Kensington Lock Port for security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features
  • Hot Data Caching
  • Maximum System Capacity: 128TB
  • Drive Spin Down
  • Dim Lights
  • macOS Time Machine Support
  • Intelligent Volume Management
Power and Cooling
  • Internal Power Supply:
    • AC Input – 100-240VAC~3.5A, 50-60Hz
    • DC Output – 12V, 20.8A, 250W max
  • Dual, fixed cooling fans
  • 15W of power to slow charge a Thunderbolt 3 laptop
  • Desktop Form Factor
  • Width: 12.17 in (309.1 mm)
  • Height: 5.46 in (138.7 mm)
  • Depth: 14.1 in (358.1 mm)
Weight16 lb 4 oz (7.4 kg) without hard drives, or packaging
  • Acoustics
  • Normal Operation: 30.4 dB
  • Operating Temperature: 10°C - 35°C (50° - 95°F)
  • Non-Operating Temperature (storage): -10°- 60°C (14° - 140°F)
  • Operating Humidity: 5% – 80%
  • Environmental: RoHS,
  • Regulatory Compliance for US, Canada, EU, Australia/New Zealand, Japan, and Korea: FCC Part 15 Subpart B; ICES-003 Issue 6; EN 55024, EN55032,
  • EN61000-3-2; EN61000-3-3; AS/NZS CISPR 32; VCCI-CISPR 32-2016; KN32; KN 35
  • Safety: UL, CB, CAN/CSA-22.2 No. 60950-1
Box Contents
  • Drobo 8D
  • 3.3 ft (1 m) Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • 6 ft (1.8 m) power cord

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Weight: 17.5 lb

Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer

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