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Drobo 8D 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure

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Designed to meet the needs of data-intensive workflows and SMBs that require high-capacity storage solutions, including Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Lightroom, and more.

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Designed to meet the needs of data-intensive workflows and SMBs that require high-capacity storage solutions, including Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Lightroom, and more, the 8D 8-Bay Thunderbolt 3 Enclosure from Drobo is equipped with eight 3.5" SATA drive bays. Built with two integrated Thunderbolt 3 ports, the 8D is compatible with systems running macOS 10.12 and later with the HFS+ file system. While one of the Thunderbolt 3 ports is used to connect the 8D to your compatible Mac, the second one is used to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt devices together, including one 5K display or two 4K displays. The Thunderbolt 3 ports also provide 15W of charging power for Thunderbolt 3 laptops.

To help complement the speeds of Thunderbolt 3, the 8D has been built with Drobo's Accelerator Bay, which uses an separately sold 2.5" SATA SSD in a dedicated 2.5" drive bay to boost system performance. It accomplishes this by placing data that is read or written into SSD storage. When the data is active, it is stored in the SSD and will be moved back to the hard drive tier as its use decreases. SSDs can also be used in the front bays of the 8D for Data-Aware Tiering, allowing for transactional data to migrate to the SSDs. This helps ensure that both reads and writes are accelerated.

To facilitate data protection, Drobo's BeyondRAID technology enables single or dual-drive redundancy. If there are any empty drive bays, BeyondRAID allows additional drives to be inserted into the array, where they would be automatically configured. If all drive bays are occupied, simply replace the smallest capacity drive with a larger one and BeyondRAID will handle the rest. BeyondRAID is also what allows drives of varying capacities to work in the same unit, which helps enable future expansion as larger drives become available.

Additional data protection is provided by the internal rechargeable battery, which helps protect data stored in the 8D's cache. If there were to be a sudden power loss, the battery allows the Drobo to stay powered long enough for the cached data to be written to non-volatile storage. Cooling is provided by dual fixed cooling fans and once installed, the hard drives can be configured to spin down when they're not in use, helping to further reduce noise and energy. Also, the LEDs can be dimmed to reduce light pollution when working in sensitive environments. The Drobo 8D includes a 3.3' Thunderbolt 3 cable and a 6.0' power cord with a power supply that operates using 100-240 VAC at 50-60 Hz. Protection is provided by a limited 2-year warranty.


General Features


Data Protection and Expandability

Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, the Drobo 8D protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.


Drives can be added or 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 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.


The Power of Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 technology provides fast transfer speeds. This optimizes your performance when transferring large volumes of data.


The Drobo 8D is equipped with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices or five devices and a monitor at the end of the chain. The 8D supports one 5K monitor or two 4K monitors. By having 8D arrays in a chain, you can have up to 588TB of usable capacity and achieve throughput by enabling the bi-directional 40 Gb/s performance of Thunderbolt 3.


Intelligent Volume Management

The Drobo 8D features Intelligent Volume Management, which is the flexibility of manual volume management and the convenience of automated volume management. Automated volume management allows for optimization of space allocation, which helps maximize storage resources. The 8D allows for the creation of up to 16 volumes with a maximum volume size of 128TB.


Enhanced Time Machine Support

Drobo is compatible with Apple's Time Machine, which will consume the capacity of an external storage system. By utilizing the Drobo Dashboard, you can simply allocate capacity limits for backups and data storage.


Capacity and Performance

The Drobo 8D comes with an Accelerator Bay in a rear-mounted slot for a 2.5" SATA SSD to enable Drobo's patented Accelerate Cache technology. The Drobo Hot Cache keeps a copy of your most frequently accessed transactional data so that it can be delivered at fast speeds. It also dramatically accelerates loading large photo libraries and other I/O intensive operations, which helps optimize your productivity.


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.


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, the Drobo 8D includes a battery that protects all data in the memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives.


During a sudden power loss, the internal battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage. The battery recharges itself and lasts for the life of the product.

Drobo Dashboard

Drobo Dashboard is the single tool used to centrally manage all of your Drobo devices. Drobo Dashboard displays status as if all of your Drobos were right in front of you with the same status lights and capacity gauge that are on the front panel. All administration tasks are a single click away.


Designed for You

Drobo devices have always been space efficient and the Drobo 8D is no exception. It is designed to provide high capacity, without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is compact because of Drobo's carrier-less drive bay design, allowing drives to be installed very close to each other. Users can also dim the lights and configure drives to spin down when not in use. Included is a Thunderbolt 3 cable.


Product Highlights


  • 8 x 3.5" SATA Drive Bays
  • 1 x 2.5" SATA Drive Bay
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • BeyondRAID Technology
  • Rechargeable Battery Helps Protect Data
  • Daisy-Chain up to Six Devices
  • Supports One 5K or Two 4K Displays
  • 15W of Charging Power via Thunderbolt 3
  • Supports macOS 10.12 and Later (HFS+)


Number of Bays 8 x 3.5"
1 x 2.5"
Media Card Slots None
Connections 2 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3 (40 Gb/s))
Compatible Drive Interface SATA
Form Factor Desktop
Hot-Swap Support Yes
Total Raw Capacity None
Type None
Flash Memory None
OS Compatibility macOS 10.12 or Later
Power Source Internal Power Supply
AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 3.5 A
Certifications RoHS, as per Manufacturer
Cooling 2 x  Fans
Built-In Speakers None
Audible Alarm No
IR Sensor None
Status Monitoring LED Indicator
Dimensions 12.2 x 5.5 x 14.1" / 309.9 x 139.7 x 358.1 mm
Weight 16.3 lb / 7.4 kg

Additional Information

Colour Black
Capacity Enclosure Only
Number of Bays/Drives 8
Type No
Model Identifier No
Connection Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s)
Form Factor No
Manufacturer Drobo
Manufacturer P/N DRDR7A21
UPC 816604020500
Shipping Restriction N/A

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