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Drobo 5D3 5-Drive Direct Attached Storage (DAS) Array – Dual Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 type C ports (DRDR6A21) $539

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The Drobo 5D3 was just added as a Prime Day lightning deal. The unit is new, and this is historically the lowest price I can find. It is a Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C DAS device with BeyondRaid technology that operates similar to a RAID 5, but allows you to use different size drives and scale the size after creating your volume.

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Created 07-17-2018 at 11:58 AM by Acutadean
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I get a headache everytime a NAS deal shows up. Reviews are so mixed. Can't wrap my head around and decide which one to buy.
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I get a headache everytime a NAS deal shows up. Reviews are so mixed. Can't wrap my head around and decide which one to buy.
The 5D3 is a DAS, so it doesn't have network functionality like most other NAS devices. I've been using RAID arrays for almost 20 years, and I've found the Drobo devices to provide the best balance in usability, performance and reliability. They aren't cheap, but I think they are ultimately a good value. This will be my fourth Drobo that I own personally, and I've managed multiple others. I've only had one loss of data, which was during an attempted migration to a new unit. Drobo support could never explain exactly what happened. After that I decided that I needed a better backup strategy since all of my data was at that point was living on a RAID-0 array when the Drobo failed, which was terrifying. I would suggest having at least two local mass storage volumes in case either one fails and three if it is mission critical, which would be the case for a Drobo or any other device.
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