Selecting Drives for Your Drobo
Drobo let’s you take advantage of mix and matched drives to maximize your storage capacity and minimize up front investment and costs over-time. This guide will help you select the right drive, allowing you to balance acquisition costs and performance requirements vs. capacity requirements.
Which Drives Should I Use?
Drobo’s BeyondRAID technology is designed to work with any drive depending on what is most important to you. Below is a recommendation of drives by Drobo type:
|My Drobo Is||Best Value||Performance||Best Performance|
|Drobo 5D||Green or Desktop||Red or Barracuda||Black + mSATA|
|Drobo mini||Blue or Green||Black or Momentus||Black + mSATA|
|Drobo 5N||Green or Desktop||Red or Barracuda||Black + mSATA|
|Drobo 800fs||Green or Desktop||Red or Barracuda||Black|
|Drobo 800i||See Table Below||See Table Below||See Table Below|
|Drobo B1200i||See Table Below||See Table Below||See Table Below|
Matching Drives to Your Application:
Drives have varying cost, performance and reliability characteristics. The table below shows drive type options by usage.
|Drive Type||Bulk Online Storage||Backup||File Sharing||Media Editing||Database SQL/Exchange||Virtualization|
|7200 RPM SATA||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
- Configuration note for B1200i: if being used for running databases, or hosting virtual machines, then a minimum of six (6) hard drives and (3) SSDs is recommended.
- Consult the Drobo.com Knowledge Base for a list of SSDs that have been tested and qualified for use in the B1200i.
How Many Drives Should I Use?
With only two drives in your array, Drobo will protect your data against a single drive failure. With a minimum of three drives, Drobo’s with five (5), eight (8), or twelve (12) drive bays have a user selectable option to protect against two simultaneous drive failures. Consult the on-line capacity calculator to determine how your choice of drive size, number of drives, and protection levels affect available capacity at: www.drobo.com/products/capacity-calculator.