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Thunderbolt connection to a PC
01-06-2017, 12:30 PM
Post: #1
Thunderbolt connection to a PC
I'd like to take advantage of Thunderbolt connectivity, but before making any purchases I was hoping for some feedback. My desired setup is a Drobo 5D connected to a Windows 10 based PC housing a X99 Motherboard.

The MB has an internal TB header, so I was looking at getting these items to ensure compatibility ::
Does anyone know whether or not this should or shouldn't work? Since I'm not familiar with the connectors themselves, would this fit the Drobo without an adapter?
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01-06-2017, 06:20 PM
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RE: Thunderbolt connection to a PC
(01-06-2017 12:30 PM)cybergolem Wrote:  My desired setup is a Drobo 5D connected to a Windows 10 based PC housing a X99 Motherboard.

Oh boy. You've entered one of the pain points of being a Windows user with a Drobo. The answer is, no you can not use your Thunderbolt connections with your Drobo on Windows. If you try it, you computer will just say: "this thunderbolt device is not certified for pc use"

I found this out the hard way as well. I have an Asus motherboard with Thunderbolt 2 support and when I tried to hook the Drobo up via Thunderbolt I discovered this sad fact.

Apparently, Drobo is either unable or unwilling to implement Thunderbolt support in Windows (the most used OS in the world).

Nobody knows why.

You can see the other threads on this topic as covered before.

THUNDERBOLT DRIVERS FOR WINDOWS?
http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showthr...http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showthr...http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showt

Win8.1 and 5D Thunderbolt
http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showthr...http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showthr...http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showt

It's baffling and discouraging to be sure.
But Drobos do tend to be rather slow, so as far as speed increases, you probably wont see a big difference between Thunderbolt and USB 3, I think. I often have issues with speed and I'm using USB 3.0. But no one can be sure because they wont support it. Plus it's nice to have another way to connect it anyway.
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01-20-2017, 12:36 PM
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RE: Thunderbolt connection to a PC
It seems that I am in the same situation. I just bought a Drobo 5Dt to be used with a HP Z840 Workstation. It has a Thunderbolt 2, USB Type C and 3.1 in addition to the USB 3.0. Once connected to the Thunderbolt 2 connection, the HP software recognizes the Drobo as a connected device: no errors. The Drobo Dashboard however will not see the Drobo. When I called Drobo Support they said that Thunderbolt for Windows is not supported. I actually called before I bought it and that was not mentioned. Also, it seems that there is not a Type C nor 3.1 connection either.

At least it is an upgrade from my 1st Gen Drobo but perhaps not worth the price I paid for features that I cannot use.

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01-24-2017, 07:28 PM
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RE: Thunderbolt connection to a PC
(01-06-2017 12:30 PM)cybergolem Wrote:  I'd like to take advantage of Thunderbolt connectivity, but before making any purchases I was hoping for some feedback. My desired setup is a Drobo 5D connected to a Windows 10 based PC housing a X99 Motherboard.

The MB has an internal TB header, so I was looking at getting these items to ensure compatibility ::
Does anyone know whether or not this should or shouldn't work? Since I'm not familiar with the connectors themselves, would this fit the Drobo without an adapter?


I have an X99 MB with plenty of Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and USB 3.0 connectors. The Drobo only works properly off the USB 3.0. They don not support Thunderbolt at this time on Windows, and I knew this. I was hoping that they would support it at a future date. Since that would double the USB 3 speeds. Either way, it's still the fastest DAS of all and I'm ok with the USB 3 speeds for now.
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