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I picked up a 5D a few weeks ago, and have just put it in to 'production'.  I'm using the 5D via USB3 plugged in to an ex-lease Dell Optiplex 3040 SFF.  Server OS is plain old Windows 10 Pro, and I'm running Sonarr, Emby, NZBGet, Crashplan, etc.


I have to say, I've been really impressed, and so far I've had no issues.  I played with it for about a month to make sure I was happy with it's performance and reliability when a drive dies.  I'm happy to say it passed all the tests.


The only thing I did do is to pull it apart (bye-bye warranty) and replace the stock fan (a surprisingly noisy Sunon Maglev MEC0251V3) with a venerable Scythe GentleTyphoon (the 1500rpm version).  Now the Drobo is basically silent, the only noise I can hear is the CPU fan in the Dell Optiplex, and it's not at all loud.  Cooling is probably better, because the Scythe is a high static pressure fan, so is designed for squeezing air through restrictions better than the rubbish stock Sunon.


Current config on the 5D is:




mSATA SanDisk X110 SSD cache



Please feel free to ask me anything.

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