What SSDs can I use with B1200i/B810i

Article Id: AA-01413 Last updated date: 11-30-2017

The Automated Data-Aware Tiering technology utilizes up to three enterprise-class SSDs to maximize performance, while the SATA/SAS drives ensure maximum capacity and handling of bulk or streaming loads.

Click here for a detailed FAQ document.

As long as the B1200i is using 1.1.0 or newer firmware, any Enterprise-Class SSD should function correctly with the array. Click here for detailed info on choosing the correct drives for your B1200i.

NOTE: The B1200i is not compatible with Sandforce-based SSDs such as Intel 330, Intel 520, Corsair Force 3. For more details on this, please read this article

Ensure that you are using the latest firmware and Dashboard software and that you have this article on ensuring proper performance.

Remember that, by default, the Drobo B1200i Dual-Disk-Redundancy enabled, so three SSDs must be used, in order to take advantage of the auto-tiering capabilities of the Drobo B1200i. Click here for more information.

For a How-To Guide on installing SSDs, click here.


Known Incompatible SSDs

The B1200i is not compatible with Sandforce-based SSDs such as those shown below.

Please see this article for details




Drobos are not compatible with Sandforce-based SSDs such as Intel 330, Intel 520, Corsair Force 3. For more details on this, please read this article

Most SSDs above are only available in a 2.5” form factor, while the Drobo B1200i drive bays only accept 3.5” drives. To use 2.5” drives in a Drobo, you will need to acquire a carrier to convert it to 3.5”. Drobo has tested the solutions from Icy Dock and their full metal products work well, specifically, products such as:

a. MB982SP-1S (SATA): http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=134

b. MB982SIP-1S-1 (SAS): http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=144



For information on configuring the B1200i, including use of DDR, click here.

For a How-To Guide on installing SSDs, click here.


If you have any questions about your new Drobo B1200i, please do not hesitate to contact us through one of the options listed onhttp://www.drobo.com/support/contact-support.php.

For the latest updates for your Drobo B1200i, please visit our website.





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