Dell PowerVault RD1000 Removable Disk Storage

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Tough and portable

Rugged, removable disk backup for servers or desktops through a simple USB port connection.

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Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    10 to 40°C
    Non-Operational: -40 to 65°C

    Thermal Gradient
    Non-Operational: 20°C/hour

    Relative Humidity
    20 to 80%, non-condensing
    Non-Operational: 10 to 90%, non-condensing

    Maximum Wet Bulb Temperature
    Operational: 29°C, non-condensing
    Non-Operational: 38°C, non-condensing

    -50 ft to 10,000 ft
    Non-Operational: -50 ft to 35,000 ft

    sine vib 0.25G peak, 3-200 Hz
    Non-Operational: random vib 1.54G RMS

    Operational: half sine 31G @ 2.6ms
    Non-Operational: half sine 71G @ 2 ms
  • Internal RD1000 Devices

    Voltage Tolerance: +5VDC ±5%, +12VDC ±10%
    Amperage Rating: 1.8A, 0.005A

Media Types

  • RD1000


  • With two RD1000 removable media: up to 4TB (native)


  • RD1000 Internal Devices

    Form Factor: 5.25 inch internal
    Height: 41.4 mm (1.63 inch)
    Width: 146.0 mm (5.75 inch)
    Depth: 171.9 mm (6.77 inch) including bezel
    Weight: 635 g (1.40 lbs)

    Form Factor: 3.5 inch internal
    Height: 41.4 mm (1.63 inch)
    Width: 101.6 mm (4.00 inch)
    Depth: 159.4 mm (6.28 inch) including bezel
    Weight: 408 g (0.90 lbs)

    RD1000 Media

    Form Factor: Removable Cartridge
    Height: 23.68 mm (0.93 inch)
    Width: 86.6 mm (3.4 inch)
    Depth: 119.18 mm (4.69 inch)
    Weight: 173 g (0.38 lbs)

Server Compatibility


  • Retrospect backup software


  • RD1000 Media Technical Specifications:


    2TB Media

    Capacity (Native): 2TB
    Average sustained transfer rate: Internal SATA 30 MBps / External USB3.0 80 MBps
    Burst transfer rate: Internal SATA 1.5 Gbps / External USB3.0 5 Gbps
    Average access time (msec): 15
    Function: Removable disk drive
    Logical block size: 512 bytes
    Support file system: ext2, ext3, FAT32 and NTFS (Default)
    Unrecoverable error rate: 1 error per 10^14 bits read
    MTBF Internal USB Device: 550,000 hours

    1TB Media

    Capacity (Native): 1TB
    Average sustained transfer rate: Internal SATA 30 MB/s / External USB 3.0 80 MB/s
    Burst transfer rate: Internal SATA 1.5 Gbps / External USB 3.0 5 Gbps
    Average access time (msec): 15
    Function: Removable disk drive
    Logical block size: 512 bytes
    Support file system: ext2, ext3, FAT32 and NTFS (Default)
    Unrecoverable error rate: 1 error per 10^14 bits read
    MTBF Internal USB Device: 550,000 hours


  • Unrecoverable error rate: 1 error per 10^14 bits read
    MTBF Internal USB Device: 550,000 hours
Removable Disk Drive vs. Other Storage

Removable disk drive versus other storage

The benefits of using a high-capacity, removable disk drive and accompanying cartridge like Dell PowerVault RD1000 are evident when compared to alternative backup media. Rugged, removable disk media offers increased portability and durability over standard USB-based hard drive storage. The PowerVault RD1000 cartridges are built to withstand a fall from nearly one meter so they are very durable, and the removable disk cartridges are small and lightweight and can be stored off-site for better disaster recovery protection. PowerVault RD1000 provides easy expandability — when you reach capacity with one removable disk cartridge, just insert in a new one. There's no need to buy additional hardware. PowerVault RD1000 includes backup software that provides data protection for faster data restores and reduced downtime.

PowerVault RD1000 features a protective disk drive cartridge that is available in 1TB*, and 2TB capacities. The RD removable disk cartridges are all interchangeable and preformatted. Archiving a collection of PowerVault RD1000 disk cartridges takes considerably less room than a similar amount of DVDs or CDs — it would take over 200 standard DVDs to hold the volume of a single 1TB removable disk cartridge — all while saving shelf space.
Hard Drive Speed and Reliability

Hard drive speed and reliability

The PowerVault™ RD1000 removable disk cartridge contains a Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, the same technology that Dell uses across the PowerVault disk storage line, PowerEdge™ server line and Dell Precision™ workstations external drive. SATA hard drive technology is a reliable industry standard for storage and an ideal long-term and durable media. Files transfer to PowerVault RD1000 at about the same time it would take to save to your regular PC drive, up to 80MB/sec.

Cartridge Drop Test:

RD1000 cartridges have been qualified to withstand a drop of one meter to a tile over concrete floor. In most cases the RD1000 cartridges can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters.
Tough and Compact Form

Tough and compact form

The PowerVault RD1000 functions lying flat or on its edge. Its compact profile takes up very little space on a desk or close to your server, allowing a backup solution that doesn't require rethinking your office arrangement. The removable disk cartridge is designed for durability and easily fits into a briefcase, backpack or even a coat pocket. The PowerVault RD1000's simple plug-and-play USB connection allows you to back up more than one system, or move it from home to office as you need. Each removable disk drive cartridge weighs about as much as a cell phone and is only slightly larger.

PowerVault RD1000 Disk Media

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