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Everything You’d Expect in a Drobo

Designed from the ground up to meet the data storage needs of today’s media creators and demanding professionals, the 5D builds on Drobo’s fully automated functionality with blazing-fast performance in a compact design. Leveraging cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, along with the innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs) – Drobo 5D is the highest-performing personal storage array on the planet. Not only is it fast, Drobo 5D is easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and guaranteed safe.

Resources

Here are some resources to help you choose the perfect Drobo.

Need Help Choosing?

  • Which Drobo is Right?

    Our 4 easy steps to help you choose the right Drobo.

  • Capacity Calculator

    Approximates the space utilized with various mixed disk configurations.

  • Drive Selector

    Balance acquisition costs and performance requirements vs. capacity requirements.

  • Drobo Migration

    When it comes to upgrading your Drobo to a larger or newer version, you have several options.

Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID® Read More

Leave Your Limitations Behind… Go BeyondRAID®

Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo 5D protects your data without any intervention – even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo’s with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption.

Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds.

To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes™ are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity.

BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use. Learn More

Compact, Expandable Design Read More

Compact, Expandable Design

Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn’t be easier. There’s no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo – no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it’s time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique compact, carrier-less drive-bay design results in an attractive, efficient storage array that won’t dominate your valuable desk space.

If you’re running low on space, the lights on the front of the Drobo 5D tell you exactly what to do. The innovative, user-friendly industrial design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, on the fly, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Expand your capacity without missing a beat while safely storing and backing up all personal data with ease and peace of mind. It’s that simple!

Capacity and Performance Read More

Capacity and Performance

Usually reserved for larger enterprise-class storage solutions, the Drobo 5D gives you the option to implement Hot Data Caching through the Drobo Accelerator Bay. This feature intelligently uses high-performance flash to accelerate performance, allowing the fastest possible access to your data.

To keep capacity of your Drobo 5D at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all five 3.5” drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.

If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. Drobo 5D gives you the flexibility to choose! Learn More

Connectivity Without Compromise Read More

Connectivity Without Compromise

Drobo Mini and the Drobo 5D are the only storage solutions that offer Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity in the same box.

Multiple thunderbolt ports allow you to simultaneously connect up to six Thunderbolt devices at once. With bi-directional 10 Gbps performance, Thunderbolt technology allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.

This latest generation of USB 3.0 offers 5Gbps high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running qualified versions of Mac OS X or Windows.

Power Protecting Your Critical Data Read More

Power Protecting Your Critical Data

The Drobo 5D doesn’t just protect from drive failures, it also includes a battery backup system that protects all data in memory or cache. That’s right, Enterprise grade data protection for you on your Drobo 5D! If power spontaneously goes away, the Drobo stays alive long enough for the data to be written to disk, ensuring your important information is always safe. The onboard battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.

Specifications
Connectivity
  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • USB cable included
Capacity
  • Up to five (5) 3.5″ SATA II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately) and one (1) mSATA solid state drive (sold separately)
  • Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations
  • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the 5-bay Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations
BeyondRAID Features
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Dual Disk Redundancy
  • Virtual Hot Spare
  • Data Aware
  • Drive Re-ordering
Management
  • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
  • Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later
Operating System Support
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
File System Options
  • Mac OS X: HFS+
  • Windows: NTFS
Hardware Features
  • Carrier-less Drive Bays
  • Power Fail Protection
  • Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features
  • Data-Aware Tiering
  • Drive Spin Down
  • Dim Lights
Warranty
  • One (1) year warranty in the US or outside the EU or two (2) year warranty in the EU.
Size and Weight
  • Desktop Form Factor
  • Width: 5.9 in (150.3 mm)
  • Height: 7.3 in (185.4 mm)
  • Depth: 10.3 in (262.3 mm)
  • Weight: 8.5 lb (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)
Power and Cooling
  • External Power Supply: AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz; DC Output – 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
  • Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan
Box Contents
  • Drobo 5D
  • 2 m (6.6 ft) USB 3.0 cable
  • 1.8 m (6 ft) power cord with power supply
  • Quick Start Card
Optional Accessories
  • Acoustics – Normal Operation: 24 dBA

Drobo 5D

Smart storage that grows with you and protects what matters.