How Drobo 5D3 Energizes Your Creativity Using Thunderbolt™ 3

Designed from the ground up, our dynamic and lightning fast, Thunderbolt™ 3 direct attached storage (DAS) solution, Drobo 5D3, is supercharged for creative professionals, aspiring media users, and production studios.

Drobo 5D3 is built with performance using an upgraded Quad Core Processor, 2 Thunderbolt™ 3 ports, a USB Type-C port and an mSATA Accelerator Bay. In addition, the 5D3 is enhanced with our award-winning BeyondRAID® technology, creating simplicity and security.

Advanced Performance

During a creative process, workflow speed is everything. Having an optimized workflow creates a simpler process for you, while increasing the delivery time for your clients.

For the 5D3, we focused on performance enhancements by including an accelerated Quad Core Processor. This will provide speeds up to 2X faster than the previous generation.

This blazing-fast speed allows for performance with up to 800 MB/s read and writes up to 350 MB/s*

The mSATA Accelerator Bay renders 30% faster access to frequently used files from popular applications, such as Adobe Photoshop’s Lightroom, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and more.

Photo by Wedding Photography Studio, 375 Photography

Smart Connections and Expandability

The Drobo 5D3 includes connections and interfaces designed to enhance your workflow. It provides 2 Thunderbolt™ 3 ports, allowing you to daisy chain up to 6 Drobos for a capacity of 360TB.

By using a Thunderbolt™ 3 port with your MacBook or MacBook Pro, you will be able to trickle charge your Mac with up to 15W of power, designed to remove clutter in your workspace.

To transform your photos and videos with quality, 5D3 works with 4K/5K monitor displays.

Attaching the 5K monitor display improves your pixel density. It will also work with 2, 4K displays to enable any workflow process.

Don’t have Thunderbolt™? USB Type-C port provides an additional connectivity option to accelerate your data transfers.

Innovative Simplicity

Drobo 5D3 provides the ultimate security with protection against drive failures, power outages and drive installation.

Photo by Jonathon Williams. “Video editing on the road chasing athletes during the Red Bull X-Alps with the new Drobo 5D3 and Seagate IronWolf Pro Drives – insane speeds!” – Jonathon Williams

5D3 is ready for an unexpected power outage by powering its built-in battery. The smart battery will safely power down your Drobo in the case of power loss and pick up where it left off when the power is restored.

In addition to security, 5D3 will automatically protect against a single or dual drive failure. Replacing a failed drive is easy and no tools are required.

Drobo 5D3 allows you to focus on your creative process, without the hassle of storage or complicated RAID configurations.


Focus on your passion with the best storage experience. Ever.

*Benchmarks are based on all SSDs and mSATA card installed


By Nick Manocha
Nick is the Director of Products at Drobo. His focus is to enhance the customer experience and extend the Drobo product family. Nick is accelerating Drobo with his several years of experience, obtained while working at Apple and Brocade.