Drobo 5N
The Faster, Easier Drobo for Your Network
The Drobo 5N was designed with one purpose
in mind: to deliver the best ever experience
sharing storage and accessing data. From
the moment you plug it in and it is instantly
accessible on your network, you’ll know there’s
nothing like it. The Drobo 5N is perfect for any
connected home, home office, or small office
environment needing a simple, safe device for
sharing and backing up data over the network.
Not only is Drobo 5N fast, but it’s easy-to-use,
expandable, flexible, and protected—exactly
what’s expected from a Drobo. You can safely
store and edit photos, videos, and audio files as
well as store and back up all the computers on
your network .
Data Protection and Expandability
Made Simple
Built on award-winning BeyondRAID™ technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo
5N protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.
And like all Drobo products, it’s fast and easy to
set up and no software configuration required to
have accessible storage on your network.
Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly
for storage expansion with zero downtime. If
you’re running low on space, the lights on the
front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in
an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and
replace it with a larger one.
High-Speed Connectivity
The Drobo 5N is equipped with a single Gigabit
Ethernet port for network connectivity and connects directly to your network to make sharing
your data easy. Just plug it into any switch or
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wireless router and you’re ready to go. You
can even connect the Drobo 5N directly to the
Ethernet port on your computer without having
to configure any settings.
Capacity AND Performance
Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually
reserved for business-class storage solutions,
is also available in this networked Drobo. It
intelligently uses the high-performance SSDs
to accelerate performance of the storage array,
allowing applications such as Adobe Lightroom
and Apple iPhoto or iTunes fast access to data.
If getting the fastest performance possible is
your thing, you can also load up every drive bay
with SSDs. Drobo gives you the flexibility to
Drobo Dashboard
Drobo Dashboard is the single tool
used to centrally manage all of your
Drobo devices. Drobo Dashboard
displays status as if all of your Drobos
were right in front of you with the
same status lights and capacity gauge
that are on the front panel. All administration tasks are a single click away.
Power Protecting
Your Critical Data
Drobo doesn’t just protect you from a drive
failure, but also from potential data loss after
a power outage. Drobo 5N includes a battery
that protects all data in memory, or cache, that
is, data on its way to the drives. When power
spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps
the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be
written to non-volatile storage. The battery
recharges itself and lasts for the life of the
Centralized Backup for
Your Entire Network
The Drobo 5N enables network backup for Mac
and Windows users. If you’re backing up your
Windows 8 computer to your Drobo, File History
is supported. The Drobo 5N also delivers the
most seamless support for OS X Time Machine
of any network storage system on the
market today. Using Time Machine with
Drobo 5N is as easy as one click in Drobo
Designed for You
Drobo devices have always been space
efficient and the Drobo 5N is no exception.
It was designed from the ground up to
provide very high capacity without taking
up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is
compact because of Drobo’s unique carrierless drive-bay design, allowing drives
to be installed very close to each other
Drobo 5N is also the quietest Drobo ever
due to its tuned, large, variable-speed
cooling fan.
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Drobo 5N Data Sheet
Drives and
• Up to five (5) 3.5” SATA I / II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately) and one (1) mSATA solid state drive
in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance
• Drives of mixed capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache
• No carriers or tools required
• Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones
• 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port (6 ft Ethernet cable
• Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server
Message Block (SMB)
• Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
• Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion
System Support • Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion
• Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
• Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Dual Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Re-ordering
• Jumbo frames (up to 9000 bytes MTU)
Data-Aware Tiering
OS X Time Machine Support
Drive Spin Down
Dim Lights
• Carrier-less Drive Bays
• Power Fail Protection
• Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not
Environmentals • Acoustics to come
• Operating Temperature, Non-Operating
Temperature (storage) to come
• Operating Humidity to come
Power and
• External Power Supply:
AC Input: 100 – 240VAC~2A, 50 – 60Hz
DC Output: 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
• Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan
Size & Weight
Box Contents
• Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge,
status lights
• Drobo Dashboard version 2.4 or later
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 (3.86 kg) without hard drives,
power supply, or packaging
Drobo 5N
6 ft (1.8 m) Ethernet cable
6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
Quick Start Card
How to Choose the Right Drive
Drobo gives you the flexibility to use a wide variety of drive types and capacities, but the process of choosing the ideal drive
is challenging. To find out which drive is right for the Drobo 5N, visit www.drobo.com/products/choose-drive.php.
More Information
• For more on Drobo’s innovative technology, visit www.drobo.com/how-it-works/index.php.
• Read about Drobo BeyondRAID @ www.drobo.com/how-it-works/beyond-raid.php.
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Copyright 2012 Drobo, Inc. Data Robotics, Drobo, DroboPro, DroboElite, DroboStore, BeyondRAID, and Smart Volumes are registered trademarks of Drobo, which may be
registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks used are owned by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Specifications subject to change without notice.
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