Drobo 5N
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
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switch or 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 choose.
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
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 Dashboard.
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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–– 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
Hardware Features
–– Carrier-less drive bays
–– Power fail protection
–– Kensington Lock Port for security (lock not included)
Drives and
–– Up to five (5) 3.5”SATA II/III hard disk drives or solid
state drives (sold separately).
–– One (1) mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo
Accelerator Bay for increased performance (sold
–– Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed
and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools
–– Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives
with larger ones.
Additional Software
–– Hot Data Caching
–– DroboApps
–– Drive Spin Down
–– Dim Lights
–– OS X Time Machine Support
–– Cloud access
–– Thin Provisioning
–– Instant Expansion
–– Mixed Drive Size Utilization
–– Automatic Protection Levels
–– Single or Dual Disk Redundancy
–– Virtual Hot Spare
–– Data Aware
–– Drive Re-ordering
–– 64TB filesystem support
–– One (1) year warranty in the US or outside the EU or
two (2) year warranty in the EU
–– Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status
–– Drobo Dashboard version 2.7 or later
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 (3.9 kg) without hard drives, power
supply or packaging
Operating System
–– Mac OS X 10.9 and higher
–– Windows 8/8.1
–– Windows 7
Power and Cooling
–– External Power Supply:
• AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
• DC Output – 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
–– Fixed, 120mm variable speed cooling fan
Network Protocols
–– Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server Message Box Contents
Block (SMB)
–– Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
–– Drobo 5N
–– 6 ft (1.8 m) Ethernet cable
–– 6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
–– Quick Start Guide
How to Choose the Right Drive
Drobo gives you the flexibility to use a wide variety of drive types and capacities. To find out which drive is right, visit
More Information
For more on Drobo’s innovative technology, visit www.drobo.com/how-it-works.
Read about Drobo BeyondRAID at www.drobo.com/how-it-works/beyond-raid.
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