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Drobo 5D
Redefining Professional Storage. Again.
Redesigned from the ground up to meet the
data storage needs of today’s media creators
and demanding professionals, Drobo 5D builds
on the fully automated functionality of previous
Drobo arrays by adding blazingfast performance.
Leveraging cutting-edge Thunderbolt 2 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 Drobo 5D 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 and videos as well as
store and back up personal data.
Data Protection and Expandability
Made Simple
Built on award-winning BeyondRAID™
technology with single-or dual-drive redundancy,
Drobo 5D protects your data without any user
interaction, even in the event of multiple drive
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.
Power of Thunderbolt 2 and
Flexibility of USB
Thunderbolt 2 I/O technology provides
performance that’s up to 5x faster than the
previous generation Drobo S. This allows you to
move large amounts of data in a fraction of the
time it used to take.
Drobo 5D is equipped with dual Thunderbolt
2 ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six
Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt
monitor at the end of the chain. With six Drobo
5D arrays in a chain, you can have up to 300
TB of usable capacity. And, the bi-directional
20 Gb/s performance of Thunderbolt 2 allows
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all devices in the chain to achieve maximum
Drobo is the only storage array that offers
Thunderbolt 2 AND USB 3.0. This latest
generation of USB also offers high-performance
connectivity and is backward compatible with any
computer running qualified versions of Mac OS X
or Windows.
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.
Enhanced Time Machine Support
Apple’s Time Machine can consume all of the
capacity of an external storage system without
a simple way to set capacity limits. Utilizing
Drobo Dashboard the new Drobo allows users
to easily allocate a specific amount of capacity
to be dedicated for backups and preserves the
remaining pace for data storage.
Capacity AND Performance
Data-Aware Caching technology, usually reserved
for business-class storage solutions, is also
available in this desktop Drobo. It intelligently
uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to
accelerate performance of the storage array,
allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere
and Apple Aperture 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.
Designed for You
Drobo devices have always been space
efficient and the Drobo 5D is no exception. It
was designed to provide high capacity without
taking up a lot of your valuable desk space. It is
compact because of Drobo’s unique carrier-less
drive bay design, allowing drives to be installed
very close to each other. Drobo 5D is also
significantly quieter than previous generation
Drobos due to its tuned, large, variable-speed
cooling fan.
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. Often found only in arrays
that cost tens of thousands of dollars, Drobo
5D includes a battery that protects all data in
memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the
When power spontaneously goes away, the
battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for
the data to be written to nonvolatile storage. The
battery recharges itself and lasts for the life of
the product.
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–– 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
–– 1 x USB 3.0 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
–– Drive Spin Down
–– Dim Lights
–– OS X Time Machine Support
–– Thin Provisioning
–– Instant Expansion
–– Mixed Drive Size Utilization
–– Automatic Protection Levels
–– Single or Dual Disk Redundancy
–– Virtual Hot Spare
–– Data Aware
–– Drive Re-ordering
–– 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 2.7.1 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 10, 32 and 64 bit
–– Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
–– Windows 7 32 and 64 bit
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
File Systems
–– Mac OS X: HFS+
–– Windows: NTFS
Box Contents
–– Drobo 5D
–– 6 ft (1.8 m) USB 3.0 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
Visit the Thunderbolt technology site to learn more about this exciting new way to connect devices at
For more on Drobo’s innovative technology, visit
Read about Drobo BeyondRAID at
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