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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 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 failures.
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 and
Flexibility of USB
Thunderbolt 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 Data Sheet | Drobo 5D
Drobo 5D is equipped with dual Thunderbolt
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 96 TB of
usable capacity. And, the bi-directional 10 Gb/s
performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in
the chain to achieve maximum throughput.
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.
Drobo is the only storage array that offers
Thunderbolt 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.
Capacity AND Performance
Data-Aware Tiering 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
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.
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.
Drobo 5D 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 any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache
– No carriers or tools required
– Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones
– 2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Operating System
Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
– 1 x USB 3.0 port
– USB cable included
File System Options
– Mac OS X: HFS+
– Windows: NTFS
– Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status
– Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later
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
Additional Software – Data-Aware Tiering
– Drive Spin Down
– Dim Lights
Hardware Features
– Carrier-less Drive Bays
– Power Fail Protection
– Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Size and Weight
Box Contents
Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Dual Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Re-ordering
– 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)
Mac OS X 10.7. or higher
Windows 7 32 and 64 bit
Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
Drobo 5D
2 m (6.6 ft) USB 3.0 cable
1.8 m (6 ft) 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 5D, 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
2460 North First Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95131 • 1.866.997.6268
©2014 Drobo, Inc. All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. The information contained therein is subject to change
without notice and is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. Drobo shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.
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