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Drobo 5D 5-bay Storage Array with Thunderbolt / USB 3.0

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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 blazing-fast 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 wraparound 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 previousgeneration 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 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 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.

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 compatibility with any computer running compatible 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 choose.

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 drives.

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 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 5D is also significantly quieter than previous-generation Drobos due to its tuned, large, variable-speed cooling fan.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: As of December 2013 the only cable included is 1 x SuperSpeed USB cable - 2 m. Thunderbolt cable sold separately.



Product Description
Drobo Storage for Professionals Drobo 5D - hard drive array
Device Type
Hard drive array
Total Array Capacity
0 GB
USB 3.0, Thunderbolt
Installed Devices / Modules Qty
0 (installed) / 5 (max)
Supported Drives
Storage Controller
SATA ( SATA 6Gb/s ) - RAID 1, 5, 6, 5 hot spare
Hard Drive
0 hot-swap - hot-swap
OS Required
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits) SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.7 Lion, Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Windows 8 (32/64 bits)
AC 120/230 V - 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (WxDxH)
15.03 cm x 26.23 cm x 18.54 cm
3.86 kg
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years warranty



Device Type
Hard drive array


Installed Devices / Modules Qty
Supported Devices / Modules Qty
Supported Drives


Total Array Capacity
0 GB
HDD Array External Interface
USB 3.0, Thunderbolt

Storage Controller

Interface Type
SATA 6Gb/s
Data Transfer Rate
600 MBps
RAID Level
RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 5 hot spare

Hard Drive

Hot-swap - plug-in module hot-swap

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Bays
5 (total) / 5 (free) - 3.5" - hot-swap
1 x USB 3.0 , 2 x Thunderbolt

System Requirements

OS Required
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits) SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.7 Lion, Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Windows 8 (32/64 bits)


Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Software Included
Drivers & Utilities


Power Device
External power adapter
Voltage Required
AC 120/230 V - 50/60 Hz

Dimensions & Weight

15.03 cm
26.23 cm
18.54 cm
3.86 kg

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support
2 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Limited warranty - 2 years

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Type: Storage enclosure
HD Size: 3.5"
Power Supply: Power supply
Brand: Drobo
Stock Status: Clearance
Price Range Inc VAT: 300 - 500

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