Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet, Holds 5x 3.5" SATA HDD & 1x mSATA SSD, Hot Swappable

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About Drobo

The Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet is the optimal solution for small network needs. It features 5 carrier-less, tool-less drive bays that can hold anywhere from a single 200GB to 4TB drives in each bay, for a total maximum capacity of 20TB (drives sold separately). The 3.5" SATA II/III drives can be of mixed capacity, spindle speed and/or cache size, which makes replacing and hot-swapping drives a breeze. It also accommodates one mSATA solid state drive for quick access to any program you need and allows you to keep the five 3.5" drive bays open for business.

Other features of the Drobo 5N that will command your attention are the features in the proprietary BeyondRAID technology of this unit. BeyondRAID supports RAID 1, 5 and 6 modes (single and dual redundancy for one to four or more drives), but additionally includes Thin Provisioning (the ability to swap a smaller drive with a larger one) Automatic Protection Levels (which uses the best algorithm to protect from drive failure depending on the number of drives that are inserted, without any user configuration) and many more.

Passing all of that data through a USB 3.0 port may be effective, but transmitting over a Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/100MBps port allows you to easily connect to your network without the hassle of transferring, moving a drive and transferring again. It also keeps the form factor down to a desktop square, convenient for offices short on space. And with the new large, tuned variable-speed cooling fan, it's much quieter than previous Drobos.

When considering consolidating your data, you have to look at cost, space and reliability. Many solutions can offer extras you don't need and many more don't reach far enough to protect your assets. The Drobo 5N offers you expandability, security and design efficiency.

Drobo Features

  • Built on 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. Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime
  • 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 wireless router and you're ready to go
  • 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
  • To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all five 3.5" drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs
  • 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 non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product

Drobo Specifications

0-20TB (Drives not included)
Array Type
Desktop external
Drive Types Supported
Drives of mixed capacity, spindle speed and/or cache can be used
Status Indicator
Drive bay indicator lights
Capacity gauge
Status lights
Input and Output Connectors
1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
Single, fixed, variable speed cooling fan
Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion
Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion
Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
Electrical Requirements
AC Input - 100-240VAC-2A, 50-60Hz
DC Output - 12V, 12.5A, 150W max
Dimensions (WxHxD)
5.9x7.3x10.3" / 150x185.4x262mm
8.5 lbs / 3.85 kg
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from Dalton, GA  -  Power user

It is so easy to setup. Amazing!


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Shopper  Best for photography thunderbolt?
JASON T  Only use it Ethernet gigabit. I can transfer 9gb files to the drobo is less than 4 minutes.
Shopper  does this include the hard drives?
Gene D  NO you have to buy the hardrives seperate. The drives such as Western digital red 2TB SATA/600 3.5 IHD You can get different sizes of drives 3TB ,4TB etc I returned it, because when I did a search for a perticular file, it could not find it. I purchased 2 LaCIE D2 Quadra 4TB, I now can search and find files needed. Because it goes through the MAC finder. I Love them, quality all the way.
Sam B  What does the Drobo warranty entail (how long, what kind of coverage, etc.)?
Andrew R  The manufacturer indicates that the included warranty is a 2 year limited warranty, Hardware exchange or advance replacement with Phone technical support for 90 days from date of purchase.
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