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Drobo 5D 5-Bay External HDD Case

Drobo has unveiled their newest 5-bay USB 3.0 + Thunderbolt external HDD case, the Drobo 5D.

The 5D can support up to 16 terabytes of protected, solid-state-drive- (SSD-) accelerated data with up to five drives and an additional SSD bay—the equivalent of 32 million photographs, 4 million songs, 1 million high-definition movies or 48 hours of uncompressed HD video.

The case is equipped with 1x USB 3.0 port, 2x Thunderbolt ports, built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy and can house a total of five 3.5-inch SATA HDDs.

Expect to see the Drobo 5D and Mini release this summer for $800 without actual storage.

Drobo 5D Specs:


  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • Thunderbolt and USB cables included


  • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
  • Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later


  • 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
  • Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations
  • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the 5-bay Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations

BeyondRAID Features:

  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Dual Disk Redundancy
  • Virtual Hot Spare
  • Data Aware
  • Drive Re-ordering

Additional Software Features:

  • 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)

Operating System Support:

  • 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

File System Options:

  • Mac OS X: HFS+
  • Windows: NTFS

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 (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)

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

Box Contents:

  • Drobo 5D
  • 2 m (6.6 ft) Thunderbolt cable
  • 2 m (6.6 ft) USB 3.0 cable
  • 1.8 m (6 ft) power cord with power supply
  • Quick Start Card

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