Drobo 5D3 5 Bay Direct-Attached Storage (DAS) Review


2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices, including 5K and dual 4K displays (Mac OS X only)
1 x USB 3.0, Type-C port
Drives and Expansion
Up to five (5) 3.5″ SATA II/III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately).
Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance with one (1) mSATA solid state drive (card sold separately).
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 Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations.
BeyondRAID Features
Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Re-ordering
Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
Drobo Dashboard version 3.1.1 or later
Operating System Support
Apple® Macintosh® macOS 10.11 and higher
Microsoft® Windows® 10
Microsoft® Windows® 8
Microsoft® Windows® 7
File System Options
Apple® macOS: HFS+
Microsoft® Windows: NTFS
Hardware Features
Carrier-less Drive Bays
Power Fail Protection with Internal Battery
Metal Chassis and Cover
Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Additional Software Features
Hot Data Caching
Maximum System Capacity: 64TB
Drive Spin Down
Dim Lights
macOS Time Machine Support
Two (2) year warranty
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
Power and Cooling
External Power Supply:
AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
DC Output – 12V, 10A, 120W max
Fixed, 120mm variable speed cooling fan
15W of power to slow charge a Thunderbolt 3 Laptop
Box Contents
Drobo 5D3
3.3 ft (1 m) Thunderbolt 3 cable
6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
Quick Start Card
Product Part Numbers
Americas: DRDR6A21
Europe, Middle East & Africa: DRDR6A31
Asia Pacific: DRDR6A61 / DRDR6A51