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Drobo 5D3
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  • Drobo 5D3 5-Drive Storage Array, Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.0 Type C

    The Drobo 5D3 is designed to meet the data storage needs of today's media creators and demanding professionals. Leveraging Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 Type C connectivity along with solid-state drive (SSD) acceleration (via mSATA), the Drobo 5D3 offers amazing performance in a compact desktop storage array.

    However, it’s not just fast. The 5D3 is also easy-to-use, expandable, and automatically protects against hard drive failure(s). Whether you need to edit high-definition videos, store a large photo library, or simply backup terabytes of data, the Drobo 5D3 delivers the perfect combination of speed, simplicity, expansion, and protection.

  • Power of Thunderbolt 3 & Flexibility of USB Type C

    Thunderbolt 3 technology provides performance that’s twice as fast as the previous generation, Drobo 5D. This optimizes your performance when transferring large volumes of data. Drobo 5D3 is equipped with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. Supports one 5K monitor display or two 4K monitors. By having 5D3 arrays in a chain, you can have up to 300 TB of usable capacity and achieve throughput by enabling the bi-directional performance of Thunderbolt 3.

    Drobo 5D3 is a 5 bay direct-attached storage array that offers Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0 Type C. This latest generation of USB, also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running supported versions of Mac OS X or Windows.

    *Laptops and computers with Thunderbolt 2 ports will require a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.

    Thunderbolt and the Thunderbolt logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

  • All Your Stuff, Automatically Safe

    Built on award-winning BeyondRAID™ technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5D3 protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.

    Consult the online capacity calculator to determine how the choice of drive size, number of drives, and protection levels affect available capacity at

    Drives can be added or hot-swapped and updated in real time 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.

  • Capacity and Performance

    Drobo 5D3 includes a built-in Accelerator Bay, with an mSATA card holder (mSATA SSD card not included). Our patented Accelerator Cache technology keeps a copy of your most frequently accessed data to deliver blazing-fast speeds. The accelerator cache can dramatically speed up loading large photo libraries and other I/O intensive operations, smoothing out workflows allowing you to optimize productivity. Usually reserved for larger enterprise-class storage solutions, the Drobo 5D3 gives you the option to implement Hot Data Caching through the Drobo Accelerator Bay. Using a small form-factor mSATA SSD (card not included) boosts the performance of popular applications such as Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Lightroom by up to 3x!

    Most storage arrays use either all hard drives or all SSDs. The Drobo 5D3 delivers the best of both worlds by intelligently combining hard drives and SSDs to deliver both capacity and performance. 

  • Designed for You

    Drobo storage arrays have always been designed with the user in mind. From the tool-less design that allows hard drives to be inserted without carriers or screws to the variable-speed cooling fan, the compact and quiet 5D3 was designed to work just as well on your desk as it does in an office environment.

    Drobo devices have always been space efficient and the Drobo 5D3 is no exception. It is designed to provide high capacity, without taking up a lot of your valuable desk space.  Users can also dim the lights and configure drives to spin down when not in use. Includes Thunderbolt 3 cable.

  • 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 5D3 includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives.

    During a sudden power loss, the internal 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.

  • DroboCare 3-Year Coverage

    Our world-class DroboCare support offers powerful protection for all Drobo products. Whether you depend on Drobo for your photo collection or critical business data, our trained professionals are available around the clock to help. In addition to extending technical phone support, DroboCare* offers a wide array of benefits over our standard warranty including migration assistance, expedited hardware and rescue kits to ensure you get everything you need, when you need it. With DroboCare, phone support is available 24x7, starting the day you activate DroboCare*.

    *Please note that DroboCare does not cover failed hard drives.

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