|Item model number||DRDS4A21-6TB|
|Operating System||PC; Mac|
|Item Weight||8.6 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||24 x 17 x 13 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||24 x 17 x 13 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||December 15, 2013|
Drobo 5N 6TB: Network Attached Storage - 5 Bay Array - 6TB Storage Included with 3 x 2TB Hard Drives - Gigabit Ethernet Port (DRDS4A21-6TB)
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|Compatible Devices||PC; Mac|
|Digital Storage Capacity||6000 GB|
About this item
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- Highly scalable network storage array with 64TB filesystem support. Operating Temperature: 10 degree Celsius – 35 degree Celsius
- Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Supports myDrobo Platform, DroboAccess encrypted-end-to-end remote access, and DroboPix allowing secure and automatic uploads of mobile photos and videos
- Battery-backed memory to protect against power interruptions with built in internal power supply
- Optional mSATA SSD boosts performance up to 10X (mSATA card not included)
- Award-winning BeyondRAID automated data protection. On-the-fly and instant capacity expansion
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Drobo 5N 5-Drive Network Attached Storage (NAS) Array, Gigabit Ethernet
- The Drobo 5N was designed to deliver the best file sharing experience available. From the moment you open the box, it is perfect for any connected home, home office, or business environment that needs simple, safe storage for sharing and backing up data over the network.
- Not only is the Drobo 5N fast, but also easy-to-use, expandable, and automatically protects against hard drive failure(s). It’s perfect for storing large collections of photos, movies, music and documents and integration with Apple Time Machine makes it an excellent way to back up all your Macs to a single device. Supports myDrobo Platform and DroboAccess encrypted-end-to-end remote access, and DroboPix that allows secure and automatic uploads of mobile photos and videos. DroboApps support, including CrashPlan, ElephantDrive, BitTorrent Sync, ownCloud and Plex.
What's in the Box?
- Drobo 5N
- 6 ft (1.8 m) Ethernet cable
- 6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
- Quick Start Card
Designed with You in Mind
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 5N was designed to work just as well on your desk as it does in an office environment. Users can also dim the lights and configure drives to spin down when not in use.
All Your Stuff, Automatically Safe
Built on BeyondRAID technology with single or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo 5N protects your data without any user interaction. Consult the online capacity calculator to determine how the choice of drive size, number of drives, and protection levels affect available capacity at the official website. Drives can be added or replaced on-the-fly 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 slot or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.
High-Speed Gigabit Connectivity
The Drobo 5N is equipped with high-speed Gigabit Ethernet 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. You can even connect the Drobo 5N directly to the Ethernet port on your computer without having to configure any settings.
SSD Acceleration Boosts Performance up to 10X
Most storage arrays use either all hard drives or all SSDs. The Drobo 5N delivers the best of both worlds by intelligently combining hard drives and SSDs to deliver both capacity and performance. Using a small form-factor SSD boosts performance of popular applications such as Apple iPhoto and Adobe Lightroom by up to 10X!
Do More with Popular Apps
Drobo offers dozens of popular applications that extend the capabilities of the Drobo 5N. Whether you want to stream media or backup to the cloud, DroboApps have you covered. Popular apps include Barracuda Copy for remote access, ElephantDrive for cloud backup, and Plex for media serving. Seamless integration with Drobo Dashboard makes using DroboApps as simple as checking a box.
Power Protecting Your Critical Data
Drobo doesn’t just protect your critical data from drive failure, but also from power outages. The Drobo 5N includes a battery that protects all data – whether active or at rest. Should the power go out while using your Drobo, the battery will protect everything until the power is restored. The battery recharges automatically and is designed to last for the entire life of the product.
The myDrobo Platform
- The myDrobo platform extends the functionality of Drobo NAS devices by providing a secure and fully end-to-end encrypted path to selected Drobo Apps. The DroboAccess iOS and Android app allows Drobo NAS owners to access their data anywhere, anytime through a secure and encrypted network. This allows Drobo consumers and SMBs to quickly and easily setup their own private cloud storage solution with the ability to view documents from a web browser or from the DroboAccess mobile app.
- DroboPix app allows owners to easily and automatically upload their photos and videos from their Android or iOS device to a network Drobo. The files are automatically uploaded over Wi-Fi and are securely backed up and protected on a Drobo.
The Drobo 5N was designed to deliver the best file sharing experience available. From the moment you open the box, you’ll know there’s nothing like it. It’s perfect for any connected home, home office, or business environment that needs simple, safe storage for sharing and backing up data over the network. Not only is the Drobo 5N fast, but also easy-to-use, expandable, and automatically protects against hard drive failure(s). It’s perfect for storing large collections of photos, movies, music and documents and integration with Apple Time Machine makes it an excellent way to back up all your Macs to a single device. Supports myDrobo Platform and DroboAccess encrypted-end-to-end remote access, and DroboPix that allows secure and automatic uploads of mobile photos and videos. DroboApps support, including CrashPlan, ElephantDrive, BitTorrent Sync, ownCloud and Plex.
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Update: The drobo support system eventually replaced my bricked drobo with another used one. It works ok. (Mine had upgraded fans and was like new condition.) Once I made a support task Drobo was good to keep on top of my issues. The replacement works well. Drobo is designed for the tech challenged. When drobo works, it works well. When it fails all the dumbed down stuff makes it impossible to fix. No factory resets, no manual connections to repair it.
If the cloned drive is received and recovered and I can rebuild the pack and recover my data, I will update this review.
Until the failure, this Drobo 5N worked fine, but the whole idea of a NAS with a redundant drive is the ability to recover after a single drive failure. Drobo has failed this test.
Most of the other NAS devices in the 500-1000 range had all kinds of features that I really didn't want to be bothered with. I just wanted to be able to set it up and forget it.
The ability to add a drive of any size while the device is running is a big plus for me. They do not need to be matched drives.
The fit and finish is superb. The user interface is equally high quality: minimal lights show drive health and capacity.
I added 4 WD Red 3TB drives and a small SSD in the mSATA bay. I normally get between 40 and 100 MB per second over my gigabit network.
Please note that all of your switches need to support gigabit in order to get good performance throughout. Another note: non-gigabit devices in the same switch can cause issues: one day I noticed I was only seeing 3 or 4MB/sec flowing through and traced this problem to a VOIP phone I had plugged in to the Netgear switch upstream of the Drobo. Perhaps other switches don't slow down to the lowest-common-denominator, but this one did.
I used the desktop utility to set up a few shares, one of which is configured for Apple Time Machine.
I have a Linux box across the room that has my Plex media on it, and I have cron jobs set up that mount the Drobo share every night and use rsync to back up the Plex media.
Note: The Drobo can now act as a Plex server, but the processor doesn't have the grunt needed for transcoding, so as long as your shows are all in the correct format for your viewing devices you should be OK, but don't expect it to reformat on the fly.
The Drobo emails me occasionally when things happen, such as me adding a drive.
A few weeks ago it started making a lot of fan noise, so I did some research and found a blog where a fellow described exactly how to replace the fan, and which part to order. Search for "Netscraps Replace Noisy Drobo5N Fan" for that article.
After about a half hour of work my Drobo was up and running. It did complain because one of the drives wasn't seated correctly, and once I had reseated it the Drobo still spent the night rebuilding itself. It's back to its good old ways now.
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This happened again this weekend, there was a software update, but this time my file system on drobo ended up being corrupted and made accessing folders over web impossible for users. I could not fix it. Now it has to do a factory reset, to get back to normal.
Let me ask you a question? Why would anyone want to buy something which requires factory resets, constant updates and issues for your users to access simple files over network? To me, this is an essential function that should work without flaws. This product is flawed, and I would not invest, or purchase Drobo product ever again.
I highly recommend all consumers to research Synology and QNAP products before making your choice.
In my opinion, this box has serious flaws, and should not be considered if you have valuable information.
Do not buy, please, spend your money elsewhere!
This device is great, with dual gigabit ports, and when used with a mSATA ssd for a cache, blindingly fast on a gigabit network.
The console software is a bit of a pain, as it's over designed and I'm not a huge fan of their app system as it is under designed, but when used simply as a remote RAID NAS, it's excellent.
My only caveat is that it is a bit loud when it spins up fully, I wouldn't want it on my desktop in my quiet home office, but if you can put it out of the way, it's not an issue.
To summarize, a powerful and fast NAS with single or dual disc failure resistant RAID, a bit loud and poor app implementation.
Customer service identified it as a hardware issue, but refuse to replace the unit. Despite the advertised life of ~10 years, don't expect it to last more than 1 year. Oh, and when it dies, you have to get a new Drobo if you want your data back because it is stored in their proprietary format and cannot be accessed without paying a large fee.
1 star rating - Unit and experience with the company fails at the very purpose this unit was designed for
Not the fastest NAS on the market but so easier management than regular raid array for expansion/upgrade of the total storage! Will never have to recreate the whole array of the backup unit / redo a full backup when the volume will be full on the backup unit... this is a big advantage as it take so much time to sync many Tb for the first full backup.
I find it loud however, compared to my Del T320, Mac mini, etc. both of which are library quiet. The Drobo fan is the only thing I hear in my living room
For better performance you MUST enabled Jumbo Frames and have a Jumbo Frame enabled switch. The performance difference on large media archives (video and photo) is dramatic.
I do suggest using the same size drives and an SSD catch.