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Drobo 5C - 5 Bay Storage Array USB3 (Type-C)

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World’s First Self-Managing USB-C Storage Solution

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1 x USB 3.0 port
Width: 150.3 mm
Height: 185.4 mm
Depth: 262.3 mm
Weight: 3.9 kg without hard drives
power supply or packaging
Drobo 5C
USB 3.0 (1m)
Type-A to Type-C cable (2.8m)
Power cord with Power adaptor
Quick Start Card

Drobo 5C, a 5 bay storage solution is designed from the ground up using Drobo’s BeyondRAIDTM technology to be an affordable, secure storage solution for everyone. It includes the state-of-the-art USB Type-C connector for a simple way to attach Drobo to the computer.

It includes a 64TB volume size, protects data against hard drive failures and sudden power outages, while also using advanced self-healing. By creating a second volume it will protect your computer’s operating system and application files.

Protection From Drive Failure

Drobo 5C protects your data from a single, or dual hard drive failures. In the case of a failed drive, Drobo will immediately rebuild data using remaining available space. In the background, Drobo performs “data scrubbing and self- healing”, which means it validates your data and repairs any inconsistencies.

Power Protecting Your Critical Data

Drobo doesn’t just protect against drive failures, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Drobo 5C includes advanced battery backup technology that protects data in memory or cache. During a sudden power loss, Drobo protects in-progress operations by saving in progress operations to an internal SSD. The operations are resumed and written to the disks once power is restored. This ensures important information is safe and sound. The battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of your Drobo.

Economical Capacity Expansion

Drobo 5C supports a 64TB volume size, however, allows for expansion into this size. You can grow in to this, and provide only the capacity you need today. When more storage space is needed, simply add another drive, or replace a drive with a larger one. Drobo allows you to mix and match hard drives of any size or brand. This empowers you to buy the best drive at the best price when you need more space; instead of paying today for capacity you will not need until the future.

Second Volume for Backups or Full Disk Encryption

Drobo 5C allows for a second, fixed volume size. Drobo limits the amount of storage space you specify for the second volume. The rest of the capacity is available for storing other files.

Two ways to use a second volume:

  • Apple’s Time Machine: Specify the maximum size Time Machine can use for its versioned backups. This solves the problem of Time Machine slowly consuming all space on a drive.
  • Encrypted Hard Drive: Some information requires additional protection. A second volume can create an encrypted disk using Windows and OS X / macOS tools. Access to sensitive data is password protected.

Simple Setup – No Tools Needed

With Drobo 5C, hard drives slide right into the drive bays. No metal drive carriers, assembly screws necessary. The Drobo chassis is uniquely constructed of metal and the magnetic front cover is easy to install or remove.

As Easy as Reading a Traffic Light

Lights on the front show alerts of what’s happening, easy as reading a traffic light. Green, yellow or red lights show the drive status. Each blue LED light along the bottom, represents 10% utilisation, showing how much capacity is consumed. Unsure of what the lights mean? Simply take off the uniquely designed magnetic cover and all the information can be found on the back.

File Systems Supported

  • Apple macOS: HFS+
  • Microsoft Windows: NTFS