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Drobo 5D Five-Bay Direct Attached Storage Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Oct 23, 2013 2:07 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Drobo

Packaging and the Drobo 5D




The Drobo 5D comes in a rather attractive package, but at the same time it's simple and sleek. The front of the box shows the Drobo itself with logos adorning the exterior.




The backside of the box highlights many of the features of the Drobo.




Upon opening the packaging, we were greeted by the accessories box.




The Drobo 5D comes with a full host of accessories, some of the included good are the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables, the power brick and reading materials.




The power supply is made by FSP with an output of 12v @ 12.5 amps.




Pulling the Drobo out of the box, the experience and excitement grew seeing the 5D packaged further into a nice carrying bag.




The front of the Drobo stealth's the drive bays behind, along the bottom you will find a series of LEDs.




The backside of the Drobo 5D houses a massive 120mm cooling fan, below this we find the dual Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0 port and power and switch.




On the backside of the front bay door, the fine folks over at Drobo have included a layout or legend in regards to the drive bay LEDs.




Internally, the Drobo houses a custom motherboard. In the center of all of this is the CPU Marvell Armada that operates at 1.6GHz. Towards the top is the DOM that houses OS firmware and to the bottom the Thunderbolt PCB is on a daughterboard. Having the Thunderbolt I/O on a separate daughterboard should allow Drobo to upgrade to and release a Thunderbolt 2 spec sooner.




The Drobo 5D supports a single mSATA SSD on the bottom of the PCB. This is also accessible from the bottom of the enclosure.

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