If you are looking for a drive solution that just works and can help ensure that it will be along time before you run out of space, ensure that you can get to your data quickly, and have the confidence of a backup, I would head over to the Drobo website and check it out.Read the full review →
Drobo is known for bringing easy-to-use professional storage to consumers with their BeyondRAID technology. The Drobo 5D is their latest storage array, featuring 5 drive bays with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connections to the host computer. In addition to this, Drobo also includes an mSATA slot if you want to increase the performance of your Drobo. All these improvements add up to a file copy experience that Wired calls "very fast" and MacLife calls it one of "the fastest Drobos ever." Unfortunately, there is one downside to the 5D, and that's noise. Popular Photography says that even with an improved fan, the 5D "can be loud enough to notice," so keep that in mind when placing it on your desk. The Drobo 5D isn't cheap, and it lacks an Ethernet jack for network connectivity but the combination of speed, easy-to-use software, and USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt ports make this a good option for professionals needing a backup solution.
The release of Drobo 5D ... ushers in a new era for the company’s small business and creative professional storage products, finally delivering the speed we’ve always craved, while retaining the classic security and ease of use Drobos are legendary for.Read the full review →
Should you buy it? The 5D is ultimately an expensive tool that does what it is designed to do—provide fast access to mission-critical, redundant data, and lots of it—extremely well. But it’s not a one-stop backup solution.Read the full review →
... limiting Thunderbolt access to Mac OS is a significant flaw and the price tag is higher than you would expect to pay for a high quality four-bay NAS. As such we find the 5D to be an even more niche product than we expected, but it is a good one.Read the full review →
Easy to setup and use. Once formatted using the DROBO Dashboard application it was a simple matter to partition the single DROBO volume into (in my case) four separate partitions. One of these I assigned foe time machine. This has worked perfectly just like using Time Machine on an ordinary...Read the full review →
Replaced my Drobo 2nd generation with a 5D and it's already a lot more responsive via USB2 then the 2nd gen was via Firewire800. Can't wait to get a Mac with Thunderbolt to unleash its full potential. The 5D is rocksolid, works well, easy to use for everyone who's not that technical. I never...Read the full review →