A Review of DROBO NAS Storage

Drobo is an expansive external drive which can hold up to terabytes of data. Drobo 5N is among the most famous network-attached storage products. It was intended to address the issues of performance and affordability. It also holds a little impression which is perfect for desk placement. It is easy to utilize and therefore suitable for beginners. Drobo 5N is proficient and very simple to use. Its primary application is to help share information.

Features of Drobo NAS storage

  • Dimensions is of 5.9 x 7.3 x 10.3 inches which is (150.3 x 185.4 x 262.3 mm)
  • Weight: (3.86 kg) without drives or some other external part.
  • CPU
  • Marvell Armada XP Quad-Core. The processor is a low power which has a 2 gigabytes system memory. Its operating system is Linux based and rests in a DOM from Apacer which is NAND streak based. Henceforth, the files that help to run the system are not in your storage array.
  • System Memory
  • 4x Sk Hynix 4Gb which is 2GB altogether
  • Drive Bays
  • 5 Tray-less
  • Cache Bay
  • 1x mSATA. This port takes into consideration quicker access to files which help in preventing reformatting.


It is versatile with a weight of 3.9kg without hard drives and other external parts. It is little in size and won’t take up a large part of space in your office.

It is easily expandable due to its ability to allow simple replacement of an old disk drive with new one.

It has a set of LED indicators that flash or make an action in case the drive is running low on space, or there is an issue with a specific drive. It prevents harm to your whole investment due to a malfunctioning disk.

It has a single port at the back of the system which is gigabit Ethernet while the other port is for the external power supply that sustains the system.

In case of power outage, the internal battery will flush any cached information to your storage system. The internal battery guarantees that your data is transferred to a safe storage place before shutting down. The rechargeable battery does not require any replacement ever in the entire life of the system.

It has five trays-less drive bays which are 3.5″ and accepts your drives with no mounting, for example, a Carrier.

It has a mSATA port that enables the user to install a solid-state drive through Drobo’s Data-Aware Tiering that allows for fast IO caching.

The viability of the drive will be dictated by your workload since it only caches workloads at a different rate.

It has a double redundancy which may reduce the available capacity; however, it gives the ability to withstand information loss in case the drive fails.

It is easily recognized by The Drobos Dashboard which allows configuration and setup of the gadget. The dashboard enables you to control and customize the 5N.

The Drobo 5N has security as a feature of the gadget. It can search and recognize any information that is corrupted. It protects your data all the times, and you will never again need to do the manual checks for any corrupted data.

It is compatible with most types of drives in regards to brands, models, and capacities. Regardless of whether it is an SSD or HDD drive, it will work with 5N.

The Drobo Apps platform offers several useful solutions and can be utilized to expand the performance of the 5N.


The Drobo 5N is sold at favorite online retailers for $489.99. The 5N diskless model is priced at $549 at Drobo stores. The stores allow clients to configure the system using the pre-installed plate. It additionally offers a choice in various capacities. At Drobo’s online prices, a 5N with five 2 TB drives runs US$1,099.The same gadget on Amazon goes at $490 and extra five 2 TB NAS hard drives for $98.95 each, which is under $1,000.


In The United States, the allowed warranty is one year which translates to 2 years in the European Union. Moreover, the user can enjoy 24/7 customer care telephone support which goes on for 90 days after purchasing the device. You can buy an additional warranty from DroboCare. One year warranty cost for about$129 while the increment is $279 three years.

Drobo 5N is well designed, easy to install and relatively quick. It is very affordable, flexible and expandable.

One thought on “A Review of DROBO NAS Storage

  • March 12, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Great review, made me buy one just now´╗┐


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