Drobo 5N 5Bay NAS (Review)

Drobo 5N is one of the most popular Network Attached Storage available for domestic and small end business owners. Drobo 5N is a safe, fast, easy to use and install, expandable and use Network Attached Storage device, also it automatically protects against hard drive.



Base unit cost is $489

Drobo 5N Costs
3 x 2TB $754
5 x 2TB $1,109
5 x 3TB $1,179
5 x 4TB $1,349



Connectivity 1 x Gigabit Ethernet port
Drives and Expansion
  • Up to five 3.5” SATA II/III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately)
  • One (1) mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance (sold separately)
  • Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required
  • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones
BeyondRAID Features
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy
  • Virtual Hot Spare
  • Data-Aware
  • Drive Re-ordering
Supported Operating System
  • Mac OS X 10.9 and higher
  • Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10
Networking Protocols
  • Common Internet File System (CIFS) / Server
  • Message Block (SMB)
  • Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
Hardware Features
  • Carrier-less drive bays
  • Power fail protection
  • Kensington Lock Port for security (lock not included)
Height 7.3 in (185.4 mm)
Width 5.9 in (150.3 mm)
Weight 8.5 lb (3.9 kg) without hard drives, power supply or packaging



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Using the firmware update tool you can update the firmware version of the Drobo 5N automatically.


Also See:  NAS for video editing and creators



1.TERRAMASTER F2-210 2-Bay NAS Quad Core 1GB RAM DDR4 Media Server Personal Private Cloud (Diskless)

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Product Description

  • An affordable, high-performance 2-bay NAS optimized for home and SOHO users, running the latest TOS 4.2 operating system.
  • ARM v8 quad-core 1.4GHz CPU with 1 GB RAM (NOT upgradeable), blazingly fast read/write speeds of more than 114 MB/s (RAID 0, SATA III 4TB NAS hard drives x 2).
  • Supports Emby and Plex media servers, which keep your videos, music, and photos personal media beautifully organized,always ready for on-demand streaming to your PC, mobile device, smart TV, or games console.
  • Compatible with 3.5″ and 2.5″ SATA HDD, 2.5″ SATA SSD. Each bay supports the HDD up to 18TB (Total of 36TB in RAID 0). For stable performance, dedicated NAS drives are recommended.
  • Supports Docker, cloud drive sync, multiple backups, remote access and mobile app. Dozens of free applications;Ultra-quiet heat dissipation technology.

2.TERRAMASTER F5-221 NAS 5-Bay Cloud Storage  Plex Media Server Network Storage (Diskless)

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Product Description

  • POWERFUL HARDWARE: Intel Apollo 2.0GHz dual-core CPU, and 2GB of RAM (expandable up to 4GB). Blazingly fast speed of 200 MB/s reading and 190 MB/s writing.
  • AES hardware encryption engine encrypts shared folders and network data transmission to keep data from unauthorized access.
  • Advanced Btrfs file system offering 71,680 system-wide snapshots and 1,024 snapshots per shared folder.
  • Real-time hardware transcoding of up to two concurrent 4K video streaming.
  • Features an aluminum-alloy shell and intelligent temperature control ultra-quiet fan, good in heat dissipation. Compatible with 3.5″ and 2.5″ SATA HDD, 2.5″ SATA SSD. For better and stable performance, please use dedicated NAS hard drives.

Also See:  Drobo 5N NAS Expandable Storage|Reviews

3.Synology 4 bay NAS DiskStation DS920+ (Diskless), 4-bay; 4GB DDR4

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Product Description

  • Two built-in M.2 2280 NVMe SSD slots permit cache acceleration without occupying storage drive bays.
  • Intel quad-core processor with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, over 225 MB/s sequential read and write throughput.
  • 4 GB DDR4 memory (expandable up to 8 GB); Scalable up to 9 drives with Synology DX517
  • Average 15% performance boost to photo indexing and other computing-intensive operations, as well as database response time.
  • By default, two camera licenses are installed; extra licenses can be purchased (CLP1, CLP4, or CLP8)

4.Syba 5 Bay Tool Less Tray Hot Swappable 2.5″ 3.5″ SATA III RAID HDD External USB 3.0 Enclosure Windows MacOS SY-ENC50118

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Product Description

  • Supports all brands of 2.5″ And 3.5″ Sate I/II/III hard disk Drive up to 10TB per drive up to 5 x 10TB. Support hard drive transfer rate up to SATA III
  • Raid support: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 3, RAID 5, RAID 10, span, and JBOD
  • East interface requires port Multiplier w/FIS-based switching on main computer to enable access to multiple HDDs simultaneously.

5.OWC 0GB Mercury Elite Pro Dual RAID USB 3.1  eSATA Enclosure Kit

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Product Description

  • 0 GB Dual bay USB 3.1 Gen 1 and eSATA equipped performance RAID enclosure
  • Hardware RAID 0, 1, span, and independent modes
  • Fast USB 3.1 Gen 1 & eSATA connectivity-Accelerate your workflow with transfer speeds up to 407MB/s
  • Supports 2 x SATA HDDs. All Cables included
  • 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty.

Also See:  Synology NAS a Flexible NAS storage to access files from anywhere | Reviews


Most Drobo products have been Out of Stock since the beginning of 2021 with fans of Drobo wondering about the lack of communication addressing the shortage and the future of the company. The store on drobo.com still lists all Drobos as ‘sold out’.