Object of Desire: Drobo 5C

January 6, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Drobo 5C

The new USB-C interface is slowly working its way through the digital universe and its next stop is the desktop external hard drive. Drobo 5C is one of the first out of the gate with a USB-C disk array. The five-bay 5C offers USB 3.0 speeds and uses the company’s BeyondRAID technology to keep your data safe without requiring an IT degree. The BeyondRAID technology lets you easily move between various RAID levels and supports thin provisioning to optimize your available storage capacity. You can also use all your available storage as a single volume. The drives are self-healing and have virtual hot-spares so if a drive fails, your data can be preserved on another disk automatically. Another critical protective element is built-in battery backup technology that ensures that data isn’t lost when the lights go out. Any data currently in the cache is saved to flash memory, and the battery recharges when the power goes back on. The battery is also built to last for the life of the unit. The 5C enclosure accepts any brand 3.5-inch hard drive or SSD and can house up to 24TB worth of drives.

PRICE: $349 (diskless)