Drobo Gen 3
Drobo 4-Drive Storage Array, USB 3.0

Drobo Gen 3

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Drobo Gen 3:


  • Scalable Desktop Storage Array
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • Holds 4 x 3.5-Inch SATA HDD's for up to 64 TB
  • Carrierless drive bay design,Power fail protection
  • Refer user guide below

Drobo Gen 3

Drobo 4-Drive Storage Array, USB 3.0

This third generation of the Drobo is more affordable and features a completely new architecture making it more than 3x faster than the previous generation. More impressive, rebuild times are 4x faster delivering maximum data availability in the event of a drive failure. With the inclusion of battery backup technology, Drobo provides even more data protection in the face of an unplanned power outage.

The latest generation of the Drobo 4-bay holds true to the unique design and simplicity that has made Drobo the best desktop storage solution for storing and protection all your data. No storage expertise is required to ensure your data is always safe and protected. Best of all, your Drobo will be ultra quiet and look great on your desk.


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Ultimate Investment Protection

Drobo takes upgradability to the next level. Not only can you upgrade capacity with no downtime by adding new drives or replacing smaller drives with larger ones, you can seamlessly upgrade to a new Drobo by simply removing the disk pack from your current system, and moving it to a new Drobo. Upgrading not only gives you an instant performance boost, but also delivers all the other benefits of the new Drobo.

All Your Stuff, Automatically Safe

Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo protects your data without any user interaction. Consult the online capacity calculator to determine how the choice of drive size, number of drives, and protection levels affect available capacity at drobo.com/products/capacity-calculator. Drives can be added or replaced on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you're running low on space, the lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty slot or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.

Fast and Flexibility with USB 3.0

With USB 3.0 support, the latest generation of the original Drobo is more than 3x faster than the previous generation. Not only will accessing your data be fast, but rebuild times have improved by 4x in this generation giving you the peace of mind that your data will be fully protected as quickly as possible. USB 3.0 gives the maximum flexibility to be able to plug in to any Windows or Mac easily and start storing or backing up your valuable data within minutes.

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Time Machine Backup Support

Pairing Time Machine with Drobo improves your data protection by ensuring your data is safe in the event of hard drive failure. Apple’s guidelines recommend allocating twice the capacity of the Mac’s hard drive for Time Machine. Time Machine users know that it will gradually use all available disk space without an easy way to stop this from happening. With Drobo you can easily control the maximum storage space available for Time Machine backups through Drobo Dashboard.

Power Protecting Your Critical Data

Drobo doesn’t just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. In every Drobo, we include battery backup technology that protects all data in memory or cache. When power spontaneously goes away, Drobo moves any in flight data to onboard flash in your Drobo so it will be protected and moved to your disk drives once power is restored. This ensures your important information is safe and sound. Even better, your battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of you Drobo.

What's in the Box

Drobo Gen3, 6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply, 6 ft (1.8 m), USB 3.0 cable Quick Start Card

Drobo Gen 3





Port USB
1 x USB3.0
HDD Interface
4 x 3.5" SATA (4 x Bay)


Form Factor
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.7. or higher
Windows 8 / 8.1 32 and 64 bit
Windows 7 32 and 64 bit

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System


External Power Supply:
AC Input: 100 - 240V AC ~ 2A, 50 - 60 Hz
DC Output: 12V, 12.5A, 150W max


Desktop Scalable Storage Array

Hot Swappable Drives

Battery Backed Memory

BeyondRAID Features
Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Dual Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Reordering

Additional Software Features
Drive spin down
Dim lights

Hardware Features
Carrierless drive bays
Power fail protection
Kensington lock port For security (lock not included)

Dimensions & Weight

6.30" x 5.00" x 10.70"
6.00 lbs.

Package Contents

Package Contents
2m (6.6 ft.) USB 3.0 cable
1.8m (6 ft.) power cord with power supply
Quick Start Card