Daisy-chaining with Your Drobo 5D

With the Thunderbolt port, you can connect the Drobo 5D directly to your computer or to another Thunderbolt-enabled device in a daisy-chain manner. The Drobo 5D performs best when it is the first in the daisy-chain, but it can also be in the middle or at the end.

You can daisy-chain up to six peripheral devices and one display (which can be a DisplayPort monitor) from a single computer. The non-Thunderbolt display needs to be at the end of the chain.

Note: As long as they are plugged in, Drobo devices do not need to be powered on for Thunderbolt interfaces to remain active. This enables other devices in the chain to remain accessible by the computer.

Click here for illustrative examples of your Drobo 5D in a daisy-chain.

As you follow the steps below, refer to the following image.

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1.     Plug one end of the Thunderbolt cable into the back of your Drobo 5D.

2.   Do one of the following:

         Plug the other end of the cable into your host computer, so that the Drobo 5D is the first peripheral in the daisy-chain. Be sure to connect the next Thunderbolt-enabled peripheral or non-Thunderbolt display monitor to the second port on your Drobo 5D, as needed to extend the chain.

         Plug the other end of your cable into another Thunderbolt-enabled device that is attached to your host computer. You can optionally connect another Thunderbolt-enabled peripheral or non-Thunderbolt display monitor to the second port on your Drobo 5D, as needed to extend the chain.

3.     Connect the power supply to the power connection at the back of your Drobo device.

4.     Connect the other end of the power supply to a power source.

Note: We recommend plugging into an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or surge protector. For more information, see Using Power Protection.

You are now ready to turn on your Drobo device and format the drives.

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