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  • Storage robot - manage your storage
  • Works with mixed capacities
  • Choose spindle speed or cache that fits your current storage needs
  • Continuously upgradeable with larger and faster drives
  • Use the Drobolator to calculate the capacity and number of disks for your specific storage needs
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Technical Details
BrandData Robotics
Item Weight5 Kg
Product Dimensions271.8 x 152.4 x 160 cm
Item model numberEnclosure
  
Additional Information
ASINB001CSZMRK
Best Sellers Rank 56,360 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Date First Available21 July 2008
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Meet your new primary storage, the safe, expandable Drobo. Drobo® utilizes the revolutionary BeyondRAID™ storage technology that protects data against a hard disk crash, yet is simple enough for anyone to use. As long as you have more than a single disk in Drobo, all data on Drobo is safe no matter which hard disk fails. There's no need to worry about anything else. Drobo plugs into Mac or PC computers for redundant data protection. Dynamically expand storage any time: Drobo holds up to four hard drives, can expand at any time, and supports up to 16TB on a single volume as disk sizes increase. Safety and accessibility now go hand in hand. Experience Drobo with both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. It's the data protection and peace of mind you need with the performance and interfaces you want.

Go Faster with FireWire 800. Hi-Speed USB 2.0.
With FireWire 800 alongside USB 2.0 and an upgraded core processor, Drobo is now the fastest product in its class. It is the perfect solution for both primary and backup storage of large media and productivity files such as video, photos, music, audio, and troves of documents and spreadsheets. In fact, even if you're now using USB 2.0, the new Drobo is up to three times as fast its predecessor in typical usage.

No Software or Drivers are Needed
The Drobo magic comes from the software that's built into the hardware called BeyondRAID—an advanced storage technology. Drobo does everything for you from expanding capacity when you add a drive, to self-healing around drive failures and data errors. Drobo also includes a powerful desktop software utility called Drobo Dashboard, which shows you how much capacity you've used and when you need to replace or upgrade a drive. You can also use Drobo Dashboard for firmware updates and email alerts.

Simple Management
Green Means Go. Drobo is equipped with a series of LEDs on its front-side that shows you all you need to know about how Drobo is doing and how much free capacity you have. If you've ever successful navigated a traffic signal, you're a certified Drobo expert. (Check your mailbox - your certificate is on its way!) Also, install new "bare" hard drives with no need for screwdrivers, drive carriers, or any other tools.

Redundantly Safe
Drobo can ensure your data is safe even if a hard disk fails. If disks fail, Drobo automatically enters a state of self-healing and your data is relayed out across the remaining healthy disks and sectors.

Redundantly Safe
When Drobo detects a "bad" hard disk, it proactively advises you with a series of warnings ranging from a blinking red LED on its front panel, to pop-up alerts in Drobo Dashboard, to email alerts. What Drobo does next is exceptional. Entering a self-healing mode where it repairs around the bad sector or disk, Drobo will work until it returns to the safest state possible. If Drobo has sufficient time and free capacity, it can even withstand additional hard disk failures - that's the power of self-healing.




Small Box | Big Storage

HS-980 Headset
HS-800 Headset
HS-1000 Headset

 

 

Description 4-Bay Direct-Attached
Storage for Professionals
5-Bay Direct-Attached
Storage for Professionals
5-Bay File Sharing
Storage for Professionals
8-Bay Direct-Attached
Storage for Professionals
8-Bay File Sharing
Storage for Business

8-Bay iSCSI SAN Storage for Business

Type Direct-Attached Direct-Attached File Sharing
(up to 10 users)
Direct-Attached File Sharing
(up to 100 users)
iSCSI SAN
(up to 8 servers)
Model Drobo Drobo S Drobo FS DroboPro B800fs B800i
Interfaces USB 2.0,
FireWire 800
USB 3.0 / 2.0,
FireWire 800, eSATA
1 x Gb Ethernet USB 2.0, FireWire 800,
1 x Gb Ethernet
iSCSI (single server)
2 x Gb Ethernet 2 x Gb Ethernet
iSCSI (multi server)
Drive Bays 4 5 5 8 8 8
Drive Type 3.5" SATA 3.5" SATA 3.5" SATA 3.5" SATA 3.5" SATA 3.5" SATA
Form Factor Desktop Desktop Desktop

Desktop or Rack mount (3U)

Desktop or Rack mount (3U) Desktop or Rack mount (3U)
BeyondRAID™ X X X X X X
Thin Provisioning X X X X X X
Drive Protection Single Single or Dual Single or Dual Single or Dual Single or Dual Single or Dual
Smart Volumes Automatic Automatic Automatic Up to 16 Automatic Up to 255
Drobo Sync         X  
Drobo Apps     X   X  
Power / Cooling Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Management Drobo Dashboard Drobo Dashboard Drobo Dashboard Drobo Dashboard Drobo Dashboard Drobo Dashboard
Drobo Care™ Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional

Don't forget to buy your Drobo Care!

1yr 3yr
Drobo Care 1-year Warranty Drobo Care 3-year Warranty

 

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew MacDonald on 23 Feb. 2010
Model Number: Enclosure
I've had my Drobo for almost a year now & have found that it performs well when connected to my Mac using Firewire. Data access is fast, and the unit is simplicity itself to use. Although the info says that it'll accept a SATA drive from any manufacturer, beware as not all do work reliably (especially the larger 1.5TB & greater drives. Best to double check with the Drobo website to see their recommendations before buying, or be safe & buy Western Digital. Maxtor, Seagate, or Samsung drives. Eco drives seem to work fine.
If you're looking for a fast network solution, avoid the Drobo Share at all costs. Even though it's fitted with a GigaBit port, it's painfully slow, and as the Drobo connects to the Space by USB, there's a bottleneck right away. I have a Drobo Space, but found that trying to stream video & music to 2 different clients was too much for it, so instead have the Drobo connected to a Mac Mini on my home network. The Mac stays on all the time & deals with the network sharing duties.
So, in summary these are good drives that are easy to use. The price is quite steep when compared to some other similar products, but if you want something that's simple to use & administer, then this is it.

Drobo - 4 Bay FW800 & USB 2.0 Storage Array
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GCW TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2011
Model Number: Enclosure
I've had a Drobo for over a year now because I'm paranoid about losing my digital photos and the Drobo helps by having some redundancy built in. I've not had any issues with the device itself but have had a disk failure and adding a replacement disk was painless. It did take quite a while to re-index the files to include the 2TB disk (about 48 hours) but all files were intact. Mine came with the Droboshare network device which after a few months of use I gave up on finding it was easier to share files via disk shares. I've not experienced any issues with file sizes or watching videos stored on it using USB or the Droboshare (gigabit Ethernet).

One thing you should never do is rely on a single back up medium or device. You should have multiple copies and not just in one location either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Rayner on 16 Sept. 2011
Model Number: Enclosure
After reading all the reviews it seems to be hit & miss as to whether having a Drobo is a good thing or not. I was still unsure as to whether I ordered wisely right up to the point of delivery.

Currently I am running the the Aperture library, consolidated, and the library is running at about 200GB, so I was long over due a storage solution, to free up space and improve Mac performance. I currently have an Icy Box JBOD with 2 x 500Gb disks; one for time machine backup and the other with a few files and back up libraries etc.

I bought the Drobo to be using it as primary storage for referenced master files for Aperture 3. I figured that keeping my master files on a separate external HD would free up my internal HD while also improving performance of the main Aperture Library (which remained on the internal HD). Also with the Drobo running with redundancy, the masters should be better protected better than just on my iMac HD. Also I am no future proofed for further expansion for up to 16Tb.

With the master files on the Drobo living with redundancy protection, I will also be backing them up onto a separate HD (on the Icy Box JBOD) as a further backup.

The Drobo arrived and within about 10 minutes, it was up and running to be used for file storage. I have 2 x 2Tb drives installed so far, so plenty of space for the immediate future and plenty for future expansion. As it says on the tin - very easy to set up. It is connected via the firewire 800 port and the Drobo Dashboard is easy to read and understand.

I am now currently relocating my master files onto the Drobo and reclaiming my internal HD's space.

So far, so good, I am extremely happy with my Drobo. Time will tell to see how well it performs and holds up, but as I am not doing anything too clever with it, I have high confidence in it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sammoj on 4 April 2011
Model Number: Enclosure Verified Purchase
Drobo seems to be a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.

I have had a Drobo 4 bay, initially with Droboshare, for 2 years now and just purchased a 2nd one from Amazon.

The Droboshare was dreadful, sluggish and slow and was sold on eBay fairly quickly, it came free with the Drobo anyway on a promotion.

Now the Drobo, touch wood, has been the primary storage for my Son's two iMacs and proved significantly more reliable than the iMacs! He uses it for his ever growing iTunes library of video and it works fine. We have expanded it to 2 x 1TB and 2 x 2TB disks over the years and it is now at about 70% full. Yes the disk upgrades take a day or two but you can do it, which is more than most RAID systems can.

I have an old Macbook which I am now using as a household media server with iTunes and needed more storage so I decided to get a 2nd unit as our first is now out of warranty and Drobo wanted £50 a year for cover which I put 2 years worth towards the new Drobo. My thoughts were if I do have a Drobo failure I can move my Son's disks into the newer unit and recover them that way.

Over the life of the 1st Drobo we had a few early day issues with Dashboard software on Snow Leopard and Drobo were prompt and helpful with their customer service.

One of the key things with Drobo is never buy the same make and model of drive. In the early days we had 3 Seagate drive failures of which one was in the Drobo and 2 in my Mac Pro, all of them due to a firmware glitch and all the same model. So our Drobo has 4 different manufacturers drives and different models to spread the risk of a manufacturing fault on a specific model of disk drive.
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