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Drobo - 4 Bay FW800 & USB 2.0 Storage Array inc Drobo Share NAS Solution

by Drobo
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Incomparable expandability - capable of up 16TB of hot swap memory
  • FireWire 800 and enhanced USB 2.0 for safety and quick access from Windows, Mac, and Linux systems
  • Just plug in Drobo and your data protection is all set up - add disks at any time for additional protected capacity
  • DroboShare offers a fast Gigabit ethernet connection
  • DroboShare supports your native file systems and standard network protocols, allowing access from almost any client
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Technical Details
Item Weight7 Kg
Product Dimensions40.6 x 39.8 x 27.4 cm
Item model numberDROBO600
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 96,688 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight7 Kg
Date First Available1 April 2009

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Manufacturer's Description

The world’s best storage experience. Meet your new primary storage, the second generation of the safe, expandable Drobo storage robot. It’s so simple anyone can use it, yet powerful enough for business. Drobo plugs into Mac, PC and Linux systems for redundant data protection without the complexities of RAID. Dynamically expand storage any time

Drobo holds up to 16TB in four drive bays using any combination of 3.5” SATA drives. It comes with FireWire 800 and USB 2.0, so you get the data protection you need with the speed and interface you want.Redundant protection, no headaches Drobo provides the redundant protection of much more expensive storage, in a format you don’t have to configure or manage. We call this BeyondRAID™ technology. You’ll call it peace of mind.

Incomparable exandability. With Drobo, buy just the storage you need now and change it as your data grows. Mix n’ match drive brands, capacities and speeds. Replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use the new capacity in a matter of seconds, not hours! Hot swap up to 16TB on a single volume as drive sizes grow larger. Drobo creates one large storage pool. Dive in and eliminate the need for multiple external storage drives and devices.

Plug in peace of mind. Just plug in Drobo and your data protection is all set up. Add disks at any time for additional protected capacity. Drobo can even solve problems by itself. Lights on the front tell you what’s happening – if you can read a traffic light, you’re already a Drobo expert.

Speed demon. Need speed? With both FireWire 800 and enhanced USB 2.0, safety and quick access go hand in hand with Drobo.

Windows, Mac, Linux Drobo connects to Windows, Mac, and Linux* systems and supports NTFS, HFS Plus, EXT3, and FAT32 file formats. Everyone can take advantage of simple, powerful, complete Drobo data protection. *Linux support currently in Beta.

Drobo Share - A Companion to Drobo.

The most reliable and expandable networked storage system for sharing your data. DroboShare is the ideal companion to the award-winning Drobo for users who want to share data over a local area network. The combined solution automates network management, safeguards your data and lets you easily add capacity as needed. With DroboShare, users can now access the information stored on the award winning Drobo from almost any client on the network, including Windows, Apple and Linux* computers. DroboShare can host up to two Drobos, allowing capacities of up to 8TB of storage today, scaling to 32TB as larger disk drives become available. *Linux support now in beta.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Its good ... but 13 Jun 2009
Ok.. sooo I do the research and after some time I take the plunge and buy a Drobo. I have to say there has been a lot of thought put into the design on the packaging. Very well thought out and it looks amazing. It a real shame that more thought didnt go into the actual workings on the product.

The ease of use is fantastic simply insert your disks of any size into the bays and away you go. It does the rest for you. The problem is when you actually start pushing it. It doesn't perform well under load and seems to power cycle at every given opportunity. If one of your drive does fail it can take a long time to get back to a secure state (10 hours for about 600gb of data).

My drobo is connected to the Drobo Share at the moment however, the rebooting problem did seem to go away when it was directly connected to my computer.

The apps are a cool feature but remember that they are not supported by Data robotics and you might have to tweek them to get them working.

In summary - Its a good NAS box but for the price tag I would have expected more reliable performance.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Droboshare Sucks! 8 Jun 2009
By M. Kirk
Don't be tempted to buy this for the free Droboshare, it's awful! The Drobo itself is great, not quite as fast as a regular USB/Firewire hard drive, but I guess that's just the price you pay for the security of knowing your data is safe.

The Droboshare however is abysmal, firstly it's slow (almost halving the transfer speed to the drive) so don't be fooled by mentions of Gigabit ethernet; it transfers at just barely above 100Mb ethernet on my gigabit network. The worst thing about it though? It turns the Drobo into a device you can't trust with your data! On many occasions I have copied large quantities of files, only to have them not appear on the Drobo, on one occasion I made the mistake of moving files and a number of them vanished and were lost for good! Also if you hammer the drive reading and writing files from multiple machines on your network simultaneosly, it will often simply give up and spontaneously reboot itself. No wonder Drobo have the support message boards locked to be viewable by Drobo owners only when they have this stinker of a product (believe me, i've been there and read posts, it does not make pretty reading).

Oh yes, and one other thing, if you're a Mac owner the Droboshare doesn't support AFP, Windows file sharing only here I'm afraid, which will work with a Mac, but not as nicely.

Personally I'm going to ditch the Droboshare and just buy an Airport Extreme, which will do the same thing but reliably!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor build quality and not as robst as expected 22 Jun 2009
I bought the Drobo a few weeks ago after a friend had seen it online.

It looked excellent, robust, hugely configurable and there is the ability to start with only 2 disks and expand as need dictates.

On trying to set it up, the disk would not go into the first slot, and the 2nd slot would not open properly. When I looked I found that a piece of broken plastic in the top bay was preventing the disk from being inserted, and removed it. I also found a small spring was jamming the 2nd "bay door" and when it came free the door came loose from the box.

The top bay would still not accept a disk, and when I looked closer the SATA connecter on the backplane was bent.

AMAZON do not have a replacement service (only a return, refund and re-order service), but I bought this in the UK and had taken it back to Germany, so I called Data Robotics Internationl support. Initially I was told they'd send a replacement and collect the defective one, but when I called back to arrange that (the serial number was required) I was told that was incorrect. I had to pay 20 Euros to return the Drobo to them so they could assess whether it was a warranty claim or "accidental damage".
(I work in I.T. I used to make a living building PCs, I have stripped down and re-built laptops, PCs and Servers. In other words, I know how to handle delicate electronic equipment and it wasn't accidental damage.)

Data Robotic's representatives in Germany, returned a "new" Drobo to me. However, it had the same serial number, and my opinion is that the Drobo I sent them was repaired and returned.

Since then I have had it running .. it is easy to use ... you can start with just 2 disks and others later as you need them ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drobo - Good but Droboshare - worthless 10 Oct 2009
The Drobo is great. It was quite easy to set up.

However I bought ours to put on the network and share amongst a few users. For that it will work fine but if you want to put permissions on any folders you can't if you use the Droboshare. The Droboshare doesn't support permissions. All you can do is put a password on the drive. Once you enter the password you can access everything.

So the end result for me was to plug 2 Drobos into the USB ports on a server and set up my permissions there. Anybody want to buy 2 Droboshare?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drobo a good storage solution 8 Jun 2009
Simple, easy to operate and is an ideal way to build up storage as required. I initially fitted two 1 terrabyte drives but will add larger drives once they are more established, I have two spare drive bays in which I can insert these later and then will ultimately replace the two 1 Terrebyte drives as it is very easy to change them.
Only niggle I have is that the system can be placed in standby easily remotely which is great but you have to remove and replace power to leave standby mode. It does seem to have a power down mode if not used for some time but I don't know how effective this is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hard drive - mass storage up to 16tb
Great storage unit with great capacity - excellent with the NAS solution, if hard drive ever does fail I know that data is secure and safe with redundancy and failsafe - great... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Shajid
4.0 out of 5 stars Drobo & NAS Drobo share (4 Bay)
I find the Drobo solution a very simple and reassuring product. After setup: that required some downloading and updates to be installed, simple just required time. Read more
Published on 26 July 2010 by J. Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for home, but steep learning curve
After spending several years of trying different storage solutions for my home I happened upon the Drobo. It does look too good to be true, however I was happy to see it wasn't. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2009 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Returned for refund.
After struggling with this for a few days, I eventually returned it for a full refund. Using this device as it's intended to be used - ie connecting to it over the network gives a... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2009 by M. Phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost my entire backup
After my first faulty Drobo, the second unit has developed a 'Disk Hardware Failure'. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2009 by Karl Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy!
I bought a Drobo with free Droboshare back in May, and when it arrived we found that the 2nd drive slot wasn't working. Read more
Published on 31 July 2009 by Ms. H. Fordham
4.0 out of 5 stars drobo nas
the drobo itself is an easy to setup, easy to use mass storage device. i've been using it for months now without problems, though i'm concerned that if it fails i can only recover... Read more
Published on 19 July 2009 by Mr. I. Cullum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storage solution
The Drobo is one of the most affordable storage solutions with data protection available today. It also has the beneffit of being able to grow at one's need up to 16 TB (12 TB... Read more
Published on 11 July 2009 by Pablo Varela Batanero
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with the Drobo and DroboShare
I purchased the Drobo and DroboShare two months ago and have been pleased with its performance so far. Unboxing and setting up the Drobo was very straightforward. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2009 by Paul Boxley
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