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Drobo is the world’s best storage experience. This safe, expandable storage solution protects your data against a hard drive crash. Drobo’s built-in software automatically self-heals around drive failures and data errors and expands capacity dynamically when you add a drive. Start with two drives, grow to four, then upsize smaller drives to get Terabytes of protection. Add drives to Drobo at any time. There’s no down time, data migration or waiting to access new capacity. With nothing to configure or manage, Drobo is the ideal solution for primary storage as well as backup.
Drobo holds up to four 3.5” SATA hard drives and allows you to mix and match drive capacities and speeds from any manufacturer. Drobo’s LEDs tells you how Drobo is doing and how much free capacity you have. If you’ve ever successfully navigated a traffic signal, you’re a certified Drobo expert. Drobo is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
So, get rid of multiple external drives. Avoid the complexity of RAID. Attach Drobo storage robot to your system and let it manage your storage so you don’t have to. Just connect Drobo to your Mac or PC and you’re done! No software required. No RAID levels. No management or configuration. Drobo does everything for you.
4 drive bays
Supports up to 16 TB (4 TB now, 16 TB as drive manufacturers release larger drives)
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I am very happy with Drobo's product. This is my second Drobo and this one is already filled with 4tb of data. It took 2 days to transfer everything at a regular usb2.0 speed of 20-30mb/s. My first drobo is the S model which I also recommend.
I am an owner of a first-gen Drobo (before they added Firewire) but since that product is discontinued I'm reviewing it here. The drobo has been on 24/7 for 3 years now without incident. I have gone from 4x500GB drives to 4x1TB and now 4x2TB. The thing isn't terribly fast and isn't suited for use as an every-day hard drive. It's meant for backup and media streaming. I use TVersity to stream to all my devices over the network. I suppose if you want to spend a bit more you could go for a Drobo FS which is entirely network based. Anyway, my experience with the 1st gen Drobo has sold me on the brand. My next backup/storage device will be another Drobo of some kind.
I have a love hate with my Drobo after owning for 4 months. It is slow, the Firewire 800 port is crap as many have made mention of this in their reviews. However, I love the fact I can slot in any drive of any size. You are paying a premium for the Drobo simplicity but so far there's no alternative. It took over a day for me to copy 1.5TB but luckily subsequent syncs, if minimal file changes, is much quicker. The fan can get noisy if you have on your desk, I keep mine underneath. Sometimes it does cause my other Firewire 800 devices to disconnect - I have 4 separate FW800 ports on my Mac Pro. I also hate how their support forums are only open to registered Drobo owners so prospective buyers can't read about all the support problems. I like the new Drobo models but they are way too expensive for what it does so I'll probably buy another Drobo FW800.
I travel out of town all of the time to client's sites and I take this Drobo system with me to have access to all of my data when I need it. It is an intelligent data backup system that allows for a complete SATA2 hard drive failure without any data loss, and that was proven when one of my older SATA drives bit the dust.
I currently travel with it loaded with 500GB, 750GB, 1TB and 2TB drives that can be swapped out for larger drives if and when I need them for up to 8TB. This second generation Drobo has USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 interfaces, and I love the latter for fast backups of my 500GB drive in my laptop.
I have nothing but good things to say about the drobo. I have used all types of drives of various sizes with the unit and it has taken everything I have thrown at it. I have yet to have a problem with this product. Easy, no fuss backup solution exactly what I want in a product. Others unfortunately have had trouble with drobo products but I have encountered non thus far. Great product.
for years and years when ever I needed more storage I'd buy external hard drives. invariably these drives failed, some of them quickly (what can you say when the cat knocks over an external HD?). Even though I had backed up my data onto DVD's, invariably, even if data wasn't lost, it took time to recover the data.
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