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Quick Review of the Drobo NAS


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It may have been around for a while, but the Drobo NAS is very popular, so here is our quick review.


Here is now Data Robotics describe the 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.

Your library of data grows every moment. Now, your storage solution expands in seconds, too. 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. Choose how big you want your Drobo today with any combination of drives capacities.

Drobo was designed to meet a stringent design requirement: Anyone should be able to use Drobo regardless of technical experience. It is ready to go out of the box and will always stay that way. Drobo does all the work of managing an enterprise-grade your storage system for you.

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 that shows you what Drobo is up to and adds important functionality including firmware updates, formatting options and email alerts.




Drives: Accommodates from one to four 3.5” SATA I / SATA II hard disk drives of any manufacturer,
capacity, spindle speed and/or cache1. No carriers or tools required
Interface: FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 compatible) and USB 2.0
Dimensions: 6.0” width x 6.3” height x 10.7” length
Weight: 6 lbs. 11.3 ozs. (without power supply, hard drives or packaging)
Includes: Drobo storage robot, external power supply (100v-240v) with U.S. 110v power cord, FireWire 800 cable, USB 2.0 cable, User Guide and Quick Start Card (printed), Drobo Resource CD with Drobo Dashboard application, Help files, How-to Videos and electronic documentation.
System Reqs: Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or greater; Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003, XP or Vista, Linux using EXT32 Certications: FCC Class B, Underwriters Laboratories (US/Can)

Approximate Capacities

Mixed Drive Sizes Rated Drive Capacity Space Available For Data With Redundant Protection
? with 3 drives3: 250GB + 300GB + 500GB = 1.1TB (510.2GB space available for protected data)
? with 4 drives3: 250GB + 250GB + 500GB + 500 GB = 1.5TB (929.0GB space available for protected data)
? with 4 drives3: 500GB + 500GB + 750GB + 750 GB = 2.3TB (1.6TB space available for protected data)
? with 4 drives: 1TB + 1TB + 1TB + 1TB = 4.0TB (2.7TB space available for protected data)
? with 4 drives: 2TB + 2TB + 2TB + 2TB = 8.0TB (5.5TB space available for protected data)


6′ USB 2.0 cable
6′ FireWire 800 cable
External power supply (100-240V AC, 50/60 Hz)
User Guide and Quick Start Instructions
Drobo Resource CD includes:
Drobo Dashboard Software (optional)
Help files
Electronic Documentation


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Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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