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Drobo Fully Automated SATA Robotic Storage Array 4 Bay USB 2.0


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  • Automatically protects your data with no setup or configuration. If the status lights are green, your data is safe.
  • Drobo The Worlds First Storage Robot
  • Drobo uses Data Robotics' SAFE (Secure, Automated, Flexible, Expandable) StorageTechnology
  • Makes storage manageable for anybody, regardless of computer knowledge or technical expertise.
  • Non-Stop Data Protection

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Data Robotics
  • Model: 900-00002-002
  • Hard Disk Description: Internal hard drive
  • Form Factor: External
  • Hard Disk Interface: USB 2.0
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 15.5 x 12.8 inches ; 10.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000PDLZ1A
  • Item model number: 900-00002-002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 28, 2005

Product Description

Drobo the first fully-automated storage robot that takes the pain out of keeping your important digital content safe. The Drobo combines up to four hard drives (sold separately) into a big pool of protected storage. You can upgrade capacity on-the-fly by adding drives at any time. You can mix and match capacities, brands, and speeds with no downtime, data migration, or waiting to access new capacity. Just connect Drobo to your Mac or PC and it does everything for you so you won t have to worry about RAID levels, management or configuration. Drobo does everything for you, keeping your data safe and accessible.

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Customer Reviews

They lied about Linux support on their web site.
Wei Song
If you need an expandable storage solution with built in data protection I would definitely recommend the Drobo.
T. Cronan
This is a great product and has been working great for me.
Joel D. Kincaid

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

155 of 159 people found the following review helpful By Randy Connelie on July 25, 2007
I've been heavily using my Drobo over the past month, using it to host multiple databases. Ownership and operation of Drobo has been, in a word, anti-climactic.

But don't confuse "anti-climactic" with "disappointing"! Drobo works exactly as advertised and is ridiculously easy to install and use. There's no great sense of accomplishment when Drobo comes online, and even intentionally "failing" drives by removing them gets old after a few demonstrations. The thing just works, and hides all the technical magic behind clean black housing.

The front faceplate is attached via magnets. It's easy to pull off, yet plenty secure when attached. I think it's a great design decision over a hinged faceplate, as I can tuck the Drobo into narrower spaces or leave the faceplate off entirely. While most of the faceplate is opaque, there are transparent areas so the drive status lights can be seen. As an added safety feature, the faceplate will not attach properly if any of the gray drive catches are open (an indication that a drive is not properly inserted).

The back of Drobo is equally clean. Evident are the large air holes for the internal fan, and the two connectors: USB and power. No power switch or buttons anywhere; Drobo is a literal interpretation of a "black box." There is also a slot for connecting a laptop-style anti-theft cable (so you can lock Drobo to nearby furniture), and a hole for the reset button.

Drobo's fan is audible, but easily drowned out amidst normal office noise. I've since tucked Drobo inside a cabinet and I don't expect to hear it even when I'm the only person in the office. I also recommend using "silent" drives, otherwise the clicking of the read/write heads could be distracting.
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137 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Grant Corban on December 21, 2007
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I have totally rewritten this review so ignore the past comments.

I was a supporter of this product for a long time, owning both a Fire Wire and the USB one. However too many screwed boots, lost directories and terribly long rebuilds lasting days on end means I am a fan no more.

It looks and works great, until it doesn't. When that happens you realise that redundancy in hard drives is pointless when the unit itself is flawed and can fail to boot or not recognize its partition table. There are no tools to help you. No disk utilities will help you. When it fails you are screwed :-(

I am replacing it with a proper server with mirrored hard drives. It will cost more but I will sleep much easier at night.

If you buy one, use it for BACKUPS only. Do not use as your only data repository unless you want to wake up one day and wish you were dead.

My units? One will go and sit connected to my media centre where it will look "cool" (containing music and movies stored elsewhere) and the other one might become a back up drive, but never again as the main data repository.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kitrax on December 4, 2007
PROS:
The Drobo is a great device; it's easy to use because it does everything for you, which means no RAID configuration! You don't even have to have the same brand/speed/capacity hard drives! Just add some SATA hard drives, and it'll configure them for you.

CONS:
It only has a USB 2.0 connection. This is a major problem for me as I need to back up several hundred high-res pictures as well as HD videos from when I photograph a wedding. Having eSATA would have been a major improvement. It would have been nice if you could use it as a standalone NAS device, but it lacks Ethernet too.

Other thought:
If Data Robotics were to add eSATA and Gigibit Ethernet connections, this device would rule the external storage market.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Online Shopper on April 28, 2007
If you want a super easy way to have large storage capacity, or just want to elimate risk of disk failure, this is the device for you. Forget about RAID - this is perfect. Just add disks and you get more capacity. No need to worry about complex formatting, etc. Only downside is that the fan could be more quiet.

Can't wait for the NAS version. I'll pick up one of those as well.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Engleman on November 4, 2007
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I am a home user and I have used multiple prosumer RAID solutions (LaCie etc). I have had a frightening number of hard drive failures. Fortunately I keep 2 backups of everything (one on-site, one off-site) and so I have never had a catastrophic data loss. Anyway, I have become a Drobo devotee for life. I bought the Drobo, installed 2 hitachi 1 TB drives and I was up and running in less than 10 minutes. The drive is plenty fast for me and it has performed exactly as advertised. No problems, no headaches. I had a question for tech support and I was tickled to find that tech support is available 24/7. The guy I spoke with was easy-going, patient, helpful and spoke english fluently! My only piece of advice is that if you are going to buy 1TB drives, buy WD instead of Hitachi. The Hitachi drives draw more current both while in use and at rest and as a result, they run hotter than any other drive I've used.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen McMenamin on December 2, 2007
I want to add another enthusiastic "thumbs up" for Drobo. This product is as fine an example of elegant design and operation as I have seen.

Setup is amazingly simple:
1. Remove the magnetic front cover, and insert at least two 3.5" SATA HDDs into the slots.
2. Connect it to your computer with the included USB cable.
3. Plug in the power cable.
4. Format the drives using the Drobo-supplied software.
5. Drobo now appears to your computer as a single volume of attached storage ready for use.

Ten lights across the bottom of the front panel indicate how much of the available capacity has been used. Four lights on the right side of the front panel show (via green, yellow and red) the current condition of each disk. You can replace existing disks with larger ones at virtually any time; Drobo detects the change and incorporates the additional capacity.
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