- Brand Name: Data Robotics
- Model Number: 900-00002-002
- Hard Disk Description: Internal hard drive
- Form Factor: External
- Hard Disk Interface: USB 2.0
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
If Data Robotics were to add eSATA and Gigibit Ethernet connections, this device would rule the external storage market.
Can't wait for the NAS version. I'll pick up one of those as well.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I STRONGLY recommend that anyone considering purchasing a DROBE read sections 3 and 4 of the Wikipedia entry for Drobo.
https://en.wikipedia. Read more
Great product, have had several years now and have never had a problem with it. Still looks and works as new.Published 20 months ago by Cybercus
When I read glowing reviews of this product it sends a shiver up my spine. I currently own or manage four Drobo devices and have had nothing but trouble. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Old Enough to Know Better
I love this item. Been using for a couple of years.
this carries all my media and it does what it says! Read more
I bought my first (2nd gen) Drobo about a year ago. Wonderful! Worked flawlessly. VERY happy.
I outgrew it. Read more
My Drobo failed, and I lost about 1.6 TB of data. I spent a month with their customer support. They spent all of their time trying to figure out how it wasn't their fault, none... Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by Tulley Rafferty
I love the DROBO. It iss a absolutely easy and FANTASTIC back up device for someone like me who really doesn't know anything about setting up a RAID array. Read morePublished on December 27, 2008 by JJ B.
To say I am technologically challenged is an understatement. I know vaguely what needs done, but I have no clue how to do it. Read morePublished on December 24, 2008 by M. Ward
XarisStudio.com is a professional photography & design studio in Arizona, and we first came across drobo earlier this year at Photoshop World in Orlando. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by S. Fernandez