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The powerful device connects to your network via its Gigabit Ethernet port, allowing any computer on the network to access media and other files stored on it. As you add hard drives, information stored on the Drobo is spread out across the discs redundantly, so in the event of a hard drive failure, your valuable information remains intact while you replace the failed drive.

The unique enclosure supports hot-swapping hard drives, letting you upgrade your setup on the fly, based on your increasing storage needs. No Longer Available Update Location close. Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time.

Update Unrecognized Zip Code. Drobo Drobo FS overview. It offers a variety of features not included in the original Drobo Dashboard, including: It allows you to: Just plug it into any switch or wireless router and you are ready to go. Whatever system you have, it’s likely you’ll be able to connect to it over your network quickly and easily. Easy Expansion to 16TB Drobo FS holds up to five drives allowing you to effortlessly grow your storage to meet your data capacity needs.

To add more space, simply insert a new hard drive or replace your smallest drive with a larger one, even when all drive bays are full.

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This unprecedented flexibility allows for continuous expansion as available hard drive capacities increase. With Ugide FS, expansion is automatic, instantaneous and access to data is always maintained.

Protection from up to Two Drive Failures Enable the dual-drive redundancy option to protect your data from failure of up to two hard drives.

It’s all done with a single-click and you never lose access to your data. Running out of space? Switch back to single-drive redundancy at any time. Unlike moving between traditional RAID levels, there’s no need to reformat or migrate data off of the Drobo FS – potentially saving you hours or days of downtime. When sitting idle, Drobo FS will proactively examine the blocks and sectors on every drive, flagging questionable areas.

This preemptive “scrubbing” helps ensure your data is being written only to the healthy areas of your drives. When a drive fails, Drobo FS keeps your data in the safest state possible by moving your data to the available space on the remaining healthy drives. A Drobo as Unique as you Are Select from a wide selection of free DroboApps designed to give you the freedom to configure and customize your Drobo FS dorbo meet your own unique set of requirements. The growing library of DroboApps adds amazing functionality like media, web, and more.

BeyondRAID not only keeps your data safe, but will also increase uptime and availability. BeyondRAID technology offers several improvements over traditional RAID-based storage systems, including the flexibility to replace failed disks and increase capacity all without costly downtime. Key features of BeyondRAID include frobo protection against hard disk failure, instant capacity expansion without downtime, self-management, and automatic healing.

Since Drobo is a block level system, it easily adapts to almost any environment. Mixed Drive Capacity Utilization Grow storage to meet your data capacity needs with minimal effort.


To add capacity, use insert a new hard disk or replace the smallest disk with a larger one, even when all five disk bays are full. This allows for continuous expansion as disk capacities grow. Now, gkide is automatic, instantaneous and access to data is always maintained. Redundant Safety Drobo can ensure your data is safe even if a hard disk fails. You’ll feel safer knowing that if disks do fail, Drobo automatically enters a state of self-healing wherein it relays out your data across the remaining healthy disks and sectors.

Proportional Rebuild Times The time it takes Drobo to rebuild data after a drive failure or removal is proportional to the amount of data stored in the pool – meaning the less capacity that is used, even on a 4TB disk, the shorter ds rebuild times will be.

This is superior to traditional RAID, which lacks proportional rebuild times, and is forced relay out every drive block even if it does not contain user data. Since Drobo is “Data Aware”, it tracks where data is on each disk, so it can differentiate between used and unused portions of disk. This expedites rebuild times and reduces your risk of losing data to an additional disk failure. Storage Virtualization BeyondRAID was designed from the ground up to allow the storage capacity of the array to expand and contract.

BeyondRAID makes this a simple process by utilizing a technology called “virtualization. A given piece of data can be located on any drive, and on any physical location on that drive. This is what makes adding a drive to a Drobo so simple. The new drive just provides additional places to store data. Virtualization is what enables BeyondRAID to effortlessly change the data arrangement on the drives, for example, changing data stored as a mirror into data stored as parity stripe, without interrupting the user access to data.

Virtualization completely decouples the physical space available in the array from the space fx to the operating system. Thin Provisioning Thin provisioning is a technical term that describes how the BeyondRAID technology communicates with your operating system. Specifying a larger amount of storage than is physically available allows you to grow into the volume without having to reformat or migrate your data in order to add capacity.

BeyondRAID automatically also reclaims space as you delete files. Self-Managing Drobo is highly automated storage. There are no complex configuration screens, DIP switches, confounding choices, web consoles uaer other complications that prevent so many other storage devices from working out of the box. Drive Reordering One long-standing requirement inherent in traditional RAID-based systems was that if for some reason you needed to remove the drives, you’d have to replace the drives in the exact guise order.

When you remove your disks from Drobo, you can put them back in any order you like. Drobo Drobo FS specs. Drobo Drobo FS reviews.

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Rated 3 out of 5 by Kiwiphotog, from Drobo FS, so far so good. So far so good, bit noisier than I expected, but easy to set-up, plug in and get going. Had a few problems copying files over, not allowing certain files not sufficient permissions but the next day no problems for the same files, seemed a bit random. Feeds movie fss with no problems, and I think that when I am editing video it won’t be a problem.

Used as primary storage for my photography and video business and home use too. Could do with another one as I have all the drive bays full!


Easy to understand basic steps and use. For more features have called CS and got a knowledgeable person to guide me through. Otherwise it works great for what I need for home use some what a bit slow communication to device. Drobo works well on OSX I use Bonjour mounter 3. Overall it works really well with Bonjour Mounter, full rip dvd’s stream with no lag or jitter.

Pretty happy with it, I will not be updating my mac guuide to Rated 4 out of 5 by Milez from Works great, love the flexibility Love having a Drobo on the network, although speed is a bit slow. Slow to initially connect at least. Transfer speeds over mbit line is what it is, but there is a hesitation every time I connect to a drive.

I’m using OSX 7. I also have a lot of movies archived on it, and fz doesn’t allow you to use it as a drive I also saved my collection of music and important files on there. You can assign different shares and grant permissions so I can share all vrobo media with others on the network, but not give them access to my personal files.

Highly recommend this to anyone who is serious about backing up data and don’t feel like messing with RAID configurations. The Drobo will allow you to mix drive capacities and hot swap at any time for a larger drive without having to reconfigure for it.

Rated 5 out of 5 by Mike Topcu from It is an excellent product. I recommend this gyide wholeheartedly. I use it over my network.

It’s very easy to setup. It has a Gigabit Ethernet Interface. You can add hard drives as needed, either to drobi capacity, or in the event of disk failure, one of the raid disks can be changed independently from the others. No need to worry about data loss. The only problem I had with it was the Power Supply. It gave up all of a sudden I tried to buy a new PS over the counter.

However it was very hard to find one that matched the output of the original. Having learned that lesson, I keep a spare power supply handy. So far no additional PS problems. Rated 1 out of 5 by Junior from bad unit?

I had ten 1TB drives, and only 1 of them will show up as valid in the Drobo. I have been working with Drobo tech support for over 5 weeks now and there is no resolution in sight. I am not sure why the drobo is so picky on drives. The drives are quiet, but the cooling fan has a very noisy buzzing rattle sound.

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I cannot comment on transfer speed because I need to get at least 3 drives working in it before it will mount.

Unit is very sluggish and slow in the drobo admin console though. Rated 4 out of 5 by Shaunik from Some Hiccups in setup but great product Coming from someone who has used both windows home server and Amahi based Linux server in past, it should mean something. With most machines running Lion and Mountain Lion, out of Box setting up Drobo FS was nightmare but thanks to help from customer service from Drobo, after firmware update on Drobo FS and after download of the latest Dashboard interface applicationit has been working pretty good.