DROBO - 1st Gen (USB only) price dropped as 2nd Gen (Firewire) is now available in the UK -- £238 -- - HotUKDeals
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The DROBO (Data Robot) is way more than a bank of hard discs as many other NAS boxes are. This is a self managing system that looks after itself for you! I've been eyeing these up for a while now and tonight came home to a dead external disc (Lacie :-( ) so went in search of somthing better.

Prices are reduced on the USB only ver as the firewire+USB is now out though for anyone with a home network, there is a DROBO share unit that will hook you up to a gigabit network still!

To understand what it is really about take a couple minutes to watch this video :-)

http://www.drobo.com/Products/drobodemo.html

Enjoy!
Nick.

P.S. before someone replies saying it doesn't come with any hard discs!!! YES, you would be correct. The idea is you can add what you want, when you want... I bought 3x500gb Barracudas (7200.11) with it on their today only £39.94 a peice.
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#1
Hmm...I got all excited there, unfortunately it's not NAS :(
Not a bad price though I guess considering it's 4 bay and can hold up to 16TB
#2
You sure the first gen supports 16TB? I thought that USB was limited to 2TB?
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I'm sorry to say this but from what I can see on the website this is a truly a dreadful peice of "technology", I cannot begin to understand what they think they're charging you £240 for? a glorified HDD enclosure that makes the disks dynamic and spans the volume across all available space, it doesnt even offer a RAID option so you dont get a redundancy option?

Please correct me if I'm wrong as I've just had a quick look at the specs and video, but if it is what it appears I would recommend you get your money back if you can!
#4
Seldom have I been so UNDERwhelmed :-(

At least you can EAT a chocolate teapot.
#5
Croc man, you've got it wrong about raid. it does RAID 1 & 5 given the right number of discs...

I've been getting into my photography for a little while now and this is a highly rated bit of kit for the job. If you are wanting to hold your pirate movie collection or a couple Simpson series then this is not for you though for anyone wanting true protection of valuable data such as LARGE RAW file archives then this is just the ticket.

Nick.
#6
crocodilemick
I'm sorry to say this but from what I can see on the website this is a truly a dreadful peice of "technology", I cannot begin to understand what they think they're charging you £240 for? a glorified HDD enclosure that makes the disks dynamic and spans the volume across all available space, it doesnt even offer a RAID option so you dont get a redundancy option?

Please correct me if I'm wrong as I've just had a quick look at the specs and video, but if it is what it appears I would recommend you get your money back if you can!


Sorry Mick....you are very wrong about the Drobo. It uses a 'special' RAID algorithm when it allocates space so that you get full data redundancy AND the ability to increase the available disk space by changing disks out. Let's say you buy the unit with 2 x 250gb drives in it. That would give you 230gb allowing for protection etc. You then decide to add another drive - this time a 500gb drive. With most external arrays you'd be screwed and you wouldn't get the benefit of the additional space. With the Drobo you'd have nearly 500gb of space. You then add another 500gb giving you nearly 1tb of useable space. You pop a 250gb drive and replace it with a 500gb drive giving over 1.1tb of space.

With typical arrays, you can't mix and match capacities and you can't increase the array size by swapping out drives as you see fit. There is a good explanation here

The Drobo really is a good bit of kit and they do the added option of a NIC expansion which sits underneath it.
#7
the way you can add drives is quite clever, but at this price its still a very niche bit of kit...
If you want redunancy there are cheaper options.

The fact that the NIC upgrade is over £130 takes the **** tbh
#8
very true fathazza though I plan to simply connect it to a "download" machine that is on 24/7 giving it shared access... another reason I chose not to go for the newer firewire version.

Note: Firmware updates fix the 2tb cap, making the 1st gen unit go to 16tb...

Nick.
#9
It has a kindof RAID setup going on so its not just a hard drive caddy. Its redundancy and protection. Looks cute too which helps of course.
#10
Expensive, and not for everyone, but a lovely bit of kit...

http://reviews.cnet.com/external-hard-drives/drobo/4505-3190_7-32470303.html

And good to see prices coming down.
#11
"I've been eyeing these up for a while now and tonight came home to a dead external disc (Lacie :-( )"

Just for the record, if an external disk dies, it is sometimes possible to open it up, take the HDD out, whack it in another enclosure, and find it comes back to life. I did this with a Toshiba drive full of video transfers. It was only the 'interface circuits' that had died, the HDD and its data were fine...
#12
thanks for the info Noghar! I'll give it a go as I would love to recover some of the stuff on there.

Thanks,
Nick.
#13
After sleeping on it, I'm very tempted to get one and hook it upto to my Mac Mini to be a media server.
#14
http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx has it at £222.08 + delivery if you don't get free delivery.
#15
The ******s :-(
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http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx has it at £222.08 + delivery if you don't get free delivery.


And also an offer bundled with a hard drive :)

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