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Drobo Mini - Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Beyond RAID Array

£413.64

It's a Drobo, so by definition it's easy-to-use. Now it's also the fastest portable storage array-with cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity and innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs). Along with the power of BeyondRAID, it delivers all the power and flexibility of its larger sibling, Drobo 5D, in a miniaturized package.

Whether you're working at your desktop, shooting and editing photos or videos onsite, or traveling to the next location, it's the world's first high-performance and protected portable storage array. So now you can take and access your valuable digital assets wherever you go. Easiest, fastest, safest, smallest-Drobo Mini is unique and unexpected-but frankly that's what you should expect from Drobo.

FEATURES

Drobo Mini has everything that's in the high-capacity Drobo 5D in a package that's the size of a deli sandwich. Made of a cutting-edge metallic carbon fiber with a soft-touch rubberized finish, Drobo Mini is small, rugged, and feels as cool as it looks. From the modern materials to the wraparound light indicators to the drive bay design, Mini is truly big storage in a small box.

Weighing in at about 3 pounds (fully loaded with drives installed), you can now carry up to 3TB1 of usable and protected capacity in your travel bag. To make Drobo Mini as portable as possible, there's an optional carrying case that holds the Drobo, power supply, and a connectivity cable.

First Drobo with 2.5inch Drives
Drobo Mini takes 2.5 inch drives-that's what makes it portable. Four hot-swappable drive bays support drives of any capacity. No carriers or screws are needed to insert drives into a Drobo and the Drobo Mini is no different. An innovative new design allows drives to click in and out like a ballpoint pen.

Since 2.5 inch drives are primarily used in laptop computers, they're designed to be portable. Because of this, you can pick up and move Drobo Mini around with confidence.


Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple

Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo Mini protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.

Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you're running low on space, the wraparound lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.


Power of Thunderbolt & Flexibility of USB

Thunderbolt I/O technology provides performance that no personal storage has been able to achieve, especially one that's portable. This allows you to move large amounts of data in a fraction of the time it used to take. Visit the Thunderbolt technology site to learn more about this exciting new way to connect devices.

Drobo Mini is equipped with dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. This allows even the most portable laptop computers access to high-performance storage while retaining connectivity to other devices and an external monitor. The bidirectional 10 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.

Drobo is the only storage array that offers Thunderbolt AND USB 3.0. This latest generation of USB also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatibility with any computer running compatible versions of Mac OS X or Windows.

NOTE: Thunderbolt is currently supported only on Mac OS X.


Capacity AND Performance

Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this portable Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere and Apple Aperture fast access to data. To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all four 2.5 inch drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.

If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. That would be a screaming fast portable Drobo!


Power Protecting Your Critical Data

Drobo doesn't just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Often found only in arrays that cost tens of thousands of dollars, Drobo Mini includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives. Yes, Drobo Mini actually has room for a big battery (barely)!

When power spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.


Connectivity

2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
1 x USB 3.0 port
Thunderbolt and USB cables included

Capacity

Up to four (4) 2.5 inch SATA II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately)
and one (1) mSATA solid state drive (sold separately)
7 mm and 9.5 mm in height (sold separately)
and one (1) mSATA solid state drive (sold separately)
Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations. Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones.

BeyondRAID Features

Thin Provisioning
Instant Expansion
Mixed Drive Size Utilization
Automatic Protection Levels
Dual Disk Redundancy
Virtual Hot Spare
Data Aware
Drive Re-ordering

Management

Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later

Operating System Support

Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion
Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion
Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit
Windows 8 32 and 64 bit

File System Options
Mac OS X: HFS+
Windows: NTFS

Hardware Features

Carrier-less Drive Bays
Power Fail Protection
Kensington Lock Port for Security
(lock not included)

Additional Software Features

Data-Aware Tiering
Drive Spin Down
Dim Lights


Warranty

Standard 2-year warranty; extend to 3 years and enhance support with DroboCare

Size and Weight

Desktop Form Factor
Width: 7.3 in (187.2 mm)
Height: 1.8 in (44.6 mm)
Depth: 7.1 in (180.0 mm)
Weight: 2.2 lb (without hard drives, power supply, or packaging)

Power and Cooling

External Power Supply: AC Input - 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz; DC Output - 12V, 4.16A, 50W max
Dual, fixed, variable speed cooling fans

Box Contents

Drobo Mini
1 m (3.3 ft) Thunderbolt cable
1 m (3.3 ft) USB 3.0 cable
1 m (3.3 ft) power cord with power supply
Quick Start Card

Optional Accessories

Drobo Mini Carrying Case


Add to Cart:

  • Model: DR-MINI-1A31
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7Kg
  • 1 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: drobo


This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 12 February, 2013.

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