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Transporter Private Cloud 0TB - Gigabit Ethernet NAS

  • Access everything from any computer or mobile device
  • Automatically sync files, Automatically Protected, Privately Share
  • All the convenience of cloud storage, with none of the privacy concerns
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Data Robotics' USB storage array is more than just an external enclosure. This smart array can use SATA drives in any combination of size to manage your storage needs. You are no longer tied to a specific drive model for a successful multi-drive array. The Drobo lets you add capacity as you need it without having to start over each time.

The enclosure was designed to be easy to use. The 4 hot swap bays do not require trays, just slide the drive in directly. LED indicators let you know the status of your Drobo at a glance. Along the bottom is a row of blue LEDs indicating percentage of space used. The right side has 4 multi-colored indicators letting you know if everything is OK, you need to add space or if a drive has failed.

Drobo is multi-platform compatible, supporting NTFS, HFS+ and FAT32 file systems. You don't need special drivers or software to use it. Now anyone can implement a secure data protection solution.

  • newegg SAFE Storage Technology Employing Data Robotics' SAFE (Secure, Automated, Flexible, Expandable) Storage Technology, the Drobo makes storage manageable for any user.
  • newegg SATA I/II Hard Drive Support The Data Robotics Drobo features four SATA drive bays supporting 3.5" SATA I or II hard drives. The SATA II interface delivers an amazing internal data rate of 3.0Gb/s for ultra-fast file transfer.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Interface The Data Robotics Drobo features a USB 2.0 interface for up to 22MB/s read and 20MB/s write speeds and plug-and-play connectivity.

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Model

Brand
Drobo
Model
drobo
Type
External

Capacity & Interface

Interface
USB 2.0

Physical Spec

Dimensions
10.7" x 6.3" x 6.3"
Weight
6.0 lbs.

Features

Features
automated Protection
Flexible Configuration
Hard drives not included (sold separate)

Packaging

Package Contents
Drobo storage robot
User Manual
1 x USB Cable
Power Adapter and Power Cord

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  • Joseph A.
  • 9/18/2008 3:39:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None so far

Cons: USB very slow. this is a software raid which make it slower, it should have been a FW800/Sata2 device.
Tech support take days to get back to me. Constantly not working. No power button to turn it OFF. I have to unplug it when I leave with my laptop. Proprietary format and software. I regret the day that I wasted 500$ on this thing, should have got a PCI-e hardware raid card.

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  • Max F.
  • 9/12/2008 5:18:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood for some, not so good for others...

Pros: I first need to say that I almost NEVER write reviews on stuff, but I thought that with NAS and redundancy being an important subject these days I had to throw in my $0.02. Pros? Well, this is a slick little box, it's clever, you can mix and match drives, you really don't have to know jack about how RAID works, and the design is good. It's a well built little unit and we've had ours on for almost a year now 24/7/365 with out any issue(s). Firmware updates are pretty painless and with the Drobo Share (which we use in our office environment) you can share all your junk with everyone... Sounds great right... Umm, well, you better read the Cons too... Oh and make sure you save $50.00 bucks a year when you want to get the newest firmware updates, since these idiots at DRI feel the need to charge you when your warranty is up. On a side note (I guess this would be a pro) you get an hardware exchange option.

Cons: ...S-L-O-W!!! I bet I'm the 187 thousandth person to say this, but if you are using this thing on a network for your office (heck, even attached to USB it's terrible) you better get ready to take a nap, go out to lunch, vacation with the family, walk the dog, write HATE mail to DRI and maybe even day dream about taking this little black box out side and beating the BLEEP out of it with an axe. Seriously, this thing is so slow it's ridiculous. We (thankfully) have a Server 2003 box with an Escalade hardware RAID 5 setup going as a secondary NAS which pretty much DESTROYES this thing speed-wise. Our Drobo has 4x500GB Seagates with 16MB cache, even for small stuff, say when I scan a document and then send it over as a .PDF to the Drobo it can take a few seconds. 5-6MB in size and this thing is still that BLEEPIN' slow, come on peeps. If you don't use the device it'll go to sleep. I've made a small batch files that keeps it alive, but it's still so dang slow...

Other Thoughts: Look elsewhere if you need a decent performing SOHO NAS solution. I guess this thing works okay for some, and granted, we're still using it now... I mean, we DID pay $XXX.00 the Drobo, then another $XXX clams for the ABSOULTEY WORTHLESS SLOW AS ALL ---YOU KNOW WHAT--- Droboshare, then another $XXX for drives... So, we're sort of stuck at the moment, but I'm looking into Synology stuff in the near future, which I think can do better and most importantly PERFORM better across a Gigabit LAN...
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Don't get me wrong, so far this thing has been solid, it's just S-L-O-W! And VERY PRICEY considering that you have to BUY THE EXTRA DS to toss this thing on your LAN! If you don't mind waiting a little while for a directory structure to pop up and don't mind waiting for DAYS to have data rebuild, then I guess go with this junker. Just please do a little research before you sink the money into this thing...

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  • Django B.
  • 9/11/2008 11:42:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsLook at other options

Pros: Hot swapable drives. Easy to use for novices.

Cons: Horrible transfer speeds... zero options for file permissions
and access. The drobo basically has two options... Shared with a
password, or Read Write for everyone... and furthermore you can't
provide specific folders certain access... the entire device gets the
same level of permissions. I want users and groups based permissions.
Also, I want to be able to SCP for SFTP into the device from outside
my network without having to mount the doboshare as a network share
through my linux server. And there are no additional features...
services, etc... it's basically a dumb cube that allows hot swapping
with bad performance.

Other Thoughts: I have had a Drobo 1st Gen and DroboShare for about 9 months... and
while the stability of the setup has been rock solid (4 drives x
500GB), the performance of the device is abysmal. By USB it's, well
bad USB2 speeds of 20 MB/s max, but over the droboshare it's lucky
to get a sustained 7MB/s. I've actually abandoned the droboshare because of it's performance. Note: however slow the
droboshare was, it was still fast enough to stream HD content off
from, it just sucks if you want to transfer any large, multi-gigabyte
amount of data at once.
All these things combined have led me away from the drobo, I'll soon
be getting a Synology which has the same great features of mix
and matching drives, but also supports printer sharing, external hard
drives, built in gigabyte ethernet out of the box, LAMP webserver,
secure FTP access, user and group level permissions, iTunes server,
uPnP server (supporting direct streaming to XBOX360&PS3). For the same price as a drobo and dro

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  • Robert D.
  • 9/2/2008 7:55:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsBUYER AWARENESS WITH THIS PRODUCT

Pros: EASY TO USE BUT LIMITED IN FUNCTIONALITY AND ACCURACY

Cons: MAJOR CONCERNS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF BEFORE YOU BUY!
***** Drive rebuilds can take 2 to 5 days ******
***** Drive expansions can take 2 to 5 days (same process) ****
DURING REBUILD OR EXPANSION IF ANOTHER DRIVE FAILS, ALL YOUR DATA IS LOST.
DATA IS INCORRECTLY REPORTED. THERE IS NO NEED TO INTRODUCE THIN PROVISIONING TO THE BASIC USERS.

What DROBO does tell you is that your data is protected. BUT they forget to add that if a drive fails, or if you need to expand it, can take a long long time to rebuild the data. LIKE 2-3 DAYS.......and longer as you go from 1.5TB Usable to 3TB Usable to 6TB useable once the new 2TB are available. Why do you care? It's very unlikely, however, if your two drives fail within 3-5 days during the rebuild process you will have complete data loss. DROBO recommends backing up your data, however, for most consumer users who just have USB2, it would take you about 1 1/2 days to do a full backup of 1.5TB of data. Even longer as you grow

Other Thoughts: MAJOR CONCERNS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF BEFORE YOU BUY!
***** Drive rebuilds can take 2 to 5 days ******
***** Drive expansions can take 2 to 5 days (same process) ****
DURING REBUILD OR EXPANSION IF ANOTHER DRIVE FAILS, ALL YOUR DATA IS LOST.
DATA IS INCORRECTLY REPORTED. THERE IS NO NEED TO INTRODUCE THIN PROVISIONING TO THE BASIC USERS.

What DROBO does tell you is that your data is protected. BUT they forget to add that if a drive fails, or if you need to expand it, can take a long long time to rebuild the data. LIKE 2-3 DAYS.......and longer as you go from 1.5TB Usable to 3TB Usable to 6TB useable once the new 2TB are available. Why do you care? It's very unlikely, however, if your two drives fail within 3-5 days during the rebuild process you will have complete data loss. DROBO recommends backing up your data, however, for most consumer users who just have USB2, it would take you about 1 1/2 days to do a full backup of 1.5TB of data. Even longer as you grow

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  • Anthony F.
  • 9/1/2008 4:03:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA Maintenance-Free Marvel!

Pros: Absolutely maintenance free, redundant storage.

Cons: A little noisy at times. Sometimes the fan kicks in at high gear during data intensive performance. I noticed this during testing when I was ripping two dvds at once, converting a dvd to avi format, and watching a DVD. Very labor intensive, but something I do quite often. Most of the time, the Drobo is quiet and you'll barely notice it. Not really a problem for me...

Other Thoughts: Drobo is a marvel. No other device stores your data redundantly, performs maintenance to check for and correct data corruption, defragmentation, reallocation and repair of data when a drive goes bad. I don't know much about RAID and thanks to Drobo I don't have to be a wiz to keep my data safe and always available. I love it. I can't wait to receive my Droboshare!

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  • John M.
  • 8/24/2008 11:30:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent media storage, RAID done right!

Pros: Simplicity itself to use: it just works! Add drives in any mixture of sizes, and it gives you storage safe from a drive failure. Its delightfully easy to add storage too, just stick a bigger drive in. It runs cool, speeding up the fan after prolonged activity to keep the drives cool. It powers them down when inactive, and sequences them up safely.

Cons: Not very fast. It is ideal for media - I have it stuffed full of my ripped DVDs, and Itunes can stream multiple movies to Apple TVs at the same time; but you wouldn't want to use it for mainstream data storage.

Other Thoughts: The four 1TB drives I have are filling up, I need bigger drives or another Drobo!

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  • Ezra K.
  • 8/20/2008 12:08:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks and Works

Pros: Easy setup and easy maintenance. I have MAC and PC and the system works great on both.

Cons: Drobo proprietary file system which does not allow you to remove the drives for repair or viewing on another system. But really that same limitation exists for most raid systems. If the RAID card fails you need the exact one to get backup and running.

Other Thoughts: I've setup and used many full server RAID 5 solutions in the past. I grew tired of maintenance and other update tasks for the host server. I was looking for a no brainer on setup and maintenance. Drobo has allowed me to shutdown 3 RAID file servers; room is cooler and my power bill has dropped.

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  • peter s.
  • 8/18/2008 9:22:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdrobo support sucks

Pros: Easy to setup

Cons: after a month my mac could not give me full funcionality to my drobo. Drobo still thinks it's fine but mac could not repair and gave me read only privlidges. nothing on drobo faq or support pages. emaled 2 weeks ago still no answer. Have been on hold for 1/2 hour so far. there support hours are mon to fri 8-5 so work has been getting in my way...

Other Thoughts: Did I mention the fan is loud? Another product to good to be true?

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  • Forrest G.
  • 8/16/2008 11:55:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot for all applications

Pros: Transparent resilient file system behind the curtains. Easy to manage, flexible and does a fine job of recovering dead drives or expanding capacity.

Cons: 2 first gen DROBO's attached to W2003R2 servers. Using DFS, the native file replication built into windows server is unreliable & inconsistent w/the DROBO's. The drives regularly disconnect from the OS which leads to an "interesting" feedback loop as they end up chasing each other to get back in sync (which has yet to happen). When copying large files over the network to the DROBO hosted by the file server, the server can become blocked while writing to the DROBO and the drives fall off of the network & server (copy fails). Lastly, DROBO has adopted a $50 ANNUAL SUPPORT requirement for continued system firmware access. For systems with lapsed coverage, the FEE IS RAISED TO $129. drobo.com/buydrobocare for more info. Coupled with glacial slow transfers, it's a nice product but not a great product.

Other Thoughts: I find the added expense for access to future firmware upgrades to be most disappointing and consider it abusive. Calls to tech support, sure, but firmware upgrades? Why doesn't that work for PC mfg's, digital camera mfg's, etc? Buy beware, you get a year of support. Also, at $500 for Gen 1, what is the upgrade path to Gen 2?

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  • Bradley S.
  • 8/14/2008 3:27:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsawful QA, awful support

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Arrived DOA. Seems like the power supply is completely broken. Trying to get ahold of their phone support which is apparently non-existent (I've been on hold for an hour). I'll give them a couple more minutes before I just send the Drobo and the Droboshare back to newegg.

Other Thoughts: Anything that works is better than this.

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