Big Things Really do Come in Small Packages

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Mini in Size Only

Weighing in at less than 3 pounds when fully populated with 2.5" drives, the Drobo Mini is the ultimate, on-the-go storage companion, delivering the perfect combination of high performance storage and portability. To make traveling with your Mini a breeze, we’ve designed an optional carrying case to hold the power supply, the connectivity cable and your Mini. Small and rugged with a rubberized finish, the Mini feels as cool as it looks. From the moment you unbox it, we know you’ll appreciate its awesome design and the extreme portability that truly makes the Drobo Mini – BIG storage in a small box.

Resources

Here are some resources to help you choose the perfect Drobo.

Need Help Choosing?

  • Which Drobo is Right?

    Our 4 easy steps to help you choose the right Drobo.

  • Capacity Calculator

    Approximates the space utilized with various mixed disk configurations.

  • Drive Selector

    Balance acquisition costs and performance requirements vs. capacity requirements.

  • Drobo Migration

    When it comes to upgrading your Drobo to a larger or newer version, you have several options.

Leave Your Limitations Behind…Go BeyondRAID® Read More

Leave Your Limitations Behind…Go BeyondRAID®

Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo Mini protects your data without any intervention – even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo’s with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption.

Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds.

To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes® are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity.

BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use. Learn More

Expandability Made Simple Read More

Expandability Made Simple

Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn’t be easier. There’s no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo – no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it’s time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique compact, carrier-less drive-bay design results in an attractive, efficient storage array that won’t dominate your valuable desk space.

If you’re running low on space, the wrap-around lights on the front of the Mini tell you exactly what to do. The innovative, user-friendly industrial design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, on-the-fly, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Capacity expansion anywhere…anytime. It’s that simple!

Capacity and Performance Read More

Capacity and Performance

Usually reserved for larger enterprise-class storage solutions, the Drobo Mini gives you the option to implement Hot Data Caching through the Drobo Accelerator Bay. This feature intelligently uses high-performance flash to accelerate performance, allowing the fastest possible access to your data.

To keep capacity of your Mini at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all four 2.5” 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 2.5” SSDs. Now that would be one screaming fast, portable, Drobo! Learn More

Connectivity Without Compromise Read More

Connectivity Without Compromise

Drobo Mini and the Drobo 5D are the only storage solutions that offer Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity in the same box.

Multiple thunderbolt ports allow you to simultaneously connect up to six Thunderbolt devices at once. With bi-directional 10 Gbps performance, Thunderbolt technology allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.

This latest generation of USB 3.0 offers 5Gbps high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running qualified versions of Mac OS X or Windows.

Quiet and Efficient Read More

Quiet and Efficient

The Drobo Mini comes with dual, finely-tuned, variable-speed cooling fans to maximize efficiencies no matter how hard you’re making it work. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they’re not in use to further reduce noise and save energy.

Power Protecting Your Critical Data Read More

Power Protecting Your Critical Data

The Drobo Mini doesn’t just protect from drive failures, it also includes a battery backup system that protects all data in memory or cache. Yes, Drobo Mini actually has room for a BIG battery that actually charges itself! If power spontaneously goes away, the Drobo stays alive long enough for the data to be written to disk, ensuring your important information is always safe. The onboard battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.

Specifications
Connectivity
  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 port
Drives and Expansion
BeyondRAID Features
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Single – or 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 and higher
  • Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows 7 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
  • Hot Data Caching
  • Drive Spin Down
  • Dim Lights
  • OS X Time Machine Support
Warranty
  • One (1) year warranty in the US or outside the EU or two (2) year warranty in the EU.
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 (1 kg) 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
  • 3.3 ft (1 m) USB 3.0 cable
  • 3.3 ft (1 m) Thunderbolt cable
  • 7.5 ft (2.2 m) power cord with power supply
  • Quick Start Card
Optional Accessories
  • Drobo Mini Carrying Case

Drobo Mini

Smart storage that grows with you and protects what matters.