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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.
Our 4 easy steps to help you choose the right Drobo.
Approximates the space utilized with various mixed disk configurations.
Balance acquisition costs and performance requirements vs. capacity requirements.
When it comes to upgrading your Drobo to a larger or newer version, you have several options.
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
Time Machine and Drobo: A Perfect Pairing
Apple’s Time Machine was designed to make backing up your files simple and painless. Pairing Time Machine with Drobo improves your data protection by ensuring your data is safe in the event of hard drive failure.
Control How Much Storage Time Machine Uses
Apple’s guidelines are to set the storage space for Time Machine at twice the size of the Mac’s hard drive that is to be protected. Time Machine users know that it will gradually use all available disk space without an easy way to stop this from happening. With Drobo you can easily control the maximum storage space available for Time Machine backups through Drobo Dashboard. When you install a Drobo, Drobo Dashboard prompts to see if you want to create a dedicated storage volume for Time Machine’s use, allowing you to set the size of this volume.
Drobo and Time Machine for Backup
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!
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. Learn how the high performance Drobo Mini with SSDs is used on location for storing and securing critical video footage click here.
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.
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.
Smart storage that grows with you and protects what matters.