Data Robotics DR04DD10 Hard Drive Array

4 x Total Bays - USB 2.0, FireWire/i.LINK 800 - MPN: DR04DD10
Product Details
Description
Drobo protects data from drive failure, allows incremental capacity increases, and eliminates the complexities of RAID based systems. Connects via FireWire 800 or USB 2.0. You can start with two drives and grow to four. To increase capacity, just add a SATA drive, or replace a drive with a larger one. It can support up to 16 terabytes in future.
Summary
Product Title Data Robotics DR04DD10 Hard Drive Array
Manufacturer Data Robotics
Power Score 4.1 | 8 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Drobo Second Gen USB2/FireWire
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 14 expert reviews for Drobo Second Gen USB2/FireWire and the average expert rating is 78 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
good purchase, but
5 Star Review   By BuddyClif on HP - Feb 8, 2012   

It would be a good ideal to tell one that the drives are purchased separate.

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Excellent product and long-term value
4 Star Review   By Mossrockss on Adorama - Jan 18, 2012   

My wife is a professional photographer and needed a redundant place to store her photos. Drobo is perfect. If one of the drives fails, you can easily replace it and nothing's lost. High-capacity drives are so cheap, that this is so much of a better value

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Drobo an excelent piece of equipment
5 Star Review   By originalblend on HP - Nov 11, 2011   

I purchased the same unit at a different retailer. Just wanted to say in this review that if you get a chance to purchase this unit, do so because it is worth the time and money. It will not let you down, the performance is excelent, and I am extremely happy that i purchased this. Do yourself a favor and get it.

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DROBO Rocks
4 Star Review   By Cameraguy on HP - Dec 24, 2010   

Bought this after losing 2 hard drives in less than a year. As a professional photographer, I work with thousands of images and most in RAW format, large files. And even though I back up to many sources, this was a really cool way to back up with piece of mind. I currently have four 1TB drives installed and this has worked well for me for about a year and a half. Lose a hard drive? No problem, simply pull out the bad one and install a new one and your information is right there ready to go. It is hot swappable so you do not need to shut it down to change it out. Dont know how it works exactly but it does. Want to upgrade the drives? Just switch them out one at a time and you can in essence double the size of your storage capacity. I started with 500's and went to 1TB.. I liked this so well, I was asked to Beta test the new model and put it through its paces...this is a really cool item if you want great piece of mind...other RAID type systems just did not work that well for me....

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It does what it's supposed to and then some
5 Star Review   By member robberns - Mar 17, 2009   

Strengths: Ease of set-up, expansion capabilities

Weakness: Speed, if that is what you need.

I have had a drobo for about a year, has worked flawlessly. The previous reviewer has no clue as to how the drobo works, it is NOT RAID, they have their own redundancy scheme. There is no software or hardware that needs to be installed, the drobo takes care of all of the overhead. I agree that the price is a bit high when you add drives, but for what it does, there is no comparison to "creating your own" with a PC, drives, RAID hardware, etc...

89% of readers found this review helpful.

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Very Expensive for few features
1 Star Review   By vgivanovic on Mwave.com - Feb 7, 2009   

Strengths: supposedly easy to set up

Weakness: price no drives included no Ethernet easy to set up means hard to diagnose problems when they occur

$410 is very expensive for what the box does. In fact, it's so expensive that I fault Mwave for offering it. Here are some problems with the device: * No drives included. You'll have to spend at minimum ~$250 more for 500MB drives or ~$400 for 1 TB drives. * No indication of what kind of RAID is supported: hardware-based or software-based. It it's hardware-based, you are stuck forever with that brand of controller (which is?). If it's software-based, then (in theory) you can move it to another system. * No Ethernet. This is inexcusable for a box that costs this much. It should offer Gigabit Ethernet. A cheaper and just as feature-full alternative is to buy a cheap desktop PC and stick some drives in it. Use the RAID capabilities of your OS (Windows, Linux or BSD) to manage the disks. Cost of cheap PC: less than $300. Of course you'll have to do some work, but you could hire someone for $50/hr to set it up for you and still come out ahead.

15% of readers found this review helpful.

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Angel of Data
5 Star Review   By member GoldenAnkh1 - Sep 12, 2008   

Strengths: ease of use, small form factor, ability to use multiple sized hard drives

Weakness: none noted

I like the easy set up and maintenance of the Drobo. Not everyone has the technical knowledge to set up and maintain a RAID system. Some of us simply want to prevent our precious music, videos, and pictures from being lost without a lot of headaches! Drobo does this quite well!!

91% of readers found this review helpful.

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Product Details
Description
Drobo protects data from drive failure, allows incremental capacity increases, and eliminates the complexities of RAID based systems. Connects via FireWire 800 or USB 2.0. You can start with two drives and grow to four. To increase capacity, just add a SATA drive, or replace a drive with a larger one. It can support up to 16 terabytes in future.
Summary
Product Title Data Robotics DR04DD10 Hard Drive Array
Manufacturer Data Robotics
Power Score 4.1 | 8 Reviews
Features
RAID Levels: 5
Dimensions
Height: 6.3 in
Depth: 10.7 in
Width: 6.3 in
Weight: 6 lbs
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Expert Reviews
Drobo Second Gen USB2/FireWire
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 14 expert reviews for Drobo Second Gen USB2/FireWire and the average expert rating is 78 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
good purchase, but
5 Star Review   By BuddyClif on HP - Feb 8, 2012   

It would be a good ideal to tell one that the drives are purchased separate.

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Excellent product and long-term value
4 Star Review   By Mossrockss on Adorama - Jan 18, 2012   

My wife is a professional photographer and needed a redundant place to store her photos. Drobo is perfect. If one of the drives fails, you can easily replace it and nothing's lost. High-capacity drives are so cheap, that this is so much of a better value

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Drobo an excelent piece of equipment
5 Star Review   By originalblend on HP - Nov 11, 2011   

I purchased the same unit at a different retailer. Just wanted to say in this review that if you get a chance to purchase this unit, do so because it is worth the time and money. It will not let you down, the performance is excelent, and I am extremely happy that i purchased this. Do yourself a favor and get it.

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DROBO Rocks
4 Star Review   By Cameraguy on HP - Dec 24, 2010   

Bought this after losing 2 hard drives in less than a year. As a professional photographer, I work with thousands of images and most in RAW format, large files. And even though I back up to many sources, this was a really cool way to back up with piece of mind. I currently have four 1TB drives installed and this has worked well for me for about a year and a half. Lose a hard drive? No problem, simply pull out the bad one and install a new one and your information is right there ready to go. It is hot swappable so you do not need to shut it down to change it out. Dont know how it works exactly but it does. Want to upgrade the drives? Just switch them out one at a time and you can in essence double the size of your storage capacity. I started with 500's and went to 1TB.. I liked this so well, I was asked to Beta test the new model and put it through its paces...this is a really cool item if you want great piece of mind...other RAID type systems just did not work that well for me....

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It does what it's supposed to and then some
5 Star Review   By member robberns - Mar 17, 2009   

Strengths: Ease of set-up, expansion capabilities

Weakness: Speed, if that is what you need.

I have had a drobo for about a year, has worked flawlessly. The previous reviewer has no clue as to how the drobo works, it is NOT RAID, they have their own redundancy scheme. There is no software or hardware that needs to be installed, the drobo takes care of all of the overhead. I agree that the price is a bit high when you add drives, but for what it does, there is no comparison to "creating your own" with a PC, drives, RAID hardware, etc...

89% of readers found this review helpful.

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Very Expensive for few features
1 Star Review   By vgivanovic on Mwave.com - Feb 7, 2009   

Strengths: supposedly easy to set up

Weakness: price no drives included no Ethernet easy to set up means hard to diagnose problems when they occur

$410 is very expensive for what the box does. In fact, it's so expensive that I fault Mwave for offering it. Here are some problems with the device: * No drives included. You'll have to spend at minimum ~$250 more for 500MB drives or ~$400 for 1 TB drives. * No indication of what kind of RAID is supported: hardware-based or software-based. It it's hardware-based, you are stuck forever with that brand of controller (which is?). If it's software-based, then (in theory) you can move it to another system. * No Ethernet. This is inexcusable for a box that costs this much. It should offer Gigabit Ethernet. A cheaper and just as feature-full alternative is to buy a cheap desktop PC and stick some drives in it. Use the RAID capabilities of your OS (Windows, Linux or BSD) to manage the disks. Cost of cheap PC: less than $300. Of course you'll have to do some work, but you could hire someone for $50/hr to set it up for you and still come out ahead.

15% of readers found this review helpful.

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Angel of Data
5 Star Review   By member GoldenAnkh1 - Sep 12, 2008   

Strengths: ease of use, small form factor, ability to use multiple sized hard drives

Weakness: none noted

I like the easy set up and maintenance of the Drobo. Not everyone has the technical knowledge to set up and maintain a RAID system. Some of us simply want to prevent our precious music, videos, and pictures from being lost without a lot of headaches! Drobo does this quite well!!

91% of readers found this review helpful.

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