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Drobo Drobo S 5 Bay eSATA, FireWire 800, USB 3.0 Storage Array Enclosure for Windows, Mac & Linux

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About this item

The Drobo S 5-Bay Array Enclosure from Drobo is an innovative external storage solution. The Drobo S features all of the convenience and data protection capabilities of a traditional RAID system, without the hassles and inflexibility that are associated with RAID storage.

There is no need to install a full set of matched-capacity drives for functionality. You can start with a single drive and add storage as your needs increase. You'll even be able to remove a drive and replace it with one of equal or greater capacity, without having to first migrate data to another storage device.

When multiple drives are installed, the Drobo S supports data protection. If a drive fails, none of your data will be lost- simply replace the failed drive and the Drobo will rebuild itself. When you have three or more drives installed, you can configure the Drobo S to protect against the failure of two drives, practically eliminating the possibility of data loss due to hard disk failure.

The Drobo allows you to switch between single-drive and dual-drive redundancy without having to reformat your array. The enclosure supports up to five standard 3.5" SATA hard drives. Your computer sees the Drobo as a single hard drive volume for the ultimate in ease of use. Indicator lights alert you to system status as well as available capacity. The Drobo S is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux systems. It can connect via eSATA, FireWire-800, or USB 3.0 USB 2.0 .0

What's Included With This Item

  • Drobo Drobo S Array Enclosure
  • External Power Supply (100v-240v) with U.S. 110v Power Cord
  • eSATA Cable
  • FireWire 800 Cable
  • USB Cable
  • User Guide and Quick Start Card (Printed)
  • Resource CD (Includes: Drobo Dashboard Application
  • Help Files
  • Electronic Documentation)
  • Drobo 1 Year Warranty

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Key Features

  • Your Personal Speed Demon: eSATA, FireWire-800 and USB 3.0: Have a need for speed? With the new eSATA interface on Drobo S data transfer is up to 50% faster than FireWire 800.
  • Up to 5 Drives of Instant Expansion up to 20TB : Grow your storage to meet with your data capacity needs with minimal effort. To add capacity, simply insert a new hard drive or replace your smallest drive with a larger one, even when all five drive bays are full.
  • Unlike traditional RAID systems, the BeyondRAID technology found in Drobo S enables you to mix and match capacities, drive brands and speeds.
  • Protection from Two Drive Failures: Enable the dual-drive redundancy option to protect your data from failure of up to two hard drives. It's all done with a single click and without ever losing access to your data.
  • Self-Healing Technology: With the self-healing technology now incorporated into Drobo S, your data is safer than ever. Even when sitting idle, the Drobo will continually examine the blocks and sectors on every disk, flagging questionable areas.
  • File and Operating System Agnostic: Drobo and its underlying BeyondRAID technology currently support the Windows, Mac and Linux? platforms, with file system support for NTFS, HFS+, EXT3 and FAT32. Since Drobo is a block level system, it easily adapts to almost any environment.
  • Redundant Safety: Drobo can ensure your data is safe even if a hard disk fails. You'll feel safer knowing that if disks do fail, Drobo automatically enters a state of self-healing wherein it relays out your data across the remaining healthy disks and sectors.
  • Self-Managing: Drobo is highly automated storage. There are no complex configuration screens, DIP switches, confounding choices, web consoles or other complications that prevent so many other storage devices from working out of the box.
  • Drive Reordering: One long-standing requirement inherent in traditional RAID-based systems was that if for some reason you needed to remove the drives, you'd have to replace the drives in the exact same order. When you remove your disks from Drobo, you can put them back in any order you like.

Technical Specs

Chipset Drobo
Interface eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 compatible) and USB 3.0
Drives Accommodates from one to five 3.5" SATA I / SATA II hard drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed and/or cache. No carriers or tools required.
System Requirements Apple Mac OS X 10.5.6 or greater; Microsoft Windows 2003, 2008, XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Linux using EXT32
Power Idle system (standby, drives off) = 12 watts
Typical busy system (four drives) = 56 watts
Acoustics Normal operation: 31.8 dB
Security Kensington lock port
Operating System Support Windows 2008 Server
Windows 2003 Server
Windows 2000 Server
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Linux using EXT3
Mac OS 10.4 or later
File System Options Windows: NTFS
Mac OS X: HFS+
Cross-Platform: FAT32
Linux: EXT3
Dimensions(W x H X L) 5.9 x 7.3 x 10.3", (150.3 x 185.4 x 262.3mm)
Weight 8lbs
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