Here’s an impressive little device for anybody who understands the importance of backing up their data – the Drobo Mini. Launched last Summer, it’s marketed by Drobo as the world’s smallest and most portable full-featured storage array.
You can install up to four 2.5-inch drives in the Mini, which can be both different brands and capacities – offering a maximum of 3TB of storage space from 4 x ITB drives. In case you are wondering why 4GB isn’t the maximum, that’s because the Drobo needs some space for redundancy – and that’s one of its best features.
The Drobo mini offers single or dual drive redundancy – which ultimately means that if the worst happens, and one or even two of your drives die, your data is still safe. In addition, a battery offers protection against data loss during a power outage.
Speed freaks can of course outfit the Mini with four SSD drives, plus the device has a fifth bay for an mSATA SSD which can be used to increase the performance of the array.
With regards to connectivity, the Drobo Mini has a single USB 3.0 port and two Thunderbolt ports – which make it a great choice for Mac owners. Besides the speed benefits, Thunderbolt allows up to six other Thunderbolt devices to be daisy chained together.
All of the Mini’s drive bays are hot-swappable, so you don’t need to worry about messing about with screws or carriages every time you need to insert or take out a drive.
Four LED lights placed around the front of the Drobo Mini indicate the status of installed drives, and for more detailed diagnostics you can use Drobo’s Dashboard software which is Mac and PC compatible.
As you can see from the photo above, the Drobo Mini is also a good looking device. The outer casing is constructed from metallic carbon fiber, which also makes it pretty durable.
If you like the sound of the Drobo Mini you can pick one up for around £550 ($649), though do bear in mind that it doesn’t come with any drives.
And if you want more information, check out this awesome Drobo Mini review.