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Drobo 'robot' automates server storage

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Fri April 6, 2007

Drobo automated server

The new Drobo by Data Robotics is promoted as the "world's first storage robot." In reality it is actually a hard drive enclosure, but with the unusual ability to automatically detect and format up to four 3.5-inch SATA drives of any capacity. Perhaps more importantly, the Drobo handles a number of maintenance tasks automatically, such as creating redundancy, and sensing and repairing data corruption. When attached to a Mac or PC via USB 2.0, the computer sees the Drobo as a unified drive. Colored LED lights indicate the status of each bay: yellow for instance indicates low space, while flashing red indicates failure. An empty Drobo enclosure costs $699.




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  1. eric gadfly

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Just got Cheaper!

    That foxy little black Drobo cube is now much cheaper.

    Not only did Dobo's manufacturers cut their price $200, but in in an unusual move, the company is offering a rebate to anyone who already bought a Drobo above $499.

    I have mine, and look forward to the $200 bucks!

    The details are here http://www.drobospace.com/blog/5/10382/Drobo-Price-Reduced-to--499--Gives-Difference-Back-to-Previous-Buyers/;jsessionid=D2EE91BEE0822ADCAAC9AA6B9FCB9114

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