AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

DroboShare adds Ethernet to 'robot' drive

updated 10:40 am EST, Mon January 14, 2008


Data Robotics is looking to expand the usefulness of its high-profile Drobo storage unit with today's news of the DroboShare. The underside companion connects to the Drobo through USB and automatically turns the robotic drive into network-attached storage (NAS) with a gigabit Ethernet connection. In contrast to some network drives, the combined storage from the RAID disk array is accessible to any computer on the local network and is the first to be viewable using most major file systems: FAT32, HFS+, NTFS, and Linux's EXT3 can be seen on the network as long as software exists to recognize them, the company explains. On Mac OS X and Windows systems, the drive will auto-mount to the network.

The DroboShare add-on also includes dual USB ports, one of which is reserved for attaching another Drobo and daisy-chaining the setup to make more than one disk available to the network. Up to 8TB of Serial ATA disks can be loaded into the current arrangement with more as disk sizes climb upwards, Data Robotics says. The main Drobo box can always be detached to connect directly to a computer. DroboShare should be available today for $200 alongside the Drobo itself, which continues to sell for $500 without built-in storage.

by MacNN Staff



  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    can't talk now, justifying purchase.

  1. macbones

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'll buy one when I see firewire support.

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969


    slick, but...

    isn't it a little overpriced?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented