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Drobo Mini 4-bay Storage Array with Thunderbolt / USB 3.0



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Small Is the New Big: The world's smallest, most advanced storage array

It's a Drobo, so by definition it's easy-to-use. Now it's also the fastest portable storage array, with cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity and innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs).

Whether you're working at your desktop, shooting and editing photos or videos onsite, or traveling to the next location, it's the world's first high-performance and protected portable storage array. So now you can take and access your valuable digital assets wherever you go.

Amazingly Mini

Drobo Mini has everything that's in the high capacity Drobo 5D in a package that's the size of a deli sandwich. Made of a cutting-edge metallic carbon fiber with a soft-touch rubberized finish, Drobo Mini is small, rugged, and feels as cool as it looks. From the modern materials to the wraparound light indicators to the drive bay design, Mini is truly big storage in a small box.

Weighing in at 3 pounds fully loaded with drives, you can now carry up to 3TB 1 of usable and protected capacity in your travel bag. To make Drobo Mini as portable as possible, there's an optional carrying case.

Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple

Built on award-winning BeyondRAID™ technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo Mini protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures. Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you're running low on space, the wraparound lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.

Power of Thunderbolt and Flexibility of USB

Thunderbolt I/O technology provides performance that no personal storage has been able to achieve, especially one that's portable. This allows you to move large amounts of data in a fraction of the time it used to take. Drobo Mini is equipped with dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. This allows even the most portable laptop computers access to high-performance storage while retaining connectivity to other devices and an external monitor.

Drobo is the only storage array that offers Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. This latest USB also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatibility with computers running compatible versions of Mac OS X or Windows.

Capacity AND Performance

Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this portable Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere and Apple Aperture fast access to data.

To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all four 2.5" drives bays available for highcapacity HDDs.

Power Protecting Your Critical Data

Drobo doesn't just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Drobo Mini includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives.

When power spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to nonvolatile storage. The battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.

First Drobo with 2.5" Drives

Drobo Mini takes 2.5" drives--that's what makes it portable. Four hotswappable drive bays support drives of any capacity. No carriers or screws are needed to insert drives into a Drobo and the Drobo Mini is no different. An innovative new design allows drives to click in and out like a ballpoint pen. Since 2.5" drives are primarily used in laptop computers, they're designed to be portable. Because of this, you can pick up and move Drobo Mini around with confidence.



Product Description
Drobo Storage for Professionals Drobo Mini - hard drive array
Device Type
Hard drive array
Total Array Capacity
0 GB
USB 3.0, Thunderbolt
Installed Devices / Modules Qty
0 (installed) / 4 (max)
Supported Drives
Storage Controller
SATA ( SATA 6Gb/s )
Hard Drive
0 HDD - hot-swap
OS Required
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits) SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.7 Lion, Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Windows 8 (32/64 bits)
AC 120/230 V - 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (WxDxH)
18.72 cm x 18 cm x 4.46 cm
998 g
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years warranty



Device Type
Hard drive array


Installed Devices / Modules Qty
Supported Devices / Modules Qty
Supported Drives


Total Array Capacity
0 GB
HDD Array External Interface
USB 3.0, Thunderbolt

Storage Controller

Interface Type
SATA 6Gb/s
Data Transfer Rate
600 MBps

Hard Drive

HDD - hot-swap

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Bays
4 (total) / 4 (free) - 2.5" - hot-swap
1 x USB 3.0 , 2 x Thunderbolt

System Requirements

OS Required
Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits) SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.7 Lion, Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Windows 8 (32/64 bits)


Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Cables Included
1 x USB 3.0 cable - 1 m , 1 x Thunderbolt cable - 1 m
Software Included
Drivers & Utilities


Power Device
External power adapter
Voltage Required
AC 120/230 V - 50/60 Hz

Dimensions & Weight

18.72 cm
18 cm
4.46 cm
998 g

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support
2 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Limited warranty - 2 years

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Drobo Mini 4-bay Storage Array with Thunderbolt / USB 3.0
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Drobo Mini 4-bay Storage Array with Thunderbolt / USB 3.0
Reviewed by . Review Posted 26/09/2013
5 5

Owning the Drobo FS, i was about to buy the new 5N, but noticed this by chance.

I will just be using it as a work drive, so it will accessed each day. It therefore needed to have fast read speeds and look after the data on it.
As a photographer i don't have an excuse if i loose images, and this little box will ensure that never happens. I love the fact that its taken all the ache out of backing up... drop files in and forget about it.

I will use this as a day to day drive and then farm things to the bigger drobo for archiving

its really really quick using thunderbolt and if its as reliable as the FS i will be a very happy man

  • Overall 5*
  • Ease of use 5*
  • Value for money 5*

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Type: Storage enclosure
HD Size: 2.5"
Power Supply: Power supply
Brand: Drobo
Stock Status: In Stock
Price Range Inc VAT: 300 - 500

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