The Good Theoretically limitless capacity; Easy to set up; Able to share storage over a network.
The Bad Not as quick as we'd hoped; Pricey.
The Bottom Line The Data Robotics Drobo FS network attached storage device is easy to use, hugely flexible and will appeal to anyone who wants to keep their data safe from harm.
|Data Robotics Drobo FS||Samsung SSD 850 Evo||Seagate Expansion Portable Drive||Seagate Backup Plus/Slim portable drive||Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim Portable External Hard Drive|
|Price||£425 Typical Price||£425 Typical Price||£425 Typical Price||£134 Amazon.co.uk||£122 Amazon.co.uk|
Data Robotics Drobo FS
The Data Robotics Drobo FS is the latest incarnation of the critically acclaimed networking storage gadget. It features all the same data-protecting, drive-healing gubbins as the original, but now comes with a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet port, allowing it to be used across a network. Anyone who wants to get their high-speed network-attached-storage rocks off can pick one up for around £425.
The Drobo is an unassuming-looking device, but don't let that fool you -- it's smarter than your average network-attached storage box. It doesn't have a fixed capacity, for a start. Inside, it can accept up to five separate 3.5-inch hard drives, each of which can be hot-swapped and replaced with higher capacity models as they become available, even, miraculously, while the Drobo is still in use.
Ordinarily, yanking operational drives from their bays would spell disaster, but not so with the Drobo FS. The device uses Data Robotics' BeyondRAID technology. This, like ordinary RAID-enabled storage systems, offers data redundancy, where data is stored across more than one drive simultaneously. If one drive fails, the data remains safe on one of the other drives.
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