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Drobo Review: Ultimate Computer Storage Backup System

When is the most likely time you think about backing up your files?  That’s right, after a hard drive crash. I will never forget the great hard drive failure of 2003.

I had just had a child, all of her pregnancy and newborn photos – gone forever – thanks to a hard drive crash and this (new) mom (at the time) not backing up her data.

Backing Up Data

Back up your data people!  In 2003, backing up your data was a pain. Now, it’s easy peasy.

Can we talk about another problem? Molly wanted a new Macbook. Molly bought a new Macbook. Molly’s husband said “make sure you get a SSD.” Molly doesn’t usually think about her file count or how much storage she needs. It’s been 6 months since Molly bought said Macbook and the hard drive is beyond full. Drobo, helped.

Drobo Review

Drobo is a super duper file backer upper. Okay, the official lingo is Drobo is a NAS (Network Attached Storage.)

drobo review
drobo review

The Drobo is the latest generation of the award-winning platform that started it all. It holds true to the unique design and simplicity that has made Drobo the best desktop storage solution for storing and protecting all your data. No storage expertise is required to ensure your data is always safe and protected.

Inside every Drobo is the revolutionary BeyondRAID storage technology that protects data against a hard disk crash, yet is simple enough for anyone to use. As long as you have more than a single disk in Drobo, all data on Drobo is safe no matter which hard disk fails. There’s no need to worry about anything else. That’s right, redundant hard drives!

What is a NAS System?

A Network Attached Storage (NAS) system is like a super-smart external hard drive that connects to your Wi-Fi network.

Personal Cloud Storage

It’s not just for storing files; it’s like your own personal cloud storage. You can save and access all your movies, music, photos, and documents from any device like a computer, phone, or tablet, even when you’re not at home. It’s like having your digital stuff available everywhere, all the time, without the need for a physical drive you have to carry around. Cool, right?

what is a nas system backup
what is a nas system backup

You know how you can stream videos on your phone or laptop from the internet? Well, with a NAS, you can make your own Netflix at home! It’s a gadget that stores all your media and lets you watch your favorite movies or listen to your music without needing to download them every time. Plus, you can share files with friends and family easily. So, it’s not just a storage box, but a home entertainment and file-sharing hub.

Setting Up Drobo NAS System

Setting up the Drobo NAS is as easy as plugging it in. With its user-friendly interface, even tech novices can quickly configure their storage preferences. No need to be a computer whiz – it’s all about simplicity.

drobo nas storage backup system review
drobo nas storage backup system review

Remote Access

Remote Access and Collaboration: With the DroboAccess app, you can securely access your files from anywhere with an internet connection. Share and collaborate on documents effortlessly, even if you’re miles apart.

Drobo Specs

So let’s get geeky, or should I say technical. Here are the Drobo specs for this backup storage system.


  • 1 x USB 3.0 port

Drives and Expansion

  • Up to four (4) 3.5 SATA II/III hard disk drives (sold separately).
  • Drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache can be used. No carriers or tools required. Click here for drive recommendations.
  • Expandable by adding drives or hot-swapping drives with larger ones. Use the Capacity Calculator to estimate available storage in various configurations.

BeyondRAID Features

  • Thin Provisioning
  • Instant Expansion
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Automatic Protection Levels
  • Single – or Dual-Disk Redundancy
  • Virtual Hot Spare
  • Data Aware
  • Drive Re-ordering


  • Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
  • Drobo Dashboard version 2.6 or later

Operating System Support

  • Mac OS X 10.7 and higher
  • Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
  • Windows 7 32 and 64 bit

File System Options

  • Mac OS X: HFS+
  • Windows: NTFS

Hardware Features

  • Carrier-less Drive Bays
  • Power Fail Protection
  • Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)

Additional Software Features

  • Maximum System Capacity: 32TB
  • Drive Spin Down
  • Dim Lights
  • OS X Time Machine Support


  • One (1) year warranty in the US or outside the EU or two (2) year warranty in the EU.

Size and Weight

  • Desktop Form Factor
  • Width: 5 in (127 mm)
  • Height: 6.3 in (160 mm)
  • Depth: 10.7 in (271.8 mm)
  • Weight: 6 lb 11.3 oz (3 kg) without hard drives, power supply, or packaging

Power and Cooling

  • External Power Supply:
    • AC Input – 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
    • DC Output – 12V, 4.16A, 50W max
  • Dual, fixed, variable speed cooling fans

Box Contents

  • Drobo
  • 6 ft (1.8 m) USB 3.0 cable
  • 6 ft (1.8 m) power cord with power supply
  • Quick Start Guide

In Conclusion

The Drobo NAS Storage System is more than just a data box; it’s a companion that simplifies your digital life. With its intuitive setup, robust data protection, and a range of features to suit every need, Drobo is a game-changer in the world of data management.

drobo nas storage backup system review
drobo nas storage backup system review

Whether you’re a teenager looking to organize your digital world or a professional seeking a reliable storage solution, Drobo is here to make your life easier and more secure. So, why not take the leap and see how Drobo can transform the way you handle your digital data? Your data, your way – with Drobo.

Thanks Drobo for sending over a device to try out. This mom won’t be losing anymore baby photos!

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