The Drobo Mini 8TB 4 Bay Storage Array comes equipped with 4 x Samsung Spinpoint M9 2.5" 2TB hard drives and is based on its larger sibling, the Drobo 5D, and delivers all the power and flexibility in a smaller package. The Drobo Mini has been designed to meet the data storage needs of today's media creators and demanding professionals and is up to 5 times faster than previous generation Drobos. ... More
Drobo Mini 8TB 4 Bay Storage Array (4 x 2TB Samsung HDD)
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The Drobo Mini 8TB 4 Bay Storage Array comes equipped with 4 x Samsung Spinpoint M9 2.5" 2TB hard drives and is based on its larger sibling, the Drobo 5D, and delivers all the power and flexibility in a smaller package. The Drobo Mini has been designed to meet the data storage needs of today's media creators and demanding professionals and is up to 5 times faster than previous generation Drobos. The Drobo Mini 4 is a four bay direct-attached storage array that offers blazing-fast performance, cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, along with the innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs). Building on the fully automated functionality of previous Drobos, this easy to use, flexible, and protected storage array allows you to safely store and edit photos and videos as well as store and back up personal data.
The Key Features:
Leave Your Limitations Behind…Go BeyondRAID
Built on our award-winning BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo Mini protects your data without any intervention - even in the event of multiple drive failures. You can even switch from single to dual disk redundancy with a single click, ensuring enterprise-level dual parity data protection when required. Drobo’s with BeyondRAID are also self-healing and have virtual hot-spares. If a drive happens to fail, Drobo will automatically re-layout the data to return to a protected state without disruption.
Drobo takes the up front guess work out of determining the amount of capacity you require. Buy the capacity you need today, and when you need more storage, simply replace your smallest drive with a larger one and immediately use that capacity in seconds. You can even mix and match drive brands, capacities and speeds.
To further enhance your experience, every Drobo comes with Smart Volume technology. Smart Volumes® are thinly provisioned volumes that automatically utilize capacity as needed from a common pool of storage. Additionally, as data is deleted, free capacity is returned to that common pool, immediately increasing the available capacity.
BeyondRAID along with Smart Volumes deliver next-generation storage technology by bringing together enhanced data protection, reliability, expandability, and ease-of-use.
Enhanced Backup for Time Machine
Apple’s Time Machine was designed to make backing up your files simple and painless. Pairing Time Machine with Drobo improves your data protection by ensuring your data is safe in the event of hard drive failure.
Apple’s guidelines are to set the storage space for Time Machine at twice the size of the Mac’s hard drive that is to be protected. Time Machine users know that it will gradually use all available disk space without an easy way to stop this from happening. With Drobo you can easily control the maximum storage space available for Time Machine backups through Drobo Dashboard. When you install a Drobo, Drobo Dashboard prompts to see if you want to create a dedicated storage volume for Time Machine’s use, allowing you to set the size of this volume.
Expandability Made Simple
Expanding your storage capacity with a Drobo couldn’t be easier. There’s no long, risky process to add capacity to a Drobo – no need to go through the time consuming and complex administration of destroying your RAID sets and recreating with larger drives; and then finally restoring from your backup. When it’s time to add storage capacity to a Drobo, simply insert additional disk drives or replace the smallest disks with larger ones. The unique compact, carrier-less drive-bay design results in an attractive, efficient storage array that won’t dominate your valuable desk space.
If you’re running low on space, the wrap-around lights on the front of the Mini tell you exactly what to do. The innovative, user-friendly industrial design allows you to add or hot-swap larger capacity drives, without tools, on-the-fly, for storage expansion with zero downtime. Capacity expansion anywhere…anytime. It’s that simple!
Capacity and Performance
Usually reserved for larger enterprise-class storage solutions, the Drobo Mini gives you the option to implement Hot Data Caching through the Drobo Accelerator Bay. This feature intelligently uses high-performance flash to accelerate performance, allowing the fastest possible access to your data.
To keep capacity of your Mini at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all four 2.5” drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.
If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with 2.5” SSDs. Learn how the high performance Drobo Mini with SSDs is used on location for storing and securing critical video footage click here.
Connectivity Without Compromise
Drobo Mini and the Drobo 5D are the only storage solutions that offer Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity in the same box.
Multiple thunderbolt ports allow you to simultaneously connect up to six Thunderbolt devices at once. With bi-directional 10 Gbps performance, Thunderbolt technology allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.
This latest generation of USB 3.0 offers 5Gbps high-performance connectivity and is backward compatible with any computer running qualified versions of Mac OS X or Windows.
Quiet and Efficient
The Drobo Mini comes with dual, finely-tuned, variable-speed cooling fans to maximize efficiencies no matter how hard you’re making it work. You can even configure Drobo to spin down drives when they’re not in use to further reduce noise and save energy.
Power Protecting Your Critical Data
The Drobo Mini doesn’t just protect from drive failures, it also includes a battery backup system that protects all data in memory or cache. Yes, Drobo Mini actually has room for a BIG battery that actually charges itself! If power spontaneously goes away, the Drobo stays alive long enough for the data to be written to disk, ensuring your important information is always safe. The onboard battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.
2 x Thunderbolt ports; second port for daisy chaining Thunderbolt devices (Mac OS X only)
1 x USB 3.0 port
Up to four (4) 2.5? SATA I/II/III hard disk drives or solid state drives – 7 mm and 9.5 mm in height (sold separately).
One (1) mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay for increased performance (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.
Drive bay indicator lights, capacity gauge, status lights
Drobo Dashboard version 2.3 or later
Mac OS X 10.7 and higher
Windows 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
Windows 7 32 and 64 bit
Mac OS X: HFS+
Carrier-less Drive Bays
Power Fail Protection
Kensington Lock Port for Security (lock not included)
Hot Data Caching
Drive Spin Down
OS X Time Machine Support
Desktop Form Factor
Width: 7.3 in (187.2 mm)
Height: 1.8 in (44.6 mm)
Depth: 7.1 in (180.0 mm)
Weight: 2.2 lb (1 kg) without hard drives, power supply, or packaging
External Power Supply: AC Input - 100-240VAC~2A, 50-60Hz
With our no deposit Buy Now Pay Later option, pay nothing for six months when you spend £250 or more, then either settle the cash price in full by paying a £29.00 settlement fee, or choose to spread the cost over 36 months at 19.9% APR Representative. Please see the repayment example below to see how much purchasing this item on finance would cost.
Item Value (Cash Price)
Total Amount Credit
35 x £27.36
Total Amount Payable
Annual Rate of Interest
Are you eligible for finance?
Applicants must be:
Aged 18 years or older from the application date
In permanent UK residence for a minimum of three years
Fulfil at least one of the following employment criteria:
In regular, permanent employment.
Retired from regular employment - With a minimum age of 50.
Not working through disability.
Note: All applicants will be subject to a credit reference check by the lender.
Credit is subject to application and status. Warehouse Express Ltd trading as Wex Photographic act as credit broker and not the lender. Barclays Partner Finance act as the lender.
Can I repay early? If so how?
No repayments are scheduled in the initial six-month deferral period. However, it is possible to pay off the loan, either by way of a lump sum or in smaller amounts. If the loan is fully repaid within the six-month deferral period, then no interest is payable, but a £29.00 early-settlement will be incurred. Such repayments may be made to Barclays Partner Finance by cheque, debit card or standing order. Unfortunately it is not possible to set up a direct debit within the deferral period. Further information on how to make such repayments will be set out in the loan agreement pack provided by Barclays Partner Finance.
What happens if I don't repay within the first six months (deferral period)?
Following the six month deferral period, Barclays Partner Finance will initiate a monthly direct debit payment for the remaining duration of the loan. Interest will be charged at a rate of 19.9% APR on outstanding balances (backdated to the first date of the loan). Late payment penalties and early repayment charges will apply from this point. Barclays Partner Finance will send a reminder letter approximately one month before the six month deferral period is due to elapse. Note: If you chose to spread the cost and pay monthly, interest is charged from the start of the loan, not from the start of the repayment period.
What will I receive from the finance provider (lender)?
Barclays Partner Finance will send a loan agreement pack approximately four weeks after delivery of the goods, confirming that the account has been activated and, from this point, it is possible to make repayments against the loan.
For further information on how our finance product work, see our Finance help section.
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