April 6th 2010 8:39 am

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conclusion:We like it

87 July 10th 2012 12:07 pm

With up to 5 drives and Drobo's BeyondRAID technology, the Drobo FS provides a lot of flexibility and storage options for small businesses or home users looking for network-attached data protection. BeyondRAID makes managing and expanding your storage space easy by providing the flexibility of using any 3.5 inch SATA drive regardless of manufacturer, size or speed. Unfortunately, the Drobo FS doesn't come with any drives, which means the initial investment cost can be high if you don't have any spares laying around.

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8.9
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    9.8
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    8.0
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    7.0
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8.1
15 reviews
9.0
CNET UK Sep 10, 2010

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.

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9.0
TUAW Apr 22, 2010

It provides Data Robotics' expandable BeyondRAID technology in a network-attached version that is well within the financial reach of prosumers or businesses. If you're looking for a way to add shared, expandable RAID storage to a home or office network, consider the Drobo FS.

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8.0
USA Today Jun 19, 2010

The new Drobo FS (which stands for file share) aims to offer the easiest way to both back up data successfully and share it easily on your home network. It does both of those things effortlessly, but you will pay dearly for the price of success.

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8.0
ranhalt ranhalt

I heard of Drobo from TWiT shows and realized I needed to replace my janky solution of - simple span across using native Windows disk management (risking failure to get the most storage) and then using multiple consumer external drives as the redundant backup (and manually updating the backup)....

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4.0
liquidray liquidray

My Biggest issue with the drobos are they customer service and support policies. You have to pay for firmware upgrades (upwards to $199 a pop) even when the firmware contains just a bugfix. Also in my experience the support people were rude and accusatory and even when finally admitting to an...

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7.0
cjtylr cjtylr

The Drobo FS offers pretty much everything I could ask for in a NAS. Large drive capacity, tons of configuration, and well thought out design. Would it bother me if it was 10-20 MB/s faster? No. But speed is something I'm definitely willing to trade away for how incredibly easy it is to setup,...

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9.0
metric152 metric152

Once I set up the device and restored if after playing with to many low level system files it's been running like a champ. I've had one drive fail in the device. I ejected the drive and turned it off until the replacement arrived. It took a long time to rebuild the array but I...

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8.0
ericnakagawa ericnakagawa

I use this drive with Dual Disk redundancy. 4 x 2TB drives. 2 laptops sync over wifi for Time Machine. Have luckily not lost a drive yet! When I do I have heard rebuilding and propagating the data can take > 24 hours (depending on how full drives are). I JUST found out about:...

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7.0
pika2000 pika2000

I've been using a 1st gen HP Mediasmart Windows Home Server as my "NAS" solution for years. The reason I love WHS is its drive extender capability (can add any drive with any capacity) and folder duplication feature (saved my behind many times). However, the original WHS is based...

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8.0
Microxot Microxot

I own both a Drobo 2nd Gen and a DroboFS. I must say that the DroboFS is the better option. It is a 5 drive bay enclosure that has a gigabit ethernet interface that you can plug into your home network or directly to your computer (if you have a spare ethernet connection). It also sports a dual...

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8.0
NatureBit NatureBit

I've noticed the slow transfer speeds, but they a pretty minor annoyance for the most part. It occasionally flakes out and won't allow me to connect, but a simple reboot or direct connection solves the problem. That doesn't happen often, either. I've never lost data, which is probably the most...

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9.0
simplisticton simplisticton

I upgraded from a 1st gen Drobo to the Drobo FS and honestly wish I'd done it sooner. The Drobo FS is much easier to manage since you don't need to worry about the device's format and the networking is extremely easy to use. I particularly like the ability to add shares and limit their size "on...

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10
DuckByte DuckByte

Having several different computers on my home network, it seemed like almost every time I wanted to access a particular file it was on a different machine than the one I was using. The obvious solution was Network Attached Storage so I purchased an Iomega 1 TB Home Media Network Hard Drive....

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9.0
rack88 rack88

Great NAS box so far with a few limitations. First, one issue is that if the device fails, you can't throw drives in a non-Drobo box to use the data (bummer). Also, you are forced to have redundant data, there is no non-redundant mode (which would be useful for transferring data to the Drobo...

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