Drobo FS

87
Global
Score
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Drobo FS gains native Time Machine support, we go hands-on

Summary

Pros
  • NAS!Hot-swappable drivesGreat software
Cons
  • Only 5 HDD slotsOnly supports SATA drivesNoisy
Drobo FS gains native Time Machine support, we go hands-on

Praise wasn't hard to find when Data Robotics finally caved and crafted a Drobo NAS drive last month, but ever since we've been itching to test one out and see how it actually fared. We've had our fair share of awful NAS experiences, particularly in mixed-platform environments, but we recently had the chance to sit down with a unit to test out the company's latest addition: Time Machine support. We asked the outfit why support for Apple's innate backup service was coming just after the product launch, and it really boils down to decisions based on fiscal calendars, accounting practices and other scenarios that interest you not. Fact is, though, the gratis update is being pushed out today through the Drobo Dashboard, and all Drobo FS users should be able to download the new build and start taking advantage right away. We stuffed our unit with four different sized SATA drives from different manufacturers, and just like the company promised, the Drobo FS took 'em all in as if they were equal. Hop on past the break for more of our setup experience.

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Breakdown

Expandability
9.3
Speed
7.3
Media support
8.0
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Specs

FS

Addressable storage
20 (max) TB
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Media services
DLNA, UPnP, iTunes Server
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Specs

FS

Addressable storage
20 (max) TB
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Media services
DLNA, UPnP, iTunes Server
View Full Specs
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