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8.2 out of 10

Drobo DR-Mini-1A21

Great Deal: $457.99

Reviews and Problems with Drobo DR-Mini-1A21

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Overall 8

Overall great product!

Nicholas T., Newegg
29 April 2014
  • Pros: The unit works as promised, nothing to argue there.
  • Cons: Unit failed after 9 months, but Drobo support replaced it very quickly.
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Overall 10

Awesome Value

i-Tech L., Newegg
27 December 2013
  • Summary: I'm not sure why ANYONE in these reviews is complaining about this not being a NAS? This was obviously not ever designed as one. Thats like complaining a TV isn't a DVD player.. stupid..
  • Pros: A mini-portable mass storage enclosure, love the mSATA SSD buffer option. Great value at $344, for the professional needing portable, mass storage, with great performance.
  • Cons: It's currently $344, would like to see price drop a little more, but at this price is still a great value for what you get.
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Overall 10

Thunderbolt is NOT Mac Only!

Alan H., Newegg
14 August 2013
  • Pros: Just search Newegg for Thunderbolt and Motherboard. You'll turn up nine MB from MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte. Not pricey ones either from $150 up. Why Thunderbolt, just try moving a few TB around. You'll get it it real fast. More that twice the throughput of USB 3. Much faster than SATA III. People who work with lots of video get it. People with humongous media libraries get it. So you get the speed and you have your data protected against drive failures. If these aren't th...
  • Cons: price is a bit high but you always pay for speed and hight quality and data redundancy.
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Overall 8

Great Protected Storage in a small form factor

Timothy H., Newegg
18 June 2013
  • Pros: Very small reliable Raid Array that protects your data with redundant drives. Installing higher capacity or replacing failed drives can be done on the fly. Thunderbolt (TB) pass through to mini-displayport monitors (or other TB devices) works when the drive is powered off.
  • Cons: No NAS, Thunderbolt technology is limited to Macs. 2.5" 9.5mm drives max out at 1TB so I'm max'd out @ 4x 1TB. Cost - At $600+ this is waaay too expensive. I got mine on sale for less than 1/2 that cost. Fans are louder than I would like.
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Overall 8

I don't always use proprietary storage devices, but when I do, I use Drobo

DMA C., Newegg
27 February 2013
  • Summary: The people complaining that this is just an external hard drive must be unaware that an external hard drive doesn't come with a remote-accessible, already deployed, pre-configured, secure Operating System with a built in RAID card, pre-configured RAID, and hot-swappable drive bays.
  • Pros: Very high availability and redundancy. Bad drive? No problem just pull one out and slap another one and you're done. You don't even need to press enter.
  • Cons: It's ext and not NTFS. NTFS is better and when using in conjunction with a Windows domain, certain security enhancements need to be disabled in order to provide functionality with the Drobo. :-(
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Overall 4

Expensive USB Drive

Darren H., Newegg
12 February 2013
  • Pros: Fantastic product that i could not wait to purchase for several small business i support.
  • Cons: Oh..Wait..NO Network jack? Only thunderbolt? Let me go check my switch....Nope no thunderbolt ports there. So $700 for a external USB drive? I think not...must be for Apple fans they always seem to like to pay extra for less functionality.
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Overall 10

A great unit if you need RAID redundancy over a Thunderbolt or USB connection.

GREGG F., Newegg
3 February 2013
  • Summary: The review from "Andrew" below is very misleading. On a DIY site like Newegg.com, you really need to do your research on the product for yourself and make sure that it meets your needs.
  • Pros: * Outstanding redundancy and stability.
  • Cons: * Expensive if you don't need the drive redundancy and stability.
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Overall 10

Understand the product

Angie L., Newegg
3 January 2013
  • Summary: Know what you are looking for before you spend money on a product you do not need!
  • Pros: Drobo make an awesome product. I have 2 of them. One 8 bay and one 4 bay. Although I don't have this model, I thought this rating seemed very unfair.
  • Cons: Kind of spendy but you get what you pay for.
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Overall 2

NAS with no N, just AS

Andrew L., Newegg
1 December 2012
  • Summary: I have yet to see the point of owning a NAS (network attached storage) unit with no network interface. I mean hey, maybe you want to have all your external drives duct taped together in a pretty case, and you hate having money (daisy chain FTW!). If so, by all means, this DROBO is for you. Just don't forget, you are paying $650 for a USB hard drive case, you still need to put drives in it.
  • Pros: Looks nice.
  • Cons: For the low price of $650, you can buy 5 external drives (one of them mSATA with a mSATA to SATA adapter), a USB 3.0 HUB, and duct tape them together. OR, you can buy this Drobo, with no drives in it for the same price.
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