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8.4 out of 10

Drobo DR-Mini-1A21

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Reviews and Problems with Drobo DR-Mini-1A21

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Overall 2
2.0

Stay away from this company

Anoop N., Amazon
4 weeks ago
  • Summary: After 4 months, my drobo unit mini has decided to stop booting correctly. Since it won't boot anymore, obviously it wont mount, and I've got several TB's worth of professional photo gigs locked up in a proprietary file structure that won't be read by anything else. Raised a ticket with Drobo support and they keep asking that I pay for support. Why ? My unit is still under warranty !
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Overall 4
4.0

1/2 the speed of a single SSD

techgeek, Amazon
14 October 2014
  • Summary: The good: The unit is built very well with screw-less push in system for the drives It's light and small to carry around - in the right configuration you can take secure TBs in your hand. The bad: If it's speed with SSDs what you hope to get, please consider the following: I purchased the drobo mini as it was adverted as an HDD and SSD enclosure for USB3 and TB.
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Overall 6
6.0

... saying I own few Drobo product and I was happy with them

Shan Chen, Amazon
8 October 2014
  • Summary: I want to start by saying I own few Drobo product and I was happy with them, and I do work in the computer industry for 15 years... After I recieve my Drobo mini, I was happy with the size, but then it started to go down hill there... 1st was the size partition in the dashboard, it automaticly select the 16GB size even I only install 4 X 2GB HDD, I understand this might allow future expansion to a max 16GB, but since it did not allow me to make any selection to other...
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Overall 2
2.0

The case looks good, but is no use as a portable unit ...

SF, Amazon
2 October 2014
  • Summary: Deeply unimpressed. I had such high hopes. I was hoping for a portable SSD RAID that I could carry around; what I got was a backup system with an unacceptable performance overhead caused by the underwhelming Drobo software. I found that a four SSD Drobo RAID was slower than a single SSD in a buss powered Thunderbolt case. The unit is not exactly plug and play. It is commonplace to need a number of attempts to mount and use the Drobo Mini.
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Overall 4
4.0

So far, not so good.

david p, Amazon
22 September 2014
  • Summary: I've had the unit for a few months. It has stopped presenting a partition to my computer. It seemed to work pretty flawless for about a month, then it would unexpectedly "eject" after about 10 hours of being on, this lasted a week or so. Now it won't mount all, or will eject after a few minutes. I have purchased "DroboCare", thinking it was like "AppleCare" and might unofficially give me some priority.
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Overall 6
6.0

With certain reservation when it comes to using SSD

D. Tsai, Amazon
13 August 2014
  • Summary: Be aware that it only takes certain models of SSD. Google it. On their website they mention the compatibility of SSD for this type of Drobo. Other than that, It is easy to use and manage.
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Overall 10
10

This review comes after three months of use of the ...

Joel Turrell, Amazon
3 August 2014
  • Summary: This review comes after three months of use of the Drobo Mini. For my needs and usage, this device could hardly be topped short of spending a couple thousand dollars more money. I have the Drobo attached to my "new, silo style" 2013 Mac Pro. It has performed flawlessly as the repository for my photography files. My work is largely with stills, although there are the occasional videos.
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Overall 10
10

Five Stars

Jallison5, Amazon
12 July 2014
Overall 8
8.0

A great little unit

Madmax1 "Max", Amazon
7 July 2014
  • Summary: I've been pretty happy with this little unit. So far so good. It's compact and can hold a decent amount of data/backup if you get the larger sized drives. It's a bit noisy (IMHO) but not overly so. Granted, I do have mine somewhat close to me on my desk.
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Overall 4
4.0

Simple to use but minimal customization options

Dwayne J Sinclair, Amazon
1 June 2014
  • Summary: Purchased to replace the internal HD in a Mac Desktop computer. Drobo says "beyond RAID" but array has zero configuration options. There are outstanding issues as a primary boot device. Very difficult to configure additional partitions - Using OSX Disk Utility will conflict with Drobo and destroy the array configuration and unfortunately there are no software warnings of such, only failure.
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