First thing I hear you say… what the hell is a Drobo.

Well that’s what my wife said anyway when I told her she needed one.  Cough cough splutter.

So here’s the deal.  I have purchased many devices over the years to backup.  Yes we all know we should do it but the reality is most of us never get around to or when we do it’s out of date etc.

Over the years I can remember backing up to a 5 1/4″ floppy on a commodore 64, onto a 1.4Mb 3 1/2 inch, onto a zip disk, onto CD, onto DVD onto dual layer DVD, onto internal and external hard drives.  Throughout this process one thing was constant.  Every time I said to my self… this will be big enough.  Yeah right.  It’s never big enough.  So thats where Drobo comes in.

Rather than me waffling on watch the video.  Then keep reading.

So as you can see if the theory holds correct it “should” grow with you.  I have mine (correction wifes) now formated to think it is 16Tb but I only have 2 x 1Tb drives in it.  I have it hooked up to the Imac via firewire.  I then reconfigured iPhoto, iMovie to directly save to Drobo.  Finally I put a time machine drobo program on it which enabled me to partition a bit of drobo.  So now if it’s all working correctly photos and movies (the biggest drive hogs) get saved directly to drobo and saved on 2 drives.  This frees up the internal mac drive for just core programs and all other documents etc.  They then get auto backed up via time machine (Mac Backup program) to drobo.

When it starts filling up I just buy another drive (probably a 2Tb by then).  Slap it in and hey presto.

I really think this thing is a game changer.  It was way easier than setting up any other backup device ever.  It can grow with me.  It looks cool.  Hey what more do you want.

If you live in Australia and you want one.  Contact me as a I have friend who brings them back from the US each month on the cheap.  If you live anywhere else click on the image below.
Data Robotics Drobo 4-Bay USB 2.0/FireWire 800 SATA Storage Array DR04DD10