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Weighing in about 3 pounds, the Drobo Mini 4 Bay Storage Array is based on its larger sibling, the Drobo 5D, and delivers all the power and flexibility in a miniaturized package. The Drobo Mini has been designed to meet the data storage needs of today's media creators and demanding professionals and is up to 5 times faster than previous generation Drobos. The Drobo Mini 4 is a four bay ...
Weighing in about 3 pounds, the Drobo Mini 4 Bay Storage Array is based on its larger sibling, the Drobo 5D, and delivers all the power and flexibility in a miniaturized package. The Drobo Mini has been designed to meet the data storage needs of today's media creators and demanding professionals and is up to 5 times faster than previous generation Drobos. The Drobo Mini 4 is a four bay direct-attached storage array that offers blazing-fast performance, cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, along with the innovative use of solid state drives (SSDs). Building on the fully automated functionality of previous Drobos, this easy to use, flexible, and protected storage array allows you to safely store and edit photos and videos as well as store and back up personal data. The Mini 4 Bay Storage can take up to four 2.5" SATA II/ III hard disk drives or solid state drives (sold separately) and one mSATA solid state drive (sold separately).
Drobo Mini 4 Bay Storage Array
Drobo Mini has everything that’s in the high-capacity Drobo 5D in a package that’s the size of a deli sandwich. Made of a cutting-edge metallic carbon fiber with a soft-touch rubberized finish, Drobo Mini is small, rugged, and feels as cool as it looks. From the modern materials to the wraparound light indicators to the drive bay design, Mini is truly big storage in a small box.
Weighing in at about 3 pounds (fully loaded with drives installed), you can now carry up to 3TB1 of usable and protected capacity in your travel bag. To make Drobo Mini as portable as possible, there’s an optional carrying case that holds the Drobo, power supply, and a connectivity cable.
1. 1TB drives are available on the market today. When drives with more than 1TB capacity become available, you will have greater capacity.
First Drobo with 2.5” Drives
Drobo Mini takes 2.5” drives—that’s what makes it portable. Four hot-swappable drive bays support drives of any capacity. No carriers or screws are needed to insert drives into a Drobo and the Drobo Mini is no different. An innovative new design allows drives to click in and out like a ballpoint pen.
Since 2.5” drives are primarily used in laptop computers, they’re designed to be portable. Because of this, you can pick up and move Drobo Mini around with confidence.
Data Protection and Expandability Made Simple
Built on award-winning BeyondRAID technology with single- or dual-drive redundancy, Drobo Mini protects your data without any user interaction, even in the event of multiple drive failures.
Drives can be added or hot-swapped on-the-fly for storage expansion with zero downtime. If you’re running low on space, the wraparound lights on the front tell you what to do. Just add a drive in an empty bay or remove a smaller drive and replace it with a larger one.
Power of Thunderbolt & Flexibility of USB
Thunderbolt I/O technology provides performance that no personal storage has been able to achieve, especially one that’s portable. This allows you to move large amounts of data in a fraction of the time it used to take. Visit the Thunderbolt technology site to learn more about this exciting new way to connect devices.
Drobo Mini is equipped with dual Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining. Connect up to six Thunderbolt devices and/or a non-Thunderbolt monitor at the end of the chain. This allows even the most portable laptop computers access to high-performance storage while retaining connectivity to other devices and an external monitor. The bidirectional 10 Gbps performance of Thunderbolt allows all devices in the chain to achieve maximum throughput.
Drobo is the only storage array that offers Thunderbolt AND USB 3.0. This latest generation of USB also offers high-performance connectivity and is backward compatibility with any computer running compatible versions of Mac OS X or Windows.
Capacity AND Performance
Data-Aware Tiering technology, usually reserved for business-class storage solutions, is also available in this portable Drobo. It intelligently uses the high-performance flash in SSDs to accelerate performance of the storage array, allowing applications such as Adobe Premiere and Apple Aperture fast access to data. To keep capacity of the Drobo at a maximum, the Drobo Accelerator Bay accepts an industry-standard mSATA SSD, leaving all four 2.5” drives bays available for high-capacity HDDs.
If getting the fastest performance possible is your thing, you can also load up every drive bay with SSDs. That would be a screaming fast portable Drobo!
Power Protecting Your Critical Data
Drobo doesn’t just protect you from a drive failure, but also from potential data loss after a power outage. Often found only in arrays that cost tens of thousands of dollars, Drobo Mini includes a battery that protects all data in memory, or cache, that is, data on its way to the drives. Yes, Drobo Mini actually has room for a big battery (barely)!
When power spontaneously goes away, the battery keeps the Drobo alive long enough for the data to be written to non-volatile storage, ensuring your important information is safe. This battery recharges itself and is designed to last for the life of the product.
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2 x Thunderbolt ports, 1 x USB 3.0 port
Drobo Mini, 1 m (3.3 ft) Thunderbolt cable, 1 m (3.3 ft) USB 3.0 cable, 1 m (3.3 ft) power cord with power supply
187.2 x 44.6 x 180.0 mm
Hard Drive Type
Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion, Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion, Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit, Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
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Item Value (Cash Price)
Total Amount Credit
35 x £14.48
Total Amount Payable
Annual Rate of Interest
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Aged 18 years or older from the application date
In permanent UK residence for a minimum of three years
Fulfil at least one of the following employment criteria:
In regular, permanent employment.
Retired from regular employment - With a minimum age of 50.
Not working through disability.
Note: All applicants will be subject to a credit reference check by the lender.
Credit is subject to application and status. Warehouse Express Ltd trading as Wex Photographic act as credit broker and not the lender. Barclays Partner Finance act as the lender.
Can I repay early? If so how?
No repayments are scheduled in the initial six-month deferral period. However, it is possible to pay off the loan, either by way of a lump sum or in smaller amounts. If the loan is fully repaid within the six-month deferral period, then no interest is payable, but a £29.00 early-settlement will be incurred. Such repayments may be made to Barclays Partner Finance by cheque, debit card or standing order. Unfortunately it is not possible to set up a direct debit within the deferral period. Further information on how to make such repayments will be set out in the loan agreement pack provided by Barclays Partner Finance.
What happens if I don't repay within the first six months (deferral period)?
Following the six month deferral period, Barclays Partner Finance will initiate a monthly direct debit payment for the remaining duration of the loan. Interest will be charged at a rate of 19.9% APR on outstanding balances (backdated to the first date of the loan). Late payment penalties and early repayment charges will apply from this point. Barclays Partner Finance will send a reminder letter approximately one month before the six month deferral period is due to elapse. Note: If you chose to spread the cost and pay monthly, interest is charged from the start of the loan, not from the start of the repayment period.
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