Product Code: 1530121

Drobo Pro DRPR1A31 8 Bay Storage Array


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The Drobo Pro DRPR1A31 8 Bay Storage Array is the ultimate storage solution for creative professionals and small businesses that need to store and protect large amounts of data. The Drobo Pro allows you to simply add up to 24TB of storage to a workstation or small office server without having to learn anything about storage administration. Just insert up to 8 disk drives into the Drobo Pro and the innovative BeyondRaid technology takes care of the rest. Also, DroboPro is an excellent alternative to internal RAID for a single server.

Drobo Pro DRPR1A31 8 Bay Storage Array

About DroboPro

DroboPro is a storage array that manages itself. It is a rackmountable/desktop eight-drive storage array that protects against two simultaneous drive failures. Capacity expands by adding/replacing drives. DroboPro’s BeyondRAID technology allows mixing different sized drives without sacrificing capacity. Connect to server via iSCSI/FireWire800/USB. It supports up to 16, 16TB volumes (LUNs). Includes iSCSI initiator and backup software.

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Created for demanding professional and business environments, DroboPro accommodates up to eight hard disks for large data storage needs. DroboPro is ideal for rack mounted usage connected to a server or desktop usage connected to a workstation.

  • Up to 8 disks of instant expansion
  • Single or dual disk redundancy
  • iSCSI (Gigabit Ethernet), FireWire 800 (400 compatible) and high-speed USB 2.0
  • Up to 16 x 16TB Smart Volumes™ ¹
  • BeyondRAID technology

Up to 8 Disks of Instant Expansion to 24TB and Beyond
Grow your storage in line with your data capacity needs with minimal effort. To add capacity, simply insert a new hard disk drive or replace your smallest drive with a larger one, even when all eight drive bays are full. Unlike traditional RAID systems, the BeyondRAID technology in DroboPro enables you to mix and match disk brands, capacities, and speeds. This enables continuous expansion as drive capacities grow. With DroboPro expansion is automatic and instantaneous and access to data is always maintained.

Protection from Two Drive Failures
Enable the dual-drive redundancy option to protect your data from failure of up to two hard drives. It's all done with a single click and without ever losing access to your data. Running out of space? Switch back to single-drive redundancy at any time. Unlike moving between traditional RAID 5 and RAID 6, there's no need to reformat or migrate data from DroboPro, potentially saving you hours or days of downtime.

Rack Mount Ready, Desktop Quiet
DroboPro is equally at home in a rack mount environment as it is on your desktop. Dual smart fans automatically manage their speeds to optimize both cooling and operating noise. (DroboPro rack mount sold separately.)

Smart Volumes with Thin Provisioning
Create new volumes in seconds and manage up to 16 x 16TB volumes over time with ease. The innovative and time-saving Smart Volume management technology with Thin Provisioning integrated into DroboPro allows volumes to pull storage from the common pool of disks rather than a specific physical disk allocation. The labor of resizing and migrating volumes is replaced with the simplicity of intelligent engineering.

Triple Interface Featuring iSCSI
Attach DroboPro directly to a workstation or small office server that requires high-capacity, protected storage. Interface options include Gigabit Ethernet (using iSCSI protocol), FireWire 800, and USB 2.0, with iSCSI providing the highest level of performance.

Unfamiliar with iSCSI? It’s a high performance protocol that’s become extremely popular for storage technology in IT environments, but it can often be complex to manage. DroboPro changes that by introducing zero-click iSCSI configuration for both Windows and Mac OS X.

DroboPro: RAID without Regrets

Every Drobo product comes with the revolutionary BeyondRAID storage technology — the next generation of redundant disk protection. BeyondRAID will not only keep your data safe, but also will increase uptime and availability. BeyondRAID technology offers several improvements over traditional RAID-based storage systems, including the flexibility to replace failed disks, increase capacity and with a single click switch between single and dual-disk redundancy all without costly downtime.


  • Drives:Accommodates from one to eight 3.5” SATA I / SATA II hard disk drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed and/or cache. No carriers or tools required
  • Interfaces: iSCSI (utilizes Gigabit Ethernet), FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 compatible) and USB 2.02
  • Dimensions: 12.17” width x 5.46” height x 14.1” length
  • Weight: 16 lbs. 3 ozs. (without hard disks or packaging)
  • Operating Temperature:
  • Operating temperature: 10°C-35°C (50°-95°F);
    Non-operating (storage): -10°-60°C (14°-140°F); Altitude (operating): 2,438 m (8,000 ft.);
    Operating humidity: 5% - 80%
  • Power: 180W internal power supply. Power-saving automatic hard disk spin-down option
  • AC Voltage: AC Input: 100/240 VAC, 1.8/0.75 A, 50/60 Hz
  • Cables Included: Ethernet (1 x 6’), FireWire 800 (1 x 6’), USB 2.0 (1 x 6’) and power (1 x 6’)
  • Software: DroboPro Resource CD with Drobo Dashboard application (Windows and Mac OS X), Help files and electronic documentation
  • File System Support: NTFS, HFS+, FAT32 and EXT3
  • System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Vista (Service Pack 1), Server 2003, and Server 2008; Apple Mac OS X
  • 10.4.11 or greater and OS X Server 10.4.11 or greater (Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Intel Only) or greater recommended for optimal iSCSI performance and reliability); Linux using EXT3
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Product Specification

Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 compatible), and USB 2.0
Included Accessories DroboPro, 6 ft Ethernet cable, 6 ft USB 2.0 cable, 6 ft FireWire 800 cable, 6 ft power cord, Quick Start Card, Drobo Resource CD, which includes the Drobo Dashboard application
Size (mm) 309.1 x 138.7 x 358.1 mm
System Requirements Mac and Windows systems and supports HFS+, NTFS, and FAT32 file system formats
Weight (g) 7270
Manufacturer Link Drobo
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Buy Now Pay Later

With our no deposit Buy Now Pay Later option, pay nothing for six months when you spend £250 or more, then either settle the cash price in full by paying a £29.00 settlement fee, or choose to spread the cost over 36 months at 19.9% APR Representative. Please see the repayment example below to see how much purchasing this item on finance would cost.

Finance Example
Item Value (Cash Price) £979.99
Deposit £0.00
Agreement Duration 42 Months
Total Amount Credit £979.99
Settlement Fee £29.00
Settlement Payment -
Monthly Instalments 35 x £38.36
Final Instalments £38.51
Total Amount Payable £1,381.11
Annual Rate of Interest 19.9% P.A.
Representative APR 19.9% APR

Are you eligible for finance?

Applicants must be:

  • 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.
    • Self-employed.

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.

What will I receive from the finance provider (lender)?

Barclays Partner Finance will send a loan agreement pack approximately four weeks after delivery of the goods, confirming that the account has been activated and, from this point, it is possible to make repayments against the loan.

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