Jun 28, 2007

Cue a southern drawl: "Well, I never!" Perusing the CNET top 20 I want products this week landed us on the Drobo Hard Drive Backup System. And the "I never!" was in reaction to the name, as in we've never heard of Drobo.

To sum it up, as CNET says, "Drobo takes the pain and confusion out of data protection and lets you tailor and expand the drive according to your needs. This so-called storage robot works exactly as promised and is the most innovative storage device we've seen in a long time. We want one." We love its sleek blackness and minimalist design as well.

So what does this $495 device do? It automates the back-up of your digital files, which is especially important if you have extensive amounts of digital movie, music or work files on your computer that could be costly to replace--if that's even possible.

The only drawback is that it doesn't come with an automatic backup utility, leaving that to your memory, but the expansion capabilities, hot-swapability, and storage robotic functions is does for you could make you swoon for something so easy to use. It takes care of all of the tasks and decisions that RAID arrays require you to make in order to protect your data.

Beyond this piece of equipment, you have to purchase the actual drives, but many retailers are apparently offering packages. What you're paying for, basically, is the easy of setup and use that RAID arrays don't offer to a novice, which, like we said, could be priceless.

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