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Data Robotics offers holiday deal on Drobo

updated 01:15 pm EST, Wed November 26, 2008

Data Robotics discounts

In time for Thanksgiving, Data Robotics today started offering a $50 holiday discount in the form of an instant $50 coupon for the driveless model of its of its Drobo storage robot as well as the preloaded 2TB and 4TB versions. This comes in addition to recent, permanent price cuts to the 2TB and 4TB Drobo. As before, all offer a hot-swappable drive functionality that lets users keep a perpetually upgradable redundant backup by adding or replacing SATA drives of any capacity that automatically merge their storage existing content.

Before the holiday offer, the drives were priced at $499 for the drive-less Drobo, $749 for the 2TB bundle with two drives and $999 for the 4TB bundle with four drives. When the newer FireWire 800- and USB 2.0-equipped drives first launched this summer, they were priced at $499, $899 and $1,299, respectively. The Drobos with the drives use Western Digital's 3.5-inch, 1TB Green Power hard drives. All Drobos are compatible with Mac, PC and Linux operating systems, and allow users to mix and match hard drives, up to a maximum capacity of 4TB each, for a total capacity of 16TB.

The instant savings coupon is redeemed by typing HOLIDAY in the coupon field during online checkout on Drobo's site and is valid until December 21st. [via Slashgear]

By Electronista Staff


  1. Zaren

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Same as always

    They always have this $50 off deal available. They're just wrapping a pretty bow on it for the holidays :)

  1. hayesk

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Sep 1999


    Still expensive

    The Drobo should be cheaper. I could purchase two FW800 external hard disks, mirror them, and enjoy faster speeds and redundancy for less money than the Drobo. I don't see the advantage of this device.

  1. mike3k

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 1999


    Not the same

    The Drobo is not the same as two FW800 drives mirrored. It can hold up to 4 drives & you can add or remove drives at any time without having to shut it down or reconfigure. I have one with 2 1Tb drives connected to my Airport Extreme that I'm using for Time Machine backups.

  1. Mixotic

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005


    it looks cool...

    but hayesk is right. too expensive given the significant recent drop in disk-based storage prices as a result of the emerging SSD market.

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