Out of the box, a placemat illustrates six simple setup steps, the first of which requires a trip to drobo.com/start <http://www.drobo.com/start/drobo-mini-start.php> to download Drobo Dashboard (shown). This tool for Mac OS X or Windows gets drives ready for initial use and permits selection of Drobo's proprietary single- or dual-drive redundancy for insulating data from drive failure. Dashboard isn't strictly required after that. Next steps include inserting the drive(s), connecting the box to power and a USB or Thunderbolt port and firing it up. The software detects the unit and prompts the remaining steps. This is really as simple as an array can be.