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.
Setting Up The Mini