Review: Zero-Config Storage Arrays from Drobo, Exablox

Mini Versatility

As with all Drobo arrays, the Mini can be formatted with NTFS for direct connection to Windows systems, or with HFS+ for machines running Mac OS X. The latter also permits it to be used as a backup volume for Apple's Time Machine. Either way, a thin-provisioning capability makes the OS think there's up to 16 TB available, regardless of the capacity of the drives that are actually installed. If more capacity is needed and all four bays are occupied, smaller drives can be replaced with drives of high capacity.

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