New Drobo Mini Hard Drive Now Comes With SSDs, Ruggedized Flash Array

Connected Data announced the latest addition to its extensive family of external storage devices: the portable, rugged and expandable Drobo Mini with Solid-State Drives (SSD).

The company, known for providing simple redundant data protection, launched the first Drobo Mini in 2012. The new Drobo targets creative professionals, who can use the device to protect data on location and transport footage back to the studio.

The Drobo Mini, which weighs less than three pounds, features four 2.5 inch SSD bays and is also equipped with an mSATA accelerator option. The Mini can connect via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 and the drives can easily be removed.

The key feature of this Drobo Mini is its form factor: it’s meant to be carried around on locations to make protecting your data easier.

The Drobo line is known for its ability to save data, even when multiple drives fail. The storage robot repairs itself in the event of a drive failure and provides full access to data in a protected state. Drobos can also rely on battery backup if the power goes out.

While most Drobo devices typically don’t include hard drives out of the box, Connected Devices is rolling out the updated Drobo Mini in three bundles in sizes of 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB, starting at a MSRP of $1,199. The SSD manufacturer is SanDisk, but the company isn’t exclusive to the manufacturer and plans to change it in the event of price drops or shortages.