Adorama via eBay is offering the Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet for only $399.99 shipped. That’s $200 off the regular price, $49 less than Amazon’s current price, and the lowest we could find.
It has 5 storage bays, each of which can hold one standard 3.5 inch SATA I / II / III hard disk drives or solid state drives and one mSATA solid state drive in the Drobo Accelerator Bay. B&H has the perfect solution with a 2-Pack of 4TB Western Digital Red 3.5″ Internal Hard Drives for a low $300 shipped. It also has a one Gigabit Ethernet port with Ethernet cable included. It also offers:
- Network Protocols – Common Internet File System (CIFS)/Server Message Block (SMB) and Apple Filing Protocol (AFP)
- Drobo BeyondRAID – Provides thin provisioning, instant expansion, mixed drive size utilization, automatic protection levels, dual disk redundancy, virtual hot spare, data aware and drive reordering
- Additional Software Features – Data aware tiering, OS X Time Machine Support, drive spin down and dim lights
- Operating System Support – Mac OS X 10.7.x Lion, Mac OS X 10.8.x Mountain Lion, Windows 7 SP1 32 and 64 bit, Windows 8 32 and 64 bit
Amazon customers gave it 4/5 stars and great reviews.