Digital storage company Connected Data has introduced a version of its Drobo Mini that will come kitted with 8TB worth of hard drives. Small enough to be portable and used by photographers and videographers on location, the Drobo Mini 8TB Bundle will be packaged with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives for the four 2.5-inch memory bays of the device.

Like other Drobo storage solutions, the Mini uses a RAID system called BeyondRAID that uses all four drives to back-up and protect the data stored between them. The system allows drives to be swapped out and capacity increased with larger drives introduced without the need to reconfigure or copy off data. Should one or two drives fail, the stored data is reallocated across the surviving drives.

In an array of four 2TB drives as offered in this package users will typically be able to store just under 5.4TB of data, while just under 2TB will be used for protection. Owners can use the bays to upgrade to SSD storage should they wish for better speed performance.

The Mini connects via Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, and features a built-in rechargeable battery so it can shut down safely in the event of a power cut.

The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle costs $999. For more information visit the Drobo website.

Press release:

Drobo Launches World’s Highest Capacity Portable Storage Array

New Drobo Mini 8TB bundle delivers an industry first for protected storage on-the-go

SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2014 – Connected Data, the creator of the award-winning Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announces the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle that provides customers with a massive amount of storage space in a small, rugged form factor.

The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung® Spinpoint™ M9T 2TB drives. Like all Drobo products, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID™ Technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime.

The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 providing flexible, high performance access to data while on the road with the confidence to know that data will be safe and protected against loss. All of these features and capabilities come in a sleek-looking package that weighs just three pounds and is small enough to easily fit into any travel bag.

This combination of capacity and extreme durability makes the Drobo Mini ideal for photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards to the Mini while still on location.

“Lugging 8TBs of storage to a photo or video shoot was a real challenge before now,” said Rich Harrington, CEO of RHED Pixel and publisher of Photofocus. “While other companies may offer 8TB options, they tend to lack portability and data protection. This makes other solutions impractical for field use by creative pros. The new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle makes it easy to bring a tremendous amount of storage capacity anywhere we need it while still providing the peace-of-mind that comes with Drobo’s unique approach against drive failure.”

“The Drobo Mini is the ideal storage array for our new 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drives,” said David Frankovich, Director PLM, Samsung HDD division of Seagate Technology. “We’re able to provide Drobo users with the highest-capacity and thinnest storage solution available in today’s market.”

Pricing and Availability
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999 USD through and select channel partners.