Pocket-lint has teamed up with eXpansys UK to give away a Data Robotics Drobo 4 Bay Automated External Enclosure (FireWire 800 & USB 2.0) worth nearly £300 as a competition prize. Drobo is a storage robot that utilises a revolutionary technology, BeyonRAID, making it simple for anyone to use, yet powerful enough for business.

The Drobo is a powerful device, which makes the idea of keeping multiple external drives or a RAID 5 array seem as antiquated as that 28.8Kbps modem in the back of your closet.

The FireWire 800 connection ensures data can be transferred quickly and efficiently and the device supports a number of OS, including Windows 2000 (Professional, Server, Advanced Server), Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP (Home, Professional, Media Center Edition), Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate), Apple OS-X 10.4 and later.

There is a whole family of Drobo products for you to choose the perfect product for your storage needs. Drobo holds up to four hard drives; can expand at any time, is continuously upgradeable with larger and faster drives - up to 16TB - and the spindle speed or cache can be altered to fit to storage requirements as your library of data grows.

Mix and match any 3.5-inch SATA I or II drives, any manufacturer, any capacity. Whether you need a data storage solution for file backup, photo/video storage or editing, a solution for sharing over your network or simply a place to store your iTunes library, Drobo looks to be a safe bet.

The Drobo 4 Bay is available at eXpansys UK for £279.99. Other products in the Drobo family are also available at eXpansys.

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