By AOMEI / Last update September 15, 2020

Is Drobo a NAS?

Drobo, founded in 2007, makes award-winning data storage products for both small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs) and professional consumers. Based on their patented BeyondRAID technology, Drobo's direct-attached and network-attached storage units are quite popular in the market.

It not only protects from drive failures, but also includes a battery backup system that protects all data in memory or cache. Currently, Drobo devices can house up to four, five, eight, or twelve 3.5" or 2.5" Serial SATA or Serial Attached SCSI hard disk drives and connect with a computer or network via USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 800, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet or Thunderbolt. The Drobo 5N and Drobo B810n are the leading welcome network-attached storage for SMEs.

Thus, Drobo network-attached storage (NAS) device is ideal for giving multiple users remote access to large amounts of data. From Then you may ask how to backup data to Drobo NAS in case of data loss, such as, Drobo 5N or Drobo B810n.

What is the best free backup software for Drobo NAS backup?

As a matter of fact, Drobo DR comes along with Drobo NAS for file sharing and data replication activities. It requires a Drobo Dashboard management software 2.0.0 or higher, and both Drobo system setup and runing on the network whether on the same network or remote. That's to say, you need to configure both source and destination system.

In addition, you still can use third-party free backup software like AOMEI Backupper Standard. It works well in Drobo NAS backup for Windows users and you can backup any files between both system. The operation can be manual or schedule, but the later option is recommended. Because a regular backup based on daily/weekly/monthly can enhance the security of data. It only only requires both Drobo system at the same network location.

Method 1: Create Drobo offsite backup with Drobo DR

Step 1. Open Drobo Dashboard. Then, go to Status and ensure the source system is connected.

Step 2. Click Drobo DR to set up the source system. Just pitch on Setup DroboDR and select Sync as source in the next window. Then, type password twice and IP address.

Sync As Source

Step 3. Go to Schedule and set a backup interval as you like.

Step 4. Select your target system and ensure it's connected. Then, set it as the sync target and type password previously entered in the source system.

Step 5. Finally, it will run at the scheduled time. or you can go to the source system and click Start DroboDR Now to run this operation manually.

Method 2: Backup data to Drobo NAS with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard first. Select File Backup under the Backup tab.

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File Backup

Step 2. In the next screen, add the network location of source system and select the files you want to backup.

First of all, click Add Folder in the main page of file backup.

Add Folders Files

Then, select Share/NAS to move on.

Share NAS

Next, click Add Network Location and type the required info, display name, IP address, user name and password of the source Drobo system.

Add Network Location

Step 3. Click where the arrow point and add network location with the same steps as before. Then, select a backup target to save files on the source Drobo system.

Step 4. Click Schedule and OK to enable automatic backup, it's daily incremental backup. Then, confirm if everything goes smoothly and click Start Backup to backup data.

Schedule Settings General


  • If you think daily backup interval is too short, you could change it to weekly or monthly. In addition, the incremental backup requires all backup to be intact while differential backup (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional) does not. Thus, it's a better choice.

  • If you don’t want to affect work efficiency due to the scheduled backup task, you can set the backup time to off-peak hours, such as, midnight. Then, tick "Wake the computer to run scheduled tasks" to start the program 2 minutes before the task runs.

This is how to backup data to Drobo NAS with AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then, you can restore files from backup when something goes wrong. To make it, click Restore and Select Image Files to find your backup image, then select the intem you want to restore and destination, at last click Start Restore.

Select Image File

Written in the end

That's all for how to backup data to Drobo NAS with the best free backup software. You could use Drobo DR or AOMEI Backupper. The first option is suitable for users who have several Drobo family products and need to manage them simultaneously. The last one is more versatile. It not only supports Drobo NAS, but also can be used on Synology NAS, QNAP NAS, Buffalo NAS, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, network drive, external hard drive etc.

In addition, it still can be used to protect data and system of a Windows computer by its all-around backup solutions, file backup, system backup, disk backup, partition backup, file sync, create bootable media, file restore, universal restore, event triggers, USB plug in, incremental & differential backup etc. Any interest? Please download the freeware or its free trial to enjoy these features.