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Dave Haynie
Discount Drobo Offer
on Mar 21, 2015 at 2:47:33 am

Just in case any of you Vegas people are looking for an external RAID, B&H has the Drobo 3 (4-drive USB 3.0 unit) on sale for $199 until March 23. I just got mine today, upgrading from my seven-year-old Drobo 2 unit. Just move over the discs and it's good to go!

The Drobo has been a really worry-free RAID solution. It supports any mix of HDDs, so I've been able to upgrade storage over time, as drives fail -- which they all will, eventually. No need to worry about whether I can still match the make of the others... in fact, right now, I have half 3TB, half 4TB -- there's a spare 4TB on the shelf, should anything fail.

The main problem with the old Drobo was speed -- between USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 -- which is only supported under Windows when the moon is right and the Unibrain driver isn't crashing -- it was really, really slow. Since this is backup only (I have a 6TB RAID 10 in the PC), speed wasn't all THAT critical, but still important. With USB 3.0, the speed limits are the device itself.

Anyway, figured I'd pass that on for anyone out there considering Drobo. This model only came out last May, and there are much larger capacity versions available too, but they do get pricey.


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Steve Rhoden
Re: Discount Drobo Offer
on Mar 25, 2015 at 1:04:51 pm

Not a bad deal.....

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