Drobo 5D and Mini w/Thunderbolt

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  1. Digital Skunk, Jun 21, 2012
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    Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    FINALLY!

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    What's best is they INCLUDE the TBolt cable. After owning about three of their boxes and having never encountered any of the issues I read about online I am saving my pennies to replace my Drobo S. I wasn't looking forward to new storage options just yet, but this may have to be put into the 6 month plan along with some 3TB drives.

    The Drobo Mini is HUGE, and not what I'd call a drive for road warriors especially since it doesn't seem to be bus powered (given the 4 2.5" bays) but it'd be a nice addition to mobile media pros that need to setup a competent workstation in a press room or press box. Or just anyone that wants to save space. Let's hope they put the necessary firmware in for outfitting it with SSDs.
     
  2. Nemic macrumors member

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    I have a Drobo FS, which I really love - although it could be a tad faster, and won't work with iMovie :-(

    I can't wait for this to be available, looks fantastic :)
     
  3. laxman101 macrumors regular

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    Still too expensive... Why can't they just give us a single drive enclosure?
     
  4. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    Because the whole point of Drobo and BeyonRAID is redundancy.
     
  5. Digital Skunk thread starter macrumors 604

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    That, and when you put it into perspective the price is right around where the original Drobo S was when it was first introduced.

    These boxes aren't for your everyday users that just need to backup some large files. Even a single drive enclosure with TBolt would be too expensive once you look at the USB3.0 options.
     
  6. cuestakid macrumors 68000

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    I think the mere fact they are including the thunderbolt cable is cause for celebration. $800 for the 5-bay is actually cheaper than I thought they would do. I may upgrade my 4-bay FW800 one, assuming performance is good (though my green drives will have to be taken into the equation).
     
  7. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    I was honestly expecting more expensive Drobo models as well.

    Two TB for daisy chain and SSD options that don't take up a drive bay.
     
  8. Digital Skunk thread starter macrumors 604

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    So far, from what I can see and have read, they are the first to include the TBolt cable. The original 5-Bay was introduced near to or exactly that price. I remember being excited to see the price get down to $550 before I bought my original 5-Bay with USB2.0.

    The speed is definitely dependent on the drives. I have green drives in my 4-Bay as well, and over FW800 it's a snail. The 5-Bay is connected to a LaCie eSATA TBolt hub and has Hitachi 7.2k drives in them and is keeping up with their SATAII interface.
     

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