Drobo for 2.5 Hard drives

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by johnsy, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. johnsy macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2006
    Anyone interested in more portable version? I would say that it could solve spare notebook hard drive problem if you will keep updating glass macbook//pro all the time.:)
    Make a request then.

  2. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    I don't really see a need for it.
  3. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I have to agree. Sure the case could be a little smaller that way but with multiple 2.5" drives it will still have to be AC powered, so would it really be "more portable" enough to make a difference? Not for me anyway.
  4. Cehtna macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2006
    I totally agree with you, I happen to upgrade my MacBook every once in a while, and everytime I do I get a spare HDD.. I want to pop that one in a little drobo.

    It will also be quieter, and more energy efficient..
    I could also sleep next to it if it had the ability to turn off or dim the lights, especially the blue ones.. Cant help it, but I really dont see the wow in blue leds. Thank you Apple for not using them blinding things!
  5. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Qnap makes NAS's that support 2.5" drives. Also I think Sansdigital does too.
  6. BrettA, Dec 11, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010

    BrettA macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2010
    Calgary, AB Canada
    Drobo for 2.5 Hard Drives - Yes!

    I'd go for a 2.5 inch version - and for the people suggesting "no need" I submit that you could say that about almost any product (the new smaller MacBook Air for example). Is it marketable and would it sell? I suggest it would, especially with all the people who use 2.5ers on the road like me. As I upgrade those, it'd be nice to throw the older but sufficiently large ones in a 5-slot Drobo and that'd be my approach. I like smaller, more efficient and recyclable... even if I may be unable to demonstrate a real "need".
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
  8. Jacquesass macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    I've considered this as well - I have a bunch of drives that aren't of much use any more. For me, though, a Drobo isn't very practical - even if I were to pop in all of my old drives (160 + 250 + 320 + 500) - I wouldn't even have 750GB of usable space (after BeyondRaid allocates redundant space).

    Given that Drobo has never sold anything for under $400, it would almost certainly be cheaper for me to buy a cheap 3.5" RAID1 dual 750GB HD for the same amount of storage.

    On a side note, I did find a pretty cool RAID0/RAID1 dual 2.5" case:

    You could also put two 9mm 750GB drives in this case and have 750GB of portable RAID1 for under $300 total...

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