Drobo Mini Alternatives

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Mufasa804, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Mufasa804 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009

    I have a couple of terabyte hard 2.5 drives laying around that I would like to get some use out of. I saw that Drobo has a "Drobo Mini" that would merge all my volumes into one. I like that it's Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

    I couldn't find any other RAID Array options or cases that would do the same thing. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations?
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    You can use disk utility to merge drives, does it well. Then use whatever Jbod enclosure(2) you want. No need to pay extra for HW RAID and all its constraints. I use the OWC thunderbay enclosures, the older TB1 models are on clearance. You would need a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter, which are simple mechanical brackets.
  3. Mufasa804 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    Thank you! The Thunderbay is a good idea, however I wanted something with USB as well in case I needed to plug it into an older Mac.
  4. Nemic macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2012
    I'm not personally aware of another product that connects via Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

    With the Drobo mini, you do get the advantage of their redundancy in case of a single (or even double) drive failure. This gives you some useful protection.

    Depending on of many hard drives you have, their various sizes and wether you choose dual disk redundancy can impact how much storage the Drobo will give you. They have a calculator on their website for this:

  5. wwohl macrumors regular

    May 2, 2013
    Does it need to be portable?

    OWC makes a thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Raid enclosure for 2x3.5 drives that of course could also use 2.5HDDs. $250 bucks I think
  6. Mufasa804 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    It most certainly doesn't.


    I think that's the one you're talking about and if so, I really like the look and function of it. I think that's the one!
  7. wwohl macrumors regular

    May 2, 2013
    Nope was referring to this one. http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/External-Drive/OWC/Elite-Dual-RAID

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