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Drobo S gets USB 3.0 version

updated 11:25 am EST, Tue November 16, 2010

Drobo S USB 3.0 launches alongside Drobo Sync

Data Robotics today upgraded the Drobo S to add USB 3.0 support. The 5Gbps connection gives it a speed advantage over even FireWire 800 and is theoretically as much as 10 times faster than USB 2.0. The company's multi-drive storage still works over both of the earlier formats and can handle as much as 32TB of storage across its five bays, although modern drives limit it to 15TB.

The upgraded drive is available today for $799 in a barebones kit for those with their own drives, but a $1,299 pack fills each bay with a 1TB drive. Versions exist at $1,549 with 1.5TB drives (7.5TB total) and $1,799 with 2TB drives (10TB). Data Robotics is already shipping from its own store today, but HP's Small Business channel will have the hot-swappable drive arrays on November 18.

Along with the hardware, the company's Drobo Sync remote backup app is also available and is designed to automatically save content to a network-attached DroboPro FS while dealing with its unique on-the-fly data transfer between drives. The app is a free download for existing users and will come with all new DroboPro FS units.





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  1. hayesk

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Sep 1999

    -3

    Hmm...

    ...don't mean to be negative, but this seems more expensive than just buying a few external USB 3 drives and putting them in a software RAID configuration. What's the advantage of the Drobo?

  1. MyRightEye

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2008

    -2

    LOL...

    Use at your own risk. DO a little review reading before buying these. Great idea, just doesn't work in the real world. Many many many people have lost their data using a DROBO.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +4

    @ MyRightEye

    I have two of the 4 bay versions. Have been using them for over a year. I've upgraded each and every drive in both twice and lost absolutely no data. I think they're great.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Re: Hmm...

    but this seems more expensive than just buying a few external USB 3 drives and putting them in a software RAID configuration. What's the advantage of the Drobo?

    And a separate graphics card is more expensive than allowing the CPU to render all your graphics for you. And yet every computer has separate video hardware.

    Hardware is almost always faster than taking up valuable CPU time performing the same task.

  1. bdmarsh

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    Joined: Feb 2006

    +2

    re: hayesk

    Drobo is easier to manage than standard RAID for most users. Anyone with good technical experience will likely skip the DROBO for cost reasons.

    Even with RAID (of any type) it is still possible to lose data, don't trust any one mechanism with your data if it is that important.


    With regards to this story not sure how much the USB3 would actually affect speed. From what I've read, even the FW800 connection with the faster DROBO S still isn't as fast as other FW800 RAID setups, so there may not be any improvement with the "faster" USB 3. It will be interesting to see benchmarks.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: haysek

    With regards to this story not sure how much the USB3 would actually affect speed. From what I've read, even the FW800 connection with the faster DROBO S still isn't as fast as other FW800 RAID setups, so there may not be any improvement with the "faster" USB 3. It will be interesting to see benchmarks.

    Perhaps they're using a lousy Firewire 800 chipset. You know, like how Apple's USB 2.0 ports on their PPC Macs suck compared to other macs. It isn't the CPU, but either the USB implementation or the driver.

    At least with USB 3, they'll have no excuses for not being able to push all the data through fast.

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