Drobo Announces New 4-Bay Gen3 with USB 3.0, Enhanced Time Machine Support

Connected Data today announced the Drobo Gen3, the next generation of its popular 4-bay storage array. The Gen3 is faster and cheaper than previous Drobo models. It also features enhanced support for Apple's Time Machine backups.

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This third generation Drobo is more affordable, three times faster than the previous release and includes new features such as USB 3.0, significantly faster rebuild times and enhanced support for Apple’s Time Machine®.
Mac owners will be interested in the improved Time Machine support now available in the Drobo Gen3. Instead of using an entire drive for Time Machine, users can maximize their data storage space by allocating a fixed amount of capacity for their Time Machine-derived backups.

Drobo is accepting pre-orders for the Drobo Gen3, which is priced at $349 for the base model without pre-installed hard drives. Through June 9th, select existing Drobo customers are eligible for a $50 discount on the Gen3 when they purchase the new Drobo through the company's online store. Shipments of the Gen3 are expected to begin in late April.

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10 months ago
OMG someone didnt like theirs, so lets poo on the company.

I own 2, ordered a 5D on Monday. Never had an issue. I have 3 friends that have them, and never an issue either.

Lets all hang them...
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10 months ago
Drobos are slow. Pegasus 2 line is what you want
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10 months ago

Don't know much about Drobo, but I've been very happy with my Synology NAS.


Agreed. My DS213 has given me zero issues for the year and a half I've owned it. I'm glad Drobo must be feeling the pricing pressure from Synology and others. The Drobo hardware seemed to me to be ridiculously overpriced for what it offered a year and a half ago. That's why I went with Synology. Today, Drobo has an App Store similar to Synology which I don't believe existed a year and a half ago.
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10 months ago
Don't know much about Drobo, but I've been very happy with my Synology NAS.
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10 months ago
Whoah, the hard drive file format is proprietary? No thanks!

http://scottkelby.com/2012/im-done-with-drobo/
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10 months ago

Drobo's are a joke. Don't buy from this ridiculous, proprietary company.


Complaining about a company being proprietary on an Apple forum.

Classic.

FWIW....I've been using a Drobo as my media storage solution for a few years now. Works just fine for me running over FW800. Mixing and matching drives is a nice feature.
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10 months ago
Quite a few friends of mine have complained bitterly about Drobo's horrible customer support. I will avoid them because of this.
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10 months ago

Whoah, the hard drive file format is proprietary? No thanks!

http://scottkelby.com/2012/im-done-with-drobo/

So many here brag on Synology but their default config is also proprietary.
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10 months ago
What I never understand, is why people like the Drobos? Outside of being able to dynamically expand storage (which takes an eternity).... There are no other advantages over a simple 4 bay $100 Mediasonic USB 3.0 DAS. You can use OSX to create a RAID 1 and the price difference of $250 means you can buy a second Mediasonic....

Oh yeah, and the Mediasonic will run at full hard drive speeds....
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10 months ago
I've never seen a tech company inspire so many heated hate filled rants. It pretty much guarantees that I will never buy a drobo... Just don't want to take the chance.
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