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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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23 weeks 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...
Rating: 11 Votes
23 weeks ago
Drobos are slow. Pegasus 2 line is what you want
Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks 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.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks ago
Don't know much about Drobo, but I've been very happy with my Synology NAS.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks ago
Whoah, the hard drive file format is proprietary? No thanks!

http://scottkelby.com/2012/im-done-with-drobo/
Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks 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.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 weeks 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.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 weeks ago
Quite a few friends of mine have complained bitterly about Drobo's horrible customer support. I will avoid them because of this.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 weeks ago
Mark me down as one of the Suckers who bought a Drobo.... Unless something dramatically changes, I won't ever purchase one again. Waste of money.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago
The company's lack of support for older devices pretty much cements me not getting another Drobo. Basically, if you want everything to work properly, you can never update your OS or your driver, even when the driver's update feature prompts you to do so.
Rating: 2 Votes

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