Kevin OBrien

Drobo Review (Gen 3) Discussion

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Created by Connected Data, the Drobo Gen 3 is a direct attached storage device (DAS) with four 3.5" SATA II/III HDD carrier-less bays and one USB 3.0 connection port. The new Drobo sports a new unique design and continues Connected Data’s focus on simplicity for their storage solutions. For example, this simplicity includes the ability to use drives from any manufacturer, capacity, and spindle speed with no carriers or tools required for installation. This type of functionality is definitely welcomed, making this little storage solution quite a versatile DAS.

Drobo Review (Gen 3)

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The old one was too slow to be tolerable (either USB or Firewire 800). So since they changed basically nothing physically -- e.g. would've been nice to have the drives in side/vertical orientation like most consumer NAS now do -- this has the appearance of excess unsold Gen2 stock refurbished with new silicon

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Maybe so...we've not been the biggest fans of what Drobo has done honestly, especially with the mSATA caching. However, it's dead simple to use and the interface is excellent, so this will appeal to a certain market.

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