I need an advice :-)

Hi all,

I’m looking for external fast data access solution.

I’m a musician, and I have many, verry big (800-900GB) sound’s libraries, which I need to load very fast. I already have installed this library at internal SSD RAID0 in my PC computer. I sometimes need too use this libraries outside my studio, so I need to copy all files to my notebook, but the notebook single hdd is not so fast. In my case the, best solution is external thunderbolt raid enclosure, which I can use with my PC or laptop. But I don’t know what is the drobo’s SSD RAID performance vs. internal SSD RAID in my PC’s. I don’t need the data protection or other functions. I need the mobility and fast data access.
Please give me advice, is the drobo mini a good solution for me?

best regards


If you are not after data protection (fault tolerance) than a simple RAID box will be cheaper and better suited for your use.

Drobo’s primary focus is fault tolerance. Performance is always secondary to that.

1st, as a musician, welcome and well done for being creative :slight_smile:

2nd, even if there are other faster solutions out there as bhiga mentioned, i would still think seriously about getting a drobo or similar for the fault tolerance perspective… especially if you are working with lots of files or libraries of music etc where you’d be in trouble if you lost them.

eg, you could still get a cheapish drobo, and have them backed up as well as a fallback.

  1. ive done live music recording using my drobo gen1 without problems :slight_smile:
    as well as video editing on my drobo 1 and drobo-s.

Music data rate is usually miniscule compared to video. The only tipping point I can think of is if you’re accessing a large number of files simultaneously - as in using lots of layers of loops. In that case the constant seeking back-and-forth between files reduces throughput due to seek time.

Sample-based software instruments usually load all the samples they use into RAM upon startup or “patch” selection. High quality ones often use separate samples for each key (or at least key zone) and then several of those sets for multiple velocity layers, etc.