Drobo

USB 3 Drobo

http://www.reghardware.com/2010/11/16/data_robotics_drobo_s/

interesting, i’m guessing still marginally slower than eSATA

That makes sense. I still have a hard time with Drobo’s pricing structure. Their stuff always seems (except for the regular Drobo) about 2X the price it should be. The regular Drobo is, in my opinion, slightly more than it should be but I can wash that away some with it being a unique item.

Instead of adding USB3, which is currently very rarely available, they should have fixed the noise issue, which is unfortunately unchanged :

compared to Drobo’s “Normal operation: 20.9dB (negligible) to 24.2 dB”

look at he picture of the back… there is WAY WAY more ventilation

i suspect they have the same fan, but with an almost entirely open back i bet it all run cooler, which means it will spend more time with the fan going slower, i think it would be quieter

Doesn’t an almost entirely open back lead to lots of dust clogging the internals and the fan?

[quote=“Docchris, post:4, topic:2006”]i suspect they have the same fan, but with an almost entirely open back i bet it all run cooler, which means it will spend more time with the fan going slower, i think it would be quieter
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Well, if that’s true, it is very stupid of Data Robotics not to emphasize that supposed improvement in their Drobo S technical specifications by updating the db numbers.

The increased noise (even ignoring the power supplies issues when running on 220V) was the main reason I did not buy a Drobo-S to replace my Drobo.
The ridiculous price increase (+100% !) was the other obvious reason.

not when its BLOWING out the back

plus more airflow will mean that the dust wouldn’t be able to settle - because it will be being blown away