Drobo vs. external HD's for back up new 27" iMac?

Started Dec 14, 2012 | Questions thread
JulesJ Forum Pro • Posts: 44,719
Re: Drobo vs. external HD's for back up new 27" iMac?

Mouser wrote:

ichatpatrick wrote:

I've used a Drobo 4-bay for years through Firewire 800, but I've always found it painfully slow and noisy. I'm in the process of upgrading my external hard drive storage now and plan to use the Drobo purely for backup. I'm actually considering moving it to our media closet and hooking it up to the Time Capsule for network backups, but haven't figured out how slow that will be.

Time Machine just ticks away in the background so you shouldn't notice if the backups run a bit slower.

I agree, speed is not of the essence here.

I've been looking at the Western Digital My Studio 4TB USB 3 external, as well as the Western Digital Thunderbolt Duo (which are a bit more expensive). I'm storing the video files from my iTunes library, 10 years of Aperture libraries, and unedited home video managed through iMovie. I assume the Thunderbolt drive will be faster, but haven't determined if it will be enough of a speed increase for my needs to justify the additional cost.

Performance is one thing, but the two solutions are also quite different in that the Duo offers two drives (which can be striped or mirrored) and they can be easily popped out and replaced.

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