Those who know this site also know I’m a fan of the Data Robotics Drobo. I’ve caught some heat from product managers for other comparable products because I just don’t think they match the capabilities of this little device. One area I’ve been disappointed about however is performance. The Drobo docks massive amounts of storage in a small, rock-solid little unit but it’s S L O W when doing large transfers. That’s why I’m keen on today’s announcement of the new Drobo 2.0 with a faster processor, faster USB 2.0 and new Firewire 800 performance options. I recently moved my home Media Center into a single desktop system with a Quad-core and it’s been working without a hiccup using my Drobo as the primary storage for all media except for two things: 1) Hard Drive spinup lag when the drives haven’t been used in a while, and 2) that pesky data transfer performance. I have two HDTV (OCUR) tuners connected via USB as well as sundry peripherals and haven’t seen any perf issues fortunately, though I would
I’m eager to try out the new Drobo 2.0 and may pick one up – but if I have to transfer over all of my existing nearly 2GB of Drobo 1.0 content to the Drobo 2.0 via the original’s sluggish USB, that may be a deal-breaker. I’m hoping I can swap the drives out and the new 2.0 device will pick up where the 1.0 left off. I have email into the folks at Data Robotics to learn more on that topic and a few other – will report back here. Thomas Hawk also has an excellent review here.