Hardware preview: the ioSafe Rugged Portable

I'm a fan of ioSafe's rugged hard drives, which you can trust with your data through very rough conditions. I was glad to write about the ioSafe Solo (their first product), and the ioSafe SSD, because no other company on the market offered such unparalleled protection from destruction. Now they're launching a new model, the [...]

Drobo S gets USB 3.0 upgrade

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. Drobo S, the 5-bay, 3-interface storage array from Data Robotics got a neat upgrade to USB 3.0 today. Instead of USB [...]

Hardware preview: DroboPro FS

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. Today, the DroboPro FS will be announced by Data Robotics. It's the bigger brother of the Drobo FS, and it's aimed [...]

Always check a SATA drive’s jumper settings

I made a quick video that shows you why it's always important to check a SATA drive's jumper settings. Many of us assume that since we're dealing with SATA, not PATA/IDE drives, the jumper settings are no longer important. After all, the Master/Slave relationship no longer applies to the SATA model. Not so. The jumper [...]

Hardware preview: Drobo FS

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. As of today, the Drobo product lineup has a shiny new device: a network version of the Drobo S, called Drobo [...]

Storage drops below 7 cents per gigabyte

In January of 2009, I mentioned the price of storage had just dropped below 9 cents per gigabyte. I see now that 2 TB drives are selling below $150 (they're $140), so it's time to update my figures. At $139.99 for a 2 TB (2,000 GB) SATA hard drive, that comes out to less than [...]

CrashPlan works for transatlantic backups

Updated 11/01/16: I've revised my opinion of CrashPlan. See here for the details. Last week, I wrote an article called "What's On Your Drobo", and in it, I mentioned that I was going to try to use an app called CrashPlan to do backups from my photo library in Romania to my backup location in [...]

What’s on your Drobo?

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. The folks at Data Robotics put together a short video that showcases Drobo owners talking about what they store on their [...]