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When you want bags of storage and a higher level of piece of mind than a single drive offers, it is time to employ the services of a bigger tool.
The Drobo Mini fits in nicely between a single external hard drive and a full-on multi-bay NAS box. Because it takes four 2.5-inch drive – as opposed to full-sized 3.5-inch drives – the Drobo Mini has a much smaller footprint than you might expect, and can connect to a PC or Mac using Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.
As well as the four drive, you can speed up a Drobo Mini by adding a separate mSATA solid state drive.
A handy – and portable – solution to the problem of ever-expanding data.
Price: Around $350 for a diskless unit.
Promise Pegasus RAID Storage with Thunderbolt
If you want the ultimate storage solution, look no further than the Promise Pegasus R4/R6. These offer four or six disk storage solutions with data transfer rates up to a blistering 800MB/s.
The top-end R6 It comes equipped with six 4TB 7200-rpm hard drives offering a total of 18TB of storage when configured for RAID 5, with RAID 0, 1, 6, 10, 50, and 60 also supported. But this doesn't come cheap. The price tag is a cool $3,600.
For this price just be aware that you don't get a Thunderbolt cable.
The performance of this device has to be experienced to be believed, and it allows you to move a massive amount of data quickly and easily.
Price: 4TB Pegasus R4 starts at around $1,150.
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ 512GB
A lightning-fast, no-nonsense, Thunderbolt-compatible SSD-based portable drive. An extra USB port means you can access your files wherever you are.
The Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ is fitted with Plextor True Speed technology, server-grade controller chips guarantee sustained high performance, while high quality flash chips and custom firmware provide the lowest average annualized failure rate (AFR) in the industry.