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Sep 11, 2010 11:09 |  #1

I am in need of upgrading my external hard drives (I have two LaCIie 1 gb HD's). I am getting tired of continually upgrading (buying new hard drives). I am considering purchasing Drobo expandable drives.

They are on the expensive side, but the expansion feature, perhaps over the long haul will save me money.

Does anyone have experience and recommendations on the Drobo units?

Does anyone know of any current discounts or sales on the Drobo units?

Does anyone have any other recommendations for expandable external hard drives?


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Sep 11, 2010 11:12 |  #2

Subscribing to this thread. Wanna see what people have to say.

From what I've heard, it's a great system that depends hugely on what harddrives you put in (whether they are 7200RPM or slower), has many connectivity options (can you plug USB 2.0 into one comp, and then Firewire into another comp and use them simultaneously?), but is expensive and makes quite a bit of noise. Also, if your entire rig fails, you'd need to repair it or replace it to extract the RAID'ed data.


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Sep 11, 2010 12:00 |  #3

Drobo uses a proprietary format. So that might or might not be a good idea.
http://photonotes.org/​reviews/drobo/ (external link)
http://www.tuaw.com …ta-robotics-drobo-fs-nas/ (external link)

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http://www.ianaleksand​eradams.com …t-a-drobo-build-a-server/ (external link)
http://frankleng.me …share-the-complete-guide/ (external link)

From what I've read (no idea how valid) you'd better not use it on OSX Snow Leopard:

http://photography-thedarkart.blogspot.co​m …her-with-drobo-iscsi.html (external link)


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Sep 11, 2010 12:59 |  #4

I and many of my friends use drobos and love them. Working in IT and having to use and build large RAID arrays the Drobo is so much nicer to use. While you will not get the sear speed of a striped RAID you get good data redundancy while being able to upgrade capacity easily. I am using one with Snow Leopard with no issues but I am not using it with iscsi just FW800.


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Sep 12, 2010 20:59 |  #5

I've been using it with my windows 7 laptop and has been great so far, until yesterday.
Suddenly when I plugged in my drobo it ask me if I want to format it.
I had to restart my laptop and drobo. And now it's back to normal without any loss of data.
It's a little bit scary for me.


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Sep 17, 2010 13:08 |  #6

I'm using a Lacie 2Big Quadra 2gb running in safe mode. So 1tb external storage. Been working great so far.


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