HP Home server, 3 2TB drives inside, done
I've got an HP Homeserver which I use only as backups. It's far too slow to work off of.
the drobo is a huge piece of crap for performance, I have one and I hate the darn thing, the most I can ever get out of it is 35MBs which is a joke
I removed all of my photos and put it on my old buffalo raid
drobo has 4 x 1TB western digital 7200 rpm green 64MB cache, 3GS Sata, and using firewire 800 I get 35MBs
buffalo has 4x 250GB IDE 8MB cache I believe 5400 rpm hard drives in raid 5 ESATA and I can get 125Mbs
one of those 1TB drives by itself can achieve 93MBs in my tests so it should easily smoke the buffalo if the drobo was not such a turd
the drobo is cool as far as expandability but I have had it tell me 3 times already that a drive died when there was no problem, and their tech support is nothing to proud about either
although they claim you can access all your data when the drive dies... yeah you can hours later after its done rebuilding, and the performance then is like using a floppy drive
I am using mine for time machine backups now, I couldnt figure out why using photoshop and lightroom was so darn slow until I realized it was the drobo slowing down the whole thing
I have the 2nd gen one, apparently the S is supposed to be better but its still slow compared to a simple mirror which is ludicrous
Thanks for the information. I really need a unified expandable storage solution and I thought the Drobo S was it until I started hearing so many bad reviews. For $700 for an empty box, you'd think it would be much faster.
I have the Drobo S up and running and it's hooked up via Esata. On large files I am getting 95mbs. I'm using it for my images now and the performance is fine. I did have an issue, when first setting it up, that was resolved by their tech support which I thought was friendly and helpful.
Is that 95MB/s sustained?
...I have a quick question.
I shot with a 5D and 1D3 for a good long time, and could easily rattle off 800+ shots in a day. Now I've moved to a 5D2 that has huge raw files, and I find myself shooting many less frames. Has nothing to do with spray and pray, I just now find myself "thinking" about a shot a little more before I hit the shutter release. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'm running out of USB slots to attach external storage to and that the cards fill up much faster.
Just curious if this has happened to anyone else?
And yes, I know all about sRaw, just kind of in the mode of "if I have it, use it" with the large RAW files. The cropping ability of the 5D2 files is insane.
I've just recently started thinking of trying to more careful with shots because of both having to sort through the photos and the amount of different places my photos are stored (which is why I would hope to find something like the Drobo S, but faster).
I find myself lately, shooting many photos of my toddler son and because the combination of my skill and focusing ability on the 5D is not quite there, I find I often need to spray and pray.