Caviar Green HDs in a Drobo- EADS or EARS?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by evanb, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. evanb macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2008
    Santa Monica
    I am finally ready to buy a Drobo (4-bay USB2/FW) for my Mac mini media center (bouncing back and forth b/w plex and boxee, but that is another forum post). I know that I want WD Caviar Green drives. I don't know whether I want the older EADS or the newer advanced format EARS drives. The newer ones are cheaper (for the price of 1 TB EADS drives I can get 1.5 TB EARS drives). I know that the EARS require the newest Drobo firmware updates, and that the EARS don't play well with Windows XP. I cannot imagine using this with XP (although, the Drobo will stream content to Macs all over the house). Which drives are better. Should I spend a little extra to get the older EADS because they work, or are the EARS actually better for OS X?
  2. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Whatever is cheapest.

    How much research have you done on Drobos?

    On the 3 other mac forums I visit, I would say more people dont like them over liking them.

    I dont own one (if I was looking for that size, Id probably pickup an OWC or promise RAID 5) -- but I just thought I would throw that out there...

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