Drobo for AppleTV ????

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by remoteman45, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. remoteman45 macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2008
    Anybody using a Drobo for a USB external hard drive on their ATV?
    My movie collection is growing and I need larger storage.
  2. BrittQ macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    I have no experience with the Drobo, but I looked at it in the past and decided it wasn't worth the price to me.

    I think I am going to go with something like this and use 2 drives for my media, 2 to back up those 2. Then the last drive as a time machine backup for the internal drive on MBP and Mini.

    I'm hoping to be able to share the drive over the network and stream the content to my appletv.
  3. spice weasel macrumors 65816

    Jul 25, 2003
    The benefits of Drobo are the same as RAID, with the added bonus that you don't have to use drives of the same capacity. It does all that figuring out for you. Plus it's hot-swappable. I know people who love them, and I'm sure they are great. If you have a bunch of spare drives around, then it's pretty cool.

    What I do is use two drives, one as my main media drive and one as a backup. When I add media to one drive, I simply copy it to the other one manually. If one drive dies, I have a backup. If a file gets corrupted, no problem.

    Right now I have two 1TB drives, and the main media drive is almost full. When it hits capacity, I'll just add either another two drives, or one 2TB drive and go from there.
  4. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Yes. I use a Drobo(FW 800 version) with 4 1TB Hard drives connected to my Mac Pro to store my iTunes media. I also stream to an AppleTV using that library.

    It works beautifully.
  5. Rich1963 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2008
    Ditto what Darth.Titan said. I've also got a Drobo iwth four WD green power 1TB drives, and it is excellent. When Apple finally activates the USB port on the AppleTV, I'm thinking about adding a second Drobo to the AppleTV, and then mirroring the two Drobos via iTunes' synch function to have the ultimate in data back-up.

    I've got hundreds of hours of my own time spent encoding, and as safe and secure as the Drobo is, I could always use more security.

    That being said, the Drobo is the way to go for easy to use, attractive, maintinence free, expandable storage.
  6. MCRunning macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2008
    REALLY? Dopping affiliate links? Commission Junction bahhaha

    At least cloak it...
  7. deorg macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    Miami, Florida
    Drobo is soo expensive, we are in recesion lol, just bought yesterday a WD 1tb
  8. hualon macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    I do precisely the same thing with precisely the same hardware. It's a big bag of win and I have 1.7TB empty still!
  9. BrittQ macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    Uhhhh what?

    Those w/ a Drobo - Can you use part of the space for time machine backups, and the rest for media?
  10. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    All newegg links become affliate links. It isn't something you can do anything about.

    I actually just got my drobo with 4x 1TB Seagate drives. I found that the best way to use it for Time Machine was to dynamically partition the drive in disk utility and set the size to roughly twice that of my internal hard drive (80 GB for my mac mini). I actually ended up making another partition for my MBP time machine. Time Machine is a bit slow over network, and a bit difficult to setup, but once it is going, you can backup with ease.
  11. MCRunning macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2008
    Ah by bad then, prob MacRumor's CJ account.
  12. BoulderBum macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2008
    I used to use an HP MediaSmart Server to store my content. Four hot-swappable hard drive bays, application extensibility, backups, a slick management console: I loved it!

    It's built more with Windows in mind, though.
  13. remoteman45 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2008
    Anybody connecting their Drobo or large capacity HDD set up directly to their hacked ATV w/ USB?
  14. Cuthbert macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2008
    You bet. I have one with 2, 1 TB WD greens. I keep about 400 gigs of iTunes media on it and about 100 gigs of time machine backups so far. It is the BEST! Runs quiet. The peace of mind and the ease of use are worth the money to me. Spend more up front and you won't have to cry when the cheap stuff crashes on you.

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