Drobo Gen 3 vs. Synology DS416slim

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Maxington, Jul 18, 2016.

  1. Maxington macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2007
    Oshkosh, WI
    I current have a Drobo Gen 1 and it's functionality has diminished with my upgrade to Mac OSX El Capitan. I am looking for a current replacement. Has anyone have any suggestions?

    Here are the two I am looking as replacements:
    - Drobo Gen 3 http://www.drobo.com/storage-products/drobo/
    - Synology DS416slim https://www.synology.com/en-us/products/DS416slim

    Both appear fully compatible with El Capitan. I have not had any major issues with my current Gen 1 Drobo I have had to replace 2 drives due to failure, but have had it for 5+ years.

  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    What ever you decide make sure you get drives rated for NAS devices!
  3. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2014
    Any reason you're opting for the slim as opposed to the standard 3.5 drives? I have the DS416 Play and it's been a gem.
  4. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I've had Drobos and currently use a NAS that runs the Synology DSM. I prefer the Synology DSM.
  5. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I'd recommend an enclosure that uses 3.5" drives so you have more options now and down the road. The Synology you have listed is their "slim" model that uses 2.5" drives.

    I've been happy enough using Synology NASs that I won't consider any of their competitors. Their DSM software is great, easy to use, easy to navigate, easy to setup, etc etc all without dumbing down the software to the point you lose functionality. You will need to do a little bit of research in understanding certain functions and terminology but nothing we (or other forums) can't help you out with.

    I have no experience with Drobo so it might be equally as good.

    However what exactly are you looking to accomplish with the NAS? Knowing that we may be able to help you out more.

    For the life of me I can't find the Drobo's transcoding capabilities. Am I missing something?

    EDIT: Like mentioned ALWAYS use NAS rated HDD's regardless of what the manufacture of the NAS says.

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