Drobo - Is this what I'm looking for

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  1. dinggus macrumors 65816

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    I'd like to have one huge enclosure for all my HDD's, that way I don't have multiple external HDD's being plugged in. I'm looking at the Drobo 4 Bay, and would like to put 4x3TB in it, is this what I'm looking for?

    Is there cheaper alternatives?
     
  2. macbookairman, Dec 31, 2012
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    In terms of ease of use, Drobo is great. However, their older models (the firewire ones) aren't the most reliable from what I've heard, and can become very slow -- this includes the Drobo 4 bay.

    Their new models (Drobo Mini and 5D) are great and very fast thanks to Thunderbolt. I've got the Mini and I love it. The downside is the price. There are cheaper Raid units out there, but they aren't as simple to manage as Drobo. The Drobo is sort of a set it up and forget product, and they are very easy to expand.

    Bottom line: If you can afford the 5D or Mini, I think Drobo is a good choice albeit pricy. If you can't do that, I'd suggest looking elsewhere, though you'll sacrifice ease of use.

    Other cheaper options I can think of is this OWC RAID unit or Synology.
     
  3. dinggus thread starter macrumors 65816

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  4. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, Drobos are just the enclosure.

    That Synology unit only uses 2.5" drives, which will limit your capacity. The biggest 2.5" drive you'll find is 1TB. I'm guessing you'd prefer a system that uses 3.5" drives, which would allow for much higher capacity.
     
  5. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

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    Cheaper ? Not sure.

    More reliable and faster ? Most certainly. Synology.

    I had a Drobo for a year, and it ended in near-disaster.
    Only after months I was able to recover most of my data.

    Returned the Drobo, and got a Synology. MUCH faster, feels more reliable. If you do some search online, you'll find that Drobo's are not as stable as they make you believe.

    -t
     
  6. dinggus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oops, thanks for catching that. I'm looking to hold around 12TB+.

    Which one do you have?
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    If you've got existing drives you want to put in a NAS, you'd better check whether or not they're compatible, or at least recommended, for the NAS.
     
  8. dinggus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I figured I'd just buy new HDD's and place them in, then sell the externals.
     

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