Drobo Reliability

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by shinji, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Anyone with a Drobo here happy with it long-term? The reviews on newegg show some mixed feedback, with people complaining of slow speeds and the unit itself failing.

    Are there faster/more reliable alternatives at or below the same price point?
  2. avalys macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2004
    The Drobo is the easiest option if you need a single drive with a capacity larger than what you can get in a single hard disk, with the ability to withstand a single drive failing.

    For any other set of requirements, there are better options. Keep in mind that you still need to keep a backup of data you have on the Drobo.

    I have had Firewire Drobo for about a year and a half. This was supposedly faster than the original version, and Drobo has since released an even faster one. I have not found the speed to be a problem - it will do maybe 25 MB/s over Firewire 800.
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    It's mixed:

  4. shinji thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Thanks...I think I'll pass on it and look for an alternative, reading the linked thread from the guide now.
  5. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I've got two and they have worked fine for me. Each and every drive that I started with has been upgraded in them since I originally set the up. I have several friends who have Drobos and none have had problems with their's. Two of my friends have Drobo Pros, several have the 4 bay Firewire models.

    In terms of speed, I find my Firewire models bearable. From what I've read, the newer Drobo S is faster but, in my opinion, too expensive.

    Are there alternatives? Yes, but they are either more expensive or not a easy to setup.
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Drobo's are software based, and therefore prone to higher failure rates, particuarly for parity based arrays. For 0/1/10, they're fine.

    But their biggest achiles heel is the price IMO. You don't get much for the funds. You can do better to build your own system (i.e. AMD based, and run Open Solaris or Linux), and by using say a ZFS filesystem, have increased reliability as well as lower cost (especially if you scale up the drive members, as you can use the same system with a Host Bus Adapter - not a RAID card, and it's cheaper - up to 24 ports on one).

    There's some work involved, but once setup, it's not that bad. And given the combination of lower cost and capabilities, worth it IMO.

    To each their own however. ;)

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