nMP .. Now new questions

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  1. raw911 macrumors regular

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    Ok I got the green light to get my storage for my nMP in few months. Now HD raids
    I'm looking at
    Lacie 5 BIG
    drobo 5D
    Pegasus 2
    Prob not going over 10GB total due to $$$$$

    I know y'all got some good suggestions on here. Looking forward to them
     
  2. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    What kind of RAID? RAID0? Can you get by with 8TB? The WD Thunderbolt Duos are the best value I've seen. When you need more, just by another.
     
  3. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    Look at Calldigit TB solutions when they are released later this month as well. They might be cheaper, we'll see.
     
  4. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    The lacie 5big does not have a built in raid controller, which means it'll be done through software. I was really excited for this model until I heard the news.
     
  5. jimj740 macrumors regular

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    What is your intended use?

    I had a drobo 5d and ended up returning it... the performance was very disappointing. The drobo offers a lot of nice features and depending on your intended use it could be a fine choice, but if you need "Thunderbolt" level storage performance this is definitely not the right choice.

    Good luck,
    -JimJ
     
  6. raw911 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm using for video editing and photography work. So u saying drobo ain't worth it. So that leaves Pegasus 2 or Big5 disk
     
  7. raw911 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I take it your not a fan of raid via software. Can I ask why? Only cause I'm new to this and would like to know the pros and cons of it.
     
  8. resotek macrumors member

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    I recently got a Drobo 5N in preparation for my upcoming nMP. I currently use it as NAS solution for my entire home (1 PC and 2 macs). I have a common data share that all machines use, but both macs have dedicated time machine shares. The 5N is loaded with 3 2TB WD Red drives and a 64GB mSATA SSD. So far, the performance has been great and I'm very happy with the purchase.
     
  9. raw911 thread starter macrumors regular

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    May be dumb but what's the diff btwn the 5N and 5D?
    Again I'm a real newbe to this. B4 I'd just buy a HD plug it in and keep moving. Now that I'd be using nMP , rMBP and wife has 27imac I think there's a need for something else now.


    Ahhhh ok I see one diff it's Ethernet connected. Let me ask you how are the speeds comparing it to thunderbolt?
     
  10. Celedral macrumors 6502

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    Just me personally, since I had a few software raid break on me with bios or simply changing power supply. Of course this was on the PC side, but a possible software update could break the raid on a mac as well.
     
  11. Rich.Cohen, Nov 9, 2013
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    I'm also pretty new at this and I'm not an expert at the speed issue. However, the speed of the 5N will depend on the speed of your router and the eithernet capability of your computer (10, 100, 1000). I would suspect the best either net speed is less than Thunderbolt. The present 5D is Thunderbolt 1. Everyone expects there will be a Thunderbolt 2 version soon, but that just an expectation. I think Thunderbolt 2 is an issue only if you're working with 4K videos. Again, that's just my guess.

    Oh, one more thing: Go to Amazon and check the negative user feedback. There are a few reports of total data loss. I've decided for myself that these are rare and unusual, but you should inform yourself as best you can. At present I'm planning to buy two Drobo's, one as primary storage and one for TimeMachine. For one I'll wait until the Thunderbolt 2 version. I may change my mind in the next 6 weeks if something better comes along or if I see more negatives about data loss.
     
  12. resotek macrumors member

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    I used black magic speed test when I first got the Drobo 5N and I was getting ~95 MBps read and write speeds. I was testing this on a wired ethernet mac mini and if my math is right, that speed (0.78 Gbps) is very close to my 1Gbps network capacity.

    Just for comparison, I routinely copy large (30+GB) VMware files to/from standard issue USB drives and 10-30 MBps is quite normal. Also, at work, almost everyday I do SQL administrative work that requires moving around 40+GB database backups/logs and our EMC generally delivers around 20-30 MBps.
     
  13. freejazz-man macrumors regular

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    The pegasus RAIDs are great. I run a front-end storage for current jobs for a retouching house off the R6's. We have two daisy chained together, one serving as a hot spare. We run our back end storage off a denser, cheaper, less performing NAS. Our R6's are hooked up to a mac mini.

    We only have 1GB networking though
     

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