Question for all the Drobo owners out there

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jdl8422, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. jdl8422 macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    I am thinking about taking the plunge and buying a Drobo. I have one question for all the owners out there. If I buy a 4 bay drobo and fill it with 4-1tb hard drives. Is the drobo going to mount as one 4tb hard drive? or can I make 2 hard drives mount as one and two hard drives mount as another drive. I want to get it for Time Machine but do not want 4 bays dedicated to time machine. Thanks
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    It mounts as a single physical drive, but nothing stops you from partitioning it.

    Time Machine can use an external hard drive while you still use it for other data. The only benefit to partitioning is to limit the amount of space Time Machine can use.
  3. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    (and there are other hacks to limit time machine without partitioning, if you are thinking about doing that)
  4. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Just an aside, if you pick one up from a retailer, don't forget the $50 rebate.
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    (but these hacks are very quirky and risk causing your data to become corrupted)
  6. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    (why are we whispering?) :p
  7. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
  8. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    don't use drobo for a TM drive. lots of problems
    TM likes one big drive specially formatted in it's own special sause TM way.

    Since drobo uses it's own formatting system, you can run into issues and render your precious drobo bye bye...especially bad when putting your goodies onto your 'other' partition. my advice? get a cheap 1tb external for £50

    (shuuushhhh, i didn't tell you this..)
  9. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    I think one secret of good file management and back up is to break up your media.

    I use the drobo as a single 16TB drive attached to a mac mini for all my media. I would not want to compromise it with TM. Excellent unit so far.

    I use TM with a 500GB TC and it works fantastically well for incremental backups.

    I clone my desktop HD with all my files every week. I keep that offsite and then bring it home over the weekend to do the cloning.

    I use iDisk to sync and offsite backup al of my work files.
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  11. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2008
    New York. The state, not the toilet.
    Any computer that accesses the Drobo will see is as only 1 big drive, and not know how many actual drives exist. I believe 4 1TB drives will equate to about 2.7TB of usable space.

    You can check with the "Drobolator" above.

    Your Time Machine preferences is where you would dictate how much space, this backup procedure can occupy.

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