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    Drobo- First Impressions

    A few things struck me as I opened up the Drobo box- nice packaging touches with painting the inside of the box black, using black packing foam, and putting the drobo enclosure in a black bag.

    Physical Enclosure- Well made but light weight. I would have preferred something more substantial (aluminum would be nice) but there isn't anything wrong with the enclosure. It looks like the buttons to pop the (4) drives into the box are well constructed and the same for the LEDs. The front black plastic cover that goes over the drives after they are inserted has a cheap feel to it and is easily scratched.

    Installing the drives- After unboxing (3) Seagate 1.5TB drives they slid right into the drobo and clicked in place securely.

    Software- Popped in the CD and loaded the software called Drobo Dashboard. Installation was very quick.

    Choices- After skipping the option to format the newly found drive using the Mac OS X software as recommended by the installation manual the drobo needs to be formatted prior to first use. You are presented with options from HFS to NTFS to FAT32 depending on your use. I will be using this strictly for Mac files and chose HFS+ as my file system format.

    The only other choice that needed to be made was the volume size and I chose 16TB (this is a virtual size). The Drobo appears to the OS as a giant drive of even larger capacity than you might have drives installed.

    Actual Storage Capacity- I installed 4.5TB of disk space and after allowing for data redundancy I am left with 2.69TB for actual data storage.

    Speed- It seems fast but I have only used USB 2.0 external drives in the past which were much slower than the way I have my drobo configured using Firewire 800 so I can't give any intelligent opinion as to performance v. other FW800 drives.

    Protection- I moved 45TB of data from my current iMac to the drobo tonight (the iMac got much faster again) and wanted to test out the data protection feature.

    I removed the front cover and pressed the drive release button popping out a drive while the system was up and running. The green drive light went out for the removed drive as expected- the green lights for the remaining drives flashed an alternating green and amber while a pop up screen appeared and warned that the Drobo cannot currently protect data against hard drive failures. The $795 5 bay Drobo S which hasn't started shipping yet would have still protected against hard drive failure as it can support (2) concurrent drives failing!

    When a drive fails the drobo goes to work balancing data and redundancy across the remaining drives- this was about a 45 minute wait after pulling the one drive and having 45TB of data stored. I don't know how the number of remaining drives, the total data stored, and other variables factor into how much time this takes.

    Being impatient I pushed the original drive back into the bay after 20 minutes and the three drives showed green status again, a message informing me that I was protected again appeared, and the drobo software shows that the system is back to work reallocating data and protection across all three drives. After 5 minutes the software shows all is done.

    So far the system appears to be everything promised. An incredibly simple interface that provides complete data redundancy with no user intervention other than sliding in a new disk drive when a red light shows that a prior drive failed. Unlike traditional RAID systems the drobo doesn't require that drives be of the same size so expanding down the road is simply a matter of pulling out the smallest drive and replacing it with a larger capacity drive- sweet design.
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    Nice write up. I plan on getting one and throwing 4 2TB WD Caviar Black drives in there. Those things are freakin FAST. Careful though.. Seeing as you purchased ur drives at the same time the chances of them failing at the same time is higher and I believe RAID 1 can only recover from a 2 drive failure.
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    What Mac has 45TB worth of hard drive space?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    What Mac has 45TB worth of hard drive space?
    I shoot RAW and bracket a lot
    That was 4 and 1/2 TB, not 45TB. I'm still asking the same question about why anyone needs 4.5TB though.

    r3g- I was considering the WD Black 2TB drives and read a review where the Seagate in this capacity was faster. The driving factor for going with the Seagate was price- $139/1.5TB vs. $199/2TB and I preferred to have three v. two drives in the system to start. Once the new machine comes arrives the Drobo will become a backup device rather than a primary storage device as I've been using it for the past day so I won't be as concerned with multiple drive failures.

    Just wish my skills kept up with the speed technology is moving.
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    I use two Western Digital external USB 1TB drives (one for main storage and the other for redundancy) and I've never really complained about speed and I shoot in RAW. It's crazy how affordable storage is now.
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    out of interest, how much was it if you dont mind me asking.
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    Here in Aus they run around $1200 (link) plus the cost of the drives (around $100 each) plus the cost of the Drobo Share ($350) if you want to turn it into a network device.

    I'm not convinced that they offer value for money at this stage the concept is great but I think they are still charging early adopter pricing. You can do 99% of what the Drobo does with a $200 PC stuffed full of hard drives.

    BTW if you are looking for extra storage Zazz have a 1TB external drive for $90.00 today.

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    i have 2 1TB WD network drives and i just bought a 1TB HD for my PC when i loaded up windows 7 so storage capacity is not an issue for me anymore. but i am seriously considering moving to mac's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    Here in Aus they run around $1200 (link) plus the cost of the drives (around $100 each) plus the cost of the Drobo Share ($350) if you want to turn it into a network device.
    Those prices are absurd. I just did a quick currency conversion from the US dollar to the Australian and the basic drobo I have would be $376AU and the $1200 drobo S that you linked to would only be $857AU. I was just looking for protecting my data with a simple to use system and fortunately didn't need to spend the extra $ for the Drobo Share.

    Do you have to pay a big import tax when you get goods shipped from the US?


    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    I'm not convinced that they offer value for money at this stage the concept is great but I think they are still charging early adopter pricing. You can do 99% of what the Drobo does with a $200 PC stuffed full of hard drives.
    Down under prices aside, my take is that it isn't necessarily that the drobo is the only way to handle things but it is by far the simplest and most elegant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichNY View Post
    Do you have to pay a big import tax when you get goods shipped from the US?
    Zero tax and the prices quoted include all sales taxes (unlike many US states where the tax isn't shown in advertised prices).
    What we generally have here is excessive markup syndrome from the local distributors for this type of product. The company That I linked to are very competitive and they would not be applying a particularly large markup at the retail level.

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