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    Drobo

    Anyone have one?

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    I've been looking at them the last couple days, doing a bit of homework. Seem like very slick devices (watch the video). It has 4 bays for hard drives, yet appears like just one giant hard drive on any system you connect it to - with half the space usable, the other half for replication across the drives.

    Most likely going to get one today, the first generation - I don't need firewire as I'm going to add the DroboShare for gigabit network connectivity later on.

    One of the better deals I've found on hard drives is...

    Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives



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    Re: Drobo

    I looked at those. Price was heavy for me but it sounded like a great product.



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    Re: Drobo

    The first generation model is now $350. With a pair of 500gb hard drives at $85 each, I can get a 1TB hard drive with hands-off replication for $520.

    I was looking at another model, it was an actual Windows Home Server that was closer to $600 and only came with one 500gb hard drive. There are things the server provides that it would be nice to have - but the absolute simplicity of the Drobo is too much for me to pass up. Especially when my server setup knowledge is very slim.



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    Re: Drobo

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    The first generation model is now $350. With a pair of 500gb hard drives at $85 each, I can get a 1TB hard drive with hands-off replication for $520.

    I was looking at another model, it was an actual Windows Home Server that was closer to $600 and only came with one 500gb hard drive. There are things the server provides that it would be nice to have - but the absolute simplicity of the Drobo is too much for me to pass up. Especially when my server setup knowledge is very slim.

    Very true. Windows Home Server has nice features, but most of it is fluff. I would say if the Drobo has everything you need, go for it, and then write us all a review =).



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    Re: Drobo

    I have a drobo. The price was a bit high, but I really like it. All you have to do is put some drives into it and it does the rest, if the red light comes on replace the drive. If you like messing around with setup and doing things yourself you might be disappointed because there really is nothing to setup.

    The instruction manual has 3 steps:
    1.) Insert drives
    2.) Plug in power
    3.) Plug in USB



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    Re: Drobo

    Drobo DroboShare External Hard Drive reviews - CNET Reviews

    From the CNet review...

    One drawback of this setup is that connecting the Drobo and the DroboShare via USB limits your bandwidth to 480Mbps of the USB 2.0 spec--a potential bottleneck for Gigabit Ethernet networks.

    If the only interface between the Drobo and DroboShare is USB 2.0, this doesn't seem like the best choice for a Gigabit Ethernet network.

    Also, it would be nice to see a review of how DroboShare actually works at Gigabit speeds. I can't find the review now, but about a year ago I saw a speed comparison review for a number of Gigabit NAS units. There was a very wide variation in real-world throughput, and the throughput for many of the units reviewed was not very impressive.


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    Re: Drobo

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    The first generation model is now $350. With a pair of 500gb hard drives at $85 each, I can get a 1TB hard drive with hands-off replication for $520.

    I was looking at another model, it was an actual Windows Home Server that was closer to $600 and only came with one 500gb hard drive. There are things the server provides that it would be nice to have - but the absolute simplicity of the Drobo is too much for me to pass up. Especially when my server setup knowledge is very slim.
    If you're looking at Windows Home Server, you might be as well of buying a barebones machine and loading it up with hard drive space and installing a Linux/Samba share on it. It's a bit cheaper as you won't need to purchase an operating system.



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    Re: Drobo

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    Seem like very slick devices (watch the video).
    Yeah she is kinda cute in a home-town hottie kinda way, and much hotter than your average female tech nerd.

    Oh, if you get one, let us know how it works out.



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    Re: Drobo

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Drobo DroboShare External Hard Drive reviews - CNET Reviews

    From the CNet review...

    One drawback of this setup is that connecting the Drobo and the DroboShare via USB limits your bandwidth to 480Mbps of the USB 2.0 spec--a potential bottleneck for Gigabit Ethernet networks.

    If the only interface between the Drobo and DroboShare is USB 2.0, this doesn't seem like the best choice for a Gigabit Ethernet network.

    Also, it would be nice to see a review of how DroboShare actually works at Gigabit speeds. I can't find the review now, but about a year ago I saw a speed comparison review for a number of Gigabit NAS units. There was a very wide variation in real-world throughput, and the throughput for many of the units reviewed was not very impressive.
    That is a concern of mine, but not every device is perfect. Some things I'll have to live with.

    I do know from what I read, no one was really complaining a ton about the connection speed except for Mac users that wanted firewire.

    I'd like to have that capability, but it's not worth $150 to me.



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    Re: Drobo

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    That is a concern of mine, but not every device is perfect. Some things I'll have to live with.

    I do know from what I read, no one was really complaining a ton about the connection speed except for Mac users that wanted firewire.

    I'd like to have that capability, but it's not worth $150 to me.
    I found the NAS comparison charts. There is a drop down box where you can pick 100 Mbps or 1000 Mbps (Gigabit) tests. The data on the charts is MBytes per second.

    SmallNetBuilder - Small Network Help - NAS Performance Comparison Charts - 100 Mbps Average Write Performance

    According to the Cnet review, the large file network write speed for the Drobo was 42 Mbits/s = 5.25 MBytes/s. Of course, testing conditions are different, and unfortunately, I don't see Drobo in the list of tested units.


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    Re: Drobo

    Pshh, just go fiber channel, because...you know...that's cheap



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    Re: Drobo

    So far, so good. I got it Monday night and between working on it off and on Monday and Tuesday night - I loaded up about 110 gig onto the unit. The transfer from my PC to the Drobo via the USB was certainly fast enough for me. The time it took to transfer files from DVD to the Drobo took a while, which I did expect - but still was painful. Not a fault of Drobo - it just takes a while to extract and transfer.

    I'll get alerted when the hard drive space is near full or if one of the drives is experiencing issues.

    Now the test will be on how quickly I can work directly off the device by read/writing large image files.



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