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Drobo 2TB FireWire 800 & USB 2.0 External Robotic Storage Array

  • USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394b
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Learn more about the Drobo DRO4DD10-WDC1TB-2

Model

Brand
Drobo
Model
DRO4DD10-WDC1TB-2

Performance

Interface
USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394b
Capacity
2TB

Physical Spec

Form Factor
3.5"

Features

Features
Two 1TB Western Digital drives (drives ship separately from Drobo)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Shane M.
  • 10/23/2008 7:35:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat device, for people who get its purpose

Pros: FW800 is extremely fast, easy to setup, can use any mix of drive types/sizes, intelligently managed, quiet, robust so far. Does exactly what it is designed to do and does it extremely well. Perfect for the average user with maybe 1 or 2 machines in the house, who needs flexible external storage due to constantly changing needs, and who doesn't want to deal with the hassles of other devices with a bit more of a learning curve. Documentation & packaging is outstanding. Recently, they added an application "store" to expand capabilities.

Cons: It does lack certain interfaces (eSATA, NIC), but is quickly adding features as generations progress. Not a "true" RAID device for those looking for that; it is more inline with something like Windows Home Server. A lot of the applications in the app "store" require the DroboShare (network interface) which costs extra and uses the much slower USB interface to connect to the Drobo. Hopefully they release a FW800 version of the DroboShare soon. If you do not see a feature you want, consider other devices like the Infrant, AMS Venus, WHS, etc. THERE IS A RIGHT TOOL FOR EVERY JOB, so purchase accordingly based on what you need/want.

Other Thoughts: I am honestly getting tired of people droning on about the lack of both eSATA and NIC. The amount of dev/resource overhead added to what is already a very intelligent system is more than I think most people realize. I am sure they will be added as it continues to improve. Devices like the Venus, Infrant.. are quite diff from a Drobo. There is a right tool for every job (see above). Rate the Drobo on what it can do rather than on what you think it should do. FW & USB are currently the most abundant interfaces on the market the Drobo is targeting. eSATA is slowly taking root, but the majority of folks either 1) do not have it 2) do not know they have it. I'm a computer eng and constantly have issues w/ eSATA on my box. It is immature. A NIC would be nice, but again the bulk of the market doesn't dictate the need yet. If you are a hardcore user, your machines are generally always on. I simply set up a network share off one with FW800. Very fast and all machines have access. Simple.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/25/2008 1:08:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsPlease understand what this is before buying!

Pros: I will start off by saying I do not own one of these units yet. I have been researching the field a lot in the past few weeks and have stumbled upon this.
This isn't a RAID device nor is it meant for raw performance. What this device does do is manage your data over the drives you equip it with to provide block-level redundancy. If you were to start with 2 drives and add another, it will just increase the available space you can use. This is far different from MOST RAID devices in this class (XRAID from Infrant/Netgear and ZRAID from OpenSolaris are similar).
It also appears to be very easy to setup and use.

Cons: Speed and I/O are a bit behind the curve. eSATA should be included, but if you want this to be a NAS, the company does have an add-on component that allows it. FW800 is common only on professional Apple computers.

Other Thoughts: I DO NOT OWN THIS - but I do understand modern storage. The Drobo is exciting because it takes most of the positives from existing RAID technologies, while dodging some of the unpleasantness. For simple, protected storage, this would fit the bill for most users if you have the $$$

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  • Robert B.
  • 7/21/2008 2:19:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWow missed the mark again

Pros: Simple, highly compatible, back-up solution anyone can set-up. The idea and design of drobo is nice but they left out things that absolutely should be included. Almost there maybe on the third version they'll get it right. I like everything they put in the product, I just hate them for what they left out.

Cons: I can't believe they made a new version and only incorporated firewire 800. For the price of this thing it should have both eSATA and a Gig ethernet port build in. Even with a great idea they've cut corners making this not worth its price.

Other Thoughts: data robotics and people looking at this device please check out AMS's venus. You'll see that it is possible to put up to date modern technology (eSATA) in a 4 slot HD storage product and to do it for a reasonable price.

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