Joined on 03/09/11
2nd Drobo review
Pros: Same as before: Small size, 5 bays, 3tb drive support, completely automated raid 5 or 6 NAS for $500. Also Drobo tech support said when the new firmware comes out it should support 4TB drives.
Cons: Slow...read first review & other thoughts below.
Overall Review: I contacted Drobo support...they were helpful! We were able to get whs 2011 to see the Drobo on the network. Now with the speed issue...1st since whs couldn't see the Drobo I was running my backups through a Windows 7 machine which made the data go through the nic card on that machine and I was getting about 22mbs. Drobo support said drobo should sustain 24-30mbs. Now that the server communicates to Drobo only through the switch I get sustained transfers of 80mbs. Now that the initial backup is on the Drobo the weekly backup of about and additional 24gigs takes about 2 hours for it to check all the old files and transfer the new ones. Setup is: SERVER-Xeon E5-2670 2.6GHz 8-Core/16gb ram/areca ARC-1880 controller 4gb ram/10 WD1002FAEX drives in a raid6/dual gigbit nic cards DROBO FS with 5 WD2002FAEX drives All run through cat6 and a gigbit switch.
Pros: Price, full size SD card slot, full size HDMI, full size USB which will work with flash drive, keyboard, digital camera, just about anything that doesn't have to have allot of power through the USB or a special driver.
Cons: The headphone volume is low, speakers are good but if you going to use headphones/earbuds they better be good quality.
Overall Review: I was skeptical about it being recertified but I was thrilled when it showed up in a factory sealed box with all the books and cords and it looks perfect, you would never know it's a recert. Liked it so much I bought my wife 1 too.
Pros: Super fast card, 4gb of ram, 6 internal ports & 1 external, lots of configuration options. Will support up to 128 drives with SAS expander.
Cons: Size, this card is huge about 12in. then you have the cable connectors too. Wish I could do raid with the internal ports and JBOD on the external, but its all ports either way. You can run different raid levels simultaneously but you cant mix raid & JBOD. Some people say the manual is hard to understand but I think you have to have some server/raid knowledge to begin with. This is not kid stuff, its the real deal. I found the manual very strait forward & comprehensive.
Overall Review: installed with original 8 drives in raid 10, card recognized original set so no data loss, migrated the 8 drives to raid 6. A few months later ran low on storage so i installed 6 2tb drives in raid 6 then later added the 7th active drive & hot spare and expanded the set to include the new drive. All this was very easy.
Fast & Reliable
Pros: Fast, light, low power consumption.
Cons: None really, although price is always a con...I wish everything was cheaper!!!
Overall Review: I have 3 of these one of which has been running as an OS drive on a work computer for a year now and the other 2 are used as OS drives on my XBMC builds. So far all 3 are great no BSoD that allot of people talk about however I'm just into the 1 year mark of running contentious.