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Dennis F.

Dennis F.

Joined on 05/12/09

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Most Favorable Review

Picking the right device for the job!

Drobo BeyondRAID 4 Bay Diskless Storage Array Enclosure  - DR04DD10
Drobo BeyondRAID 4 Bay Diskless Storage Array Enclosure - DR04DD10

Pros: Drobo is very cool. It does exactly what it is advertised to do and it does it very well. Fast setup, easily upgraded. I installed my Drobo in May '09 with 3-500GB drives and 1-750GB drive. Last week, I upgraded the system with 4-1TB Black Caviar drives. Entire process took less than 12 hours.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: After reading a number of review, especially the ratings of 1 egg, here are my thoughts. This device should be used as a single data store attached to one PC. If you need more space exchange the drives as recommended. This is not a backup system; it is a data protection system. If you need to backup your data, get a redundant storage system, like the Netgear ReadyNAS NV+.

10/17/2009
Most Critical Review

Lower Cost Option

Microsoft Office 2010 Professional
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional

Pros: Only good if you have to convert/upgrade Access from previous versions for customers.

Cons: Too pricy! Activation! Access is proprietary!

Overall Review: My preference is to use Open Office 3.3 (free or make a donation). While there is no Outlook comp, it offers spreadsheet, presentations, drawings, word processing and other features that get most of what you need. And they read and write the Microsoft format. There is a relational database component as well; and, it is open systems not proprietary like access. Consequently, there is no easy conversion for anything other than the tables.

Oh No!!

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805

Pros: Built my system in June 2009. I7-920, Gigabyte mobo, 5TB, Blue-Ray DVD Writer,etc. Used for video production. After much research, I selected top of the line 6GB Triple-channel RedLine memory from Mushkin. Cost around $300. System worked like a champ. Fortunately, the memory is covered under a life-time warranty.

Cons: Memory failed last week (15 months) and took several days to figure it out. Very Disappointing, especially as it ws the holiday week-end. Muskin is on it, so we will see how long the next set lasts.

Upgrading the 4250

Netgear ReadyNas NV+  1TB (2 x 500GB) 4-bay Network Storage (NAS) w/ Gigabit & speeds up to 25MBps
Netgear ReadyNas NV+ 1TB (2 x 500GB) 4-bay Network Storage (NAS) w/ Gigabit & speeds up to 25MBps

Pros: Reasonably priced for initial entry. $525 with 2-500GB drives. Replaced 2-500GB drives with 4-Black Caviar 1TB drives at initial setup in May '09. Upgraded to 4-Hitachi 2TB drives. Process took 48 hours. 9 hours per drive, two reboots and included an upgrade of the firmware. No data lost, system usable during update. NTI shadow software performs continuous backups of all computers in the office plus a Buffalo 1TB NAS system.

Cons: Long process to update system. Documentation to expand system is hard to find. System does not send email alerts as software indicates. Raid-x configures to smallest drive in the box. Excess space can be utilized in a non-Raidx configuration.

Overall Review: Drobo's solution is cleaner and faster, utilizes all space regardless of drive size. Drawback is that it only connects to one computer (USB or Firewire), unless you also invest in the separately purchased DroboShare box.

10/14/2009