Drobo FS - The Perfect NAS

by Roy Hui Featured 15 Comments 8 Votes 7390 Views 25/05/2010 Back to Articles
Drobo FS

It's finally here, the NAS I've been waiting for. After many comparisons, I got it from Nexus in Melbourne City, for $899. The dude at the counter said he sold 60 of these in the past 3 days.

I've been waiting a device that backs up all of our work, photos and videos for ages. I had an Apple TimeCapsule, but it only had a single HDD, which means if it failed, I've lost all my data. I've been eyeing the Drobo and the QNAP for ages, Drobo had a product which is very close to what i need, but it costed heaps and required to buy more hardware to get it on the network. QNAP is great, but it implements RAID, and I don't really want to buy 4X HDD to get 2X the space.

Drobo FS

Nice packaging, the industry has learn a lot from Apple, lol

Drobo FS Drobo FS

Decent chunky instruction book, even with a CAT5 cable.

Drobo FS

Peeling away the plastic reveals the shiney, glossy faceplate, its magnetised, it just stays on without any hooks or clips.

Drobo FS

Beautiful 5 bays, hot swap plug and play :)

Drobo FS

Nice and simple rear end.

Drobo FS

I was going to get a 2TB seagate constellation, until i found out how much they were. Nexus recommended 2TB WD Green, at $170 each. I thought since they are in a redundancy config, I don't need to get the top end ones.

Drobo FS

Here to go

Drobo FS

welcome to skynet!!!

Drobo FS

After installing the dashboard software, Drobo was self discovered quite easily, it appeared on the Macbook also.


Updated:

Here are some tech specs:

  • 2TB X2 = 1.8TB storage
  • 2TB X3 = 3.6TB storage
  • 2TB X4 = 5.4TB storage
  • 2TB X5 = 7.2TB storage
If this was RAID (mirror), you can only get like 4TB with 4 drives right?

Host Interface: 10/100/1000 Ethernet Port

Supported data transfer protocols: AFP and CIFS/SMB

Drives: Accommodates from one to five 3.5” SATA I / SATA II hard drives of any manufacturer, capacity, spindle speed, and/or cache. No carriers or tools required.

Power: Idle system (standby, drives off) = 12 watts
Typical busy system (four drives) = 56 watts

More info: http://www.drobo.com/products/drobo-fs.php

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Hi guys, I don't write articles very often, but I'm actually quite excited by this product, copying over 1TB from timecapsule to the drobo now.
That thing is hot Roy.

now what exactly are you going to use all that space for? ;) :P

DoYL said: That thing is hot Roy.
now what exactly are you going to use all that space for?



That's the eternal question, what do you all use that CPU / Memory / HDD for?
You bastard! you got it already :'@ Now I want one [Shifty]
Woo Drobo, I don't think they've even been discussed here before. Nice article. =D
Basically, I think there are only two contenders, QNAP and Drobo, there isn't much of a point to have a backup which is not available over Network, and not Redundant.
i want one [monkey]
Is it sad that as soon as I saw that rear fan I thought "I'd totally put an LED fan in there instead"?

So if it doesn't mirror, how does it ensure the data is safe? Mirror RAID makes sense, it's as simple as it gets. So this clearly does something different [Shifty]

Is it a witch?
Oh, it mirrors (so two HDD = one HDD), but it really shines when you have more than 2 HDD, it doesn't need 4 disks to do Mirror and Stripe at the same time.

More Info:
www.drobo.com/...
question why did you choose the drobo over say something like the qnap ts 410??

www.pccasegear.com/...

as its cheaper does iscsi and has more features apps wise what i can tell. looking at getting a nas so i can cut down on some power
@b00n - First, it is a 5bay, not a 4 bay. QNAP uses RAID, which means you have to use all the same HDD. For example, I have two X 2TB, if there is a 3TB in the future, I can just plug in a 3TB in to the Drobo. Where QNAP, I have to chuck away the 2XTB, and get all the HDD again. There are apps on the Drobo FS also, although not as much as the QNAP, but it is primarily designed for Storage, not Application. Hope this helps.

MrPC said: @b00n - First, it is a 5bay, not a 4 bay. QNAP uses RAID, which means you have to use all the same HDD. For example, I have two X 2TB, if there is a 3TB in the future, I can just plug in a 3TB in to the Drobo. Where QNAP, I have to chuck away the 2XTB, and get all the HDD again. There are apps on the Drobo FS also, although not as much as the QNAP, but it is primarily designed for Storage, not Application. Hope this helps.




depends on the model you get i am looking at the thecus ts 439 pro 2, as i want teh speed from the atom and 1gb ram, plus able to download from newsgroups etc.

oo the decisions, still looking at the drobo also see what the app community is like :P
LMAO @ Price !
Don't get conned people, this 'box' has about $2 worth of guts.
Install a few more HDD's in your PC instead.

PS3sR2Dear said: LMAO @ Price !
Don't get conned people, this 'box' has about $2 worth of guts.


Keen to hear you quantify that statement.
Ignoring the last line which fails to actually address this being a separate need to a whole PC.

PS3sR2Dear said: LMAO @ Price !
Don't get conned people, this 'box' has about $2 worth of guts.
Install a few more HDD's in your PC instead.


NAS Drive are that Price

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