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.
Nice packaging, the industry has learn a lot from Apple, lol
Decent chunky instruction book, even with a CAT5 cable.
Peeling away the plastic reveals the shiney, glossy faceplate, its magnetised, it just stays on without any hooks or clips.
Beautiful 5 bays, hot swap plug and play :)
Nice and simple rear end.
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.
Here to go
welcome to skynet!!!
After installing the dashboard software, Drobo was self discovered quite easily, it appeared on the Macbook also.
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