October 20, 2010
There has been a big buzz about the Drobo devices for quite some time now. Anyone that uses a computer (both PC and Mac) have either experienced data loss, or know someone that has. I myself have had this happen before, and it's the worst feeling ever.
When using digital media's like Dslr's or Digital video cameras, backup is an important step. The Drobo handles this for you, and it is also a scalable storage solution. What this means is that you can add drives to the unit, or swap out the drives in it with larger ones without having to know anything about computers or Raid setups. The Drobo reviewed here is the 4-Bay, which means it has room for four SATA hard drives. A minimum of 2 drives are needed for the unit to work.
Does the Drobo live up to the hype? read on to find out.
The setup is easy and no knowledge of computers is needed to get this up and running. For people that don't want to mess with setting up Raid(or don't know how to), the Drobo is a great solution. Just pop in hard drives and you are set to go. One of the best features of the unit compared to running Raid setup on your PC is that you can move the Drobo between computers and/or Mac's if you set it up to do so. The scalable feature is great as well.
There are a few key things that's missing on the Drobo, for one, an on/off switch. I use the Drobo as a backup device, and since there is no on/off switch I have to unplug the power to the device when I'm not using it.
I'd like to see an eSATA connection to the unit, as I find it quite slow to transfer large amounts of data. However if you are now using external HDD's as your backup solution and only have USB 2.0 or FireWire 800 ports on your computer you might not see this as a drawback, but I'm sure one day down the road, you will be wishing the unit had eSATA connection as well.
Final line is; stylish desing, works great(so far), easy to use, right price, but a bit slow for my taste(it does knock the socks of a USB external device though)
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*Prices are subject to change. Listed price is from October 20, 2010