I have a question regarding speed and file systems that someone might be able to answer.
I have a second generation Drobo attached to my iMac via FW800. I know the Drobo isn’t the fastest external drive out there, but still this seems strange. When I daisy chain two old WD MyBooks via a FW800 to FW400 cable to my Drobo, the old WD’s are a LOT faster compared to the Drobo when running benchmarks (if I understand the test info right of course).
The WD’s are empty though and the Drobo is 60% filled.
But another thing I noticed was that the WD’s were formatted with FAT32 while the Drobo is formatted with OS X journaled. For the fun of it I tried to format a WD into OS X journaled and BAAAMMM it was suddenly a lot slower than the Drobo. I did not know that the file system mattered THAT much?
I have attached an image to illustrate my problem.
Thanks for adding any info to this
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