hi amt, welcome to the forums,
here are a few quick thoughts from me…
- if you have a drive (or drives) in a drobo, you will need a drobo to read the contents
- if you are going to travel a lot, you will likely need the drobo hardware as well as the drives
- if you have drives in a drobo, they form a Disk Pack, and ideally you will need to remove them as a pack, and reinsert them as a pack (in BOTH cases always with the power OFF).
I am not too sure about the way you wish to mirror and maybe you could help elaborate a bit more on that?
i’ll post back shortly with another idea :)[hr]
you may already be aware, but using a simple example:
some drobo’s give you protection against 1 drive failing (SDR), and some give protection against 2 drives failing (DDR).
im not sure which method you are using, but the mini seems to support 2 drives being protected: eg:
if you have 2 drives in a drobo, (1 drives space will be usable, and the other drives space will be used for protection)
= if 1 drive fails, you can still access the data from the other drive.
if you add a 3rd drive, and in DDR, then 1 drive is usable, and the other 2 are used for protection.
= if 1 or 2 drives fail, you can still access the data.
(if you were in SDR mode, then 2 drives are usable and 1 drive is used for protection)
if you add a 4th drive, (in DDR) then 2 drives are usable, and the other 2 are used for protection
= any 1or2 drives can fail, and you can still access the data.
(or in SDR, 3 drives are available, and 1 is used for protection against failure)
so overall, while you “could” use smaller disk packs, with 1 drive redundancy,
it might also be worth looking into using a combination of Drobo, and an external basic usb reader and usb standalone hard drive.
this way, you can do your work, and store your master source footage on the drobo,
and have 1 or 2 drives worth of protection (based on your project’s data size etc)
and then copy and paste the output onto the standalone usb drive (via a usb reader etc if needed) and give that Readable drive to customers.
= your master source stays with you
= your master source is protected against 1 or more drive failures
= your customers get a “copy” of their data, (just make sure you give it to them in a format they can read, eg for windows or mac etc)
one thing missing though, could be how you keep/store/move your drives around, and whether you want another backup in a separate location?
sorry if i misunderstood anything, but hope this helps a bit.