I purchased a Drobo FS 3 weeks ago and have been getting it set up. Unlike a lot of the people here, I don’t mind it, although there are some issues I’d like to get opinions on.
First, I find it a good way to back up my files and have them accessible. I have lost hard drives of movies files and other files before and hopefully that will not happen with the Drobo’s better designed systems.
First, my setup. It’s a new Macbook Pro hooked to the Drobo FS through a hub (Buffalo, a cheap one but Gigabit). The hub also connects a Mac Mini Server (also new). I have plenty of space on the unit, 6 GB total with 3 GB free or so.
One issue I have is speed. The device is very, very slow, and copying files from the device is ridiculously slow at times. Christmas was almost ruined when it took 45 minutes for me to copy the Charlie Brown Christmas Special off the disk, and it’s only like 200 mb.
I am also trying to use the device as a backup since my Firewire hard drive just died. It works, but again it’s terrifically slow, taking like 6 hours to backup 20GB. It’s slow enough that I often don’t complete a backup while working at night.
Can anyone give me advice on how to improve the speed? It’s just not fast enough for anything but archiving stuff I have plenty of time to wait for. I don’t think direct connection will improve much but I can try that. (it kind of kills the point of a NAS if only one computer can access it.)
Also, all things being equal I’d like to backup over airport if I can stand the reduced speed. How would i go about setting this up by the way? Currently the hub is only connected to the Drobo and the Mac mini but there’s another airport base station I’ll eventually connect with ethernet, will that make the Mac be able to open the shares directly? How will the Drobo app “see” the shares if ethernet is not hooked up?
Are people happy with it as a backup system? Are the Sparc virtual disks reliable enough when restoring data after a crash?
(Incidentally, the word “drobo” (dorobo) in Japanese means “thief.”)[hr]
A little more info in case it’s helpful. I have Drobo Apps off, and I am getting an IP for the Drobo via DHCP.