Over the weekend I ordered a Drobo S, specifically because of the eSATA connection. (I have a second generation Drobo as a backup device that I’ll use for offsite backups.) While waiting for it to arrive, I’ve been considering what drives to buy for it. I’ve read several threads about the topic here in the Drobo forums, but some of the info might be getting dated, so I thought I’d ask a few questions.
Do 7200 RPM drives really not have any speed advantage over 5400 RPM drives when used in a Drobo S using an eSATA connection?
Can any of you who use a Drobo S and an eSATA connection comment on speeds versus using an internal drive?
Have 2 TB drives proven themselves to be reliable or are they too new to rate?
I’m looking for 1.5 TB or 2 TB drives. Any recommendations on what to buy or what to avoid? (I used to be a fan of Seagate until the issues with 1.5 TB drives last year. I see that Seagate drives have been recertified by Drobo, but now I’m leery of their products.)