Hello to all.
I am new to the Drobo world having purchased my unit about 4 weeks ago. I am using it as a backup device. I have 4 x 1.5 TB drives in the drobo and it is set to incrementally backup my FreeNAS 3.6TB server (5 x 1TB in RAID 5). I have the Drobo connected via Firewire 800 off an iMac or MacBook Pro on my gigabit Lan.
This is a great unit and a great product.
As good as the Drobo is, it could be allot better if it had an eSATA interface. If it had eSATA, it could be used as a full on server as well as for backup duties. I would like to buy another Drobo to replace the FreeNas tower, but the data transfer speeds are too slow for this use. I get over 100MB/sec data transfer rates with the FreeNas Raid array. It would be great to have one drobo as the main server and another as a backup server/device.
- Disk Utility
I had a power outage the other day and somehow the UPS did not work properly (I think it is faulty and I will need to replace it). I could not mount the drobo to the desktop due to the directory structure being corrupted. The Mac disk utility could not repair it. I purchased Disk Warrior 4 and it fixed it no problem.
In my humble opinion, the Drobo should come stock standard with a disk utility that is capable of doing this given that these types of things will and do happen from time to time. If Drobo cannot compile a utility of this order, again I Would suggest that Disk Warrior or a cut down version of the utility should be bundled with the Drobo and factored into the cost. I found it very inconvenient to have to spend a few hours trying to find a solution etc. In my view it would add to the overall completeness of the solution and professionalism of the unit. And surely it would cut down the number of people having to contact support and the number of complaints!!!
just my 2 cents.