I just got a new Drobo on Friday. I loaded it with 4 Seagate 1.5TB drives with the proper firmware. It was easy and I am not a computer tech person, I’m a graphic designer. I plan to use the Drobo purely as a reliable Time Machine backup for my home office work computer. I don’t plan to open, view or work with files on it. Its just for backup. I will keep using my other drives for working with files. My first impression is this sucker is slow. Real slow! Is it normal for the Time Machine backups on the Drobo to take so long? I am attempting to backup about 400gb and it is real slow. Like about 100mb per half hour. It was much faster when I began yesterday. It appears to be getting slower as it goes on. Does that seem normal to you? I assumed an array drive would be slow but not this slow. My hope is that after the initial backup the subsequent backups will be easier/faster as the new data will be in way smaller chunks. I’d really like to stick with Time Machine if possible. I love the ability to go back to an older version of a file. If not, I may have to rethink using Time Machine and maybe consider another backup software.
Two questions (short version):
- Is it normal for the Time Machine backups on the Drobo to take so long?
- If Time Machine is the problem can you recommend a good alternative Mac app that does incremental backups?