I’ve got a 2G Drobo hooked up to my Mac Pro over FireWire 800. Though the fans are MUCH quieter than the original Drobo (which I also owned), they still can get rather loud, and are definitely noticable when I record my podcast or chat on Skype. I’d like to move the Drobo across the room (it is a very large room) which would mean I would need to go NAS. What is the performance difference between a Drobo w/DroboShare on a Gigabit Ethernet network, vs. directly connected to my Mac over FireWire 800? How much of a performance hit are we talking here?
Also, I currently have my Drobo formatted as a 16 TB Mac OS Extended (NOT JOURNALED) partition. Does the DroboShare understand and work with this format, or will I need to (ack!) backup and reformat it?