Hi, everyone. I’ve heard about Drobos from afar for a long time, but never had a great need for one or enough spare money to get one just for fun.
But my workplace just acquired a secondhand DroboPro (from another part of the organization; not like, from the dumpster) and I’m trying to get up to speed. After a few wobbles and false starts, I’ve gotten it hooked up to a couple of machines in turn and fiddled with it. Updated the firmware, and did a reset from within Dashboard.
My most burning questions:
(1) Can a DroboPro just sit on a network port as NAS, or is that only the FS or something? If it has to be DAS, do you recommend a modern Mac or modern Windows box for its controller?
(2) If the worst happens and the Drobo itself dies irrecoverably (like in some of the horror stories on this forum), how do you get the data back out without having another Drobo on hand to swap the drives into?
(3) Am I nuts to think about putting data on this thing at all? It’s got 8x3TB WD Greens, and has been sitting in a drawer untouched for about the past four years. I’m absolutely going dual-disk, since I don’t remember Greens being known for their robustness, and several might well decide to give up the ghost at once. In no case would I put absolutely critical or unique data on a hand-me-down like this. What I have in mind is some data that would be difficult, annoying, and embarrassing to have to regenerate or re-request, but could probably be reacquired if absolutely necessary.
Basically, we’re not really committing to Drobo storage as a philosophy; we’re mostly trying to figure out how to use this unexpected bounty of disk space well without getting burned! Thanks for any thoughts and advice – and thanks for the answers on the forum that I’ve already used in order to get this far.