The Drobo Mini looks like a perfect device for DJs. Serato is a software that runs on a computer that plays all your music from your laptop through conventional club equipment.
I have just purchased a 128gb Macbook Pro Retina. The reason i went for a smaller hard drive model is because of issues ive with building a music library and then either changing laptop and songs files are missing and also had a hard drive fail in a macbook pro. The idea was to create an external hard drive so i could plug into any computer and have my library available. This means if a laptop dies i don’t have to search for files, but what the drobo mini could provide is also a backup if a hard drive fails also. This device could potentially be the be the ultimate solution, it looks very cool, the lockable power adapter is a massive benefit in this scenario, thunderbolt so my usb ports are frree for midi devices, small, provides a backup.
I did have a few questions:
Performance - As i would be in a live setting i wanted to use SSD’s to to store my music on (samsung 840 evo 500gb x 4), reason being when searching for a track everything needs to appear very fast otherwise track will run out or Serato program will lag. The disk read/writes speeds on these drive are max read 540MB/sec and 520MB/ write
but the Drobo has a max speeds of 300MB/sec and write speeds of 225MB/sec. According to this review by CNET it also slows down the more data you have on the hard drives.
Why can’t i achieve the SSD MAX speeds? Have there been improvements since this review? Is this enough for Serato not to lag?
- Ejecting disks - if i had my 4 hard drives can i view 4 individual drives if i wanted to and eject ones from my mac so they appear disconnected.
The reason for this is because when arranging a playlist it uses files that are on that disk. So if i had a disk for Wedding cheesy music and then i had a disk for House music i could eject the wedding disk and have only my house music tracks visible in Serato making searching for tracks easier when at this different type of venue.
- Hard drive failure - If a hardrive was to fail and i had 4 drives, in a mirrored setup how fast would it be for me to switch over to this disk to start using?
Thanks in advance!