Forum might’ve covered this topic already, but I couldn’t find it with search.
Anyhoo, I’ve been rocking the first gen Drobo since it came out (in 2007? I think?). And after 3 years it hasn’t given me any problem. But lately my fear of it going bad has been increase quite rapidly since I rely on it more and more as I increase the storage space.
Photos, iTunes backup, documents, and some other stuff that I digitized such as cook books (takes years to scan them and free up my shelf!), DVDs, etc.
I’m trying to think up some possible scenarios if it does go bad, and counter them with some solutions.
The only two things I could think of is with
I believe with first scenario I could just swap the HDD out, and that’s the beauty of it. However what happens when the Drobo unit dies? Can I just put all my HDD from the broken Drobo into a new one and still preserve my stuff? I’m no expert in it but I’ve read somewhere if the RAID card dies in a hardware RAID setup, all the HDD content get lost. Is that the case with Drobo?
Should I plan in investing another Drobo unit and mirror the two? What do you guys do? Do you guys have backup of the backup? Please enlighten me!