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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:47 am    Post subject: Anyone Using A Drobo? Reply with quote

I'm thinking of getting one - maybe it's the "bomb proof" look of that cabinet.......... just curious if anyone else here has gone for one. Or some other back-up syatem?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one. It has worked very well for me so far. I had one of the hard drives crap out and Drobo did what it was supposed to. I pulled the bad hd out, stuck in a new one and Drobo did the rest. That was cool. Pretty good customer service as well.

Check out Mac Gurus as well. I think if I knew about them before the Drobo, I would have gone with one of their products.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a read of this thread before buying a Drobo

http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=38936
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Greg.. It's been a while since we've talked about this.. What are you using these days?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brooks - I am still using Norco DS1220 cases. I have 2 of them currently connected to two esata pci cards to an old G5 that I use as a file server thats connected to a Cisco Gigabit switch which all my machines are connected to. I would prefer if the cases were able to connect with 4gb ethernet but maybe someday.




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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just say No to Drobo.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What size drives are you using and what RAID configuration, Greg?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Should have taken advice here: got one and returned it the next day. Among other things, if I read everything correctly, I only had 90 days of ‘live’ customer support and limited warranty unless I bought some extended plan. Also found that included software was not ‘current’ so had to spend too much time talking to folks there and downloading new stuff.

In the end, a wasted day.

Will post new question when I figure out exactly what I need………………….
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spend $600 or 700 on a simple 2 bay RAID (1.5TB)
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been running one for about two years no probs. I'm thinking about upgrading to there larger enclosure.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK: so can someone please suggest a reliable RAID system?At this point, 500gigs should work for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Wiebetech stuff. I have there SilverSata enclosure.
http://www.wiebetech.com/products/silversata.php at about $350
Then a couple of decent 1TB drives from Fry's or whomever for around $100 each.
I have had no real problems in the 3 years I've had it. I had an issue with one of there DriveDocks last year and they replaced it immediately.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am not a big fan of the Weibtech stuff so I wanted to give you another option to look at.

http://www.amug.org/amug-web/html/amug/reviews/articles/enhance/q14/


The guys at AMUG.org really know their stuff and do really good reviews. If you join AMUG they also give support
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OWC has great customer service.

http://eshop.macsales.com/Customized_Pages/Framework.cfm?page=mepal_splash_raid.html
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gregman wrote:
I am not a big fan of the Weibtech stuff so I wanted to give you another option to look at.


What happened Greg?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Called OWC this morning: sounds like a good outfit to deal with. Anyway, ordered a RAID from them - good price, free shipping and it sounds like they are sending me just what I need ..... at about half the price of the Drobo, tooQ

Thans for the recomendation.

Will let ya's know what happens.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bubs wrote:
Gregman wrote:
I am not a big fan of the Weibtech stuff so I wanted to give you another option to look at.


What happened Greg?
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nothing happened - I personally don't care for the looks of their cases. Since OWC is a local Illinois company I really like supporting them and I get the stuff over night for nothing extra.

either way - AMUG has done some favorable reviews of the Weibtech stuff and one should listen to what they say about hardware before they listen to me.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still don’t get what the big deal is about Drobo considering what they charge for an empty case. Building a RAID system isn’t rocket science.

The G-Tech products are awesome, run cool and look great. I have several (and one RAID). http://www.g-technology.com/

Agreed that OWC is also an excellent company to deal with.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been building my own computers since college and I am probably on my 8 or 9th computer. All of the previous computers have eventually died b/c of some hardware failure ( and 1 lightning strike ).

I have tried RAID a couple of times and have found that it's glitchy. Yes, they usually rebuild themselves, but it always made me nervous when that happens. It always seemed to start rebuilding itself when I was in the middle of some important project. In the end it seemed like too much work.

I looked at getting a drobo but decided against it b/c it looked too expensive and custom. What happens if they go out of business or get bought by some other company and their support changes?

In the end the thing that has always worked for me was to use 2 HD's. One containing my OS and work files and the other containing my photography. I have 2 back up drives. One is at my office and the current backup is at my bank in the safety deposit box. I do a backup every 2 weeks...or right after a big project. I set my email program to remind me.

I also check my back ups occasionally and try to restore something to confirm the backup.

Once I fill up my drives, I retire that one with a backup drive.

This method has gotten me this far. I am always back up and running after 2-3 days with minimal data loss if it's a complete machine rebuild...or a couple of hours to swap out a drive and restore from a backup.

Good luck to anyone that has read this far.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dingningmatthias wrote:
Drobo makes award-winning data storage products for Small & Medium Businesses and individual professionals with sophisticated data protection. In my opinion ,the G-Tech products are so awesome that the others can compare with .
I don't know if there's anyone knows ...


first post adds nothing but links to paid services site...
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