Summary: 20130111 Update - After submitting my problem to Drobo Support on a weekend, I was contacted by their support team within 2 days, after some emailing back and forth describing my problem, they quickly determined that an RMA was needed. Special arrangement was setup, they will send another unit to their Taiwan distributor, and I would bring my defective unit to the distributor for product exchange, a Fedex tracking number was given within 1 hour of email conversation.
Summary: I absolutely love my Drobo Mini. I was holding off on getting a Drobo because I needed something that I could take with me on-the-go. I'm so glad that they created this product! I can now have the amazing technology of Drobo and I can take it with me! I do video editing, graphic design, music production, etc.
Summary: I have two 256G crucial SSD's in the top slots. I have two 750G HDD, WD7500BPKTSP's in bottom bays. I am not running an ssd accelerator. I am averaging about 135 MB/s on both read and writes...Not happy at this point. It could be the fact I'm mixing SSD and HDD together (weakest link) but those numbers are just slow. It was easy to setup. Not too noisy. Running latest firmware.
CNET - Top 5 worst products of the year 2012 ! WOW!
C. Quach "FireWire", Amazon
17 December 2012
Summary: I was checking out all the Thunderbolt product, Drobo Mini TB is the one I was looking at. After do some more research, I come across the CNET review Drobo Mini 4-bay Storage Array, Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 is Top 5 worst product of the year 2012 WOW! I almost buy this junk. Base on CNET: It's slow and worthless Drobo is famous for slowness, I though it changes with TB... Oh well...
No support for Thunderbolt port for Windows Machines.
A. Klein, Amazon
16 December 2012
Summary: Windows, Thunderbolt, Drobo 5D & Drobo Mini (Article ID: 677) on Drobo Website Currently we do not support Thunderbolt on Windows at this time: this technology on Windows is in very early developmental phase, especially for storage.
Summary: I received my Drobo Mini last week and have been tracking and backing up all my files from Protools. I also use video editing applications like Final Cut, Adobe After Effects and other Avid programs. It is certainly a different beast when it comes to protecting and being a storage unit. I travel a lot and this product has already proven to be great on the road and using it on those pesty layovers and cancellations.
Summary: I bought a Drobo Mini. Yes nice design, but Drobo makes us believe that you can pretty much pop any 2,5' SSD into the unit which is completely not true. I tried my Sandisk Extremes but they didn't work. So I contacted Drobo and they pointed me to a compatibility document that I could not believe. Actually the unit supports only a few selected SSDs by OCZ, one by Intel and one by Crucial. ANYTHING else will NOT WORK !
Summary: We do a great deal of video work at my company and LOVE the performance. We also have customers in the office quite frequently and love the way the new Drobo Mini looks on our work stations - very sexy! It's also nice to be able to pick it up and move it from one workstation to the next when we need to without a great deal of plugging and unplugging. I've been a Drobo fan for about 3 years - they just keep getting better!