Excerpt: I have a lot of digital content that I need to store and the redundancy is a big plus.
I had data spread across 4 external drives and keeping thing organized and backed up was a nightmare.
I love having everything in one location and auto backed up!
Easy to set up.
Excerpt: The drobo suffer from a few "minor" issues:
* Unreliable hardware
* Unreliable software
* Don't get me started about technical support...
If you are willing to live with those issues, go ahead and buy one.
Summary: Couple of years ago when I was considering if I should get one, I read a review that advised against buying it, since it has a proprietary file system which means that if the hardware fails, you'll have to buy a new hardware from Drobo otherwise you will loose your data.
Pros: Great way to loose your data
Cons: - Unreliable hardware - Unreliable software - Don't get me started about technical support...
Excerpt: I've been using a Drobo 5N for 3 years to back up all the files I generate for my video production company. It's long-term storage, I don't actively edit off it. I finally bit the bullet and bought a second Drobo 5N, destined for offsite backup.
Excerpt: I have 2 Drobos, the 5D and the 5N. I use my 5D with thunderbolt to my mac and I edit video off of that. I use the 5N connected to my network for my Plex media server. I have a crucial MSATA card in one and a samsung MSATA card in the other. They both work flawlessly.
Excerpt: I'll keep this short:
I've had this with 5 WD Red NAS 2 TB drives and after two years, still working great.
-Customer support NOT helpful
-Firmware pushed without testing... other here will attest!
-Had to revert back to an older version, and works great!
Excerpt: I have, very reluctantly, purchased about a dozen Drobos, beginning with their very first product. Those early products were dreadfully slow - almost impossible to use for anything but simple storage. I had issues with most of them, but eventually the issues got resolved.
Excerpt: This is a great solution for an easy to setup, Mac office NAS system. My old Windows 2008 R2 server crashed and I needed to upgrade. I have an older Drobo that is only USB and have been very happy with that. I have always been impressed with how easy the Drobo is to upgrade and maintain.