Summary: Do yourself a favor and just build your own RAID system with a PC. There are soooo many options and you'll get way more than you pay for. If something goes bad you can replace it, you can troubleshoot a lot easier. I have 8x2TB drives in a RAID5 and the read/write speed is like 360 MB/s. The card was only $150 too and I can run Windows or Linux if I want.
Pros: LED lights indicating which drive is good/bad
Cons: Performance is literally the worst. It is worse than a single drive when in RAID6. It just is not very powerful. It's also way over priced for what you get. I built a WAYYY better array for less than this. If you're an advanced user, get a good RAID card and a case with a lot of drive bays.
Excerpt: I'm using this as a NAS drive to backup two Macs using CrashPlan. Setup was flawless and easy. Performance has been great, and I have been thoroughly pleased with it. I 'm using a couple WD 1TB drives with it and plan to add more as time permits. I love how it handles all the RAID management for me and makes it all effortless.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast
Excerpt: Easy to install and works very well. The only nit that I have is that you have to have the dashboard installed on every computer that mounts any shares from the Drobo 5N. That aside, everything else is great and the thin provisioning is implemented in a way that no available data space is wasted. That alone is the best feature.
Pros: Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: I am a pro photographer, always like to buy the best possible. I bought 2 Drobos because It seem to be the best option out there. They are extremely SLOW I got one failing, I have tried to contact support center for the past 4 months and no effective response, just asked for the address to send for repair and AFTER 4 months I don't know where to send the DROBO, so I can access my files... this seem to be a joke! Service support = ZERO!
Excerpt: Fantastic network or local drive array storage. I have 3 Drobo 5N's and have them all populated with 4TB drives. I am a professional photographer and have ALOT of photos to backup redundantly. Great product, super reliable.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: I am using my drobo for mass media storage: terabytes worth of movies, music, etc. Pros: -Plug and Play: install the dashboard and stick in some drives and it's all set -I can stick any drive in if I need addl storage or one of my drives fails -I can access the shares from any of my computers
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible
Summary: I like the Drobo Raid but in case the Drobo fails I will not be able to take my drives to another computer to read them, but I knew that before I bought it, but it would be nice to be able to read them on another computer.
Pros: I have used the Drobo 5N for about a month now and have added drives and removed drives to see how well it works and I am VERY happy with it. I ran into a problem one day and not sure if it was a NEW drive I ordered or the Drobo. I ran a report on the Drobo and uploaded it to them and had a response within a day.
Summary: I have worked with a lot of additional storage units for personal media storage and backup. So far this has taken the cake and will make management of the health of my array much easier. I work with storage array networks as part of my job in IT and while this is not a SAN, I would consider looking at their products for entry level business devices in the future based on my impressions of Drobo.
Pros: I definitely like how easy this is to deploy and configure to your needs. This would definitely be a highlight for any novices out there. Allowing different disks is a plus but keep in mind it could slow down your total performance (I am not sure if this influenced negative reviews, but this is the case with mixing disk speeds / types). Additional Drobo hosted apps such as Plex are cool, I still have yet to fully utilize these but the addition is always a nice bonus. ...
Cons: The price is more than some bare bones systems out there, but you truly get what you pay for. It is worth shelling out the extra cash for something this well engineered.
Summary: My primary use of the Drobo 5N has been to archive video of athletic games to create sports recruiting films - and for that purpose it has exceeded my expectations. I only wish it would serve the video directly to my devices so I didn't have to move the video onto a local drive to review with clients.
Pros: This unit has exceeded my expectations as a network location where I can archive my media. It has been very reliable and the one instance where I needed tech support, they were quick to isolate the problem and help resolve it. It has served my personal and professional needs better than expected.
Cons: One thing that me disappointed is that it is not fast enough to reliably serve/stream media.