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Each Drobo mounts as a separate system on the computer.

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With the addition of the Drobo FS network-attached storage NAS add-on, functionality can be added via open-source software. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Data Robotics Drobo FS 5-bay Drds2-a NAS Storage Array

April Learn how and when to remove this template message Drobo, Inc. Depending on the amount of data stored on the unit in relation to the installed capacity, it may be able to survive up to 3 drive failures, if the "array" can be restored onto the remaining good disks before another Drobo FS Storage Array fails. Criticism[ edit ] The Drobo was initially criticized for lacking an Ethernet port, [16] preventing it from Drobo FS Storage Array used as a self-contained NAS appliance. Some reviewers complained about speed and reliability issues of the 2nd generation Drobo when connected to a Windows PC using FireWire The "Drobo death spiral" shows that the Drobo itself is the single point of failure for customers owning only a single unit.

Drobo - Wikipedia

Its disks use the proprietary Drobo format and hence cannot be mounted or Drobo FS Storage Array on any other system. Like all hardware RAID systems, Drobo units format disks in a proprietary way that cannot be mounted or read on any other system, [20] though data recovery is possible from a professional data recovery service. Who," including lots of rare black and white Hartnell stuff. He's long since reached Drobo FS Storage Array point where he could put his collection on random play and die of old age before he sees a repeat. Matt's not alone, either—we're coming to a point where everyone and their dog has at least a digital music and photo collection, and tons of folks especially folks in the Ars reader demographic have collections of ripped movies and TV shows on top of that.

All that stuff Drobo FS Storage Array to reside somewhere, and to that end there's a huge array of network attached storage devices—NAS boxes, as we in the biz say—that can keep the data safe, with redundancy and protection that you wouldn't get from storing the collection on your computer's main hard drive or on a single external disk. If you're interested in the Drobo, then this two-part review is perhaps the longest and most thorough look at the device you'll find anywhere.

Indeed, it's more than just Drobo FS Storage Array review—In Part 1 I dig into Data Robotics patent filings so I can explain how the device works. In Part 2, I'll describe how the Drobo functions in day-to-day use.

How a WHS snob ended up with a Drobo Though my own media collection pales next to Matt's, I'm no slouch—I've got my own sprawling collection of stuff, and since late I've been a user and evangelist of Windows Home Servermy favorite Microsoft product. Windows Home Server has two killer features: Microsoft accomplished the second feat with a technology they called Drive Extender. It uses some clever tricks and a specialized service or two to elegantly create the functional illusion of a single giant hard drive out of multiple hard drives, without the server administrator having to manage RAID groups or LUNs or any of the things that high-end servers and disk arrays need to approximate the same functionality.

Over the years, I seamlessly grew my WHS from two Drobo FS Storage Array of space on four GB disks up to more than five terabytes on several mixed-size disks.

The Drobo FS in-depth, Part 1: what it is, how it works

I say "was great," though, because the times are changing. Version 2 of Windows Home Server, currently under development, has seen Drive Extender grow, change, and then get canceleda victim of Microsoft's storage server line trying to be all things to all people. There have always been other options in the home storage arena besides Windows Drobo FS Storage Array Server, and those continue to evolve—Synology, Linksys, Netgear, and other companies all have Drobo FS Storage Array that do more or less the same things as WHS, with varying degrees of success and sophistication, and the truly brave and skilled can even roll their own solution with tools like FreeNAS. FreeNAS even includes ZFSa filesystem designed by Sun from the ground up with lots of advanced, fancy features which offer huge advantages over other more pedestrian filesystems—things like built-in snapshots and the ability to sort of seamlessly grow your pooled storage as you add disks.


I met the news of Drive Extender's demise with a lot of nerd angst. My home-built WHS rig was beginning to creak with age, and I was eager to get the release version of WHS 2 installed on some shiny new kit and migrate over to it. Without Drive Extender, though, one of the two most compelling reasons to use WHS has been removed and the other reason, backups of all my Windows-based PCs, doesn't help me because I don't have any Windows-based PCs in the house anymore. Rather than deal with installing an older server OS on brand new hardware with all the potential annoyances that brings—WHS v1, after all, is based on Windows Small Business Server —it was time to look for something else.

Most of the consumer NAS boxes available didn't hold my interest. I'd lived for too long in a world where I could upgrade my hard drives any time I Drobo FS Storage Array, and most consumer boxes use some flavor of traditional RAID—meaning that upgrades are complicated and potentially destructive.


That limited the choices to things with disk pooling and seamless expansion, and I gave some ZFS-based options a hard look before deciding to pass. The ease-of-use still isn't anywhere near what I was used to, and the process of adding capacity to an existing ZFS setup is still a Drobo FS Storage Array That left one option, and it was one I'd actively ridiculed in the past: Data Robotics has been around for years.


Their main product is a line of direct- and network-attached storage devices called "Drobos," squat little black cubes with a reputation for being both terribly easy to use and terribly slow. In spite of its limitations, what made the original Drobo great was that there was practically nothing to configure—you shoved disks into it and it acted like a giant external hard drive, and it used a proprietary RAID-like scheme called BeyondRAID to keep Drobo FS Storage Array data protected more on that in a bit.

The Drobo FS in-depth, Part 1: what it is, how it works Ars Technica

Much like with Windows Home Server, times have changed. Shares on a Gigabit Ethernet Network - Drobo FS connects directly to your Gigabit Ethernet network for sharing data. Drobo 5D3 5-Drive Direct Attached Storage (DAS) Array – Dual Thunderbolt 3 and USB type C. Drobo 5N2 Gold Edition: 5-Drive Network Attached Drobo FS Storage Array (NAS. Easiest-to-Use Network Attached Storage.

The revolutionary Drobo FS was designed with one purpose in mind: to deliver the best file sharing experience ever.

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