Quick thoughts on my new drobo:
- While I want to support TWIP and buy with their coupon from drobo directly, it was way cheaper to buy from newegg with yet another rebate.
- It really is neat how I can just put a drive in there and suddenly I have more storage. Or I can take one out and everything is okay and I put in a bigger drive.
- However…with Vista 64 (yeah! blazing fast!), I can only do Firewire 400 speeds. And since Windows handles USB 2.0 at about the same speed as Firewire 400 and I have lots of USB cables around (but not any Firewire 800>Firewire 400 ones), here I am puddling along at USB 2.0 speeds.
This last bit is extremely frustrating. To find this information, you have to really dig around on the drobo site. I would link to the knowledge base article except that their site is not designed that way – for direct linking. I had to dig around as it was to find a Firewire 800 card that even worked in Vista 64, but now I find out that it won’t achieve those speeds.
USB 2.0 is so far doing okay as my primary drive connection. But I feel that I have been misled by Drobo, to be honest. The quasi-RAID 5/JBOD config is very nice.
More of a review forthcoming…