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Podcast 302 : Drobo Review, and Giveaway!

This week I've had the absolute pleasure of being able to test and review a Drobo, which as most of you already know is an external storage device that takes multiple hard drives, even of different size and creates one or more large volumes or drives with redundancy so even...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Steve Boyko
    Posted at 23:40h, 13 October Reply

    Great review of the Drobo… I’ve been secretly lusting after one too.

  • Mike
    Posted at 10:45h, 14 October Reply

    As always, excellent review Martin. Makes me want to run out and buy one now.

  • Bill McCarroll
    Posted at 04:46h, 19 October Reply

    Nice review Martin…listening to the podcast reminded me that I could also connect to my drobo on my wireless network at home.

    It was “doh” moment for me when you mentioned it. I recently moved my Aperture gallery from my iMac to my macbook pro and left the drobo attached to my iMac.

    Thanks to your reminder, when I got home last night, I set the file sharing preferences on my iMac and now I can relocate and link to my master files on the Drobo from Aperture on my laptop. Perfect, thanks!

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 09:30h, 19 October Reply

    Thanks for the comments all!

    Bill, I’m pleased that the review helped like that too. It’s maybe not the fastest way to use a Drobo, but it works well, especially when you work from various places around the house. Also, if you really need fast access, you can plug the Drobo directly into your MacBook Pro as well. I like flexibility. 🙂

  • Bob
    Posted at 06:00h, 04 November Reply

    Martin, like your review! Read more enthusiastic stories and bought a Drobo FS 2 weeks ago. I’m so disappointed because its looks wonderful but a Time machine backup of 60 GB takes 48 hours. The Drobo folks say they are working on this known issue… In the mean time the Drobo is switched off.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 10:41h, 04 November Reply

    Hi Bob,

    Sorry to hear that you are having problems.

    Personally, I have had a lot of problems with Time Machine since upgrading to Lion. It has slowed down so much that it is no longer a viable backup option, so I’m no longer using Time Machine. This was to a USB drive attached directly to my Mac, not my Drobo, which I am using over the network now.

    If the only reason you bought a Drobo was for Time Machine backups, then leaving it off in the meantime might be OK, but otherwise, I would get stuck into using it. Time Machine may be the problem, especially if you upgraded to Lion already.


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