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05/02/2011 09:55 AM

As probably a gesture to a disgruntled customer a member of the Drobo Support team indicated that if I wanted she/he would find out from her/his manager if I could receive an upgrade to a Drobo FS.


05/06/2011 03:43 AM

Thank you for this gesture. Whilst the offer is appreciated I decline the offer as it would not provide me with the solution I sought in the first instance - which was to have a network based facility on which I could maintain TimeMachine backups for a number of Macs. Had I required another eSata facility I would most likely have purchased another Sonnet Fusion product to complement the other two I have connected to my PowerMac G5. In both cases, however, I would require to leave my PowerMac running all the time to act as a server for other systems engaged in Time Machine and other backups. The network solution I have currently with the Drobo FS, despite its limitations, seems more appropriate.

Reviews I have read of the Drobo S would leave me rather worried in any case that I could be embarking on a similarly problematic journey. Certainly from what I have read, the comparative speeds of the solution I achieve with my Sonnet Fusions would be vastly superior to that obtained with a Drobo S despite both being eSata-based.

I have carried out a few interesting comparisons with SupeDuper. The comparisons were:

1 A SuperDuper Smart Update of a subset of the complete contents of a disc to the Drobo FS

2 A SuperDuper Smart Update of the complete contents of the same disc to a Sonnet Fusion array.

I timed the Smart Update to the Drobo and to the Fusion when no new content needed to be added to either. Data transfer should thus not have been high and so the network vs eSata connection should not play a significant part in the time taken. The update to the Fusion took 3 minutes from start to finish. The update to the Drobo FS took 59 minutes from start to finish - with no new content added.

A similar timing of the contents of another disc - with no new content added - took approx 24 hours to the Drobo and approx 20 minutes to the Fusion.

The point I am making is that I suspect that the Drobo FS software is seriously complex, is seriously badly written, or the hardware solution provided within the Drobo FS is very much underpowered.

As far as I see there are indications of Drobo issues from other correspondents on the web which also point to slowness in other Drobo products.

Thank you for your help and for this gesture.

I wish you well for the future.

Best wishes

Terry