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I know, its been asked a bunch of times and I look at those threads. But maybe I don't need a NAS drive. I am looking for external storage solution that i can pop two drives in, one primary and one back up that has a Gigabit Ethernet port. I don't need it to manage anything since it will be connected to a OSX server. I would like the ability to swap out drives as needed.
Most NAS drives i see have a lot of capabilities I don't need and want.
Maybe a Drobo?
And before anyone goes there, ill save you the trouble:
nasty nas in your area... 'bout to cause drobo-steria?
All I need is one drive.. yeah, yeah yeah yeah
All I need is one drive.. that's all I ever needed in this world, fuck cash
All I need is one drive.. fuck the cars, the jewelry
All I need is one drive.. to spread my files to the whole world
3 friends who have Drobo's, two have had serious problems... one of those may have been due to not reading the manual....
Serious as in "I lost all my data" or serious as in "Im a idiot and I fucked up"?
one lost all data, but was able to get it back after paying a huge amount, the other wasn't as serious, but one huge issue is that Drobo uses its own unique format...
I would rather use NAS + backup drives sent to relatives, and online backups....
synolgy all the way, but mirror your drives
There are downsides, and benefits to both. I've had my Drobo for almost 5-years now. I've had an extended warranty on it, and had to return it twice, but the service is always next day delivery.
I've heard a lot of people complain about them, but I have to say that I really like mine so far.
The biggest beauty behind it, is being able to hot swap drives, and being able to mix brands, and storage sizes. When I bought it 5-years ago, the maximum allotted was 4TB. Now it's 15TB.
I don't think you can't do that with any current NAS, from what I understand.
What it really comes down to, is what do you need it for? I use mine as both a RAW photo/film storage, backup, archive, and media drive. It's also linked up to my PLEX server with 7TB of media. So if your goal is speed, and all purpose, I'd say a Drobo is a really good bet. Just my 2 cents.
I'll second the Synology. There support is great, too. Had ot replace mine and it was no hassle, no trouble shoot for 10 hours, etc.