Drobo sounds good, looks good and might just save your skin. It’s a hard disc array that backs itself up so that if [correction, when] a hard disc fails it can be replaced with a new one without losing any data or experiencing down time. It’s like RAID but better. We’ve had ours now for over a year and it’s been faultless. Marko stores all of our wedding, portrait and workshop images on the Drobo and works directly on the files using the FireWire2 interface straight into his Mac Pro computer. We’ve really put this bit of kit through its paces and it doesn’t disappoint.
There’s nothing quite as good as knowing your clients pictures and your personal work are safe. We’ve just upgraded our Drobo from 4x 1TB drives to 4x 2TB drives by swapping each drive in turn and letting Drobo rewrite the data. The promo videos put out by Drobo on YouTube show near instant data sorting. In practice a drive swap might take up to 40 hours. But don’t worry you can access all of your data while Drobo replaces the data that was on the drive you removed to the one you inserted in its place.
Drobo is plug and play simplicity in a brilliantly designed package. So delighted are we with the assurance that our Drobo brings us I wanted to add it to our Lovegrove Consulting Emporium. We are now distributors of Drobo and as have real life long term experience of the product we are able to advise you on all things Drobo.
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