Drobo FireWire 800 & USB 2.0 reviews

6 customer reviews
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Sparky, Norwich

Score 3.0/10
Good points:
can not comment on good points, performance or reliability as it was never plugged in
Bad points:
no RJ45 conection on a network drive & price
Overall rating 3.0
Design 3.0
Performance 1.0
Reliability 1.0
Capacity 1.0
Value for money 3.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Dec 2012

Richard, Welwyn Garden City

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very easy to set up.
Lights useful for status info
Easily upgradable
Bad points:
Very noisy
Takes quite a while to come out of standby mode
No way to check how much space is actually available on each volume
If you have 4 x 1tb drives and you swap one out for a 2tb drive, the extra space you get is 0. The largest drive gets used for securing the data, so you actually need to swap 2 if they currently all the same size and you need more space. Not quite what I had in mind when reading about the product.
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 15 Jan 2011

Sophie, Brighton I'm a photographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The drobo fits neatly on my shelf and for the first time I could properly transfer my files and vital pphotos safely. My husband has a drobo for his work and it's wonderful to have a back up that has a back up! It's an excellent system for pros. V smart and simple to get started. Also the drobo support system is v helpful.
Bad points:
None so far
Overall rating 9.0
Design 10.0
Performance 10.0
Reliability 10.0
Capacity 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Aug 2011

Benny, Bristol technology fan, researcher, activist

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Bad points:
My experience of Data Robotics has been particularly dreadful. I have supplied 8TB disk capacity, usable capacity is 6TB, the remainder is reserved for "system overhead". Rubbish, incompetent support on proprietary technology which you cannot turn off and use the machine as a simple NAS if you so choose - was out of access to my data for two months. They supply you with customised firmware without testing it first - leading to much head-scratching, and yet further delays... They promise you something, only to go back on their promise, and accuse a customer from using a used or illegally sourced product... (By the way, not the case!) Unacceptable! When it works as it should, Drobo could be a brilliant product. My experience of Drobo Gen 2 is anything but - flimsily designed so that flaps break off, mind-numbingly slow once the drives are filling up, two power supplies defective... Definitely won't be recommending Drobo products to anyone. If you want to avoid lots of downtime, and huge inconvenience to yourself, be certain to give Drobo a miss!
Overall rating 1.0
Design 2.0
Performance 1.0
Reliability 2.0
Capacity 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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0 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Aug 2011

Scott, Manchester, Sale

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to set up and maintain, backups up three computers in my house flawlessly.
Bad points:
Overall rating 9.0
Design 8.0
Performance 10.0
Reliability 10.0
Capacity 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Aug 2011

Also known as: DROBO FireWire 800 & USB 2.0

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