"I love mine"on by hillbrook
Pros Simple - Easy - Fast
Cons Took A Long Time To Get It
Summary After reading Drobo's response I seriously question CNET's review. I have both generation Drobo's. I ordered the 2nd one from B&H and got it last week. It is MUCH faster and gives all of the same functionality as the original Drobo (which we love). The fact that this reviewer is trying to get performance from FW and Windows is comical. 1000's of positive reviews on Drobo and one reviewer who seems like he has a grudge - - too bad.
"close to perfect"on by calmplex
Pros upgradeable storage, hot swappable, firewire 800, easy setup
Cons CNET review(er), Drobo Apps not available yet (hope someone makes an iTunes server), almost too easy to setup you start thinking you missed a step...
Summary Finally received my Drobo v2 several days ago after waiting 3 weeks... First... Data Robotics service is outstanding, immediately answered all of my questions and kept me well informed on the status of my order. The setup was beyond easy... Popped in 2 x 1TB Western Digital GP drives and less then 10 minutes later I was transferring my entire iTunes and iPhoto library over... The Drobo is very quiet and runs very cool... Although I'm not sure if that has something to do with the HD's I'm using... Lots of information is available at drobospace.com on the forums to get you started... only drawback is the DroboShare is sold separately if you want to network this thing, which I think could've been easily included on the unit itself instead of a separate attachment... other then that 99.9% happy with my purchase... you won't be disappointed...
Pros Simple, reliable
Cons none except need to deal with XP firewire drivers
Summary The reviewer must have had a defective unit at Data Robotics claimed. I got my Drobo v2 about a week ago and couldn't be happier. I am getting quite quick performance with it (>35MB/s in Firewire 400; I just ordered a Firewire 800 card). One important note: Windows has terrible firewire support hat can sometimes limit throughput to <100Mb/s so people should consider replacing the drivers with better ones (like Unibrain's) if their cards support them.
Pros Safe, expandable, reliable storage
Cons None to mention
Summary This review was based on a defective pre-production review unit. We remained puzzled as to why the reviewer published this review despite having a requested a replacement production unit which we agreed to provide. Data Robotics stands by its products. If you're interested in reading reporting that is more representative of the new Drobo please see the following:
"Agree with CNET"on by LFCRulesOK
Pros Reliable USB, warm feeling of having a backup
Cons Unreliable Firewire on Mac, one year warrenty, support forums locked to owners only
Summary Have got to agree with CNET's review of the V2. I'm using a Mac using Leopard, and have had unreliable connection to Firewire. I could make it hang at will, by simply loading it up with work, using Handbrake, Mac The Ripper, or even regular Mac Finder Copy.
However, USB has been rock solid. Ripped and converted many of my DVD's on USB without error. Speed is relatively ok, but it is USB. I got in touch with support via email, and after many a test, I am waiting for a warrenty replacement.
I would say check out my thread on the Drobo owners forum for more info, but I can't as it's locked to owners only. You can check out my progress and others on AVForums.com if it helps others who may have problems who don't go to the official forums.