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Speed is an issue with most/all NASes compared to local storage. I work off an eSATA connected RAID5 set (~200MB/s speed) then copy to the NAS (which rsyncs with a second NAS (both Infrant/Netgear NV+ with RAID 5) in a different location) for safe(r) keeping. john ________________________________________ Thanks Jeff, that sounds interesting. The issue with the WD seems to be speed. The ethernet connection and software seem to make it the slowest thing on the planet. I will discuss this with WD today, promising to slag their sharespace if they cannot get me up and backed er I mean backed up > On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 09:04, <afirkin at afirkin.com> wrote: >> I KNOW SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT A DROBO > > Yet another tangent unrelated to poor Tina's problem (I bit my virtual > tongue really hard to keep myself from posting an unhelpfully smug > additional Mac plug), but on this side topic I think it's worth > saying): there seems to be a certain Drobo mania here, and I just want > to make sure all those who are considering a Drobo consider a Netgear > ReadyNAS just as carefully before actually making a purchase and > installing hardware. > > Why? Well, one thing is my personal experience of the reliability of > ReadyNASsen, through a number of years, two generations of ReadyNAS > hardware, failures of disk drives in the array without data loss, and > at least two relatively painless migrations onto newer, bigger disks > with each NAS. > > But the other thing is more basic. A ReadyNAS is fundamentally a NAS > - Network Attached Storage. This means that the internal operating > system in the ReadyNAS is responsible for the nuts and bolts of making > sure the filesystem on the disks remains uncorrupted, and that > filesystem is to a useful extent insulated by having to be accessed > via network file-sharing protocols from whatever unstable wackiness > may be going on as your client computer gets polluted or crashes. > (Okay, insert your own Windows dig here.) The only downside I see to > that is that network sharing can be a bit slower than a more > bare-metal drive connection. > > http://www.readynas.com/ > > As I understand it, a Drobo fundamentally acts like a big disk > attached directly to your computer, which your computer formats > directly as some filesystem native to it, and then uses as such (and > potentially corrupts as it goes down in flames). There's apparently > also a NAS add-on interface for the Drobos which seems kind of like an > afterthought, but... I dunno, I just don't trust the whole Drobo vibe.