I Get A ‘Drobo S’ 5-Bay RAID-Storage With 6TB Of WD Disks For My Photos.
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We all knew that at some point my incessant photo taking was going to take a toll on storage.
Since September 2016 I have taken nearly 19,000 pictures.
That comes to around 2,700 pictures a month — 90 pictures a day.
I was storing my pictures on my 600GB ‘D’-drive. The main issue was backing them up. I tried Amazon Photo. That was a sad joke.
Kind of realized that online, i.e., cloud-based, storage was too slow and messy.
That was when my OUTSTANDING computer guy, Shane Selling — also of drone fame — suggested I get a local RAID unit. After some research and consideration I realized that this would work and work well for my needs.
As it happened Shane, having graduated to a NAS-attached ‘Drobo 5N’, had a ‘Drobo S’ that he was no longer using which he was willing to give me for $200 — which was quite the steal. Thank YOU, Shane. He even delivered and installed it. He is very good. Outstanding.
He and I had first talked about getting two 2TB WD Black drives that would have given me 2TB of RAID.
At the last minute I ended up ordering two 3TB GREEN WDs for 3TB of RAID — the GREEN drives more energy efficient, but slower. The speed was not an issue since I don’t access the photos that often.
It has worked out. I have had the Drobo S working for about 2 weeks. So far, so good.
Very handy for I. Don’t have to worry about having to backup my files. Just store them on the Drobo.
I think the 3TB will meet my need for at least 3 years. Maybe more. In my life, 3-years is a lifetime. So I am happy with that.
Given that I have 3 unused bays, and the Drobo is genuinely plug-and-play I can easily up the capacity without any disruption.
I am real GLAD that Shane steered me to the Drobo. Just the ticket.
Hope this helps.