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  • Looking to replace Drobo 5D – suggestions

  • Todd VanSlyck

    October 20, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve used a Drobo 5D for the past 5 years or so. I’m looking for a more reliable solution as the Drobo has become increasingly flaky.

    I edit from the office and home so I need a unit that can be transported fairly easily and attach via USB. I recently converted from HDD to SSD (2.5″)

    Both QNAP and Synology are names that are brought up quite a bit.

    I’ll be getting some consulting work done most likely, I just wanted to see if anybody could point me in the right direction as far as suggestions.

    It’s a daunting task with a ton of options.

  • Neil Sadwelkar

    October 25, 2021 at 5:47 am

    I’ve used a QNAP TS-453BT3 for the past 3 years. It has 4x12TB 3.5″ drive as RAID5 so I get 36 TB usable space on it. I can connect two systems directly with thunderbolt and one with 10GigE plus 4 systems over GigE.

    Its portable and to carry it around I use one of those bags which are used to keep soft drink and beer cans cold. That’s padded and waterproof. I actually have two of them one inside another for extra protection.

    I have one iMacPro connected over 10GigE and two MacBook Pros over Thunderbolt. When multiple systems read or write, the speed drops since its a 4-bay RAID. But any one system on its own, gets me between 300-500 MB/sec depending on the type of data. Frame sequences read and write is slower than large file read/write.

    There is also space inside for 2x SATA SSDs and I did try to put two in there, but that didn’t help much as a cache. If you use those two SSDs inside as independent drives, then that might be useful in some way, maybe as a scratch drive or a cache.

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