Safe and Sound - the Drobo 5C

April 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Over many, many years, I have been backing up my computer system and data by using external hard drives. I would make both system images and data backups on multiple drives and end up having a stack full of them in my room. Finally, I decided to go RAID...actually BeyondRAID...and bought the Drobo 5C. It's a Direct Attached Storage (DAS) device that can hold up to five (5) internal drives that can be of any capacity, speed or brand.
 
Drobo 5CDrobo 5CPJ Home, Lorong Utara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

DAS - Direct Access Storage. Backup System.
RM 2,280.

NIKON D700 - Ver.1.03
Standard - Capture NX-D 1.4.6 W

It just so happened that I had five of these 3.5" 3TB external drives, which meant I could fill up the Drobo nicely. So what I did was cracked open the Western Digital and Seagate enclosures and stripped out its hard drives, which I then inserted into the Drobo. This saved me from buying new internal drives as I was able to reuse these older ones.
 
Drobo 5CDrobo 5CPJ Home, Lorong Utara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

DAS - Direct Access Storage. Backup System.
RM 2,280.

NIKON D700 - Ver.1.03
 
It worked like a charm, and after enabling dual-disk redundancy that allowed two drives to fail and still provide data protection, I silently copied over all my computer data to the Drobo.

It's so easy to install and setup, and a great relief that my backup system is more resilient than before and I manage to declutter my work environment at the same time.
 

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