First, thanks for all the responses. Lots of interesting perspectives on the Drobo.
Dark Penguin--I use mine as both a backup and as the main/sole repository of all my photo data. Maybe I misunderstood what I was getting when I bought the Drobo and added 4-2TB drives to it, but at the very least, my assumption was I would have a) lots of storage, and it would be backed up so that if one or two drives crashed, the other 2-3 would more than cover what I could lose.
I was clearly ignorant about how it works. My assumption going in was that it worked pretty much like any RAID with two or more drives, mirrored, as my Maxtor 1.5TB worked befpre one of its two drives went down a little after I'd had it for a year. Once I determined what had happened and that the second/mirrored drive was fine, it was a tremendous relief.
I still don't understand what a Drobo is really doing with my data. Where exactly does the data reside across the 4 drives? Even though I have 4-2TB drives installed in it, it appears that the fourth one isn't recognized. Not sure why, or how to change that....
Hi Jack. I'm a big fan of yours and Guy's, and a fellow Leica shooter. As I told Dark Penguin, I guess I really don't understand the difference between a backup array and a primary storage device--arent't they really one and the same thing?
One thing I would like to change is--not doing auto backups, which seem to always start at the worst possible time, and instead, would like to do manually-initiated backups when I want to do them.
I hope I don't come across as being too ignorant. I am the sort of person who would probably be all over this if I did it full-time, but I make my living in a different field and photography is my passiona/avocation, so I've probably already forgotten more than I ever knew.
Look forward to any responses you might care to give. Thanks.