Data loss on the Drobo 5D

I bought a Drobo 5D on the 29th of December, 2012, after experiencing catastrophic data loss with the 1st Gen and 2nd Gen Drobo. During multiple phone conversations with Data Robotics' CEO at the time, Tom Buiocchi, he convinced me that they were much better-engineered than previous-generation Drobos and they had built-in batteries and circuits [...]

Fun with technology

I've had multiple Drobo units since 2007. To this day, I still enjoy adding a hard drive to a Drobo. It's one of those things that can be an ordeal on other tech, but on a Drobo, it's been made fun through proper planning and design. It lets you that it's low on space, you [...]

A comparison of CrashPlan and Backblaze

I've been a paying CrashPlan customer since 2012 and my initial backup still hasn't finished. I've been a paying Backblaze customer for less than a month and my initial backup is already complete.  I'm not a typical customer for backup companies. Most people back up about 1 TB of data or less. The size of [...]

How I recovered from catastrophic data loss

In late 2012 and right after New Year's Eve this year, in 2015, I experienced two data loss events, both of which happened on my Drobo storage devices. I'll write a separate post detailing my experiences in recent years with my Drobos but for now, I wanted to let you know how I recovered my [...]

File corruption rears its ugly head

During the last few weeks, I've seen the following error in Adobe Lightroom 3. There I am, editing photos, minding my own business, and when I try to view a photo for editing, I get the error message you see above: "The file appears to be unsupported or damaged." When I try to view the [...]

What’s on your Drobo?

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. The folks at Data Robotics put together a short video that showcases Drobo owners talking about what they store on their [...]

Hardware preview: DroboElite

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. Today, November 23, 2009, the new DroboElite becomes available from Data Robotics. It's the top of the ladder when it comes [...]