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Bone
March 12th, 2011, 06:41 AM
Does the drobo v2 work fine plugged into the boxee box via usb? I'm going to fill it with four 2tb or 3tb drives formatted to NTFS. Any help will be great. I've got the boxee box and the drobo but no drive yet. Cheers.

Toby.

gmd024
March 12th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Does the drobo v2 work fine plugged into the boxee box via usb? I'm going to fill it with four 2tb or 3tb drives formatted to NTFS. Any help will be great. I've got the boxee box and the drobo but no drive yet. Cheers.

Toby.

iirc there were a couple issues with the Drobo and the BBox but that may have been when connected over the network, and may have been resolved by now

And there have been reports of the new 3Tb HDDs having issues with the BBox - some have gotten them to be recognized and some have had problems doing so - the issue is due to a Linux kernel that Intel needs to update in the BBox's processer

You may want to contact Shay at Boxee for more details in this scenario if no one chimes in with a definate answer

Bone
March 12th, 2011, 10:50 AM
Just sent him an email. cheers

DustyReron
April 7th, 2011, 04:23 PM
Hey Bone,

Curious if you got a response to your email or have tried the Drobo v2 on Boxee Box? You say you're going to load the Drobo v2 up with 2-3TB HDD, is this the Drobo (4-bay)? 3TB currently don't work and I don't think Drobo is releasing a FW for a couple months to support 3TB. Someone correct me if I'm wrong...

I would like to purchase the Drobo S (5-bay) as it supposedly supports 3TB HDD but it's ridiculously expensive! And looking at Synology products which are nice, they seem to only be NAS. I'm searching for a a HDD back-up that will work via USB (plug-n-play). Drobo (4-bay) is ideal but no support for my 3TB.

Maybe someone can redirect me to something else to do what I need? :)

Cheers

EDIT: Been reading many complaints about Drobo's products - Service, Drobo drops connection on FW800, Drobo doesn't work after a while, and more. Not good...

gtrogue
April 7th, 2011, 04:47 PM
Drobo is supposed to have firmware for Drobo V2 to support drives >2TB in Q2.
They sold the Drobo as supporting usable capacities up to 16TB so they have to get the firmware out, eventually.

Unless you know you are going to fill up the space right away you should buy the highest capacity, lowest cost drives you can now and wait for the price of the 3TB drives to come down. 1.5TB - 2TB drives are in the sweet spot now. Its a 2.5x or more price jump from 2TB to 3TB.

The Drobo fans are kind of noisy so unless you're sticking this thing in a cabinet you might want to keep it away from your Boxee/TV. Do you have a way to hang it on the network?

DustyReron
April 7th, 2011, 05:01 PM
Hey gtrogue,

Yes I read about the 16TB support, it's just waiting from now until possibly June (according to a Drobo rep and forums) for an update. I'd prefer to have something sooner.

Actually I've seen a 3TB (7200rpm) Seagate for under $199 and other stores sell 1TB for $149, I'd rather pay the extra for 3TB.

I haven't tried a Drobo so I don't know how loud they are. I take it Drobo, Drobo S and FS are about the same for loundess? Thanks for pointing that out though :)

I can go through network but I'm looking more towards something just to back up photos, some projects of mine (GB size files), vids, etc. and just as simple as plugging in via USB to use.

I just edited my last message about many complaints I've read around the net. Not sure if Drobo is something to look into...

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Bone
April 7th, 2011, 05:17 PM
Well I've had no reply to my email. I've got my drobo v2 with two 2tb drives in it connected to the boxee box and it is great! very happy. The fan is quite and you can only hear it when up close. Would defentinly recommend.

gtrogue
April 8th, 2011, 12:49 PM
Well I've had no reply to my email. I've got my drobo v2 with two 2tb drives in it connected to the boxee box and it is great! very happy. The fan is quite and you can only hear it when up close. Would defentinly recommend.

My fans are fairly loud. Maybe they've made some fan upgrades over the years. I've had mine since 2008. I also have 4 drives in mine so maybe its working harder.

gtrogue
April 8th, 2011, 12:51 PM
Hey gtrogue,

Yes I read about the 16TB support, it's just waiting from now until possibly June (according to a Drobo rep and forums) for an update. I'd prefer to have something sooner.

Actually I've seen a 3TB (7200rpm) Seagate for under $199 and other stores sell 1TB for $149, I'd rather pay the extra for 3TB.

I haven't tried a Drobo so I don't know how loud they are. I take it Drobo, Drobo S and FS are about the same for loundess? Thanks for pointing that out though :)

I can go through network but I'm looking more towards something just to back up photos, some projects of mine (GB size files), vids, etc. and just as simple as plugging in via USB to use.

I just edited my last message about many complaints I've read around the net. Not sure if Drobo is something to look into...

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

You can buy bare bones 1.5 TB drives for <$70 and 2 TB drives for <$90.

mbryanr
April 8th, 2011, 03:08 PM
Looks like 3TB support/Kernel 2.6.35is provided with FW 1.1.1
http://jira.boxee.tv/browse/BOXEE-7391

DustyReron
April 9th, 2011, 06:42 PM
Looks like 3TB support/Kernel 2.6.35is provided with FW 1.1.1
http://jira.boxee.tv/browse/BOXEE-7391

That's exciting! Now it's just when will they release this update...

@Bone
Sounds like you've been having good luck with your Drobo. Thanks for the feedback.

I think if I were to plug via USB to Boxee I would look into the Drobo S. Although I've been recommend Drobo FS (currently on sale - $100 off) NAS but due to 10/100 some 1080p HQ movies will be glitchy when streaming. Well that's what I've been told...

devin_mm
April 9th, 2011, 07:26 PM
I run full quality 25GB - 35GB 1080p movies from my homebuilt NAS over 100Mbps and it works just fine.

darcilicious
April 9th, 2011, 07:39 PM
If you're only streaming one bluray file (up to 54mb/s) then yes, a 100mb/s connection is fine; if you were to try to stream multiple bluray files, you might notice a difference... a gigabit NIC on the fileserver is strongly recommended when you want/need the higher throughput, especially for multiple files being access at once.