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I need an advice :-)
03-16-2014, 01:23 PM
Post: #1
I need an advice :-)
Hi all,

I'm looking for external fast data access solution.

I'm a musician, and I have many, verry big (800-900GB) sound's libraries, which I need to load very fast. I already have installed this library at internal SSD RAID0 in my PC computer. I sometimes need too use this libraries outside my studio, so I need to copy all files to my notebook, but the notebook single hdd is not so fast. In my case the, best solution is external thunderbolt raid enclosure, which I can use with my PC or laptop. But I don't know what is the drobo's SSD RAID performance vs. internal SSD RAID in my PC's. I don't need the data protection or other functions. I need the mobility and fast data access.
Please give me advice, is the drobo mini a good solution for me?

best regards

Michal
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03-17-2014, 01:07 PM
Post: #2
RE: I need an advice :-)
If you are not after data protection (fault tolerance) than a simple RAID box will be cheaper and better suited for your use.

Drobo's primary focus is fault tolerance. Performance is always secondary to that.

--Brandon | WHS2011+Drive Bender/2x Drobo v2/Drobo S G1/ Drobo S G2/Transporter
Drobo provides fault-tolerance, it's NOT a substitute for regular backups.
Drobo Best Practices - Official and Community-sourced.
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03-18-2014, 10:37 AM
Post: #3
RE: I need an advice :-)
hi,
1st, as a musician, welcome and well done for being creative Smile

2nd, even if there are other faster solutions out there as bhiga mentioned, i would still think seriously about getting a drobo or similar for the fault tolerance perspective.... especially if you are working with lots of files or libraries of music etc where you'd be in trouble if you lost them.

eg, you could still get a cheapish drobo, and have them backed up as well as a fallback.

3) ive done live music recording using my drobo gen1 without problems Smile
as well as video editing on my drobo 1 and drobo-s.

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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03-19-2014, 11:17 AM
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RE: I need an advice :-)
Music data rate is usually miniscule compared to video. The only tipping point I can think of is if you're accessing a large number of files simultaneously - as in using lots of layers of loops. In that case the constant seeking back-and-forth between files reduces throughput due to seek time.

--Brandon | WHS2011+Drive Bender/2x Drobo v2/Drobo S G1/ Drobo S G2/Transporter
Drobo provides fault-tolerance, it's NOT a substitute for regular backups.
Drobo Best Practices - Official and Community-sourced.
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03-19-2014, 01:21 PM
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RE: I need an advice :-)
(03-19-2014 11:17 AM)bhiga Wrote:  Music data rate is usually miniscule compared to video. The only tipping point I can think of is if you're accessing a large number of files simultaneously - as in using lots of layers of loops. In that case the constant seeking back-and-forth between files reduces throughput due to seek time.

Sample-based software instruments usually load all the samples they use into RAM upon startup or "patch" selection. High quality ones often use separate samples for each key (or at least key zone) and then several of those sets for multiple velocity layers, etc.
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