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Upgrade to 5N?
02-09-2017, 02:23 PM
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Upgrade to 5N?
I've got a 3rd Gen Drobo (4 drives) that I purchased about 6-8 months ago with about 20gb of storage on it. I use it for:

1-Time machine on 3 Macs (iMac rMBP and mac mini server) network
2-some general storage
3-Plex

Drobo is working great, no issues. Noticed that the 5N is priced on Amazon at $399 which is a pretty good deal (maybe they are going to update the hardware? 5N was released in 2012).

Would there be a benefit to moving to a 5N? What could I expect to change from my 3rd gen Drobo? I would probably do the SSD upgrade on the 5N.
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02-09-2017, 02:43 PM
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RE: Upgrade to 5N?
That is a good price for the 5N. Your drives will not transfer directly to the 5N however. You will need to copy your files over manually.

http://www.drobo.com/resource-center/migration/

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02-09-2017, 02:47 PM
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RE: Upgrade to 5N?
(02-09-2017 02:43 PM)AzDragonLord Wrote:  That is a good price for the 5N. Your drives will not transfer directly to the 5N however. You will need to copy your files over manually.

http://www.drobo.com/resource-center/migration/

That wouldn't be a problem. Would it be enough of an improvement over what I have now to do it? My drobo is connected to my mac mini server now. I would probably do a 128gb SSD, too
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02-10-2017, 08:17 AM
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RE: Upgrade to 5N?
I have no experience with a Gen3 Drobo as far as throughput, but I think it really depends on your needs. The 5N has one more drive slot and is available on your network anytime while the Gen3 depends on your computer for availability.

You should have no issues with a 128gb mSATA SSD.....as long as it's NOT SandForce based.

https://myproducts.drobo.com/article/AA-01423

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