Drobo + Windows Home Server = Goodness


Steve Rowe has posted on his blog how he uses Drobo and Windows Home Server both together. Drobo is a flexible RAID solution from Data Robotics Inc.

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  1. Geoff says:

    Just curious – I thought MSFT recommended against using WHS in conjunction with another RAID system? I mean, I guess he’s Microsoft but still – it’s confusing.

  2. Eugene says:

    It’s hard to say anything good about WHS Drive Extender being how it’s got a design defect (KB 946676) that leads to data corruption.

    The WHS Team, stated RAID is not a supported scenario in WHS. – MVP Ken Warren

    In addition, Microsoft doesn’t code or test for RAID in WHS. If that wasn’t all, you don’t get to designate the drive the system installs on. WHS takes the first drive it can install on (as presented by the BIOS) and makes that the system drive.

    Finally, when you install, WHS will format and repartition all drives connected to your system. You receive ample warning that this will occur, but this means that anything you’ve previously installed, and any partitions you’ve previously created, will be lost.

    For anyone wanting to proceed forward with RAID in WHS, it’s highly recommend NEVER to use OS-RAID (software supported) but ONLY hardware RAID. Etc…

    Also Drobo doesn’t sound like a nice name either. Makes me think of “dribble saliva”… And why the cube shape design unless someone was thinking Apple but remained Windows black. It’s just so ugly in retrospect…

  3. Wayne says:

    Who thinks a $500 backup copy method is reasonable?

  4. Eric H. says:

    Am I the only person who thinks that WHS redundancy is fairly bunkum?

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