NAB 2016: Remote File Access with myDrobo and DroboAccess

Allison interviews Drobo CTO Rod Harrison about their new feature that lets users access files stored on their Drobo remotely. Using the myDrobo and DroboAccess services for the Drobo 5N and Drobo B810n, users can securely access their files through a customer chosen mydrobo.com address. Remote file access can be done via a web browser or via the DorobAccess iOS andAndroid mobile apps. The setting is the CPUG Las Vegas SuperMeet show floor in the Rio Hotel.

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NC #566 mSATA SSD on Drobo, Garbage Collection, Authy, New Country Amazon Affiliates, Samsung T3 SSD, Moving Photos to External SSD

We’ll learn about Garbage Collection in the context of a failed (and replaced) mSATA SSD from Crucial. New to podfeet.com – Amazon Affiliate links for Canada, Germany and the UK. A quick review of the Samsung T3 External USB 3.0 SSD (with USB-C connectivity). Joe LaGreca tells us about Authy, a brilliant two-factor authentication tool from authy.com/app/. Then we’ll go through the adventures of moving an Apple System Photo Library from an internal disk to the external T3 SSD.


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mSATA SSD Failure on Drobo and Learning About Garbage Collection

mSATA to SATA adapter card

I’ve mentioned quite a few times that Steve and I had a Drobo FS network attached storage device which was really slow, so we replaced it with a Drobo 5N. The 5N is also network attached but it has an accelerator bay, which accepts an mSATA SSD. This accelerator card caches frequently accessed data and thereby speeds up the overall performance. Steve chose a Crucial M500 120GB mSATA SSD for our Drobo 5N based on the recommended list at Drobo and we’ve been delighted with the speed of the 5N. Once the Drobo mounts, the speeds for anything short of video editing are fabulous.

We’ve been humming along with that configuration since September of 2014, so about a year and a half. But this week we got a fatal error message from the Drobo Dashboard software saying that the accelerator SSD had failed. Continue reading “mSATA SSD Failure on Drobo and Learning About Garbage Collection”

NC #554 Black & White with Red Filters, Everything is Fiddly, Taming the Drobos

Steve and Antonio had a great conversation about red filters on black and white photographs, I go on a rant about how every one of my Apple tech toys is fiddly. I tell a fun story about how I used what I learned in Taming the Terminal to finally tame my Drobos.


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Taming the Drobos

Drobo5nI’ve been working on a super challenging technical project for months now. I’ve wanted to tell you about it but I have run into so many barriers that I was unable to overcome, there wasn’t a good story to tell. I still have not conquered my original task but I’ve had some partial success so I want to do a mini celebration about that.

The Problem to be Solved

Some of this story you may heard before but I want to bring everyone up to speed. A while ago we bought a new Drobo 5N to replace our aging (and never that good in the first place) Drobo FS. The 5N is a dream, with its SSD for caching, it’s super fast and makes a terrific place to store giant and small files alike. I set up a Hazel script to automatically pull over my audio file so my internal MacBook Pro drive doesn’t get filled up any more. Steve stores his giant Final Cut Pro X libraries over on the 5N when he’s done with them. It’s awesome.

Drobos use RAID-like proprietary tools to protect our files from a drive failure, so we do have some fault tolerance but this isn’t technically a backup since our data is only in one place.
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