I'm going to be the market soon to finally shift the SFX library to a RAID, and I'd love to hear some thoughts/personal usage regarding these two:
Sans Digital TR4UTBPN
Drobo DR04DD10 (or possibly the Drobo S 5-drive array @ $600)
The intention here is run a hardware RAID 5, not really any performance-demanding writing to be done (e.g. Copy/Paste), mostly reading/spotting files via Soundminer. I don't mind USB 2.0 speeds either - faster is great, but it's not the deal breaker as both of these are capable of USB 2.0 or greater.
Really just after personal thoughts and experiences on reliability, portability (in terms of being able to move it between systems on the fly without anything more than Plug n Play), modular scalability (it seems that the Drobo excels at this on paper), customer/tech support solidarity, and day to day usage of the device.
I will of course have an offline backup of whats on this RAID on regular external drives for safety - simply seeking something more robust though for being my online (not internet-wise) SFX database. Any and all thoughts about these models and/or track record with these companies, good and bad, are welcome - no holds barred. I'd love top be more informed.