Product Spotlight: How Photographers Use Drobo in Their Workflow

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Hey Everyone!
I’m excited to share a review of a company’s product that I’ve been using for quite some time as my main photo & video storage and backup solution. I have a brand new Drobo 5D3 that I’ll go over and show you how I use it and ON1 Photo RAW 2018 together in my professional workflow.

The new Drobo 5D3 solves many problems that myself and many modern photographers and videographers currently face. With raw file sizes becoming larger and larger, advanced camera capabilities becoming more accessible and easy for use, and with the rise of mobile photography and videography- managing, storing, and backing up files can quickly become one of the biggest pain points for creatives.

Using both the Drobo 5D3 and ON1 Photo RAW 2018 I not only can access and organize my files extremely fast and efficiently, but I also can rest easy knowing that all my files are automatically being backed up for me by the 5D3. Watch my product spotlight on this great product from Drobo and how efficiently it works with ON1 Photo RAW 2018.

And, we even have a special offer from Drobo for all ON1 customer’s for a limited time! Head on over to Drobo and you can save 10% on any item using the discount code DROBOON1.

5 comments on “Product Spotlight: How Photographers Use Drobo in Their Workflow”

  1. On June 12, 2018 at 8:23 pm Kevin King wrote:

    I love/hate my new 5C. But mostly love it, probably.

    After about a month with my Drobo and my Mac, here are a few things NOT in the marketing materials:
    -DO NOT partition it for Time Machine. Use a separate drive. It’s the only thing that saved my butt (see below).
    -over half of your largest disk drive will be rendered unusable for data storage. I have 16 TB across 5 drives (4, 4, 4, 2 and 2 TB). However my (usable) data storage capacity is 10.72 TB (67%). The remainder? 3.80 TB “Used for protection,” and 10.10 GB used for “overhead.” Be warned not all your “there” is there.
    -you can’t just slip a drive full of data into your NEW Drobo, because, inconveniently, Drobo will erase it and reformat it. Finding this, I put 2 brand new 4TB’s in the new device. As promised, my 5C reformatted them, but as noted above, not all of the 8TB was available for data storage. So I bought a THIRD 4TB to get my data storage capacity up.
    -staring at the remaining two empty drive bays, I was hesitant to insert the two populated 2TB’s I had harvested from my Mac Pro for fear they too would be reformatted and I’d lose years of images, documents, etc. Cloned them (just in case), then inserted them (as recommended in Drobo Article AA-01416). These two drives did NOT reformat, my data remained intact, but after a long “sleep,” Drobo wouldn’t mount to the Mac (see next point). 56,000 photo images were “in there,” but still lost.
    -Drobo’s have a history of going incognito with Mac OS. Google on “Drobo doesn’t mount with OS “and you’ll see what I mean. As you expect, respondents say Apple and Drobo blame each other.
    -here’s what actually worked for me: after assuring myself that my Time Machine backup was populated with current info, I used the Drobo tools to reformat (!) all 5 Drobo drives. You’d think this would be all I needed to do before repopulating Drobo from Time Machine. But nooo, once again after a “sleep,” the device was visible, but wouldn’t accept files copied from Time Machine (error -50). What seems to be working now was rebuilding the directory with DiskWarrior. MAKE SURE YOU OWN DISKWARRIOR (I’ve had to use it several times)!

    My 5C is a sturdy little box, and the USB-C is super fast. I love the way the drives are completely accessible and the lights give you pertinent info at a glance, and assuming it will work consistently, I’m pretty sure I will love the device.

    NOTE: High Sierra came out in 2017. I just installed a DROBO update which they claim makes it compatible with High Sierra… hmmm, 8 months? But maybe I won’t need DiskWarrior so often?

  2. On June 14, 2018 at 11:40 am Hudson Henry wrote:

    I’m glad you’ve got it running well now. Sounds like some really frustrating times. I’m happy to report I’ve never had an issue with my Drobos, but then I’ve never tried to partition one for Time Machine. I’ve always just used a big separate Time Machine drive for system files, preferences, ad more recent work that I’m editing (the last two years). I use Chronosync to keep incremental backups of older data on other drives. I just love how the Drobo grows with your data storage needs, provides a first level redundancy for backup and has that SSD accelerator to boot.

  3. On June 15, 2018 at 3:52 pm Kevin King wrote:

    Although fairly fluent in PS and LR, my interest in photography had plateaued. But upgrading to RAW 17, then 18 fired me up again. On1 PLUS tutorials, especially yours, have me rockin’ ‘n rollin’ again! Even when I think I know a topic, your tutes teach me something new! Didn’t know RAW accommodated a scratch disk, and will look into Chronosync. Thanks Hudson! PS: beginning to love the DROBO!

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