Originally Posted by howell_jeep
I like the Drobo over synology for some reason, but the cost seems a bit high. For 4-5tb, synology is $600 and up and Drobo about $1000 and up.
I don't want it to be on a network (so i can protect it from a virus, etc.). I think that's why I like Drobo.
How long can I expect this setup to last? Physically/functionally?
Technically it'll last nearly indefinitely, you may have to replace drives sporadically if they fail. The drives have 3yr warranty, the Drobo has 2 yr warranty.
You don't really have to protect them from viruses... just ensure that anything touching them (your laptop, desktop) has anti-virus on it.
I have a Drobo 5N, 3x 3TB RED drives, and 2x 1TB random drives... Works extremely well. I probably should have bought the Synology, though - it has a few features I'd find useful.
The Drobo is as simple as connecting your (USB|Thunderbolt|Network) cable, installing the console on your computer, popping the drives in, and clicking a few buttons. The Synology may be slightly more involved.