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Forgive my probably dim questions but I want some kind of multi drive bay with RAID functionality. I keep hearing Drobo and Synology being mentioned in the same breath (normally with buy Synology as the conclusion).

Am I wrong in thinking they are quite different? One does fancy network stuff + RAID and one just does some proprietary RAID stuff.

Since I have been steered the way of Synology yet don't need any of the networked/server type functions (and crucially, can't store it by the router anyways) - can it be plugged directly into the PC to use the raid capability? Is there a better way?

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What interface would you require to connect to the PC? –  Paul Nov 15 '11 at 22:49
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hopefully usb 3 or maybe e-sata –  Steve Nov 15 '11 at 23:41
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If you don't want NAS, is there a reason for focusing on NAS devices? Or do you want the option to NAS down the track? Synology don't tend to have a direct connection method whereas Drobo do. –  Paul Nov 15 '11 at 23:56
    
I was advised that Synology was rock solid and Drobo has some issues - on top of the fact that the Drobo solution is proprietary. I guess I just want a RAID device that is direct attached but haven't seen anything like that yet - do they exist? –  Steve Nov 16 '11 at 10:17
    
Yes, there are many. QNAP and Netgear spring to mind. –  Paul Nov 16 '11 at 12:25
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