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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but..., 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Drobo DRDS4A31 5N 5 Bay Desktop NAS Storage Device (Accessory)
This is my first NAS and setting it up was a breeze.

However, actually using it has been slightly frustrating. I'm an Apple user and not particularly techy, so wanted something simple and intuitive - a bit like Apple, really!

Installing the software? Easy.
Drives? Easy too.
Time machine? Done.

Then I tried copying my media files and documents across from my WD 4TB thunderbolt duo (full) and it all started to unravel a bit. Whether connected to the Mac via the network or directly wired in, the file transfer using finder hung regularly, giving a "-50 error" - I felt like I was using DOS again. Anyway, it appeared to be related to the number of files being transferred simultaneously. 5 or so 1-2GB films at a time was OK. Now that they're all across, it is working fantastically, but this initial population of the NAS was a pain.

I contacted Drobo, who said it was a problem with Mac OS, as other NAS systems have reported similar problems... I'm a bit surprised to hear that, but anyway. Irritatingly, my work laptop running Windows 7 seemed to work fine.

Anyway, that's the only reason I gave 4 rather than 5 stars. I hope my comments are useful to you.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2013 20:55:08 GMT
M. Borton says:
the -50 error is an OS issue rather than the drobo, ive had the -50 issue with several external raid boxes, and even apples own time capsule when used for file storage, only thing you can do is reboot and that clears the files locks, i have a 4 bay drobo, and these are supurb, im thinking of this model, or i may save up and go direct to the 8 or 12 bay

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2014 16:13:19 GMT
MikeR says:
Yes, -"50" is quite a common OS X error - Mac's just work...until they don't:
https://discussions.apple.com/article/TA20831

Posted on 11 Jun 2014 14:13:20 BDT
Del Dawn says:
I'm a Mac user and thinking of buying the N5, has this 50 error being fixed?
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