If you were attempting to move between releases, meaning a Drobo v1/2 up to Drobo S or FS or Pro or 5D/N, then there are multiple caveats. But in your case, while nothing explicitly says it will work, I would try it.
I assume that you are out of warranty.
Do either power supply give you the same results?
My 1st gen unit is way out of warranty, so I had nothing to lose. I opened the unit up and cleaned a bit of dust out of it, found a lithium rechargeable battery in there, wondered if that may be the problem. While I had it in bits just for fun I put the power on again, and it worked! So I am not sure what caused it to start working again.
In order to test that it was not the power supply, I actually cannibalised the original PSU by cutting the lead so that I could use the lead on a big variable high current supply I have here. Needless to say it wasn’t the PSU, so I now have to patch the lead back on to the old PSU again.
Because I had assumed my unit was terminally dead, I had ordered a 2nd Gen 4 Bay Drobo, was fortunate to get one new on eBay, as I think they are no longer manufactured.
At least the 2nd Gen should be a bit faster as it has FireWire, the old USB 1st Gen was much too slow.
I’ll let you know how the migration goes. At least I can back up some stuff from the old disk pack now that the old Drobo is going again.
The 4 bay Drobo is still listed on their product page, and available for purchase so I have assumed it is still “in production”, or at least not officially end of life’d.
Given the rather steep price tag of the 5D, it would make sense that Drobo would keep the 4 bay in the lineup. They need some sort of “entry level DAS model”, and $800 isn’t entry level in my neck of the woods.
Congrats on the fix. My experience is that things tend to spontaneously break when I take them apart. They don’t usually spontaneously fix themselves :). Entropy usually works!
Neil, oddly I can’t find any new Drobo 4 bay for sale on the main Drobo.com site, just the drobocare for that product. Another UK online store that was advertising them, when I ordered one, advised me they had no stock and was end of stock entirely. So I think that they are no more in reality.
hmm thats interesting… i would have thought that a networked/sharing device would have needed more cpu or processing/transfer speeds, in order to give multiple users/streams high transfers, but maybe i misunderstood
im not 100% sure what the minimum transfer speed requirement is for streaming high quality files, or blue ray etc, but if thunderbolt was to add so much more cost to the unit, if a more generic connection such as ethernet port or usb could have done the job, then it seems to make more sense to remove it and reduce the base cost of the unit?