Just following on from this usb3 thread. I’ve got another question for you guys if you can help
I’ve got a winxp machine which is connected via a standard usb2 connection to my gen1 drobo, and also a gen2 drobo (via a separate usb2 cable). the setup works a treat (and i can even “syncback” data between the 3 devices and all works great)
Dashboard 1.7.3 (1.7.30095)
Firmware 1.3.7 (1.254.30359)
each drobo, has a 2tb volume limit, has 2 volumes, and the volumes are ntfs.
and a recent chkdsk with the /x command shows no errors on them.
ive also got a new win7-home, 64-bit laptop, which has a usb slot (usb 1 / usb2.0 i believe), and also i believe it has a usb3/esata slot. (there is no drobo dashboard software installed on the win7 laptop)
Objective 1) is to be able to also access the drobos from the win7 Laptop
(eg at least to be able to unplug the drobo from the xp machine on a temp basis, and use it with the laptop, and put it back on the xp desktop again once i have finished) otherwise i have to keep copying bits of data onto usb sticks etc
is similar to 1) above, but ideally with the xp machine also being able to still access the data, (since the xp machine is more heavily integrated with the drobo gen1, in terms of programs being installed onti it / referencing it).
Q1) can objective 1) be done?
(and is it safe)
and can i have the latest dashboard on the win7 machine without causing corruptions or problems since the disk pack is on the current (older) xp dashboard/firmware?
Q2) can objective 2) be done?
and is is safe as above
assuming that a usb3 slot would simply accept a drobo gen1 or gen2 (and just run at the slower speed of a usb2 connection) if there’s no 64bit driver does this mean we cant actually plug a usb gen1/2 drobo straight into win7?
(from what bhiga said in the http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=3320 thread from above) it sounds like it would work, in which case is it safe to connect a gen1 /gen2 drobo in this way, if it already has a data/disk set from xp which was having dashboard installed.
sorry for all the questions, its just that i haven’t done this at all before and its always good to have a bit more theory confirmed before trying the practical