I’m needing to archive (store on the shelf) the current drives and replace with brand new drives for an upcoming project. When I place the new drives in and power up, it gives me the scary flashing red lights. I’m hesitant to format. If I format the new drive pack/volume, will it do anything to my Drobo in which I couldn’t place the “archived” drives back in at a later date and access that data?
I found out that you can but my issue is that I needed to remove the mSATA card that was with the volume I was archiving. I removed the mSATA and have it stored with my drive pack. I inserted the brand new drives and created a new volume/drive pack. I even tested by removing the new volume and inserting the old volume and everything worked great!