I’ve recently bought a new 3TB drive to replace a 250GB drive in my drobo fs (with firmware 1.2.7). After adding it, it went into the data protection process for a few hours but after is begins the the following loop:
In the new drive slot, there is a red light and drobo dashboard states that is “a new hard drive must be added for single disk redundancy”
The “data process” process begins and after a while, drobo restarts
Since it is a new drive, I’m not removing the possibility of hardware problems, but would like to know the best way to troubleshoot this.
thanks for the drive info,
oh its usually main screens which show drives, slots, leds, error messages and redundancy info (which i think you are on sdr mode).
capacity and volume info is sometimes useful too.
at the moment it seems that you had this:
2tb + 2tb + 2tb + 2tb + 0.25tb
which would give you 2+2+2+0.25tb raw capacity at sdr = 6.25tb *0.9 = ~5.6tb usable for data
am not sure how much data you actually have, though are you able to still access your data inbetween those reboots?
if so, i think its a good idea to try to copy & paste/verify that data somewhere else as a backup if you can.
can i also please check, when you went to replace the smaller 250gb drive with the larger 3tb drive, was it because you wanted to upgrade the drive (eg ultimately to lead to more capacity space etc)
was it actually because the 250GB drive had failed and was flashing red?
There is also a chance that one or more drives encountered an error during the rebuild, (for which there might be a way forward), but what would be a good test would be to ascertain if it is a problem with the main drobo fs or with the disks.
a way to try this when you have a moment would be as follows (but if you can access data as above, the pleae try backups first) :
to power off the computer and to unplug the network/connection cable from the drobo…
does it still do the reboot looping as before?
if so, to power drobo all Off and to remove all drives (remembering their positions)
and powering the drobo up while Empty and disconnected
what does it do? (does it power up and boot up normally, but then goes into standby)?
and then connecting it to a booted up computer
does dashboard recognise it?
(please stop here and post back before doing anything with the drives - or at least only put them back in while drobo is OFF, and in the same order)
thanks for the info about the 250gb,
it seems that you only swapped it to upgrade, which is good as it likely means that the 250gb is still ok as a drive. (at least initially from a drobo perspective)
to be honest, if it does let you access your data, then i would still recommend making a backup (especially of any important data) because there is usually always an element of risk, often associated with any action, and you would be much happier (as im sure i would be) if you still had backups of your data in case anything happened.
either way i think it would be good to try to access data, because if you can not, then there wouldnt be a way to make backups in that way
hi, sorry to hear that it still had problems, (hopefully a good helping of mince pies or pudding helped to balance out the problems with more joy meanwhile)
as far as i know, am empty drobo should boot up and then go into standby mode if not connected and no drives,
(usually the 1st slot is where it guides a user to install their first drive during setup)
and from your step 3, i think the dashboard should find the empty drobo (but it could be something to do with networking that is stopping it from connecting), maybe going directly to the computer, and with another cable is worth trying.
(if your drives are still removed, you might as well keep them removed, but if you wanted to put them back in for any reason or tests, then please Only do that while all power is still OFF)
but, due to the fact that your step 1 didnt keep rebooting when the disk pack was removed (which sounds a bit more promising), then it could be that the disk pack drives have unfortunately encountered some errors on them… if that is the case, you may need to go through a disk pack drive cloning process, as mentioned on yerry’s thread here: http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=144867
and to see if it stops rebooting…if it stabalises, and shows your data, then i think it would be good to try to copy that to another drive or to your computer etc to make a backup while in that state, before trying further fixes.
(alternatively, you could get the drives cloned as in yerrys thread first, before trying things further, though there would be a cost involved).