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B800i -> B810i disk pack migration & SSDs

#1

I’m about to upgrade my B800i to a B810i. As per Drobo’s web site, disk migration should be straightforward (disk pack is 8 2TB HDDs).

If I want to take advantage of the data-aware tiering feature of the B810i, once my disk pack migration is complete, can I simply remove two HDDs and install two SSDs? Or should I remove only one HDD and replace with an SSD, wait for data replication to complete, then do the same with a second HDD? Can I do this with SSDs that are smaller in size then the HDDs they are replacing?

#2

Question:
Or should I remove only one HDD and replace with an SSD, wait for data replication to complete, then do the same with a second HDD? Can I do this with SSDs that are smaller in size then the HDDs they are replacing?

  • You should do one drive at a time, wait for data protection to finish then replace the other drive
    Good Question:
  • if installing smaller size drives use the capacity calculator to see if you have enough space with the smaller drives;

https://www.drobo.com/storage-products/capacity-calculator/