I recently upgraded the Mac mini that drives my TV. Currently I have my old Drobo 5D connected via Thunderbolt 3 -> Thunderbolt 1 via an adapter (I originally tried USB 3, but any I/O on the Drobo caused mouse movements to stutter, which was extremely aggravating).
I’m considering getting the 8D (dad wants my old 5D). I understand I can take the drives from the 5D and put them into the 8D (powered down when doing this, of course) and it should work. My 5D is set up with one 64 TB HFS+ volume named Drobo (just the one volume, I’m not using it for Time Machine).
What I would like to do is convert the volume to the new 128 TB size. I suspect that’s not directly supported, but based on this “The 8D allows the creation of up to 16 volumes” I’m wondering if this would work once the drives are in the 8D:
- Rename volume Drobo to Drobo64
- Create new 128 TB volume Drobo
- Move data from Drobo64 to Drobo (copy a folder at a time, delete folder after it’s copied over before starting the next copy)
- Delete volume Drobo64
I’d need to buy an extra drive to make sure I have enough buffer space during #3, but would need to buy even more drives if I have to first set up a 128 TB volume on the 8D, then migrated the data over from the 5D.