Drobo

Dashboard 2.0.5 on Windows writes files to my Drobo root directory

Did an upgrade to Drobo Dashboard 2.0.5 on my Drobo Gen 2 under Windows 7 x64. After the upgrade the email notification no longer works and the install process created 24 files on the root directory of my Drobo.

Here are a sampling of some of the file names…

eula.1028.txt
globdat.ini
install.exe
insatll.ini
install.res.1028.dll
VC_RED.cab
VC_RED.MSI
vcredist.bmp

What gives and why is the Drobo Dashboard install writing anything to my Drobo root directory?

It’s just the Dashboard installer software (InstallShield) picking the largest drive it can find as the temporary storage to decompress the files. Which just happens to be Drobo. While it’s inelegant and kinda lame, I’d consider this non-issue. Just delete these files. Few years back is was very common behavior until writing the temporary files to the documented and well established location became good practice.