I’m migrating several TB of data off of a Drobo S that is formatted as two partitions.
I’ve already transferred all the data from that partition and want to delete it and physically move one of the drives in the Drobo S into the new unit while the rest of the data transfers. (The estimate is over 10 days.)
I know that I can’t use OS or third-party tools to directly reformat that partition, but Drobo Dashboard’s warning says the format tool will delete all of the data on the device – rather than just the single partition.
How do I delete just a single partition on the Drobo?
You probably could use third party tools to modify the partition table, it’s not recommended but ought to work, especially for a deletion, as to formatting a filesystem, I’m given to understand, at least with default options, a Windows NTFS format works, as long as you pick “quick format”, “full” format doesn’t, since it tries to write beyond thin provisioning, also a potential though less likely prospect with quick format if the unallocated space is small.