Hi all. Same thing happened to me.
Drobo 5N after a reboot the lights never came back up, just the fan is on max.
A question if anyone has experience, since I know Drobo Support will most probably not help in any way as usual.
I have another Drobo 5N2, it also has 5 bays, it works ok (for now ) .
Will I be able to access data on the drives if I swap them from the dead 5N to the 5N2?
Is everything on the drives or does the drobo has some internal memory as well that will prevent this kind of swap to work?
I do not want to lose this data on the dead 5N. So the main question is will the Drobo 5N2 start wiping these drives if I switch them from the dead 5N. Or will it “get” the fact that they are a set of drives from another Drobo.
The plan is to:
- Turn off Drobo 5N2 mark existing drives and remove them
- Factory reset the 5N2 (not sure if this step is necessary??)
- Power off the 5N2
- Move the drives to corresponding bays from the dead 5N to 5N2
- Power on 5N2
- Hopefully the diskpack is recognized and I see all the shares and data there.
Any info, tips, what to look out for for this kind of drive swap from 5N to 5N2 very very very very much appreciated.
And FYI to drobo support if you are reading this. This was the last straw. Going back to RAID1 and some other NAS solution. Your devices are garbage. The device was in a cool place, no dust, on stable UPS power. After your last firmware update this happened for the first time, all lights were off. But at that time powering it on with the switch worked. Now its completely gone. I had a few Drobos so far. Almost never do the drives fail. Always the device itself dies in some weird way. Sorry for the rant but omg…