I have a horrible issue that I’m hoping to get some advice on - Apologies in advance for the long read, I just want to make sure and provide as much detail as possible.
I just got a Drobo DR04DD10 unit today and installed two 2TB SATA drives and installed the Drobo Dashboard for Mac prior to plugging in the Drobo via Firewire 800. I have another external drive, a 500GB SATA inside an IcyDock FW400 external enclosure. Because it’s 400 and not 800, I plugged it in to the other FW port of the Drobo (800 from Mac to Drobo, 800 to 400 from Drobo to IcyDock) intent on copying everything over from the IcyDock drive to my new Drobo after the Drobo drives were formatted and the store was ready to go. As expected, the Dashboard found the Drobo device, indicated that an update was available (which I installed, followed by an auto reboot of the Drobo device). Next, it showed the unformatted space (1.8TB) and I proceed to setup the data store using the Drobo utility. Once complete, the utility exited and shockingly I discovered that it had formatted the 500GB IcyDock drive (not the internal Drobo SATA drives). I have years of work on this drive, and so far all disk recovery utilities that I have tried are not able to restore the data.
What could have possibly caused the Drobo Utility to format the external FW IcyDock drive rather than its own internal drives, and is there any possible way to get the data back? I am desperate - any advice would be immensely appreciated.