Cheers, that will only give me a 3TB increase which i will use up within 18 months…
Any longer term ideas, can the drives be moved into a DroboS without problems?
On a more (probably stupid note question), if i change one or more of the 2TB drives to 3TB, how do I know which drive to change as popping out one of the populated drives wouldn’t be too clever. Once I did change it how then would I change more as at some point I would reach drive number 3 that does have valid files on it?
I don’t think you can migrate from a FS to a S. You might be able to migrate to a DroboProFS, but I’m not sure.
It doesn’t work like that. The files on your FS are split into blocks that are stored in a replicated fashion across all disks. In other words, all of them have valid files. So you can switch any of them and it won’t make a difference.
What you have to do after replacing one is to wait for the lights to go back to solid green and replace another disk, and so on. The blinking lights stage indicates that the new disk is being filled with copies of the blocks from your files.
If you go the upgrade to a DroboProFS route, my only concern is moving your existing disk pack from your Drobo FS to the larger unit. Migrating the disk pack should work fine, I have had had work successfully before with Drobo to DroboS. Ensure that your backups are up to date!