I don’t mean to sound fatalistic, but ever since upgrading to Lion, I’ve been very unhappy with how it treats my dear Drobo. Snow Leopard was perfect.
To start, here are my specs at time of writing:
Mac Pro 1,1
Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3
Drobo Gen 2 (Firewire 800 + USB 2)
Basically, as up-to-date as I can get. Please note, I don’t use the drive for Time Machine, just for file storage (that is also shared on my network).
Although the latest firmware did help a little, it still happens that with Firewire 800, (large) data transfers, such as file copying or streaming to my Boxee Box, will stop at a certain point and my Finder will freeze. Unplugging the Drobo brings the system back to life, but then I have to power down the Drobo too, even after restarting the Mac. Not cool.
Another issue with keeping the Drobo plugged in with Firewire makes the login screen hang, so I have to wait a minute before it accepts any mouse/keyboard input, or just uplug the drive again. I’ve become very good at reproducing all these problems
So I switched to USB. It works reliably to stream to my Boxee Box. The problem with this, besides the slower data transfer, is that when I wake my Mac from sleep, the drive tends to disconnect. Clunk, cue red lights and system dialog.
Sorry for the long post, but I hope other people share my experience as well. I’ve already been in touch with Drobo support, but it’s not of much help. Either Data Robotics or Apple (or both) need to get their stuff together, because I’d rather use a reliable system than the latest and greatest.
Let me know if you guys have any suggestions before I take the plunge! Especially if you’re testing Mountain Lion (which I may not be able to use on my Mac Pro anyway…).