I’m not a very technical person so I’ll describe this the best I can.
I’ve been trying for weeks to sort out why one of 3 Drobo volumes (Named Volume 1) either won’t mount on my Mac OS X 10.9.5 desktop unless I put the Drobo on standby, restart it, then re-start my Mac or it won’t show up on the desktop at all. Drobo Dashboard, Disk Warrior, Disk Utility SEE the disk. It took hours but I ran Disk Warrior and it reports the disk is in fine working order. Drobo Dashboard says all 4 internal drives are working fine and there is plenty of free space.
Since I got the Drobo in about 2010 I’ve been using Time Machine to create backups. Along the way a drive or two failed, I replaced it, all was fine. No data loss, but…now Time Machine is complaining that there isn’t enough room to backup the data and that the Volume 1 Drobo is getting filled up. According to Drobo Dashboard, I had many free TB of space. I “thought” the Drobo was copying data across ALL the 4 drives in the bay, not just to Volume 1.
I thought it was my fault and that I should select Volume 1, 2, and 3 for Time Machine to write to, instead of only selecting what is named Volume 1, but what I see it doing is copying the entire internal hard drive I need backed up onto EACH VOLUME, one at a time, taking MANY HOURS to do so. I just know that if I have an HD failure and I yank out a drive I’m going to lose data. The DRobo is not copying across the volumes.
I cannot find information on how to set up Time Machine correctly with the Drobo. I can’t sort out what I did wrong and this has been a total nightmare. Like everyone else, I depend on my computer data and I can’t lose it and in the middle of all this my internal drive DID fail so I don’t know if that caused a problem with the Drobo (I have since gotten a new internal drive AND a bootable mirror drive for it).
Volume 1: HFS+ 2 TB (drobo dashboard says 1.43 TB used)
Volume 2: HFS+ 2 TB (drobo used to say not much was on the drive, since I changed the preferences in Time Machine and chose as a destination it now says 1.94 of 2 TB used)
Volume 3: HFS+ 2 TB (I cancelled the backup before it was done but it is showing over a TB of data on that volume)
Actual Drive Size:
Top Slot: 1 TB
Second Slot: 3 TB
Third Slot: 3 TB
Fourth Slot: 2 TB
Amount of data I need to back up: 1.5 TB TOTAL so in theory I should have PLENTY of free space on the Drobo. I now only have 881.48 GB Free, 5.44 TB used.
I am so frustrated. If someone can help me I will buy you lunch (if that’s allowed on this board) or I will name a kitten after you (I DO run a non-profit cat rescue) or both. HELP!
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