I’m trying to connect my Drobo S to a Dell Precision T5500 (Windows XP 64bit) via the built-in eSATA port.
First time I hooked it up, Drobo Dashboard detected the drive and told me it needed to be formatted. Fair enough - I let it do it’s thing but it failed at the end saying it couldn’t create a partition, and that I should use Windows Logical Disk Manager service to create one.
Checked the LDM, no sign of the Drobo drive, and ever since, the Drobo S isn’t detected on this PC - the dashboard just stays at ‘Ready for Connection’.
Fine - I took the Drobo to a Windows 7 box, installed an eSATA card and connected it. Not formatted - so I formatted it and bingo, the Drobo worked on this Windows 7 PC.
Took the box back to the Dell - hooked it up - no joy, still not detected.
I’ve tried booting the Drobo and then turning the PC on, tried turning the PC on and then booting the Drobo - nothing. I know it must be compatible with the eSATA port because it worked the first time.