I have an original 4-bay Drobo (each bay with 3TB drives) - firmware 1.4.2 and dashboard 2.4.3 - on a Mac running OS 10.8.3. The Drobo has two volumes: one used for storage, another for Time Machine backups. I’ve had this Drobo since release, with many HD upgrades with minimal problems in the past.
Recently, I needed to reinstall my Mac OS for an unrelated problem. Following that, I was having a problem where Tie Machine was not backing up to the Drobo volume - Console messages were reporting the TM volume was unmounting. I seemed to be able to solve this problem by changing my Energy preferences to prevent HD from sleeping when possible.
However, it seems like randomly, I’ll notice my Drobo time machine volume spontaneously unmounts - I’ve actually seen it disappear off the desktop - while the other storage volume remains. Of course, when this occurs, time machine no longer backs up (looking for volume). I can remount the TM volume using Disk Utility - there are no errors or problems reported in dashboard. Console is still reporting: “Stopping backup to allow backup destination disk to be unmounted or ejected.”
Any thoughts why the Drobo time machine keeps unmounting? Thanks -[hr]
Forgot to mention, my Drobo is connected by firewire
The first thing I’d try is connecting via USB. I know, I know, Firewire gets the finger pointed at it all the time but seriously, it’s one of those things that works great if it works for you, as it does in my case. But for a number of others, they have trouble, sometimes odd trouble.
USB is a much better-defined and common interface, hence it gets more testing and attention.
It’s kind of like how PAL DVDs with only MPEG audio track(s) are legal per DVD spec. NTSC DVDs with only MPEG audio track(s) are not legal per DVD spec, so virtually all commercially-produced discs contain either an AC3 track or a PCM track. Thus, guess what rarely gets tested by DVD player manufacturers?
As the speed limiter on a 4-bay Drobo is really the Drobo processing, the difference between USB and Firewire should be negligible, unless you have a busy USB bus or your Firewire has a less-clogged path on the motherboard.
It is odd if Firewire has been working all this time, but sometimes things just go haywire out of nowhere… That stupid “flip” from good to bad. Had that with a charger recently - was working fine, running fine, then all of a sudden the light went off and it refused to work again.
hi bruckner, do you know if any type of scanning/indexing tools were made active (eg after you reinstalled the mac os) which were “not” active before?
i remember when i had a volume shadow service running in the background in windows ages ago, which was causing conflicts with windows drobo and it kind of unmounted (eg vanished from my computer).
the basic fix was to not keep that service running all the time, and now i just enable it when i need it, and dont believe i’ve had the problem for ages
(also check about a way to disable that checker program, sometimes programs have a way to do that instead of uninstalling, especially if you want to keep using that program, but yes also uninstalling can remove any “hooks” into the system which could cause conflicts or “locking” features)
if you can, try to repeat the same backups/tests over the next few days a couple of times etc to see and hopefully it will work out for you… if not, then:
“to the batmobile!!”…