Drobo

Drobo V2 - all lights red/on, won'T start

Hi!

I plugged in my Drobo V2 today, via USB. All blue lights immediately came on, as did the fan, the power light is red, all hd lights are red. The device won’t show up in Drobo Dashboard, nor will the disks begin spinning up (no vibration from what I can feel). I tried FW 800 too, no difference. I then removed all drives, plugged the device back in, still the same thing. Please, any help?[hr]
ok I reset the device - got an electric shock when unplugging it, plugged back in - it booted - inserted the disks, they work now. Strange. I think my next purchase will be a synology 1511+.
As much as I love the Drobo feature of being able to change array size whenever one wants, loosing data to the device failing and not being able to take out the disks and read their data off via a simple SATA connector is simply too much risk for me.

glad to hear you got it working in the end

i’d be tempted to RMA the unit as an intermittent fault

sadly RMA is not really a possibility as I am out of warranty.

Drobo Gen2 Out of warranty drobocare $189 https://www.drobocare.com/outofwarranty/

Your fear of “not being able to take out the disks and read their data off via a simple SATA connector” applies to every RAID system.

I have to disagree! For example with the linux-based system that synology offers, you can plug a drive into a computer running linux and recover the files. You can’t argue that in general, data recovery from a messed up drobo is close to impossible whereas this is not the case with a classic raid system. I am not saying that the classic raid system is better, it lacks much of what the drobo has to offer, but I’m just saying in terms of data security/risk of losing data, the drobo is a bit risky.

i wish unraid were more mature and better supported - the concept is genius

just had a look at UnRAid - that is genius! Mixed drives, expandable, cheap, it sounds great! Only downside upon first look seems to be that it only supports single disk failure. Any personal experiences with it?

Would you happen to have a cite for that? I haven’t heard of any striped RAID system where files are able to be recovered from a single drive.

[quote=“Sunnyville, post:5, topic:2553”] You can’t argue that in general, data recovery from a messed up drobo is close to impossible whereas this is not the case with a classic raid system.
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Why is that?

he means that you can plug the raid array into a different compute and still read it = since it uses standard linux raid tools

i think there are now one or two companies which offer drobo data recovery - but i bet its expensive

the linux raid data recovery business is very well established and has been around for years

Ahh. Ok. My misunderstanding.

@Docchris & @dpuett

Yes that is what I meant :wink:

:smiley:

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How do you perform a complete “reset” of the unit?

go to the knowledge base:

http://support.drobo.com/app/answers/list

search for “reset”

click on the VERY first link

thanks for your answer,
you mean a hard reset that wipes all disk content? I thougt the device had some soft reset options which seems not to be the case…considering that it even hasn’t a reboot option in the dashboard…
what more can I say? My data is fucked up and I did a big mistake…trusting those crappy chinese toys…puah

soft reset = unplug power and wait 5 seconds