So I got my Drobo S on Friday, migrated all my disks over and expanded to maximum capacity. Firewire speeds are faster now which is great, but I decided to buy an eSATA card to maximize the potential of the Drobo S.
Here arises the problem I have OS X 10.6 Server which runs the 64-bit kernel; subsequently, driver support is sparse and none of the 4 adapters listed on the Drobo “supported page” work (due to lack of 64-bit drivers). And the one I had intended to buy that would have drivers unfortunately is listed in the KB article under not recommended.
So after a lot of research, I finally got a card that I know has driver support on Snow Leopard, supports hot swap and booting, and supports the port multiplier functionality… which which are listed as needed for the Drobo S.
After hours of testing and trying different things, I cannot get the Drobo to mount onto my computer. I’ve tried all my other enclosures and none of them have problems with my new card. With all the other enclosures, I can boot and everything. The Drobo just boots up all green and then it goes to sleep. Never gets detected in Dashboard; if I connect via Firewire 800, everything is normal. I’ve tried different cables and now I’ve pretty much am out of solutions.
The card I have is the Highpoint eSATA for Mac card (AKA Highpoint RocketRAID 2314).
Please advise what I should do? I’m also willing to return the card if someone can suggest a card that will definitely work.
Thanks in advance!