So, as I suspected…replacing the one drive it wanted with a larger disk didn’t satisfy its need for more space as my 16TB volume was more than 80% full, even though the drobo calculator says 8 3TB drives will give me a little bit more than 16TB usable with dual disk redundancy.
But, I replaced the first drive with a 4TB disk, to see what would happen…well, after a week of doing data protection, it tells me that its running low on space and that I need to replace the first disk with a a larger one.
Why do I need something larger than 4TB in slot one, why not continue the sequence like it had when I went from 2TB to 3TB drives. Aside from no explanation yet on why 8 - 3TB drives wasn’t enough. Not sure if 6TB drives will be next.
Though for the 4TB’s I’m using coolspin drives. My pre-drobo array used 2TB ones, and…its probably been close to 10 years now, with more than half of them still in production, had some die after a recent move (horrible movers…at last I was able to retrieve them after they threw them out.)
Anyways…I ignored its suggesting that I replace the 4TB drive with something larger and replace (instead of replace one of 7 - 3TB drives with something larger…) And, swap another 4TB drive in for a 3TB one. After thinking about it for a while, it changed the light on the first slot to red, and demanded I replace that with a bigger drive in order for it to be able to protect my data.
Yet, as I had seen before, it showed the newly replaced drive as 4TB, and green (but there’s nothing on it yet…) The fact that I don’t have anything larger than 4TB free at the moment, I’m ignoring its demand…since it took nearly a month to do data protection when I had upgraded two drives at the same time because that’s what it had demanded. But, the last time I did that…it took a few hours but eventually it accepted its fate and went to work with growing with just the one drive upgraded.
I was starting to work on opening a ticket when I changed its mind and went to work…only its typical week each time.
Hopefully, my DroboPro will come to its senses by morning and then we’ll repeat this mess when I grow to 3 - 4TB drives + 5 - 3TB drives to support 16TB. They need to update the drobo calculator.
This is making me question whether I want to see if I can get a Drobo 8D to work with Thunderbolt 1.
Or perhaps a NAS/iSCSI solution is what I could look at…since I have a dual 1Gbps fiber core home network (hmmm, that’s what we had at work until it was upgraded to a dual 10Gbps fiber core…and to think that’s already slow…since that’s only catching it up to our WAN…
It didn’t have to be fiber, but was joking about it in another forum…and, decided it’d be cool and cheaper than shielded CAT6 or CAT7. I liked the CAT7, because it used flat cables… Though they do make it a bit of a challenge on which way to keep the cable flat when arching up to feed the bottom row of switch, or arching down to feed the upper row… Didn’t help as much as I thought keeping things labeled…