How to connect Drobo S as a media hub?

I’m currently looking for a way to use my Drobo as a central storage unit for a media center.

I am currently trying to use my PS3 as the player, but have acquired over 2TB of data now on the Drobo.

I was connecting the Drobo S through a Server to the PS3 on my network. However, my Netgear ReadyNAS seems to only read volumes up to 2TB. Anything above 2TB it just does not read, and if the drobo partitions to have more than one drive on it, the server can’t recognize the multiple partitions.

Is anyone using a server or similar set-up that can rexognize multiple partitions on the Drobo S and/or recognize a single volume up to 8 or 16 TB?

The device is currently formatted to an 8TB ext3 setting, but all my data s backed up elsewhere and I can reformat to anything. I also have an old laptop I have considered attempting to convert into a server, but I would need step-by-step instructions as I am a 98.6% linux virgin and have never done that before. Ideally, I’d like to buy an out-of-the-box $300ish server that will just work the way I need it.

So, does anyone do something similar to what I am attempting, and how did you accomplish it?

Refer to previous post if you like: http://www.drobospace.com/forums/showthread.php?tid=983

First question is what kind of data rate you need off your Drobo. That’ll determine what connection method (eSATA, Firewire, USB) you can use, and further what server performance you’ll need.

A Windows Home Server machine would work, but may be too complex/too much for your intended use.

The Drobo’s USB, connected to the Netgear ReadyNAS (which is ethernet-cable connected to the router, as is the PS3) was providing just fine data transfer.

I use TwonkyMedia Server running on a MacMini which streams to my XBox 360. The compatability matrix also lists PS3 http://www.twonkymedia.com/compatibility.html

TwonkyMedia can run on Windows/Mac/Linux PC and its cheap to purchase. Looking at their website they have a promotion on until the end of March for 50% off. http://twonkymedia.com/Promotions/index.html

I recommend you grab the Free 30 day trial of TwonkyMedia Server stick it on a computer with an Operating System of your choice and attach your Drobo S to it, then test out how it works with your PS3.
You mention running Ubuntu in another post so since your Drobo S is already ext3 formatted that would be a good place to start.

I recommend PS3 media server:

Just use PS3 media server on a PC thats always on/on whenever you want to share media and then you’re good to go.

This looks to have potential too