quick background. we bought the Drobo FS to replace two 2TB laCie’s that we used as searchable archives for our years of artwork. All this was backed up on a LARGE assortment of CD’s and DVD’s that had been accumulated over 10 years. the laCie’s were prone to failure after a few years and had been frequently replaced. we were reaching the point of needing a third for more room when one of the two gave it’s final death clicks. I had thought this would be a viable, stable, GREAT replacement. seemed to work great, until I had to search for something. FAIL! No one had any clue on how to get an index of the drive to search, and my co-worker figured it out so I thought I’d share.
the solution is fairly simple. Google Desktop for the PC ((sorry, no MAC solution yet)).
once you install Google Desktop and make sure that you have the Drobo FS as a mapped drive, open up your search bar and select “options” in the upper right
then select “more options” at the bottom
finally click “add drive or folder to search” and add your mapped Drobo FS drive.
A couple things to note though; it only indexes the Drobo FS when your PC is idle, so leaving it up overnight for a few days works best. we have almost 4.5GB on our drive right now, and it took over a week to complete the index, so this isn’t an instant fix. it is better than nothing though!
Good luck and if anyone figures out how to improve this, let us know!