I have a Drobo 2nd Gen connected to a MacBook Pro runing DroboDashboard 1.7.1. The Drobo had 2x500GB and 1x1.5TB drives with volume limit at 1TB and formatted at HFS+. This setup gave me a max size of 928GB for the volume. I have mainly been using the Drobo for time machine on the laptop. I have been wanting to put more space in to have a 2nd volume as FAT32 so I can backup my other laptop (windows XP) as well as have a platform that I can put files on to move back and forth between the two laptops (or home if I ever have a need of moving the Drobo back there)
Today I add another 1.5TB drive into the last slot so that I can have multiple 1TB volumes (as well as not having to worry about Time Machine trying to go past the 928GB and corrupting the backups). It said that I needed to reboot the Drobo to see the new volumes which I did. I saw the new space, but had no way of accessing it without re-formatting the whole diskpack.
I did the format and I now have three volumes with HFS+ format. I could not find a way to choose the format for the individual volumes. That isn’t that big of an issue since I went into Disk Utilities and reformatted the 2nd volume at FAT32. I go back to DroboDashboard and it still list the 2nd volume as HFS+.
My questions are:
Is there another way of accessing new space to create new volumes without having to format the whole diskpack?
Is there a way to selectively format a specific volume?