theres probably 2 likely reasons…
- to phase out the old models (which i have doubts as to that case since the 4-slot is still a very stable entry product for the masses)
- its not ready yet (due to complexities maybe in how the firware will fit into the free firmware space - or not having enough time / teams to spend on it yet)
(doesnt help you with your 3tb drives, but thats the main 2 reasons that spring to mind… if you can pick up some smaller WD EADS drives to keep you going, even just a couple - that could help you use it in the meantime, and have a single drive contigency, plus then then 3tb is ready you could pop in the other 2x3tb drives and end up with 4drives in it (with matching sizes which is always a bonus)[hr]
(im also in the same boat with my v1 and v2 drobo (gen1/gen2) and only reason i havent gone for 3tb drives yet was they sounded too new, were too expensive, but i couldnt find any WD20EADS drives so had to settle for 7xWD15EADS which i got quite cheap around 40 pounds) :)[hr]
Btw Nexist - where did you order your drobo from?
IF you really want, there might be a way to contact them for a refund/swaps if it was from DRI store itself or authorised reseller, because technically you shouldnt be sold something that you wont be able to use yet - even if theres firmware promised to be available in future date - but, that might be more hassle than it’s worth - so i’d still recommend the above.
(also, if you have time, try to borrow or buy a sata usb cable kit or something similar so that you can run a full surface scan on the drives before you use them in drobo - some drives need certain software probably from the manufacturers website - and it takes time to do, but ive done that using Western Digitals utils tool and it adds peace of mind knowing all sectors are clean before use.[hr]
(plus, despite the fact that drobo is likely to make you aware of a bad drive as you start using it - if you’ve prescanned it then that way you could RMA a bad drive sooner than later,)