Archive for the ‘Drobo FS’ category

My Drobo FS replacement

February 28, 2012

I bought a HP N40L microserver to replace my Drobo FS during the time it had the OSX Lion bug. It will probably not be as easy to manage as the Drobo, but I hope to make up for that in speed, stability and flexibility.

My goals are:

  1. a stable system with high uptime’s and few upgrades
  2. redundancy to survive a disk failures
  3. minimal down time when disks fail
  4. low power usage
  5. highest possible transfer speeds over Gigabit ethernet
  6. virtualization support
  7. supporting features like, firewall, home automation, on the same device



Blazing fast HP N40L Microserver NAS

February 27, 2012

My HP Microserver is currently doing over 100 MBps (Megabyte per second) transfers over a gigabit LAN. It’s running a version of OpenIndiana and Napp-IT. Though Napp-IT sucks in more ways than you can imagine, it’s the easiest software to get the NAS features up and running.

  • HP N40L Proliant Microserver
  • 8 GB of ECC memory, 2x Kingston KTH-PL313E/4G
  • 3x 2TB WD EARS 5400 rpm disks
  • OCZ Agility 3 60GB


Returned my Drobo FS

February 27, 2012

Though the new firmware release fixed my Drobo FS in december last year, I returned the unit for a refund. Mainly because I bought a Do-It-Yourself NAS to safeguard my backups while Drobo was working on a fix and was getting pretty good performance from the box. It’s a HP Micro server running Open Indiana. More on that in the next posts.

Drobo FS on Lion [solved]

January 3, 2012

On december 13th, Drobo released a new firmware update (1.2.1) for the Drobo FS. I tested this updated and for me it fixed the problems I had with Lion, Time Machine and the Drobo. On december 29th, they also released an update for the Dashboard.

The dashboard seems a bit snappier, though it’s not mentioned in the release notes.

Sadly it took Drobo 16 weeks to deliver this firmware update, but it does fix my Lion and Time Machine issues with the Drobo. So the Drobo is back to the way it was the summer of 2011. The transfer speeds are around 28MB/s again, which is way better than the 3MB/s I’ve seen.

You can find and download the firmware updates here:

Waiting for the firmware release I tried to find another NAS to replace the Drobo, but could not find any good solution. So I bought some hardware to build my own. I will publish the results as soon as I have something stable.

Drobo FS and Lion [fixed: but it ain’t pretty]

August 30, 2011

Just after Lion was released I upgraded my iMac. As many others with a Drobo FS, I noticed that time machine would not function. After weeks of trying to get things working again (rebooted my machine and the Drobo countless times) I gave up. I had countless Finder hangs. The support articles and instructions I received are way too ‘complicated’. Not that I’m not able to, but damn, I bought a Mac because I wanted to get rid of this install hell and poorly written instructions.

If you’re in the same boat (having a DroboFS that is), you’re not going to like my solution!

I created new time machine shares deleted the old, and lost 1 year of time travel in the process. After instructing the machines to use these new shares, everything is working again. The Finder hangs are a thing of the past too.

Good luck!

Why Drobo Alerts are implemented poorly!

February 19, 2011

You can configure e-mail alerts in the DroboFS Dashboard. These are notifications the drobo sends out on certain events.

The notification mechanism works fine, but the information you get in the notification e-mails is poor. Why are they poorly implemented / designed:


Drobo FS and GMail problem (solved)

June 24, 2010

As Stephen writes on his blog it’s easy to configure Drobo to work with GMail. However I had problems getting it to work because I changed the TO: address to in stead of the

So set all mail addresses equal to and it will work!