View Full Version : drobo disk question

Oct 25, 2008, 02:43 PM
I currently have 3 500 gig drives in my drobo and am at 60% usage. I have noticed that the fans run a lot more than they used to. I presume that is due to percentage of usage?

I am also going to be buying a 1 tb drive to put in the fourth bay. That way as I run out of space I will just start pulling the 500 gig drives and replacing them with 1 tb drives.

Question, how would I erase the data on the 500 when I remove them from the drobo?

Oct 25, 2008, 03:37 PM
I'm not sure this is the right place for this but....

Used and free space on your drives won't affect how hot they run. The drives get hot when they're spinning, when you're reading or writing to them. Storage devices spend a lot of time at idle so the fans shouldn't need to be very active the majority of the time.

To erase the drives you will need to put them in another machine, or an external enclosure and format them. You can use an OS install dvd or Disk Utility. If you have any sensitive data you will want to use a program made for destroying data to more thoroughly erase the data.

Oct 26, 2008, 12:47 AM
problem is I don't have anything else to put the drives in and so I have no idea how to erase it. I will watch the temp as it has been hot here.

Oct 26, 2008, 12:28 PM
Are you planning on selling them?
You can get ide/sata to usb adapters on Newegg for about $25.

Oct 26, 2008, 12:32 PM
Once you swap out those drives get this $30 adaptor kit (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/U2NV2SPATA/) and basically use your 500 gb as USB drives without having to buy an enclosure.

Oct 26, 2008, 12:40 PM
The way a drobo works the data files are spread out all over the place anyway, spanned between disks, such that the disks would most likely not be readable once you remove them anyway. I am sure that some low-level diagnostic utilities may be able to find some useful data on the disks, but to the average user the data would look like gibberish. It would be interesting to pull a disk from the drobo and look at its contents, but I don't think you will be able to make any use of it.

Oct 26, 2008, 12:42 PM
Once you swap out those drives get this $30 adaptor kit (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/U2NV2SPATA/) and basically use your 500 gb as USB drives without having to buy an enclosure.
That looks like a very useful little gadget there!

Oct 26, 2008, 03:29 PM
that is perfect! I was looking for a 500 gig 2.5" drive to put in my safe, but now I can just use the old 3.5"'s!

Oct 26, 2008, 06:11 PM
The Newer Technology Universal Adapters are amazingly awesome and versatile, all our techs are equipped with them at my organization (with the fancy bag OWC sells for them).

Oct 26, 2008, 08:34 PM
If you want to keep using the 500's you can probably get an external enclosure for not much more than the adapter. Those adapters are useful though.