Drobo 5D and Mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gordoabc, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. gordoabc macrumors newbie

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    I have a Mac pro 3,1 (early 2008) and am trying to get it working with the new Drobo 5D and USB 3. I installed a Sonnet Allegro PCIe USB 3.0 card from OWC and the latest drivers from the Sonnettech website which are supposed to support Mountain Lion. A sandisk USB 3 flash drive seems to work but the drobo doesn't show up as a drive. It works fine when I bootcamp into Windows 8 so I don't think there is a hardware problem (using the sandisk sends my Bluetooth magic mouse into fits but that is reported by others). Has anyone got this combination working - do I need to connect the molex power cable to the Sonnet even though Drobo has its own power?

    Is there another USB 3 option for Mac pro and mountain lion known to work with the Drobo?
     
  2. mjuarez macrumors newbie

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    Did you try using it connected to one of the MacPro's USB2 ports? If that works, it might indicate an issue with the USB3 hardware/drivers.
     
  3. gordoabc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It works fine with USB 2 - it is some driver/USB card issue
     
  4. gmehje macrumors member

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    any solution

    Thinking of the same solution - did you get this to work?

    Any solutions to which usb3.0 card for mac pro with Drobo 5d?

    Kind Regards
    Ged
     
  5. gordoabc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no solution yet. I was able to get a Newertech eSATA-USB3 adaptor working with the Allegro (only on first boot - not hot pluggable) so I think the card is working OK. When I booted with the Drobo connected I briefly saw the partitions on the drobo but it then abruptly disconnected. Since then the drobo has gone into a continual reboot sequence (this is with USB2 connection and not Allegro related I think) so am currently troubleshooting with drobo - as a result have been sidetracked from trying to get higher speed....
     

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