When I went on vacation over Memorial Day week, I turned off both my Mac and my Drobo 5N. Upon returning, my Drobo would not power on. I get a quarter-second blip of the lights and that’s it. Dead in the water.
Okay, so I go to the Drobo store and look to replace the 5N with the 5N2 - good: twice as fast, better processor, etc. Go to buy it and it says it is sold out. Then I go through all the other products and they are all sold out as well. There is zero mention of any problems on the web site.
When I check some twitter activity, the Drobo response to no hardware to sell is that the complex chip sets that they use for their product are unavailable. This is my first run-in with chip shortages.
Going back, it looks like they ran out of product in late 2020. I’m now wondering if they will be in business since they haven’t sold anything since then.
My two questions for the group:
- Is there any way a different NAS solution will take my Drobo formatted disks and have them be used on that system (I doubt it, usually the first job is to format the disks…)?
- Do I give up the ghost and just bite the data loss — 7 TB of which are all of my 230 or so movies for Plex, my Time Machine backups for two computers, and a backup of my 7,000 pictures (which are also on iCloud, so no worries).
And if I need to get something different, what brand should I buy?
Thanks for the help!