Sunday, March 9, 2008

Hacking the Drobo - Part II


Releasing my inner geek...

Well, that didn't take too long.

Although the unit really isn't designed to be taken apart, a good set of tools and a little patience is all that is required. What you can see in the photo is the drive enclosure, the top/back panel (all in one) with the old fan in place, and the outer shell. You can also see the 4 SATA hard drives lined up at the top right.

The only snag I hit was when I realized the replacement fan I bought had a different power connector. To remedy that, I just cut and spliced the old connector onto the new fan.

So the Drobo is now back online and the new fan is as quiet as a gentle summer breeze.

Let me repeat that these types of adventures are not for the faint of heart or the neophyte user. However, if I didn't fix it myself, this would have been a boat anchor. Basically I had nothing to lose. Not to mention I love doing this kind of stuff.

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  2. I have a 1st generation Drobe which (it turns out) never had a working fan. Seems the temp sensor never worked right and the fan never spun up. THe plastic in teh unit has warped a it under the heat and it looks like I will need to crack the unit open to get the drives out. Any gotchas when opening the unit up?

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  3. Can you tell me what replacement fan you used?

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  5. hey everyone - I'm dubious about the fan on my Gen 1 as well - how often should the fan be running? Do your fans always run or only when the drive/enclosure gets hot?

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  6. Just replaced the broken fan in mine too with a Noctua 92mm NF-B9
    http://noctua.at/main.php?show=productvi...=16&lng=en

    Interesting that yours is a 80mm fan...

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  7. I opened up my 1st generation drobo to replace the face. The fan is attached by weird plastic plugs. The plugs seem to be one way.

    How did you remove the old drobo fan?

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  10. I just replaced original fan with 92 mm NF-B9 -- definitely worth of time and money! I barely can hear the fan noise now. Actually, I had to look at the back of Drobo to see if the fan is spinning at all! There is drilled holes for 80 mm fan installation also.

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  12. I am thinking about replacing my drobo fan, but is the internal power plug, able to power the new fan? or do you use an external power source?

    Great blog post! Thanks

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  13. Part I, where to find ?
    Thanks

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  14. Part 1 is here:
    http://blog.denticle.com/2008/03/hacking-drobo.html

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