Sunday, March 9, 2008

Hacking the Drobo

Well, not really hacking, but my original beta unit has been having fan troubles. Friday night, the fan just plain died and now the unit won't run for more than a few minutes before it overheats. This afternoon, I'm taking it apart in an attempt to replace the fan.
The Drobo is a unit that holds 4 drives and spreads the data over all of them. If one drive is lost, you simply plug in a new one and the system spreads the data over the new drive as well. The beta unit I've had has been working well until as of late and I've found I really depend on it. So I'm going to open it up in an attempt to replace the fan.
Hopefully this will mean I'll have it back online later today. If not, then it's time to buy a new one. They've made significant improvements in the units that are now being sold, so my experience with this beta unit is not a concern for regular customers. I also don't advocate cracking open the case if you're device is under warranty as that can void the warranty and then you have even more problems.
I'll post later and let you know how it went...

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