Friday, 5 August 2016
no drama as a 6 terabyte disk fails with drobo seamlessly to the rescue
Today I'll be looking for a cardboard box and some bubble wrap. After the recent exploits of an iMac drive failure, I've now got a Drobo disk failure as well. They always say with disks its not 'if', it's 'when'.
The Drobo 5N emailed me to say a disk was about to fail and then switched into a special orange flashing light mode which stripped all of the data from the failing drive. Eventually, a red light appeared in the unit signalling the defective drive could be removed, without powering off the unit.
I did so, and swapped in a replacement. The unit is still flashing a warning until it rebuilds the defective disk. It continued to function properly as a server throughout the mishap - showed by its current uptime of 21 Days.
Next I visited the Western Digital web site to obtain an RMA, so that I can mail back the defective WD Red unit for a replacement. I have around 15 of these WD Red units which are generally excellent and nowadays they are my disk of choice.
But that's why I need the bubble wrap.