New larger capacity drives (e.g. 2.5TB, 3TB) are now available for purchase in 3.5in SATA models. Drobo supports the use of these high-capacity drives in Drobo systems to allow users to continue to expand their Drobo storage.
Users of the following Drobo products can download and apply a free firmware update for their Drobo system and make use of drives >2TB. This firmware version (or highter) is available from the Drobo Software Downloads page.
Minimum firmware levels for >2TB support:
- Drobo 8-bay iSCSI SAN Storage for Business (B800i): Firmware 2.0.1
- Drobo 8-bay File Sharing Storage for Business (B800fs): Firmware 2.0.1
- DroboElite: Firmware 2.0.2
- DroboPro FS: Firmware 1.1.0
- DroboPro: Firmware 1.2.1
- Drobo FS: Firmware 1.1.0
- Drobo S: Firmware 2.1.0
Estimated Release Schedule For Other Models
- Drobo (4-bay) - later this year
The release for 3TB drive support for the Drobo 4-bay units is almost complete however drobo is continuing to put the release through quality assurance testing. The good news is that the release will also support greater than 3TB drives when they become available (e.g. 4TB, 5TB). Drobo want to ensure that they have tested the release thoroughly so that your data stays safe on your Drobo.