Salvaging an old Drobo (2nd generation)

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Found one of these four drive systems literally in a filing cabinet. We’ve been putting 4TB drives into our Drobo Pro so had some old (2009!) 2TB drives in the closet as well. Amazing how sometimes this old stuff works.
Updated to the latest firmware 1.4.2 and Dashboard 2.5 and it actually worked with Mac OS X Mavericks at least in USB mode. Now trying Firewire 800 mode. I had forgotten that USB 2.0 is theoretically 400Mbps (I get about 20MBps) and Firewire 800 should be twice as fast. We will see! It actually just worked. Quite a change from those early days of OS X Lion when there was all that trouble with Firewire and other drivers.

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