Drobo 5C Getting Started Guide

Drobo 5C Getting Started Guide
Drobo 5C Getting Started Guide
Table of Contents
1: Before You Begin .............................................................................................................................. 4
1.1 Product features at a glance .......................................................................................................... 4
1.2 Checking box contents .................................................................................................................. 5
1.3 Checking system requirements ...................................................................................................... 5
1.3.1 Operating systems supported ........................................................................................................................... 6
1.3.2 Connectivity interface supported ..................................................................................................................... 6
1.4 Checking hardware requirements .................................................................................................. 6
1.4.1 Selecting drives ....................................................................................................................................................... 7
1.4.2 Recommended number and types of drives ............................................................................................... 7
1.4.3 Determining drive space requirements .......................................................................................................... 8
1.4.4 Using power protection........................................................................................................................................ 8
2: Setting Up Drobo 5C......................................................................................................................... 9
2.1 Inserting drives .............................................................................................................................. 9
2.1.1 How to insert the drives ....................................................................................................................................... 9
2.2 Connecting USB and power cables .............................................................................................. 10
2.2.1 How to connect USB and power cables ......................................................................................................10
2.3 Installing Drobo Dashboard ......................................................................................................... 11
2.3.1 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Windows .........................................................................................11
2.3.2 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Mac ...................................................................................................15
2.4 Updating your Drobo 5C to the latest firmware ......................................................................... 19
2.5 Registering your Drobo 5C .......................................................................................................... 21
2.6 Formatting drives ......................................................................................................................... 24
2.6.1 Selecting a file system and volume size ......................................................................................................24
2.6.2 Formatting drives for your Drobo 5C ...........................................................................................................25
2.7 Using Drobo 5C with Time Machine or backup software ........................................................... 28
2.7.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................28
2.7.2 Creating a backup volume ................................................................................................................................28
2.8 Safely shutting down your Drobo 5C........................................................................................... 30
2.8.1 When to shut down your Drobo 5C ..............................................................................................................30
2.8.2 Shutting down your Drobo 5C using Drobo Dashboard ........................................................................30
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3: What To Do Next ............................................................................................................................ 31
3.1 Using best practices for protecting data ..................................................................................... 32
3.2 Keeping your software up to date ............................................................................................... 32
3.2.1 Checking for software updates .......................................................................................................................32
3.3 Using online user guide ............................................................................................................... 33
3.4 Using context-sensitive help ........................................................................................................ 33
3.5 Using knowledge base ................................................................................................................. 33
3.6 Registering your Drobo 5C .......................................................................................................... 34
3.7 Getting technical support ............................................................................................................ 34
3.8 Guide to meaning of indicator lights (LEDs) ............................................................................... 35
3.8.1 Indicator light messages ....................................................................................................................................35
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1: Before You Begin
Before you begin to set up your Drobo 5C, it is recommended to check the operating system and
hardware requirements.
This section covers the following topics:

Product features at a glance

Checking box contents

Checking system requirements

Checking hardware requirements
1.1 Product features at a glance
For a quick overview of the features of Drobo 5C, refer to the following images.
Figure 1: Front view of Drobo 5C with the bezel (faceplate) removed.
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Figure 2: Back view of Drobo 5C
1.2 Checking box contents
Ensure that your product's box contains all the components listed below.

Drobo 5C

3.3 ft. (1 m) USB Type A to Type C cable

6.6 ft. (1.8 m) power cord with power adaptor

Quick Start Card

Safety and Warranty Guide
1.3 Checking system requirements
Check to ensure whether your operating system and cable interface are supported.
This section covers the following topics:

Operating systems supported

Connectivity interface supported
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1.3.1 Operating systems supported
Operating systems supported for Drobo 5C device are as follows.

Apple® Macintosh® 10.9 or later

Microsoft® Windows® 7 Service Pack 1 or later

Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1

Microsoft® Windows® 10
Notes:
- For best performance and interoperability, ensure that you are running the latest service packs for the
appropriate Windows operating systems.
- For the most current list of supported operating systems, check the specifications for your products
online at http://www.drobo.com/storage-products/5c/#specification.
1.3.2 Connectivity interface supported
Your Drobo 5C device has USB 3.0, Type C interface. Drobo provides USB Type A to Type C cable with
the device.
Depending on the model of your computer, it may have USB Type A or Type C interface. You have to
buy a Type C to Type C cable if your computer has a Type C interface. Speed of data communication
is limited by the slowest interface of your computer and the Drobo 5C.
Note:
If your computer has only a USB 2.0 connection, then the Drobo 5C will operate at USB 2.0 speeds.
1.4 Checking hardware requirements
To use your Drobo 5C device, you will need at least two drives. If you plan to use Dual Disk
Redundancy, which protects your data against two concurrent drive failures, you will need at least
three drives.
This section covers the following topics:

Selecting drives

Determining drive space requirements

Using power protection
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1.4.1 Selecting drives
The Drobo 5C supports both standard 3.5” SATA III hard disk drives (HDDs) as well as solid-state
drives (SSDs) for added performance. You can choose HDDs from any manufacturer and with any
capacity. For choosing SSDs, please visit our web page to view the compatible drive options.
Note:
Even though Drobo 5C supports SDDs, we do not recommend using them.
Warning:
When you insert the drives into Drobo 5C, the pre-existing data on the drives will be erased.
1.4.2 Recommended number and types of drives
Here are the recommended number and types of drives you can use with your Drobo 5C device. Note
that you need at least two drives in the drive bays to ensure your data is protected in the event of
drive failure.

2 to 5 Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) in the main drive bays enables you to maximize capacity.
For a performance comparison of these options, see the following illustration.
Notes:
- If an incompatible SSD is inserted into the Drobo 5C, the drive light will blink red, indicating the need
to replace that drive. Please refer to our web page on compatible drive options for more information.
- Drobo 5C is not compatible with IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics), SCSI (Small Computer System
Interface), PATA (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment) or SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) drives.
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1.4.3 Determining drive space requirements
In order to protect your data from drive failure, your Drobo 5C requires more space than what you
will use for your data. It may, sometimes, use as much as double or more the amount of space.
1.4.3.1 Capacity calculator
The best way to determine how much usable and protected storage space is available for your data,
based on the number and capacity of your drives, is to use our Capacity Calculator. To view the
Drobo Drive Capacity Calculator page, go to http://www.drobo.com/storage-products/capacitycalculator/.
A shortcut for estimating the capacity available for your data is to omit the largest drive and then,
add the capacity of the remaining drives. If you plan to use Dual Disk Redundancy, then omit the
largest two drives.
For example:
Single disk (default) redundancy
Dual disk redundancy
Notes:
- Actual capacity is often less than what is shown in the examples above due to the different systems
used for rating capacity. This has nothing to do with the Drobo 5C.
- Your Drobo 5C enables you to easily increase storage capacity at any time by simply inserting
additional drives or replacing smaller drives with larger ones.
- In the Drobo 5C device, 64TB space is available for storage.
1.4.4 Using power protection
We recommend you to use the following power protection with your Drobo 5C:

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which protects against sudden losses in power.

A power surge protector to protect against power surges.
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2: Setting Up Drobo 5C
Once you have unpacked your Drobo 5C device from its box and ensured that you meet all the
operating system and hardware requirements, it is time to set up your device for use. You also need
to upgrade the firmware to the latest version before using the Drobo 5C device, as the device
shipped out will not have the latest firmware.
Note:
- The Drobo 5C device will not be usable until you have upgraded the firmware.
You can perform the setup of Drobo 5C in few steps by:
1.
Inserting the drives to your Drobo 5C
2.
Connecting USB and power cables
3.
Installing the Drobo Dashboard on your computer
4.
Turning on the power and updating your Drobo 5C with the latest firmware
5.
Registering your Drobo 5C
6.
Formatting the drives
If you need to assess that the setup process is moving smoothly, see Guide to meaning of indicator
lights (LEDs).
2.1 Inserting drives
With the Drobo 5C in powered off state, insert the drives you plan to use in the device. For more
information on drive requirements, see Selecting Drives. Also see this link on the Drobo website:
http://www.drobo.com/storage-products/choose-drive/.
Warning:
Any pre-existing data on the drives will be erased, as the drives will be formatted. If you wish to keep
the data, copy it to another drive or medium before using with your Drobo 5C.
Note:
Once you insert the drives into your Drobo 5C, they function as a unit or “pack.” To access the data on
them, you will need the entire pack.
2.1.1 How to insert the drives
To insert the drives to your Drobo 5C device:
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1.
Remove the magnetic front bezel (faceplate) from the front of your Drobo 5C by pulling it off.
2.
Hold the HDD with its connectors positioned at the device and toward the left (usually the
labels will be on the top). Refer to the images below.
3.
With your other hand, use your thumb to depress and hold open one of the drive locks to a
selected drive bay. Refer to the image below.
4.
Slide the drive into the drive bay, release the drive lock and push the drive into place until you
feel it connect. The drive lock snaps behind the drive, securing it into place.
Note:
If you are inserting an SSD (Solid State Drive), ensure that it is compatible by visiting our web page on
compatible drive options.
5.
Insert additional drives in the same manner, following steps 2 through 4.
6.
When finished, replace the faceplate right side up, so that when your Drobo 5C is turned on
you will be able to see the indicator lights. For more information on Indicator lights, see Guide
to meaning of indicator lights (LEDs).
2.2 Connecting USB and power cables
After inserting the drives into your Drobo 5C, you are ready to connect the power and data cables on
your Drobo 5C.
2.2.1 How to connect USB and power cables
You can connect the Drobo 5C directly to your computer using the USB port.
As you follow the steps below, refer to the following image.
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1.
Plug the Type C USB cable into the back of your Drobo 5C.
2.
Plug the other end of the cable into your host computer.
3.
Connect the power supply to the power connection at the back of your Drobo 5C.
4.
Connect the other end of the power supply to a power source.
Note:
We recommend plugging into an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or surge protector. For more
information, see Using power protection.
2.3 Installing Drobo Dashboard
The Drobo Dashboard application will help you to set up and manage your Drobo 5C. After
installation of the Dashboard, you can configure the settings to automatically install version updates,
which is highly recommended. Drobo software and firmware updates can also be installed from Start
Drobo 5C page.
This section covers the following topics:

Installing Drobo Dashboard on Windows

Installing Drobo Dashboard on Mac
Note:
You need a full admin user account and Internet access on the computer on which you install the
Drobo Dashboard
2.3.1 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Windows
To install the Drobo Dashboard on a Windows machine:
1.
Go to the Start Drobo 5C page and download the Drobo Dashboard installation file for
Windows.
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2.
After downloading, double-click the Drobo Dashboard Installer to launch it.
3.
A pop up will appear asking you to choose the language for installation. Select the language of
your choice and click OK.
4.
The Drobo Dashboard Installer (or Installation Wizard) will appear.
5.
Click the Next button to proceed.
6.
Follow the instructions of the Installation Wizard by clicking the Next button after each page.
7.
Once you reach the installation page, click the Install button.
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8.
In some Windows operating systems, the Windows Access Control dialog box appears, asking
if you want to allow changes to your computer. Click the Allow or Yes button. This installs the
Drobo Dashboard.
9.
After the installation is complete, be sure the Launch Drobo Dashboard checkbox is selected
and then, click the Finish button.
10. The Drobo Dashboard application launches and you will be prompted to register your Drobo
5C. You can either register the Drobo 5C or skip the step and register it later. Select an option
based on you preference. The serial number is printed on the compliance label at the bottom
of the device.
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Note:
We highly recommend to register your product in order to obtain support.
11. Click the Next button to view the All Drobos page. After a few seconds, Drobo "discovers" all
Drobo devices currently connected and displays them on this page.
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Note:
After the Drobo Dashboard launches, you may be asked if Drobo can collect anonymous information
on your usage. Click Yes or No, as desired.
12. If you have no Drobo device connected to the computer or powered on, a "No Drobos
Detected" message displays until you do.
13. Your Drobo 5C will not work until you update the firmware. For information on updating the
firmware to the latest version, see Updating your Drobo 5C to the latest firmware.
2.3.2 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Mac
To install the Drobo Dashboard on Mac:
1.
Go to the Start Drobo 5C page and download the Drobo Dashboard installation file for Mac.
2.
After downloading, double-click the Drobo Dashboard Installer to launch it.
3.
A pop up will appear asking whether to open the Installer. Click Open.
4.
The Install Drobo Dashboard page will appear. Click Continue to proceed to the next screen.
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5.
The Firewall Warning page appears. Click Continue.
6.
Next, the Installation Wizard page appears. Click Continue to proceed.
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7.
The Software License Agreement page appears. From here, you can choose the language in
which you want to proceed the installation process.
8.
After choosing the desired language, Click Continue.
9.
A dialog box will appear asking you to Agree or Disagree the terms of the license agreement.
Click Agree to proceed.
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10. You will reach the Installation Type section. Click Install to proceed.
11. You will be prompted to enter the administrator password. Enter the password and click
Install Software.
12. Then, you will be prompted to restart your computer in order to complete the installation.
Click Continue Installation to proceed.
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13. When the installation completes, you will see the following screen to restart the computer to
finish the installation. Click Restart.
14. Once the computer restarts, launch the Drobo Dashboard application.
15. The application will prompt you to register your Drobo 5C. You can either register it or skip
the step and register it later. Select an option based on you preference.
Note:
We highly recommend to register your product in order to obtain support.
16. Click the Next button to view the All Drobos page. After a few seconds, Drobo "discovers" all
Drobo devices currently connected and displays them on this page.
Note:
After the Drobo Dashboard launches, you may be asked if Drobo can collect anonymous information
on your usage. Click Yes or No, as desired.
17. If you have no Drobo device connected to the computer or powered on, a "No Drobos
Detected" message displays until you do.
18. Your Drobo 5C will not work until you upgrade the firmware. For information on updating the
firmware to the latest version, see Updating your Drobo 5C to the latest firmware.
2.4 Updating your Drobo 5C to the latest firmware
When you first receive a new Drobo 5C device, you must use the Drobo Dashboard application to
update it to the latest firmware release.
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Important Notes:
- The Drobo 5C device will not be usable until you have upgraded the firmware.
- If you are a first-time Drobo user, then install the latest version of Drobo Dashboard. If you are an
existing Drobo user and have a Drobo Dashboard version earlier than 2.8.2 installed, then you must
follow the instructions to uninstall Drobo Dashboard prior to installing the latest version.
For information on uninstalling or re-installing Drobo Dashboard on your Windows computer, see
What is the proper way to uninstall and re-install Drobo Dashboard on my Windows computer?
For information on uninstalling or re-installing Drobo Dashboard on your Mac computer, see What is
the proper way to uninstall and re-install Drobo Dashboard on my Mac?
To update the firmware of your Drobo 5C to the latest one:
1.
Connect the Type C USB cable and power cable to your Drobo 5C.
2.
Ensure that the Mac or PC you are using for this setup has a valid Internet/network connection.
3.
If using a Mac, ensure that the Firewall (System Preferences > Security and Privacy) is set to
"allow incoming" for DD service (Drobo Dashboard).
4.
Verify that the Drobo is powered off.
5.
Insert the drives.
6.
Turn on your Drobo 5C.
7.
Your Drobo should begin updating to the latest firmware. Please allow Drobo up to 20 minutes
for the total initialization process.
8.
Here's what you will see happen:
When your Drobo 5C appears in the Drobo Dashboard, you may select it and go to the Status
page which will show that the Drobo is initializing. While initialization is taking place, all of the
drive slot LEDs will be yellow, and the capacity LEDs will blink blue. When initialization is
complete, your Drobo 5C will restart to finish the firmware upgrade process.
Important Note:
- If the Drobo Dashboard does not detect your Drobo 5C and initialization does not begin, please
disable any firewall and antivirus programs. If the Drobo Dashboard will still not detect your Drobo 5C
and the lights remain solid red, please call our support line for assistance or open a ticket on your
support account. For more info, please see: How do I contact technical support?
9.
After the device reboots, follow the instructions that appear on the Drobo dashboard to format
the volume.
10. If the red drive lights are seen again (e.g. "Unknown Disk Set"), please go to the Drobo
Dashboard's Tools section and choose ERASE (reset), allowing reboot of the Drobo 5C.
11. Alternatively, you can use the pinhole method to format the disk. For more information on
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formatting the disk with pinhole method, see How can I clear all my data off my Drobo storage
device and start anew? This is for new setups only where the drives have no data.
Warning:
This procedure will erase all data from all drives and return your Drobo 5C to default settings.
Note:
If you need to assess that the process is moving smoothly, see Guide to meaning of indicator lights
(LEDs).
2.5 Registering your Drobo 5C
If you did not register your Drobo 5C during setup, then you register it from the Drobo Dashboard.
Note:
Make sure you are connected to the Internet before performing this action.
To register your Drobo 5C from the Drobo Dashboard:
1.
From the All Drobos page in the Drobo Dashboard, select Drobo 5C and click the Help and
Support option on the Navigation menu.
2.
The Help and Support page for Drobo 5C opens.
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3.
In the Drobo Registration area, click the Register my Drobo devices link. This opens the
Registration page.
4.
Do one of the following:
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
If you do not have a Drobo account, click the Create a new Drobo account link. The
Login page opens in your web browser. Then, click the Create an Account button to open
the Signup page. Enter the required information and create your account, and then return
to this step to log in to your account.

If you already have a Drobo account, then select the Register new Drobo with my Drobo
account option and enter your Drobo username and password. You can click the Forgot
username or password link if needed. Continue with step 4.
5.
Click the Next button. The connected Drobo devices and their serial numbers will appear.
6.
Select Drobo 5C and enter its purchase date. Then, select the region from where you
purchased it, as shown in the image below.
Tip:
You can click the Skip this step for now check box at any time.
7.
Click the Register Drobo button. The next page shows with a check mark that your product
has been registered.
Note:
You can choose to purchase a DroboCare license by clicking on that link.
8.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 to register additional Drobo devices.
9.
When finished, click the Done button. You will return to the Help and Support page.
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2.6 Formatting drives
After installing the Drobo Dashboard, inserting the drives into your Drobo 5C and connecting cables,
you are ready to turn on your device and format the drives. Before doing so, it is important to know
what file system format and volume size you will choose when you format the drives.
2.6.1 Selecting a file system and volume size
When you turn on your Drobo 5C, you will be prompted to format the drives in your Drobo 5C with a
particular file system. The file system formats available to you depend on your operating system. (See
Figure 3 below.)
You will also be formatting your Drobo 5C into at least one volume, and you will need to choose a
size for that volume. A volume is a storage area that has been formatted with a file system format
your operating system can recognize. In Windows, volumes are sometimes called “logical drives” or
“partitions.”
The largest volume size you are allowed depends on the file system format you choose and the total
capacity of the drives in your Drobo 5C.
Figure 3: Table of file system formats and maximum volume sizes
Important Notes:
- The term ‘Volume’ does not represent how much actual storage space is available on your Drobo 5C.
It represents the virtual storage space.
For example, your Drobo 5C may be loaded with 2TB of drive space, but you will have a 64TB volume.
What this enables you to do is to add more capacity to your Drobo 5C (by inserting an additional drive
or replacing a smaller capacity drive with a larger capacity one) without having to format an additional
volume. The additional capacity becomes part of the same volume you formatted originally.
- Your operating system may show the virtual space available on your Drobo 5C as defined by the
volume size.
- If the amount of available protected storage space in your Drobo 5C exceeds the size of the volume
(this may occur when you add one or more additional drives to your Drobo 5C), then the Drobo
Dashboard will automatically create a new volume (or volumes) of the same size as the original
volume.
The Drobo Dashboard will notify you when this occurs and will ask you to format and name the new
volume(s).
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2.6.2 Formatting drives for your Drobo 5C
With Drobo Dashboard installed on your host computer and cables connected, you are ready to turn
on your Drobo 5C and format the drives.
Important Notes:
Some of the Windows and Mac operating systems will prompt you to format the drives. Click Cancel or
Ignore, as appropriate, and continue with the formatting procedure from the Drobo Dashboard.
To format the drives:
1.
Double-click on the Drobo 5C icon on the All Drobos page in the Drobo Dashboard. A
message appears asking if you would like to format the device.
2.
Click the Yes button. The Format Type page opens. Depending on your operating system, the
page displays different options.
a.
The File Format page for Drobo 5C in OS X will appear as shown below:
b. The File Format page for Drobo 5C in Windows will appear as shown below:
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3.
Then, click the Next button. This opens the Volume Name page (see image below).
4.
If applicable, from the Drive Letter drop-down list, select the drive letter to assign to the
volume.
5.
In the Name text box, modify the default name for the volume as you like.
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Tip:
We recommend using a descriptive name stating the purpose to avoid confusion.
6.
Click the Next button. The Confirm Format page opens.
7.
Click the Format button. A message appears informing you that it can take up to five minutes
to format your drives, and that this may require rebooting your Drobo 5C.
8.
After formatting, the Format dialog box opens.
9.
Click the OK button. The newly created volume will appear under the Volumes tab for your
Drobo 5C.
Important Note:
The Drobo Dashboard automatically assigns “Drobo” as the default name for your Drobo 5C, which
you can rename later.
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2.7 Using Drobo 5C with Time Machine or backup
software
2.7.1 Overview
Drobo 5C introduces the ability to create a dedicated backup volume for use with OS X Time
Machine, Windows Backup and Restore, or other backup software. The backup volume is compatible
with encrypted backup options. This article will show you how to set it up.
2.7.2 Creating a backup volume
These steps will create a fixed-size backup volume that will appear as a new disk, separate from your
main Drobo volume. Having this dedicated, fixed-size backup volume will prevent backup software
from filling your main Drobo volume with daily backups.
Follow these steps:
1.
Open the Drobo Dashboard, and wait for your Drobo 5C to appear under in the All Drobos
page.
2.
Double-click the image of your Drobo 5C.
3.
Then, click Volumes.
4.
Click the Enable Backup button.
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5.
Enter a name for your backup volume and the desired size (GB).
6.
Click the OK button.
7.
When you see the "Confirm Restart" dialog, take a moment to stop any activity on the Drobo
5C, because it must restart. When you are ready, click Yes to continue.
8.
Wait until you receive the message that "Volume management changes have been made
successfully," then click the OK button.
9.
Now you will see the backup volume you created listed under Volumes. You may now close the
Drobo Dashboard.
10. To finish the process, open the settings for your third-party backup software, such as Time
Machine, and select the backup volume that you created as the destination volume.
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2.8 Safely shutting down your Drobo 5C
If you plan to shut down your Drobo 5C for any reason, it is very important that you always do so
safely. Improper Drobo device shutdowns may cause file corruption and/or data loss.
This section covers the following topics:

When to shut down your Drobo 5C

Shutting down your Drobo 5C using Drobo Dashboard
2.8.1 When to shut down your Drobo 5C
It is a good idea to shut down your Drobo 5C before any of the following situations:

You are going to disconnect the cable(s) or power cord

You want to move your Drobo to another location

You are going to remove the entire disk pack
2.8.2 Shutting down your Drobo 5C using Drobo Dashboard
This is the recommended method for safely shutting down your Drobo 5C.
1.
Check that the activity light on your Drobo 5C is off, indicating that no data is actively being
transferred to or from your Drobo 5C.
Note:
If data is actively being transferred, the activity light will be blinking green.
2.
Also check to ensure the drive bay action indicator lights are not blinking alternately between
yellow and green. This indicates that your Drobo 5C is busy working to protect your data. Wait
until these lights are a solid green.
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Important Note:
If one or more drive bay lights are red, you need to add capacity or replace the current drive. However,
you can still safely shut down your Drobo 5C.
3.
In the Drobo Dashboard, select the Drobo 5C that you would like to shut down from the All
Drobos page, and click the Tools option on the Navigation menu. The Tools page opens.
4.
In the Drobo Operations area, select the Shutdown option. A message box opens, asking you
to confirm the shutdown.
5.
Click the Yes button.
6.
It can take up to two minutes for your Drobo 5C to power down. Afterwards, the power light
turns off, indicating your Drobo 5C has shut down.
3: What To Do Next
Once you set up the Drobo 5C device and start to use it, we recommend you to read the following
topics to understand the different ways to enhance the performance of the device.
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Using best practices for data protection
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Keeping Drobo Dashboard and Drobo 5C ’s firmware up to date

Using Online User Guide
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Using Context-Sensitive Help
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Using the Knowledge Base
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Registering your Drobo 5C
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Getting Technical Support
3.1 Using best practices for protecting data
While Drobo protects 5C your data from a single drive failure and concurrent 2 drive failures (when
used in Dual Disk Redundancy setting) our data can still be lost. Drive head crash, damage to the
whole 5C device and disk pack, files corrupted before being saved to the Drobo 5C, unsafe
shutdowns, and other traumatic events can result in data loss.
So to know more specific guidelines on how to best protect your data, please visit our Best Practices
page. For additional information for professionals (Photographers, Videographers, etc.), please see
Photographers, Here’s A Bulletproof Backup Method Using Drobo.
Important Note:
To help protect your data, if you are unsure on how to proceed when using your Drobo 5C, it is very
important that you review the Online User Guide for your product, review our Knowledge Base articles,
or contact Drobo Support.
3.2 Keeping your software up to date
To ensure optimal performance for your Drobo 5C, we highly recommend you set your device to
automatically check for software updates (you may have already done this during the initial setup of
the device). This feature keeps both the Drobo Dashboard and your device’s firmware up to date.
You can also install updates from Start Drobo 5C page. If you would like to install a firmware update
from the Drobo website, see Manually updating firmware from the website for more information.
3.2.1 Checking for software updates
The following steps ensure that the Drobo Dashboard and your Drobo 5C’s firmware are up to date:
1.
In the Drobo Dashboard, select Drobo 5C from the All Drobos page.
2.
Click the Tools option on the Navigation menu to open the Tools page.
3.
In the Software Updates area of the Tools page, click the Check for Updates option.
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Note:
If needed, ensure that you are logged in to this Drobo 5C.
4.
If a software update is available, a dialog box opens, asking if you would like to install the
update. Click the Yes button and follow the prompts to install the update.
3.3 Using online user guide
After you have set up your Drobo 5C, you are ready to use it to store and back up data. To learn how
to manage and use your Drobo 5C, refer to the Online User Guide for your product available at the
Drobo 5C page.
You can also access the user guide from the Drobo Dashboard by clicking the Help & Support
option on the Navigation menu. This will lead to the Help and Support page. From here, click the
View Drobo User Guide link to open the Online User Guide in a web browser.
3.4 Using context-sensitive help
On the top right corner of the Drobo Dashboard, you will find the Help button (?). Click this button
to view the context-sensitive help. The Help window opens in your Internet browser providing
information particular to the page from which you clicked for help.
3.5 Using knowledge base
Our searchable knowledge base provides answers to almost any questions related to your Drobo 5C
related specific support needs.
To access our knowledge base follow the steps below.
1.
From the Drobo Dashboard, click the Help and Support option on the Navigation menu. The
Help and Support page opens.
2.
In the Check Drobo online resources area, click the Search Knowledge Base link to open the
Drobo Knowledge Base web page.
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Note:
You can access our knowledge base from the Drobo Support page.
3.6 Registering your Drobo 5C
If you did not register your Drobo 5C during setup, you can do so from the Drobo Dashboard. For
more information on registering your Drobo 5C, see Registering your Drobo 5C.
3.7 Getting technical support
To get technical support from Drobo, make sure you have registered your Drobo 5C at the Drobo Log
In page. If not registered yet, go to Drobo Support page for details on how to contact support.
You can also use the Help and Support page in the Drobo Dashboard for registration. The Help
and Support page opens and allows you to register your Drobo, access the online user guide and
knowledge base, contact the Drobo support team and create a diagnostics file.
You can also obtain additional hardware and phone support by purchasing DroboCare™. To know
more details on DroboCare™ and how to purchase it, visit the DroboCare page on our website. Also,
see our DroboCare FAQ.
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3.8 Guide to meaning of indicator lights (LEDs)
Your Drobo 5C provides a variety of status information via its indicator lights, as described in the
table below.
3.8.1 Indicator light messages
Light
Color
Meaning
Drive Bay
Status
Indicator
Green (solid)
Drive is healthy. No action required.
Yellow (solid)
Add a drive or replace the current drive with a larger drive
soon. Your Drobo is running out of disk space. See Adding
disk capacity.
Yellow-Green
(alternating)
Do not remove these drives or power down. Your Drobo is
working to protect your data.
Red (Solid)
Add a drive or replace the current drive with a larger drive
immediately. Your Drobo is critically low on space. See
Adding disk capacity.
Red (blinking)
Replace this drive immediately. This drive has failed. See
Adding disk capacity.
Green (solid)
The power is on and your Drobo is ready.
Yellow (solid)
Your Drobo is in the process of powering on.
Red (solid)
Your Drobo has overheated. Safely power down your Drobo,
disconnect the data cable and then the power cable. Let it
cool down and then restart.
Green (blinking)
Data is actively being transferred between your computer
and your Drobo.
Blue (on/off)
Shows the percentage of your Drobo that is full in 10
percent increments. For example: if your Drobo is 30 percent
full, three blue lights are on.
Power
Activity
Capacity
Gauge
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