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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
1.4 Checking hardware requirements .................................................................................................. 6
1.4.1 Selecting drives ....................................................................................................................................................... 6
1.4.2 Recommended number and type of drives ................................................................................................. 7
1.4.3 Determining drive space requirements .......................................................................................................... 8
1.4.4 Using power protection........................................................................................................................................ 9
2: Setting Up Drobo B810n .................................................................................................................. 9
2.1 Inserting drives ............................................................................................................................ 10
2.1.1 How to insert the drives .....................................................................................................................................10
2.2 Connecting Ethernet and power cables ....................................................................................... 11
2.2.1 How to connect Ethernet and power cables .............................................................................................11
2.3 Powering on the Drobo 810n ...................................................................................................... 12
2.4 Downloading and installing Drobo Dashboard ........................................................................... 12
2.4.1 How to download Drobo Dashboard application ...................................................................................13
2.4.2 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Windows .........................................................................................13
2.4.3 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Mac ...................................................................................................16
2.5 Initializing and updating your Drobo B810n to the latest firmware ........................................... 21
2.6 Registering your Drobo B810n .................................................................................................... 23
2.7 Shares and Users ......................................................................................................................... 25
2.8 Using Drobo B810n with Time Machine or backup software ...................................................... 26
2.8.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................26
2.8.2 Creating a backup volume ................................................................................................................................26
2.9 Safely shutting down your Drobo B810n ..................................................................................... 28
2.9.1 When to shut down your Drobo B810n ......................................................................................................29
2.9.2 Shutting down your Drobo B810n using Drobo Dashboard .................................................................29
3: What To Do Next ............................................................................................................................ 30
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3.1 Using best practices for protecting data ..................................................................................... 31
3.2 Keeping your software up to date ............................................................................................... 31
3.2.1 Checking for software updates .......................................................................................................................31
3.3 Using online user guide ............................................................................................................... 32
3.4 Using context-sensitive help ........................................................................................................ 32
3.5 Using knowledge base ................................................................................................................. 32
3.6 Registering your Drobo B810n .................................................................................................... 32
3.7 Getting technical support ............................................................................................................ 33
3.8 Guide to meaning of indicator lights (LEDs) ............................................................................... 33
3.8.1 Indicator light messages ....................................................................................................................................34
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1: Before You Begin
Before you begin to set up your Drobo B810n, 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 review of Drobo B810n hardware features, please review these images.
Figure 1: Front of the Drobo B810n with bezel (faceplate) removed
Figure 2: Front of the Drobo B810n with bezel (faceplate) removed
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Figure 3: Rear panel of Drobo B810n
1.2 Checking box contents
Ensure that your product's box contains all the components listed below.

Drobo B810n

2 x 6 ft (1.8 m) Ethernet cables

6 ft (1.8 m) Power Cord

Quick Start Card

International LED Labels for Front Panel (German, French, and Japanese)
Optional Accessories
Drobo 8-Bay Rack Mount Kit
1.3 Checking system requirements
This article provides the system requirements for using Drobo B810n.
Drobo System Requirements and Specifications
Operating systems
Operating systems supported for the Drobo B810n include:

Apple® Macintosh® Mac OS X 10.8 or higher
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Microsoft® Windows®10 32- and 64-bit
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Microsoft® Windows® 8/8.1 32 and 64 bit
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Microsoft® Windows® 7 32 and 64 bit

Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012 32 and 64 bit

Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 32 and 64 bit
Note 1: For best performance and interoperability, ensure that you are
running the latest service packs for the appropriate Windows operating
systems.
Note 2: For the most current list of supported operating systems, check the
specifications for your products online at Drobo B810n Specifications.
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Drobo software
Drobo Dashboard 2.7.0 or later. To download the latest Drobo
Dashboard, see the Drobo B810n page on our website.
Connection (Gigabit
To connect to your router, network switch, or computer, Drobo B810n
Ethernet)
uses Gigabit Ethernet.
Drives
Drobo B810n requires at least two drives. It has eight 3.5-inch SATA drive
bays. SSDs can be used in addition to the minimum 2 HDDs to accelerate
the unit.
For more information on selecting drives for Drobo B810n, see Selecting
Drives.
Power protection
Though not required, we recommend using the following power
(optional)
protection with your Drobo B810n:
Electrical / operating
environment

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which protects against
sudden losses in power

A power surge protector to protect against power surges
Power Supply: AC Input - 100-240VAC, 1.8/0.75 A, 50/60Hz
Operating Temperature: 10°C-35°C (50°-95°F)
Non-operating (storage): 10°-60°C (14°-140°F)
Operating Humidity: 5% - 80%
Dimensions: 12.17” wide x 5.46” tall x 14.1” long (309mm wide x 138.9mm
tall x 357.4mm long)
Weight: 16 lbs 3 oz
1.4 Checking hardware requirements
To use your Drobo B810n 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
1.4.1 Selecting drives
The Drobo B810n supports both standard 3.5” SATA III hard disk drives (HDDs) as well as SATA
solid-state drives (SSDs) for added performance.
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Warning:
When you insert drives into the Drobo B810n device, the pre-existing data on the drives will be erased.
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.
1.4.2 Recommended number and type of drives
Here are the recommended number and type of drives you can use with your Drobo B810n 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.
Configuration
Benefit
All HDDs (2 to 8 slots)
Highest capacity
6 HDDs + 2 SSDs
Best mix of capacity & performance
5 HDDs + 3 SSDs + DDR enabled
Best mix of capacity, performance & redundancy
For a performance comparison of these options, see the following illustration.
1.4.2.1 Additional SSD benefits
Adding SSDs to your Drobo B810n provides multiple benefits. Along with accelerating the IOPS
(Input/Output Operations Per Second) of the unit, SSDs also enable other advanced capabilities, such
as Hot Data Cache (requires 1 SSD) and Data-Aware Tiering (requires 2 SSDs in Single Disk
Redundancy mode, 3 SSDs in Dual Disk Redundancy mode). SSDs must be added in addition to the
minimum 2 HDDs.
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1.4.2.2 Drobo drive compatibility
This table describes Drobo B810n compatibility with specific types of HDDs and SSDs.
Drive
Type
Compatible
Incompatible
HDD
SATA I, II, and III
IDE
Any size
SCSI
Any manufacturer
PATA
Any performance classification. Choose based on
your usage demands.
SAS
To see which solid state drives are compatible with
Drobo B810n, please see a list of qualified drives at
What SSDs can I use with the Drobo B810n, Drobo
5D, Drobo Gen 3, Drobo 5N and Drobo Mini?
If an incompatible SSD is
inserted into the Drobo, the
drive light will blink red,
indicating the need to replace
that drive.
SSD
1.4.3 Determining drive space requirements
Your Drobo B810n automatically divides the total disk capacity of all its drives between data storage,
data protection, and expansion. We offer a tool for previewing that space allocation.
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, visit our Drobo Drive Capacity Calculator page.
Figure 4: Drobo Drive Capacity Calculator
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A shortcut to estimate 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.
Single disk (default) redundancy
# Drives
Drive Capacity
Usable Protected Capacity *
3
6TB+6TB+6TB
= 12TB
4
4TB+6TB+6TB+6TB
= 14TB
5
4TB+6TB+6TB+6TB+6TB
= 22TB
Dual disk redundancy
# Drives
Drive Capacity
Usable Protected Capacity *
3
6TB+6TB+6TB
= 6TB
4
4TB+4TB+6TB+6TB
= 8TB
5
4TB+6TB+6TB+6TB+6TB
= 16TB
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 B810n.
- Your Drobo B810n enables you to easily increase storage capacity at any time by simply inserting
additional drives or replacing smaller drives with larger ones.
1.4.4 Using power protection
We recommend using the following power protection with your Drobo B810n:

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which protects against sudden losses in power.

A power surge protector to protect against power surges.
2: Setting Up Drobo B810n
Once you have unpacked your Drobo B810n 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.
The Drobo B810n shipped out will not have the latest firmware. So, it is recommended to upgrade
the firmware to the latest version before using the device.
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You can perform the set up in just a few easy steps.
1.
Inserting the drives
2.
Connecting the data port of the Drobo to an Ethernet switch
3.
Powering on your Drobo B810n
4.
Downloading and installing Drobo Dashboard
5.
Registering your Drobo B810n
6.
Initializing your Drobo 810n and updating it with the latest firmware
7.
Shares and Users
Other topics mentioned in this section are:
8.
Using Drobo B810n with Time Machine or backup software
9.
Safely shutting down your Drobo B810n
2.1 Inserting drives
Insert the drives into your Drobo B810n. For more information on drive requirements, see Selecting
drives.
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 B810n.
Note:
Once you insert the drives into your Drobo B810n, 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 B810n device:
1.
Remove the magnetic front bezel (faceplate) from the front of your Drobo B810n 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.
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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 Step 2 to Step 4.
6.
When finished, replace the faceplate right side up so that when your Drobo B810n 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 Ethernet and power cables
After inserting the drives into your Drobo B810n, you are ready to connect the power and Ethernet
cables to your Drobo B810n.
2.2.1 How to connect Ethernet and power cables
As you follow the steps below, refer to the following image.
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1.
Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the back of your Drobo B810n.
2.
Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into your router, switch, or computer.
3.
Connect the power supply to the power connection at the back of your Drobo B810n.
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 Powering on the Drobo 810n
The next step is to power on the Drobo device. For this, you have to attach the power cord and then,
turn on the Drobo using the power switch located on the back. The Drobo will take several minutes
to complete the power on cycle. When the power on cycle is complete the Drobo will flash blue and
yellow lights.
Note:
If you need to assess that the process is moving smoothly, see Guide to meaning of indicator lights
(LEDs).
2.4 Downloading and installing Drobo Dashboard
The Drobo Dashboard application will help you to set up and manage your Drobo B810n. After
installing the Dashboard, you can configure the settings to automatically install version updates,
which is highly recommended. You can install the Drobo software and firmware updates from Start
Drobo B810n page.
This section covers the following topics:

Downloading Drobo Dashboard

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
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2.4.1 How to download Drobo Dashboard application
Go to the Start Drobo B810n page and click the appropriate Drobo Dashboard installation file based
on the operating system (Windows/Mac) you are using. This downloads the Drobo Dashboard
Installer.
Now, let us see how to install the Drobo Dashboard.
2.4.2 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Windows
To install the Drobo Dashboard on a Windows machine:
Note:
If you are a first-time Drobo user, then simply install the latest version of the Drobo Dashboard.
If you are an existing Drobo user and have a Drobo Dashboard version earlier than 2.7.0 installed, then
you must uninstall the Drobo Dashboard prior to installing the latest version. For more information, see
What is the proper way to uninstall and re-install Drobo Dashboard on my Windows computer?
1.
After downloading the Drobo Dashboard installation file for Windows, double-click the Drobo
Dashboard Installer to launch it.
2.
A pop up will appear asking you to choose the language for installation. Select the language of
your choice and click OK.
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3.
The Drobo Dashboard Installer (or Installation Wizard) will appear.
4.
Click the Next button to proceed.
5.
Follow the instructions of the Installation Wizard by clicking the Next button after each page.
6.
Once you reach the installation page, click the Install button.
7.
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.
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8.
After the installation is complete, be sure the Launch Drobo Dashboard checkbox is selected
and then, click the Finish button.
9.
The Drobo Dashboard application launches and you will be prompted to register your Drobo
B810n. You can either register the Drobo B810n 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.
Note:
We highly recommend to register your product in order to obtain support.
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10. 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.
11. If you have no Drobo device connected to the computer or powered on, a "No Drobos
Detected" message displays until you do.
12. Your Drobo B810n will not work until you update the firmware. For information on updating
the firmware to the latest version, see Updating your Drobo B810n to the latest firmware.
2.4.3 How to install Drobo Dashboard on Mac
To install the Drobo Dashboard on Mac:
Note:
If you are a first-time Drobo user, then simply install the latest version of the Drobo Dashboard. If you
are an existing Drobo user and have a Drobo Dashboard version earlier than 2.7.0 installed, then you
must uninstall the Drobo Dashboard prior to installing the latest version. For more information, see
What is the proper way to uninstall and re-install Drobo Dashboard on my Mac?
1.
After downloading the Drobo Dashboard installation file for Mac, double-click the Drobo
Dashboard Installer to launch it.
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2.
A pop up will appear asking whether to open the Installer. Click Open.
3.
The Install Drobo Dashboard page will appear. Click Continue to proceed to the next screen.
4.
The Firewall Warning page appears. Click Continue.
5.
Next, the Installation Wizard page appears. Click Continue to proceed.
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6.
The Software License Agreement page appears. From here, you can choose the language in
which you want to proceed the installation process.
7.
After choosing the desired language, Click Continue.
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8.
A dialog box will appear asking you to Agree or Disagree the terms of the license agreement.
Click Agree to proceed.
9.
You will reach the Installation Type section. Click Install to proceed.
10. You will be prompted to enter the administrator password. Enter the password and click
Install Software.
11. Then, you will be prompted to restart your computer in order to complete the installation.
Click Continue Installation to proceed.
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12. When the installation completes, you will see the following screen to restart the computer to
finish the installation. Click Restart.
13. The Drobo Dashboard installer will prompt you to restart your computer. When the window
pops up asking if you are sure you want to restart your computer, be sure to select the check
box next to Reopen windows when logging back in, so that you can continue you from the
same point in the online setup.
14. Once the computer restarts, launch the Drobo Dashboard application.
15. The application will prompt you to register your Drobo B810n. You can either register it or
skip the step and register it later. Select an option based on you preference.
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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 B810n will not work until you upgrade the firmware. For information on updating
the firmware to the latest version, see Updating your Drobo B810n to the latest firmware.
2.5 Initializing and updating your Drobo B810n to
the latest firmware
When you first receive a new Drobo B810n device, you must use the Drobo Dashboard app to
update it to the latest firmware release.
Important Note:
The Drobo B810n device will not be usable until you upgrade 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 2.7.0 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 robo Dashboard on your Mac computer, see What is the
proper way to uninstall and re-install Drobo Dashboard on my Mac?
If you are a first time user, please follow these steps to update the firmware of your Drobo B810n to
the latest one:
1.
Connect the data port of the Drobo to an Ethernet switch.
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 the Drobo B810n.
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Warning:
Powering on the Drobo will begin the disk format process. Please be aware that all data on the disks
will be erased.
7.
Your Drobo B810n will appear with a yellow Drobo device icon on your main dashboard screen.
8.
Click the Drobo device icon to begin initialization of your Drobo B810n. During this process
your Drobo will download the latest firmware from the internet.
9.
Go to the Status page in the Dashboard 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, Drobo will restart to finish the firmware upgrade
process.
10. Your Drobo should begin updating to the latest firmware and automatically formatting the
disk. Please allow Drobo up to 20 minutes for the total initialization process.
Note:
If the Drobo Dashboard does not detect your Drobo 810n and initialization does not begin, please
disable any firewall and antivirus programs and ensure that your Drobo is connected directly to the
Ethernet port on your computer and not via an Ethernet switch. In this scenario, be sure that your
computer is set to get its IP address on that Ethernet port via DHCP.
If the Drobo Dashboard is still not detecting your Drobo 810n and the lights are remaining solid red,
please call our support line for assistance or open a ticket on your support account. For more
information, please see: How do I contact technical support?
11. If the red drive lights are seen again (e.g. "Unknown Disk Set"), go to the Drobo Dashboard's
Tools section and choose ERASE (reset), allowing the Drobo 810n to reboot.
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Note:
If you need to assess that the process is moving smoothly, see Guide to meaning of indicator lights
(LEDs).
12. Alternatively, you can use the pinhole method to erase data from the disk. For more
information, 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 810n to default settings.
2.6 Registering your Drobo B810n
If you did not register your Drobo B810n during setup, then you can register it from the Drobo
Dashboard.
Note:
Make sure you are connected to the Internet before performing this action.
To register your Drobo B810n from the Drobo Dashboard:
1.
From the All Drobos page, select Drobo B810n. Then, click the Help and Support option on
the Navigation menu.
2.
The Help and Support page for Drobo B810n 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:

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.
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
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 B810n 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.
2.7 Shares and Users
To view the Share settings:
1.
Select the Drobo 810n by clicking on the green Drobo device icon.
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2.
Then, click the Shares option on the Navigation menu. This opens the Share Settings window.
3.
You will see the Public share that is created automatically under the Select a share section and
ready to use.
4.
You can setup additional shares and users from the Share settings window.
Now, you can start using your Drobo B810n.
2.8 Using Drobo B810n with Time Machine or
backup software
2.8.1 Overview
Drobo B810n 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.
2.8.2 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.
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Follow these steps:
1.
Open the Drobo Dashboard, and wait for your Drobo B810n to appear under in the All Drobos
page. Then, double-click the image of your Drobo B810n.
2.
Then, click Volumes.
3.
Click the Enable Backup button.
4.
Enter a name for your backup volume and the desired size (GB).
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5.
Click the OK button.
6.
When you see the "Confirm Restart" dialog, take a moment to stop any activity on the Drobo
B810n, because it must restart. When you are ready, click Yes to continue.
7.
Wait until you receive the message that "Volume management changes have been made
successfully," then click the OK button.
8.
Now you will see the backup volume you created listed under Volumes. You may now close the
Drobo Dashboard.
9.
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.
2.9 Safely shutting down your Drobo B810n
If you plan to shut down your Drobo B810n 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.
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This section covers the following topics:

When to shut down your Drobo B810n

Shutting down your Drobo B810n using Drobo Dashboard
2.9.1 When to shut down your Drobo B810n
It is a good idea to shut down your Drobo B810n before any of the following situations:

Your Drobo will not be used for an extended time.

You need to disconnect a cable or power supply.

You want to move your Drobo to another location.

You need to remove the entire disk pack.

You are going to apply operating system updates.
2.9.2 Shutting down your Drobo B810n using Drobo Dashboard
This is the recommended method for safely shutting down your Drobo B810n.
1.
Check that the activity light on your Drobo B810n is off, indicating that no data is actively being
transferred to or from your Drobo B810n.
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 B810n is busy working to protect your data.
Wait until these lights are a solid green.
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 B810n.
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3.
From the Drobo Dashboard, select the Drobo B810n that you would like to shut down from
the All Drobos page.
4.
Then, click the Tools option on the Navigation menu. The Tools page opens.
5.
In the Drobo Operations area, select the Shutdown option.
6.
A message box opens, asking you to confirm the shutdown.
7.
Click the Yes button.
8.
It can take up to two minutes for your Drobo B810n to power down. Afterwards, the power
light turns off, indicating your Drobo B810n has shut down.
3: What To Do Next
Once you set up the Drobo B810n 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.

Using best practices for data protection

Keeping Drobo Dashboard and Drobo B810n’s firmware up to date

Using Online User Guide

Using Context-Sensitive Help
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
Using the Knowledge Base

Registering your Drobo B810n

Getting Technical Support
3.1 Using best practices for protecting data
While Drobo protects B810n 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 B810n device and disk pack, files corrupted before being saved to the Drobo B810n,
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 B810n, 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 B810n, we highly recommend you set your device to
automatically check for software updates (you may have already done this during the initial setup).
For more information, see Updating your Drobo B810n to the latest firmware. This feature keeps both
the Drobo Dashboard and your device’s firmware up to date.
You can also install updates from Start Drobo B810n 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 B810n’s firmware are up to
date:
1.
In the Drobo Dashboard, select the appropriate Drobo B810n 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.
Note:
If needed, ensure that you are logged in to this Drobo B810n.
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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 B810n, you are ready to use it to store and back up data. To learn
how to manage and use your Drobo B810n, refer to the Online User Guide for your product available
at the Drobo B810n 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
B810n 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.
Note:
You can access our knowledge base from the Drobo Support page.
3.6 Registering your Drobo B810n
If you did not register your Drobo B810n during setup, you can do so from the Drobo Dashboard. For
more information on registering your Drobo B810n, see Registering your Drobo B810n.
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3.7 Getting technical support
To get technical support from Drobo, make sure you have registered your Drobo B810n 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.
3.8 Guide to meaning of indicator lights (LEDs)
Your Drobo B810n provides a variety of status information via its indicator lights, as described in the
table below.
Figure 5: Drobo B810n Indicator lights
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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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