Drobo Dashboard
Drobo Dashboard
2.8.5

2.6

Drobo Dashboard free download for Mac

Drobo Dashboard

2.8.5
04 January 2017

Software and firmware for Drobo Data Storage Robots.

Overview

Drobo Dashboard is a software and firmware updater for Drobo Data Storage Robots.

What's new in Drobo Dashboard

Version 2.8.5:
  • Add support for Turkish, Czech, and Polish languages
  • Fix diagnostic capture issue seen on some devices
  • Allow for firmware upgrade and DroboApps listing using different user credentials on the same host
  • DroboApps categorization

4 Drobo Dashboard Reviews

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Drtyrell969
06 August 2012

Most helpful

The Drobo systems for Macintosh are some of the worst network drive enclosures you can buy. The look great, but function horribly. I own a Drobo FS unit, slapped four 3TB drives, booted up great, but every single time we tried to back up to it, it would randomly dismount the drive and corrupt the TimeMachine backup. After 1.5 years of fighting this thing, and having their technical support blame our network wiring, REALLY? We finally pulled the drives out of the enclosure, and installed them inside the Mac Pros and let TimeMachine function from there, OR, get this for the network speed horse crap, installed one drive in an old G5 stuck in the network room right next to the dysfunctional Drobo FS unit, and had our brand new iMacs TimeMachine to it perfectly! So much for the bag of lies and excuses from Drobo. If you're in the market for a network drive unit AVOID Drobo system. All JUNK! Oh, and Drobo, if you want this review removed, give me my $700 back.
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Version 2.2.1
ecomass
22 February 2015
Do not even waste your time... software no longer available.
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Version 2.6.3
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qb
qb
19 July 2018
Not correct at least at this time: http://www.drobo.com/drobo-downloads-2/

And I got the latest for my Drobo by downloading the MU shown one and on launch it offered me 3.2.1 as an update. The utility app works fine and is still being updated.
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anonymous-thrush-1121
17 August 2014
This product use very easy of software RAID, but throughput is slow... Only the person who does not feel pleasure by an RAID system and the construction of the OS is useful. Aug 17 2014 drop in 2.5.4 at autoupdate. Web site 2.5.3 http://www.drobo.com/drobo-downloads/
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Version 2.5.2
zorbanerd
11 December 2012
I agree that these things are made of nothing but fail. I was wanting to buy a 5 drive RAID enclosure for an enterprise client of mine. And due to the monstrous bureaucracy I had to settle for this. So I find that I can't chose the type of RAID to create. There is only one available RAID type, and I have no idea what it is. I was wanting something along the lines of JBOD or RAID-0 because this was intended to just be a backup destination. But I'm stuck with less capacity than what the drives would otherwise provide since I have no option other than to use whatever RAID it is this thing uses. Then it comes time to create the volume. I have five 500 GB drives installed in the unit, wishing I could get close 2.5 TB (of course allowing for the lost capacity when formatted) . Whatever RAID level it is using indicates that I have 1.8 TB of storage. Yet it wants me to create a 16TB volume. I don't want a volume that is in excess of or less than what the drives can provide natively. I do not want any silly pseudo capacity. I want only the real capacity that would be provided by the drives that are installed or the JBOD RAID I wish I could create. The Dashboard is a silly GUI that is big on eye candy but low on features. It reminds me of Kai's Power Tools from long ago. It's just plain silly. But I guess is will be great for the crowd that's easily impressed with shiny objects. I had low expectations with the thing before purchase. After months of use I can say that it even fell short of that.
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Version 2.2.1
7 answer(s)
zorbanerd
zorbanerd
11 December 2012
I left one thing out. The silly pretty GUI wants me to create a volume that is 1-TB, 2-TB, 4-TB, 8-TB, or 16-TB. On a RAID that is 1.8 TB in size. Utterly stupid. Fine, provide silly pseudo volume space for those who want silly pseudo volume space. But don't go and impose it on the users.
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Meiner2er
Meiner2er
17 September 2013
„I was wanting something along the lines of JBOD or RAID-0 because this was intended to just be a backup destination.“ RAID-0 for backup? Are you kidding? Why not use the trashcan instead? ;-)
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Markus-Winter
Markus-Winter
27 October 2014
Sorry to say this, but you are either ignorant (in which case the Drobo would be ideal for you) or deliberately clueless. In either case read up on RAID levels.

Raid 0 treats the disks as one big hard disk -> lots of space, but when one disk fails (a question of when not if) then everything is gone. Not a good idea for anything to do with backup.

Raid 1 mirrors two hard disks - so if you have four 2 TB hard disks then you have 4 TB available (half the total capacity), but if one drive fails all the data are on the mirror drive.

Raid5 does a bit of "magic" so that with four 2 TB drives you have 5.5 GB of available storage and still are protected against one drive failing. However all drives have to have the SAME SIZE.

I have a Drobe 2 and two QNAP (412 and 419P). I started with the Drobo and the big advantage there is that I could start with a few spare drives (250 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB, and 500 GB) and expand over time - something I can't do with the QNAP.

If I put three 2 TB dives and one 500 GB drive in the QNAPs in a RAID5 configuration then it is treated the same as if I had just four 500 GB drives - the extra space is not used. The Drobo uses its own routines to use the space.

For that to work best without having to reformat drives or make major changes you set the maximum expanded space (like 16 TB) and work your way up to that by replacing smaller drives with bigger ones. That is explained during setup )if memory serves me right).

I'm sure you know all that, so I'm simply puzzled by your "review". You write you wanted a JBOD or RAID-0 - a simple look at the packaging or data sheet would have told you that the Drobo isn't using those (and thank God for that) so why did you allegedly buy it?

You write. you had "low expectations before purchase". To be honest I find it hard to believe that you bought it if you had "low expectations" - it seems more like a troll posting.

Is the Drobo perfect? No. But it is a good solution for non-tech people.

If you are capable of building your own server then by all means, go for it.
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Verne-Arase
Verne-Arase
28 October 2014
It's a good solution for Techie types too - it's a reliable, versatile consumer level storage solution.

I use my 5D without an msata cache because I'm a tad paranoid about what happens when it gets "used up". But upgrading the storage is a snap, and as long as you use Red drives you're pretty much good to go.

Things have improved a lot since the original owners reaquired the company, and recent units are a lot quicker.

If you want an enterprise solution, get a rack mounted unit. Or better yet, for enterprise backup get a Quantum Dxi.

If you want a consumer level NAS device, get a Synology and geek out to your heart's content.
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zorbanerd
zorbanerd
08 June 2016
@Meiner2er

Yes RAID 0 is a suitable for a backup destination, provided it isn't the sole backup destination.

Many people maintain multiple backup destinations.

Comprende?
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zorbanerd
zorbanerd
08 June 2016
@Markus Winter

You seem like a paid representative of Drobo.

And thank you for the RAID tutorial I didn't need. As I have been using RAID for probably 15 years and have many in operation (mostly 8-disk RAID 5/0 sets), I know what I am doing.

Regarding my low expectations and the purchase of the unit anyway, this was because of a confining government bureaucracy purchasing system that limited the choice of vendors. I had not choice at the time but to buy one of these pathetic Drobos.. The available vendors had no suitable alternatives.

You may also want to reconsider your defending of a product that has garnered a two star rating (one well deserved).
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Markus-Winter
Markus-Winter
09 June 2016
Sure. Everyone who is disagreeing with you must be a paid covert operative … or maybe YOU are a paid covert operative trying to smear the product ;P

You claim extensive storage knowledge but then seem surprised by what the Drobo does - don't you do any research before buying something?

The Drobo's target market are people who can insert a larger capacity drive when prompted. That's the maximum computer literacy that they need. If you are not that target then fine, but don't blame the product for your shortcomings.

Sorry, but unpleasant people like you are one of the reasons Macupdate has gone downhill …

And btw, the two stars are for the Drobo Dashboard app, not the Drobo itself. But you would know that if you were not so busy trolling …
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Drtyrell969
06 August 2012
The Drobo systems for Macintosh are some of the worst network drive enclosures you can buy. The look great, but function horribly. I own a Drobo FS unit, slapped four 3TB drives, booted up great, but every single time we tried to back up to it, it would randomly dismount the drive and corrupt the TimeMachine backup. After 1.5 years of fighting this thing, and having their technical support blame our network wiring, REALLY? We finally pulled the drives out of the enclosure, and installed them inside the Mac Pros and let TimeMachine function from there, OR, get this for the network speed horse crap, installed one drive in an old G5 stuck in the network room right next to the dysfunctional Drobo FS unit, and had our brand new iMacs TimeMachine to it perfectly! So much for the bag of lies and excuses from Drobo. If you're in the market for a network drive unit AVOID Drobo system. All JUNK! Oh, and Drobo, if you want this review removed, give me my $700 back.
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Version 2.2.1
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Macd
Macd
16 September 2012
Totally agree! AVOID! I owned Drobo 2Gen, and had nothing but problems with the hardware and the software. Over the period I was able to endure the product (2-3 months), it managed to mark 3 totally good HDs as bad ones, it corrupted my TimeMachine backups twice, the Drobo Dashboard rarely saw the device in the first place. The support was slow and unhelpful. The device itself is extremely slow (I believe creating a 1TB TimeMachine backup from scratch was taking somewhere between 24-36hrs - on FW800 connection!) Now I have it under my table gathering dust. Going to sell it to some poor chap for cheap (sorry man..). A friend asked me if he can have it instead - and the answer was, no, never, as long as we're friends. AVOID! And I hope the company goes belly up soon, so that new users who love the looks and concept (I know I did!) won't get deceived anymore, ever again.
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greg-2
greg-2
21 September 2014
Thank you for telling it like it is!!! While my Drobo FS works fine on my old Windows XP box, it's the slowest, most frustrating, piece of junk trying to get any kind of speed connecting with my OS X 10.9 (and earlier) system. The Finder regularly displays a permanent beach ball when connecting with Drobo FS, and it is SO SO SO SLOW. Just lately, my Time Machine backups no longer function, and timeout a few GBs into the backup. I HATE my Drobo!!!! I am going to take your advice and just disconnect this piece of garbage, I am so tired of trying to fix it!!! DO NOT BUY!!
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