Drobo Migration

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Migrating is as Easy as 1 – 2 – 3

  • Step 1

    Upgrade firmware on
    both Drobos

  • Step 2

    Power off Drobos and
    move Drives

  • Step 3

    Power on and connect to
    your new Drobo

When it comes to upgrading your Drobo to a larger or newer version, you have several options. Use the links below to navigate to the scenario that best fits your current configuration. In most cases, migrating your “disk pack” (set of drives) from an older Drobo to a newer one is as simple as removing them from the older one, and placing them in the new one. Also note that in most cases migrating drives is a one-way operation. Once you move drives, you will no longer be able to access the data they contain with the older Drobo.

Supported Disk Pack Migrations

Direct Attached Storage

  • Products
  • Drobo Mini
  • Drobo Gen1
  • Drobo Gen2
  • Drobo Gen3
  • Drobo S
  • Drobo S 2
  • Drobo 5D
  • DroboPro
  • 4-bay (2.5″)
    Drobo Mini
  • 4-bay
    Drobo Gen1
  • 4-bay
    Drobo Gen2
  • 4-bay
    Drobo Gen3
  • 5-bay
    Drobo S
  • 5-bay
    Drobo S 2
  • 5-bay
    Drobo 5D
  • 8-bay
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2

Network Attached Storage

  • Products
  • Drobo FS
  • Drobo 5N
  • DroboPro FS
  • Drobo B800fs
  • 5-bay
    Drobo FS
  • 5-bay
    Drobo 5N
  • 8-bay
    DroboPro FS
  • 8-bay
    Drobo B800fs


  • Products
  • DroboElite
  • Drobo B800i
  • Drobo B1200i
  • 8-bay
  • 8-bay
    Drobo B800i
  • 12-bay
    Drobo B1200i


  1. Disk Packs created on Drobo firmware version 1.1.0 or greater
  2. Disk Packs created or updated on Drobo firmware version 1.4.0 mounted on a Mac cannot be migrated to Drobo S firmware version 2.1.1 and earlier or DroboPro firmware version 1.2.1 or Drobo 5D.
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