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What does flashing green light on back of mini mean?
12-02-2015, 11:43 AM (This post was last modified: 12-02-2015 11:54 AM by jazure.)
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What does flashing green light on back of mini mean?
I have looked all over and can't find an answer. The power supply LED is solid green, but the drobo never finishes booting. With or without drives. Could the PS be bad?

The box stays in a state with the front power light and all 4 drive lights a steady amber.
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12-02-2015, 01:33 PM
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RE: What does flashing green light on back of mini mean?
hi jazure, as far as i know the psu lights are the same on lots of models including the mini, and that the psu light should be a solid green from the info here:
https://myproducts.drobo.com/article/AA-01615

if you can check the psu are you using this psu?
"Drobo" AC Adapter Model: EA1071C

another test you could try would be to power all down, and to unplug all power and connection cables from the drobo,
and to then remove all your drives (remembering the order) and to plug in the power and to try powering up while empty... what happens now?

(please only put your drives back into where there were Only when power is OFF though)

can i also check if this was working before?
i only ask because if you got this 2nd hand off ebay or something, then maybe the seller might have included a different psu which might not be what is required for the mini?

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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12-02-2015, 02:17 PM
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RE: What does flashing green light on back of mini mean?
Thank you Paul - it is a unit I purchased direct I believe. And the power supply is the original.

I have tried the procedure you have outlined, and the results are the same. The fans turn on, but the green LED on the unit stays blinking indefinitely.


(12-02-2015 01:33 PM)Paul Wrote:  hi jazure, as far as i know the psu lights are the same on lots of models including the mini, and that the psu light should be a solid green from the info here:
https://myproducts.drobo.com/article/AA-01615

if you can check the psu are you using this psu?
"Drobo" AC Adapter Model: EA1071C

another test you could try would be to power all down, and to unplug all power and connection cables from the drobo,
and to then remove all your drives (remembering the order) and to plug in the power and to try powering up while empty... what happens now?

(please only put your drives back into where there were Only when power is OFF though)

can i also check if this was working before?
i only ask because if you got this 2nd hand off ebay or something, then maybe the seller might have included a different psu which might not be what is required for the mini?
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12-03-2015, 02:46 AM
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RE: What does flashing green light on back of mini mean?
If the Drobo Mini WITHOUT drives is able to powered up BUT all drive bays light up solid YELLOW or RED light. This may be a indication of a faulty unit.

If this is a new purchase, you can submit a support ticket with Drobo and request for a DOA exchange.
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12-03-2015, 10:54 AM
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RE: What does flashing green light on back of mini mean?
I was afraid of that Sad I bought it new 1.5 years ago new from Amazon. What a drag this has been ... I guess I could buy another one to get my data off of it and return it when I'm done.
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