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Cracking Open the Drobo B800i: Removing the cooling fans

The Drobo B800i's two cooling fans are secured to the case's metal frame with reusable pop rivets. Using a thin scriwdriver, I removed the rivets.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

10 comments
KyDave
KyDave

I am troubleshooting an obsolete DROBO four bay unit. I have it down to where I think the problem is in the USB input circuit -- perhaps a three terminal regulator. Running the part number (IR  P730G M7)  on a search doesn't turn up with any help. I could really use any info on the schematic, parts list, etc...  Is there any help available?  


Thanks,


Dave

NZJester
NZJester

As the small CR2032 would power the CMOS type settings, I guess the 3.7V, 7500mAh Li-ion battery pack must act as a temporary UPS to allow the unit to handle sudden loss of power while writing data?

shanesrd
shanesrd

what's wrong with fig. 24? a pair of long-nose pliers to do the job for a screwdriver??? well, well, well, aren't we macgyver-ish? :)

Desert__Rat
Desert__Rat

Sadly, Bill, the forest of advertising that has been allow to cultivate around your deconstructions has made an enjoyable diversion not worth it any more. When the subject of the page occupies less than the ad space, it's time to bail. Have fun with future Cracking Open episodes with 1 less interested party. Tom

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

I used the needle-nose pliers to compress the split end of the post, which held the PCB to the metal frame.

garveyk659
garveyk659

Not for nothing desert.. but this is a business. They are out to make a profit. I certainly do not fault them for that. I enjoy everything TR posts, ads or no ads.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

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david
david

havign to scroll down a screen to get to the picture makes it very unsatisfying another one who will not bother to look in the future david

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Below the TechRepublic Search box (top right-hand corner) there is a link that either reads "Collapse" or "Expand". This link controls the three image-based content promo boxes that appear immediately below the blue navigation bar. We are in the process of redesigning the gallery page--hopefully making it easier to flip through the images. But, I hope this helps a bit for now.