Cracking Open the Drobo B800i: Complete teardown
The Data Robotics Drobo B800i was a snap to crack open. Working on it was like working on a standard desktop or tower computer.
The unit uses standard Phillips screws, the case is easy to remove, and the internal components are simple to detach.
Unfortunately, the motherboard and drive controller boards are proprietary--making Data Robotics the only source for replacement parts. Provided you can get the hardware however, most IT pros with previous hardware repair experience should be able to work on the Drobo B800i.
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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 support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.