Formatting Your Drobo Mini

When you first set up your Drobo Mini, you are soon prompted to format the drives in your device. (See Formatting the Drives for Your Drobo Mini.) You may choose to re-format the drives at anytime thereafter. Follow the steps below to do so.

Warning! Any data on the drives will be lost when you re-format. Be sure to move the data to another location first.

1.     In Drobo Dashboard on the All Drobos page, select the Drobo device that you would like to format.

2.   Click the Tools option from the Navigation menu.

The Tools page for that Drobo device opens.

3.     In the Drobo Operations area, click the Format option.

A dialog box opens, warning that your data on the drives will be lost and asking if you would like to continue.

4.     Click the Yes button to continue.

The Format Type page opens. Depending on your operating system the page displays with different options.

View the File Format page for Drobo Mini in Windows

View the File Format page for Drobo Mini for Macintosh

5.     Select the appropriate file format for your operating system and click the Next button.

The Volume Size page opens.


6.     Click and drag to slide the pointer to the size of the volume you would like to create, and then click the Next button.

Tip: We recommend that you select the largest size available, enabling you to increase the number and capacity of your drives without having to format an additional volume.

The Volume Name page opens.


7.     If applicable, from the Drive Letter drop-down list, select the drive letter to assign to the volume.

8.     In the Name text box, modify the default name for the volume as you like.

Tip: We recommend using the word “volume” in the name so as not to confuse the volume name with your Drobo device’s name.

9.     If you have more than one volume, repeat steps 7 and 8 for each volume, and then click the Next button.

The Confirm Format page opens.

10.     Click the Format button.

A message opens, informing you that it can take up to 5 minutes to format your drives, and that this may require rebooting your Drobo device. Afterwards, the Format dialog box opens.


11.  Click the OK button.

Your Drobo device displays on the Tools page in Drobo Dashboard.