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Offline beepax

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Folks, I am trying to upgrade the drive in a Synology NAS which has some of my music. I wanted to seek some advise on the process from the experts here before I start.

- It's a 2-bay NAS, with only one 2TB drive installed (ie, one bay is empty - SHR without data protection)
- I am trying to replace the existing 2TB drive with a new 6TB drive (ie, I'll be leaving one bay empty after the upgrade - there will be no data protection for the time being)
- And I want to avoid having to back up/restore files in the 2TB drive to an external HDD as part of this process.

How do I do this? Appreciate if I any of you could outline the high level steps. Glanced through Synology site, but couldn't find anything specific.

Thanks in advance!
« Last Edit: July 28, 2019, 10:56 by beepax »

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Re: Upgrading the single HDD in a 2 bay Synology NAS - How?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2019, 11:15 »
(1) Plug in the new 6TB drive along side with your old 2TB drive.
(2) Initialise the new drive and set it up as a new volume.  Set up the shared folder.
(3) You will then see 2 volumes when you access your NAS; the 2TB and the 6TB.
(4) You can just copy your music from the 2TB to the 6TB.

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Re: Upgrading the single HDD in a 2 bay Synology NAS - How?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2019, 16:57 »
Thanks Audio - just what I was looking for! Cheers

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Re: Upgrading the single HDD in a 2 bay Synology NAS - How?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2019, 15:37 »
@Audio, do you know how to rename a volume in DSM? Is it possible for me to rename the newly created volume from "Volume 2" to "Volume 1" after I've removed the old drive?

Someone had asked this in the synology forum but it appears that it's not straightforward, or even possible... https://community.synology.com/enu/forum/5/post/121143

Any ideas?

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Re: Upgrading the single HDD in a 2 bay Synology NAS - How?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2019, 15:45 »
Yes, I am not so sure I did this the last time.  It is not straight forward.

If you really want to do this, I re-initialise and copy the content over again.

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Re: Upgrading the single HDD in a 2 bay Synology NAS - How?
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2019, 20:07 »
@Audio, do you know how to rename a volume in DSM? Is it possible for me to rename the newly created volume from "Volume 2" to "Volume 1" after I've removed the old drive?
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Why would you want to rename it? Unless I'm missing something you're doing, the logical volume name isn't required in normal use at all!  :P
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Re: Upgrading the single HDD in a 2 bay Synology NAS - How?
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2019, 14:21 »
Why would you want to rename it? Unless I'm missing something you're doing, the logical volume name isn't required in normal use at all!  :P

Nope... you are not missing anything. It's just that annoyance seeing Volume2 displayed in DSM when there's no Volume1.

Yeah, I know! :)

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Re: Upgrading the single HDD in a 2 bay Synology NAS - How?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2019, 21:16 »
I have the same issue...no biggie
I have a pile of stuff that pushes out squiggly waveforms from smaller squiggly waveforms that sometimes come from 1's and 0's.
It's wonderful to behold as long as you don't let the magic smoke out.

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