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Synology NAS general question...

Synology NAS general question...

Synology NAS general question...

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We have a Synology rack mount NAS (RS2418RP+) and we are almost out of backup space. We are looking at getting a expansion "module" with 12 drive slots to expand it. I am new to NAS devices, can we just fill up the expansion module with whatever size drives we want? Do we just shut down the current box, plug in the expansion and turn it back on?

RE: Synology NAS general question...

EAdams2009,
This will depend on what you want to do with your RAID set. If you want to expand the existing raid, you will need to match the expansion drive size to those in your existing array. (This is not specific to Synology, but RAID in general). It will particularly matter for RAID 1, but just as important for RAID 5 or 6. SO you need to understand your current array, and what the volume size of the disks is. If you go bigger drives then exists, then the space will be truncated to the size of the drives you have (though in theory, you can build another array out of the excess, it just can't be part of that array).
BUT, if you're planning an entirely new array, that isn't part of the existing array space, then yes, you can put any size drive you want into the expansion, but you will be defining a new array. Then you need to think about what kind of array you need, and why you are building it.
There's nothing magic so much about the Synology NAS (which are super sweet), but you need to more understand the RAID array you are working with, and what your objective in adding more drives to an array (or creating a new one) is.

Best Regards,
Scott
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