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Author Topic: DNS ShareCenter - Adding New HDDs While Preserving Data  (Read 8788 times)

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DNS ShareCenter - Adding New HDDs While Preserving Data
« on: February 20, 2012, 06:26:23 AM »

This procedure is designed to safely add hard drive(s) (HDDs) to an already-configured ShareCenter with at least one empty HDD slot, while preserving preexisting HDD configuration and data. This procedure does not apply to replacing faulty/small HDDs or expanding the number of HDDs in an existing RAID array (RAID scaling) or JBOD. You should maintain a full backup of all critical data on a separate physical storage device prior to performing this procedure.

Procedure (2 Bay ShareCenter)

Scenario:

  • Slot-1: Formatted HDD with data
  • Slot-2: Empty
  • Desired Result: Add new HDD to (the now empty) Slot-2

Procedure:

  • Power down the ShareCenter
  • Remove the HDD from the ShareCenter (using a marker, write "Slot-1" on the HDD)
  • Place new un-formatted HDD(s) in Slot-1 of the ShareCenter
  • Power-up the ShareCenter
  • Configure the new HDD with the desired configuration
  • Power down the ShareCenter
  • Remove the newly formatted HDD (using a marker, write "Slot-2" on the HDD)
  • Move the new HDD to Slot-2 (as per the slot label written on the HDD)
  • Re-seat the original HDD in Slot-1 (as per the slot label written on the HDD)
  • Restart the ShareCenter


Procedure (4 Bay ShareCenter)

Scenario:

  • Slot-1: Formatted HDD with data
  • Slot-2: Formatted HDD with data
  • Desired Result: Add two new HDDs to (the now empty) Slot-3 and Slot 4
  • Note: Although this example addresses a ShareCenter with two existing HDDs, this procedure can be modified to accommodate ShareCenters with one to three existing formatted HDDs


Procedure:

  • Power down the ShareCenter
  • Remove the HDDs from Slot-1 and Slot-2
    • Using a marker, label the original HDD that was in Slot-1 with "Slot-1"
    • Using a marker, label the original HDD that was in Slot-2 with "Slot-2"
  • Place two new un-formatted HDD(s) in Slot-1 and Slot-2
  • Power-up the ShareCenter
  • Configure the two new HDDs with the desired configuration
  • Power down the ShareCenter
  • Remove the two newly formatted HDDs
    • Using a marker, label the new HDD that was in Slot-1 with "Slot-3"
    • Using a marker, label the new HDD that was in Slot-2 with "Slot-4"
  • Move the two new HDD(s) to Slot-3 and Slot-4 (as per the slot labels written on each HDD)
  • Re-seat the original HDDs in Slot-1 and Slot-2 (as per the slot labels written on each HDD)
  • Restart the ShareCenter
« Last Edit: December 19, 2014, 05:50:02 AM by JavaLawyer »
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