How do I expand storage on my Synology NAS?

Expanding Storage on a Synology NAS

To expand the storage capacity on your Synology NAS, you can follow these steps:

1. Check Compatibility

Before proceeding, make sure to check the compatibility of your Synology NAS model with the expansion units available. Ensure that the NAS firmware is up to date as well.

2. Choose the Expansion Unit

Identify the appropriate expansion unit for your NAS. Synology offers various models, such as DX517, DX517, or RX1217(RP)+, each with different features and capacities. Consider your current storage needs and future requirements when making a choice.

3. Connect the Expansion Unit

Connect the expansion unit to your Synology NAS by using the provided cables and ports. Ensure a secure connection to avoid any data loss or interruptions during the expansion process.

4. Power On and Configure

After connecting the expansion unit, power on both the NAS and the expansion unit. Access the Synology DSM (DiskStation Manager) interface from your computer's web browser.

5. Configure Volume or Disk Group

In the DSM interface, navigate to "Storage Manager" and select "Volume" or "Disk Group" depending on your NAS model. Click on "Manage" and then choose "Expand."

6. Follow the Wizard

A wizard will guide you through the process of expanding the storage capacity. Follow the instructions displayed on the screen, which may include selecting the expansion unit, specifying the storage size or type, and confirming the changes.

7. Monitor the Expansion

Once the expansion process starts, you can monitor its progress through the DSM interface. It may take some time, depending on the size and number of drives involved.

8. Verify the Expansion

After the expansion process is complete, verify the expanded storage capacity in the DSM interface under "Storage Manager." Ensure that the new capacity is correctly displayed and accessible.

9. Data Migration (if applicable)

If you need to transfer existing data to the expanded storage, you can use the Synology Data Migration software or manually move the data from the original storage to the expanded volume.

10. Secure Backup

To ensure the safety of your data, make sure to have a proper backup strategy in place. Consider using a separate Synology NAS, external drives, or cloud backup services.

By following these steps, you can successfully expand the storage capacity on your Synology NAS and accommodate your growing storage needs. Check the specific documentation and guides provided by Synology for your NAS model for more detailed instructions.

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