How do I expand storage on my QNAP NAS?

How to Expand Storage on your QNAP NAS


Expanding the storage on your QNAP NAS is a straightforward process that allows you to increase the capacity for storing your important data. This guide will provide step-by-step instructions on how to expand the storage on your QNAP NAS.

Step 1: Choose the Right Hard Drives

Before expanding the storage on your QNAP NAS, you need to select the appropriate hard drives. Ensure that the hard drives are compatible with your NAS model and have sufficient capacity for your storage needs. Additionally, consider factors such as reliability, speed, and warranty when choosing the hard drives.

Step 2: Check Available Drive Bays

Check the available drive bays on your QNAP NAS. Most NAS models have multiple drive bays that can be used for storage expansion. The number of available drive bays will determine how many additional hard drives you can install.

Step 3: Install the New Hard Drive(s)

Carefully insert the new hard drive(s) into the empty drive bay(s), following the manufacturer's instructions. Ensure that the drive is securely connected and properly seated in the bay. Repeat this step for each additional hard drive you are installing.

Step 4: Configure Hard Drives in QNAP NAS

Once the new hard drives are installed, you need to configure them in the QNAP NAS system. Access the QTS interface through your web browser and go to the "Storage & Snapshots" section. Click on "Storage/Snapshots" and then "Storage Management" to access the storage configuration options.

Step 5: Create RAID Volume

To maximize storage capacity and data protection, it is recommended to set up a RAID volume. Select the option to create a new RAID volume and choose the appropriate RAID level based on your requirements. The QNAP NAS offers various RAID configurations such as RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Follow the on-screen instructions to create the RAID volume.

Step 6: Format the New Storage Space

Once the RAID volume is created, you need to format the new storage space. Select the newly created volume and choose the formatting option. Depending on the size of the volume, the formatting process may take some time.

Step 7: Verify and Manage the Expanded Storage

After the formatting is complete, verify that the expanded storage is recognized by the QNAP NAS. Go to the "Storage & Snapshots" section in the QTS interface and check the available storage capacity. You can now start utilizing the expanded storage for your data storage needs.


By following these steps, you can easily expand the storage on your QNAP NAS. Remember to choose the right hard drives, install them properly, configure the storage in the QNAP NAS, and create a RAID volume for optimal data protection. Enjoy the additional storage capacity for your important files and data.

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