How can I move drives from a non-functioning QNAP NAS to a new one?

How to Move Drives from a Non-Functioning QNAP NAS to a New One


Moving drives from a non-functioning QNAP NAS to a new one requires careful handling to ensure data integrity. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

Before You Begin:

  • Make sure you have a new QNAP NAS with the same or higher drive capacity than the non-functioning one.
  • Ensure you have a good backup of your data, preferably on an external storage device, to avoid accidental loss.
  • Gather necessary tools, such as a screwdriver, antistatic gloves, and a clean workspace.

Step 1: Identify and Label the Drives

Remove the drives from the non-functioning QNAP NAS. Using antistatic gloves, carefully label each drive with its respective slot number for easy identification during the installation process.

Step 2: Install the Drives in the New QNAP NAS

Open the new QNAP NAS chassis and install the drives according to their labeled slot numbers. Firmly connect the cables to each drive and ensure they are properly seated.

Step 3: Power on the New QNAP NAS

Connect the power cable and Ethernet cable to the new QNAP NAS. Power it on and allow it to initialize. Wait for the NAS to recognize the drives, which may take a few minutes.

Step 4: Access the QNAP NAS Web Interface

Using a computer connected to the same network as the new QNAP NAS, open a web browser and enter the NAS's IP address. Log in to the web interface using the default credentials or your custom login credentials if previously set up.

Step 5: Configure the Drives

In the QNAP NAS web interface, navigate to the storage management section and locate the newly installed drives. Depending on the NAS model, you might need to initialize or format the drives before they can be used. Follow the on-screen instructions to configure the drives.

Step 6: Restore Data from Backup

If you have a backup of your data, now is the time to restore it to the new QNAP NAS. Use the backup and restore features provided by the NAS or manually copy the data from the external storage device to the configured drives.

Step 7: Test and Verify

After transferring the data, perform thorough testing to ensure all functions and services are working correctly. Access some files, folders, and applications to verify data accessibility and integrity.


Moving drives from a non-functioning QNAP NAS to a new one can be accomplished by following these steps carefully. Remember to handle the drives with care, use antistatic precautions, and make sure you have a backup of your data.

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