NAS help

fireshot91

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I have a Thecus N4100 Pro NAS box. Currently hooked up with 2x 1TB drives, in Raid0 (Don't ask me, my brother...).

Anyways, I have a bunch of movies/etc on there that I have no room for anywhere else (~850gb of movies, and ~400gb of TV shows).

It still says I have about 599gb left of space, but I'm leaving for college (And taking the NAS with me), so I want to add in more space, and add more movies to it (~650gb more of movies). I have a 250gb HD sitting, with a copy of Windows on it that I'd like to add to my NAS box. I don't care if the 250gb HD gets wiped, but I do care if the 2x 1TB ones get wiped.


Is there anyway I can add it without losing my data? Or any other options you guys have (Short of buying new HDDs)?

Also, if that doesn't work out, I have another 1TB drive sitting with my movies on it (The ~650gb), and if I can add that without it wiping any of the drives, I'd rather do that.
 

rhett7660

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I have a Thecus N4100 Pro NAS box. Currently hooked up with 2x 1TB drives, in Raid0 (Don't ask me, my brother...).

Anyways, I have a bunch of movies/etc on there that I have no room for anywhere else (~850gb of movies, and ~400gb of TV shows).

It still says I have about 599gb left of space, but I'm leaving for college (And taking the NAS with me), so I want to add in more space, and add more movies to it (~650gb more of movies). I have a 250gb HD sitting, with a copy of Windows on it that I'd like to add to my NAS box. I don't care if the 250gb HD gets wiped, but I do care if the 2x 1TB ones get wiped.


Is there anyway I can add it without losing my data? Or any other options you guys have (Short of buying new HDDs)?

Also, if that doesn't work out, I have another 1TB drive sitting with my movies on it (The ~650gb), and if I can add that without it wiping any of the drives, I'd rather do that.

I might be wrong with this, but Raid 0 is stripped data. Is this box a two or four disk version?

I don't think you can just add a new disk in to a Raid 0 configuration since your data is across both drives and is not mirrored.
 

fireshot91

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I might be wrong with this, but Raid 0 is stripped data. Is this box a two or four disk version?

I don't think you can just add a new disk in to a Raid 0 configuration since your data is across both drives and is not mirrored.
It is stripped. It's a 4-disk box.


I'm wondering if it'd be possible to add another drive (Drive3) so that any new data would be split amongst the old/new drive?
 

rhett7660

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It is stripped. It's a 4-disk box.

I'm wondering if it'd be possible to add another drive (Drive3) so that any new data would be split amongst the old/new drive?
As far as I know, unless you have that data mirrored you can't do a swap on a stripped because of the way the data is written across the drives.

Data
1a - data
1b - data
1c - data
1d - data

If you take out a drive (1b - data), the data on that drive is gone. Since there is no mirroring function setup for those drives. Your raid is compromised and you will loose that data.

I am hoping someone with more experience with raid 0 will chime in but as far as I know you can't swap out drives on a raid 0 unless you have that raid mirrored.
 
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misterredman

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The model you have should support RAID migration which should let you expand the number of disks of the RAID0 or change RAID type (if you want redundancy). The problem I see is you want to add a smaller drive than the one you have in the RAID0.

From the RAID Configuration screen, click Migrate RAID, I guess after installing the new disks.

You can find more details in the user manual: http://www.thecus.com/sp_download_page.php?TYPE_ID=1&PROD_ID=17