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How to replace a dead drive inside a ASUSTOR NAS

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Whatever drive you purchase for your NAS won’t last forever. This is why we use a redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) and make regular backups of what’s stored on the NAS storage pools. Should you encounter a drive failure inside an ASUSTOR NAS, don’t panic. Here’s all you need to know on what to do and how to get the NAS back up and running.

What to know before replacing a drive

ASUSTOR makes it easy to replace a faulty drive. How you can go about replacing a drive depends on whether a RAID is used. RAID makes it so data can be recovered should a drive fail in the storage pool. This does require a specific amount of space to be reserved for recovering, but it ensures you won’t lose any data.

A drive failing in a NAS without a RAID configured will lose everything unless taken to a data recovery expert. RAID 1 and above will provide additional protection. ASUSTOR has a handy video guide that runs through all the various RAID types supported by ADM and how a faulty drive can affect the storage pools.

How to replace a drive in an ASUSTOR NAS

Replacing a drive inside an ASUSTOR NAS is straightforward and takes a few moments. All that’s required is the detection of a failed drive, removing it, and installing a replacement. The ADM operating system will handle the rest.

  1. Log into your ASUSTOR NAS.
  2. Open Storage Manager.
  1. Click Drive.
  2. Select the faulty drive(s).
  3. Note which bay(s) the drive(s) are in.
  4. Remove the faulty drive(s).
    NAS without hot-swappable bays will need to be shut down first.
  1. Install the new replacement drive(s).
  2. ADM will synchronize the new drive(s) with the rest of the storage pool.

Which drives to use inside a NAS

It’s not a good idea to use just any drive inside a NAS. You could get away with picking the most affordable hard drive available at the local store, but it’s not designed for server usage and you may encounter problems. SSDs are a different story since they don’t have moving parts but their endurance won’t be anywhere near NAS-specific storage.

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