Getting started with your TerraMaster NAS couldn’t be easier. Buying an enclosure from TerraMaster usually includes everything you need to get up and running, including ethernet cabling. This guide will run you through the process from unboxing the NAS to setting up the TOS operating system.
In this guide, I’m going to be using the TerraMaster F4-423, but most enclosures from the company will be similar and the steps I take can be replicated on your NAS. Firstly, we’re going to need to load hard drives into the bays before we can install the TerraMaster Operating System (TOS).
How to install hard drives inside TerraMaster NAS
These steps are valid for the aforementioned F4-423, but they should also work for TerraMaster NAS with hot-swappable drive bays. If you haven’t yet purchased drives for your NAS, I’ve compiled a list of the best NAS drives, which are designed specifically for these servers.
- Lift up the locking tab for the drive bay.
- Pull out the drive tray.
- Attach the 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch drive to the tray, using supplied screws.
- Reinsert the drive tray into the bay.
- Perform steps 1-4 for each bay.
How to install TOS on TerraMaster NAS
Now we’ve got hard drives ready to go inside our TerraMaster NAS, it’s time to load up TOS, the operating system for TerraMaster enclosures. This is a semi-automated process and the NAS will walk you through each step.
- Turn on your TerraMaster NAS.
- Load up the NAS IP address in your browser. (You can locate the NAS IP address by accessing your router admin panel.)
- Choose “Automatic.”
- Follow the on-screen wizard.
You’re now good to go! TOS should load up the web admin panel on that tab, allowing you to log into TOS and manage your new TerraMaster NAS.
The F2-423 shows just how serious TerraMaster is for 2022. This NAS is capable of handling multiple tasks, including Plex Media Server.