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QNAP releases QTS 5.0.1 OS update

Some big changes contained within.

QNAP rolled out an update for its QTS operating system, bringing the software up to version 5.0.1. Included in this release are some notable new features and improvements, further cementing QTS as one of the more polished solutions out there for NAS enclosures. We’re going to take a look at what’s new and how you can go about installing the update.

What’s new in QTS 5.0.1

There’s a lot to take in with version 5.0.1. We’ve compiled a list of the highlight changes included with this latest OS release.

Preemptively replacing RAID disks

Should a drive error be detected through S.M.A.R.T, DA Drive Analyzer, or general system performance, RAID disks can now be replaced with spares at any time. This allows one to quickly replace drives that may fail without having to rebuild the RAID.

Free exFAT support for ARM QNAP NAS

exFAT supports file sizes up to 16EB and QNAP has worked the file system onto ARM-based NAS enclosures. It’s optimized for flash storage, including SD cards and USB devices, helping accelerate file transfer speeds.

Enterprise Self-Encrypting Drives (SED)

As well as TCG-OPAL, QTS 5.0.1 comes with support for TCG-SED-compliant hard drives and solid-state drives. This allows enclosure owners to leverage drive encryption for an additional layer of data protection with the best NAS.

Enhanced transfer speeds for SMB signing and encryption

AES-NI hardware acceleration has been added to increase data signing and encryption/decryption efficiency over Server Message Block 3.0 (SMB), providing up to five times faster transfer speeds than without AES-NI.

Windows Search Protocol (WSP) for shared folders

QTS 5.0.1 also comes with support for Microsoft WSP, allowing users on the QNAP NAS to search shared folders on Windows when an SMB drive is mounted on the NAS itself.

How to install QTS 5.0.1

If you’re ready to install the latest release of QTS on your QNAP NAS, simply visit the control panel on your enclosure to check if an available update is ready for download. Should it not be available, you can try your luck with the manual method, here’s how to go about it:

  1. Go to QNAP’s official website.
  2. Select your NAS from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on one of the download links for QTS 5.0.1.2145.
  4. Go to Control Panel > System > Firmware Update > Firmware Update.
  5. Click Browse.
  6. Select the downloaded QTS 5.0.1 OS update file.
  7. Click Update System.

By Richard Edmonds

I've been covering the tech industry for more than a decade and have tinkered with NAS for just as long. Follow my ramblings and more right here on NAS Master!

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