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Removing Healthy Disks from a RAID Volume

Unprotected volumes (Single-disk volume, RAID 0, or JBOD):

  • Removing the sole disk in a single-disk volume will break the RAID and all data will be lost. Since NAS OS is installed on the hard drive, you will lose connection to the device if the only disk in the enclosure is removed while the device is powered on. Try to shut the NAS off then reinsert the disk. Power on the device and wait approximately five minutes before logging on to the Dashboard.
  • Removing a healthy hard disk from an unprotected volume while the LaCie 2big NAS is powered on will break the RAID and all data will be lost. To avoid problems, shut down the LaCie NAS before removing healthy disks. Return the hard drives to their proper bays before powering on the LaCie NAS.
  • Powering on the LaCie 2big NAS with a missing disk in an unprotected volume will break its RAID and all data will be lost.

Protected volumes:

  • Removing a healthy hard disk from a protected volume while the LaCie 2big NAS Pro is powered on will render the volume unprotected. You can remove a disk from a protected volume to expand capacity or replace a failed disk (see Hard Disk Expansion and Replacement for details). Otherwise, shut down the LaCie NAS before removing healthy disks. Return the hard drives to their proper bays before powering on the LaCie NAS.
  • If a healthy disk has been removed while the LaCie 2big NAS is powered on and you do not want to replace it, you can reinsert it into the enclosure slot. Data remains intact as the volume's hard disks synchronize.

Important info: If a hard disk that you have purchased from LaCie fails, please contact your LaCie reseller or LaCie Customer Support.

Important info on NAS backup: It is recommended that all users back up data to DAS or another NAS as further protection against disk failure or secondary points of failure (e.g. hardware, network, etc.) See Backup Jobs for details.

Expand the RAID by adding a second disk to the enclosure

Select your RAID below to add the new disk to an existing volume.

RAID 0

JBOD

 

RAID 1

 

Hard Disk Expansion and Replacement

Use the directions below to replace a hard disk that is:

  • Healthy. Exchange a disk in the volume with a larger capacity hard drive.
  • Failed or missing. Replace a hard drive that has failed or is missing.

Hot-swapping hard drives

You can remove one hard disk from a protected volume while the product is turned on without losing data. This process is referred to as “hot-swapping”. It is highly recommended that hot-swapping be performed when replacing or expanding a hard disk that is part of a protected volume. You can experience problems if you shut down the LaCie 2big NAS to replace a hard drive with an “unclean” hard drive (with data) from another LaCie NAS or a third-party NAS. In such a case, the NAS OS may become confused and remain frozen as it boots.

When replacing or expanding hard drives in a protected RAID volume:

  • Perform the operation while the LaCie NAS is powered on (hot-swapping).
  • Use clean hard drives (without data).

 

RAID 0

JBOD

 

RAID 1

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