Good afternoon and thank you Will for your videos and this collaboration space! I’m not new to synology (been using one for a number of years), but I am new to the process of expanding my space. Before I start my project I’m looking for help/answers on the BEST way to do it.
Currently I have a 6bay 1618+ on the latest DSM and it’s populated with 4x10T spinners and a one off 1T SSD. It has two pools, one 4x10T RAID10 pool and then just one pool only on the SSD. I plan on taking all of these drives out and populating the 1618+ with 6x20T Exos X20 drives and just having one SHR (likely SHR2) pool. Currently, the 4x10T has 10T used and about 12 shares folders with a handful of apps installed (container manager with 1 image and hyperbackup). All the data on this pool needs to be copied over to the new SHR pool. My main concern is keeping the shared folders (including permissions) intact. I plan on using one of the 20T as an intermediary so that I can keep the 4x10T array intact for archival purposes and incase this all blows up in my face. What is my best course of action? I’m going to detail what I plan to do and highlight the questions I have inline, but I would really appreciate if the community can give me feedback and point out if I’m doing something wrong or if there is a better way!
- slide one of the new 20T drives into the only open slot and then create a single pool/volume in this 20T drive
- download a backup of my synology configuration and also make sure it’s backed up in the cloud
- stop all file services so things cannot be changed during the rest of this migration
- use hyperbackup to backup everything on the 4x10T pool to the newly created pool on the 20T drive. I’m guessing I’ll be using “local folder” as the option in hyperbackup?
- use hyperbackup to backup a random small folder off the SSD pool while at the same time making sure to again backup the synology configuration and apps data to an offsite cloud backup (rsync.net).
- power the synology off and pull the 4x10T drives and the SSD
- slide 5 new 20T disks into the synology while leaving the 20T disk that has the copied data on it in the 1618+
- turn on the 1618+ and then initialize the 5 new disks and create a new SHR pool (haven’t decided on SHR2 yet, but will probably do SHR2)
- use hyperbackup to restore the backup from the single 20T to the newly created 5x20T pool
- use hyperbackup to restore the random small folder from the SSD plus configuration and apps data from the cloud
- let things stabilize and monitor for a number of days
- eventually add the original 20T intermediary disk into the new SHR pool
First, is this the right course of action? And second, my most important concern is how will the above impact my shared folders? How will synology know that the shared folders have now been moved twice and how will synology now know that the shared folders exist in this new pool which is likely going to have a different volume path, etc? Also will my shared folder permissions and all that remain intact? I’m really most concerned over this shared folder configuration and making sure it’s kept 100% intact and I’m not really sure if the above accomplishes that or if there is a better way? I’d also like to keep the rest of my synology configuration and apps and their data intact as well. Will the above also accomplish that?
Thank you to the community for your help, best guidance, and any explanations in advance!