This is Part Three of our QNAP TurboNAS Deep Dive series.  This article looks at volume management options.  Read on for details!

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In Part One of this series, we told you how to set up the ISCSI target functionality in TurboNAS 3.5.  In Part Two, we covered adding users.  In Part Three, we’ll show how to set up and administer the volumes and RAID arrays.  Let’s get going!

Volume Setup

QNAP’s TurboNAS makes setting up and changing RAID volumes pretty easy.  Let’s take a look.

Click on Disk Management to show the available volume and RAID management options.

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Click on Volume Management to start the process of creation of a volume set.  Note that the NAS that I am performing this on already has a RAID5 volume created that we will not be deleting, so I’ll show most of the process here while not damaging my RAID set.  You can see extensive options, including RAID0, RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, RAID10 and JBOD.  Simply select the type of volume that you want to create.  Note that TurboNAS also is telling me about all four loaded hard drives, including SMART data, and about the already-existing RAID5 array.  I could delete, format or check that array for errors here if I wanted to.

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The system will warn you that all services will be stopped for this effort, click OK to proceed.

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This is what happens when you have no free disks in the system; all four loaded disks are already in a RAID5, so it errors out.  If you had spare disks, you would have been able to select them and start to build the RAID array.  This is a very easy to use and powerful configuration tool.

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Once you issue the command to build the array, TurbNAS goes about building it and you can copy data to it during the array build.  I let this go overnight, and it was ready for action with full data protection the next morning.  Building a RAID5 array could not have been easier!