Adding a new harddrive to DLink DNS-323 NAS

Having had a DNS-323 for the last 2 years or so, I decided now is the time to add a new drive to it and configure it for RAID – just in case the old one containing my photos failed.

I don’t have pictures or screenshots to show for it, but here’s what I started out with.

  1. With the front cover open, a Seagate 1TB HDD installed in the left-side bay.
  2. Firmware 1.07

I purchased another 1TB HDD, a Hitachi one this time with SATA3 (the lady at the shop assured me that SATA3 is backwards compatible with SATA2).

Steps:

  1. Back. My. Files. Up.
  2. Remove front panel, clean out the innards of 2 years worth of dust-bunnies.
  3. Install new drive in right-side bay
  4. Boot up the NAS and verify that my files are still in the primary drive.
  5. Go to the web admin, log in to the configuration menu.
  6. Message says a new drive has been detected, would you like to format? Yes.
  7. Check “Reconfigure for RAID1”
  8. Click Yes to auto rebuild
  9. NAS proceeds to format the new drive (about 15 minutes)
  10. Reports that HDD (Volume_1) formatted OK.
  11. Click button to restart
  12. The power button starts to blink, so does the status lights of both drives. You will not be able to log in to the NAS – for about 5 minutes.
  13. When you’re finally about to log in, you will see that both your HDD status lights are blinking, your old files are still accessible. And apparently, I have about 3 hours until both drives synchronise.

The usual disclaimers apply. It worked for me, it may not work for you. If you back up, you will still have your files. I’m not responsible for lost memories and documents.

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