Synology: Transfer hard drives

Transferring existing hard drives from one NAS to the next is a breeze. The following procedure awaits you. […]

Transferring existing hard drives from one NAS to the next is a breeze. The following procedure awaits you.

Synology’s NAS are amazing devices that run and run… and then run a little longer. But at some point the moment comes when the old server is exchanged for a new one. However, the hard disks with all data should be taken over.

Step 1: Swap Hard Drives

Turn off the old NAS and remove the hard drives. Slide the disks into the new NAS and turn it on. The new device recognizes the order automatically, but that was somehow too scary for me; that’s why I kept the order from left to right.

The laundry room is not a clean room, but the hard drives have to get out, … (c) PCtipp.ch

… to disappear immediately afterwards in the new rack station (c) PCtipp.ch

Step 2: Find a New NAS

As soon as the boot process is finished after a few minutes, open a browser and enter the address find.synology.com a. After a few moments, all NAS in the local network will be displayed. Click the Connect button.

The NAS is tracked in the browser (c) PCtipp.ch

Step 3: Initiate migration

The wizard even recognizes which device it was previously based on the hard drives. Click the Migrate button.

The detection runs automatically (c) PCtipp.ch

Step 4: Select installation type

Before the migration, you only have to answer a single question: whether you want to keep the existing settings or rebuild the system. The data will be retained in any case. If you were satisfied with the current configuration, we recommend the Keep my data and most of the settings option.

The data will be retained in any case (c) PCtipp.ch

With a further click on the right arrow, the migration and possibly the installation of the current DSM (DiskStation Manager) are started. Plan for the whole procedure about half an hour.

Things are taking their course (c) PCtipp.ch

Step 5: Check packages

After the migration is complete, open the package center in DiskStation Manager. Now you may see packages that need to be repaired; just click on the orange button.

It’s not as bad as it looks (c) PCtipp.ch

This looks more dramatic than it is. In this case, however, the package “Docker” was no longer executable, because during this exchange from a stronger to a weaker hardware was changed, which does not support Docker.

For those interested: For me, the ability to run the NAS in a rack was more important than the performance of the system. Who’s surprised:

Too ugly even for the basement: the better NAS, detached and dusty (above). The same chaos reigns in the rack (below) now, but it looks neatly draped (c) PCtipp.ch

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