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Is it possible to have both Xpenology and Windows installed on the same custom NAS or will Xpenology populate all the drives and make this impossible?

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You mean on the same hardware? Even with separate drives - no. DSM „kills“ every partition you have during the installation. You’ll have to disable the s-ata port for your Windows drive every time you run Xpenology. 

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12 minutes ago, jensmander said:

You mean on the same hardware? Even with separate drives - no. DSM „kills“ every partition you have during the installation. You’ll have to disable the s-ata port for your Windows drive every time you run Xpenology. 

So Xpenology will wipe a separate drive even if Xpenology isn’t installed on that drive?

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i dont think a disk added after dms installation will be initialized when there are already partitions on it

changing the boot drive in bios might do the trick to boot windows

 

lets say there are 4 sata, use 3 with dsm and install the normal way, disconnect all 3 drives, remove usb  drive with jun's loader

use the fourth sata to install windows (make the disk the boot disk in bios before installing)

after that you should be able to connect all drives (and the usb) and by choosing usb or the 4th disk as boot drive you should be able to change what system is booted

 

when having ipmi/bmc you could even change over network what to boot (usually server boards)

 

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56 minutes ago, IG-88 said:

i dont think a disk added after dms installation will be initialized when there are already partitions on it

changing the boot drive in bios might do the trick to boot windows

 

lets say there are 4 sata, use 3 with dsm and install the normal way, disconnect all 3 drives, remove usb  drive with jun's loader

use the fourth sata to install windows (make the disk the boot disk in bios before installing)

after that you should be able to connect all drives (and the usb) and by choosing usb or the 4th disk as boot drive you should be able to change what system is booted

 

when having ipmi/bmc you could even change over network what to boot (usually server boards)

 

Is there a chance that DSM will initialize it after you plug in the USB again? If it doesn’t, this would be very helpful.

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that was my point, dsm does not overwrite a disk by itself when there are partitions on it, in that case you see the disk as uninitialized and you have to do that manually in the gui

 

 

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12 hours ago, IG-88 said:

that was my point, dsm does not overwrite a disk by itself when there are partitions on it, in that case you see the disk as uninitialized and you have to do that manually in the gui

 

 

Ok, thank you!

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