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HDs transfer from Synology to Xpenology


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I have 2x4TB in a Synology NAS box. I would like to transition all onto a Xpenology machine and keep the data on the disks.

Is it possible to boot Xpenology and then put the 2x SYnology HDs into the Xepenology machine?

 

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Assuming you are moving from a supported Synology unit (generally a + or xs model), yes.  The 32-bit (ARM-based usually) Synology models have a smaller DSM partition and they cannot be directly integrated.

 

However: Importing a Synology array into an existing XPe system can be difficult (volume and storage pool collisions are the most significant issue) but is possible.  You may have to use some "advanced" ssh commands to get the array fully integrated and recognized.

 

It may be easier to just do the XPe install using the Synology disks and it should offer to do a "migration install."  Your data will be intact on the other side.  But as always, have a backup of everything in case things go sideways.

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I would be moving from a DS212+ model (2-disk with single core ARM processor I think).

What would a migration install do? Can I stick the fully loaded 2 old Synology disks into the new machine for an "Migration Install"?

 

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It might be interesting to learn for other users that I just migrated 2 HDs from an existing Synology ARM box onto Xpenology with NO DATA LOSS.

 

Source system:

Synology DS212+, 0.5GB Ram, Arm Processor, Single core, Marvell Kirkwood 88F6282

2x 3TB HDs, 1 Volume RAID1 

DSM 6.2.4

 

Target system:

Xpenology 3617

Xeon E3-1226, 3.3GHz, 16GB Ram

DSM 6.1.7-15284

 

No SSH commands were neccesary. The Genesys' 1.02b loader (MBR) worked.

Even 2 encrypted Shared Folders survived the migration and were able to unlock without any problems.

Even the Synology documentation points out  that this migration would not be possible.

 

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4 hours ago, trek102 said:

Synology DS212+, 0.5GB Ram, Arm Processor, Single core, Marvell Kirkwood 88F6282

 

It is a travesty that Synology calls that a "plus" model.  In any case, you may want to know this: because your volume was created with a 32-bit processor, it has a maximum size of 16TB when you expand it in the future.

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