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Using a USB3 external hard drive


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I was planning to add an additional volume to my custom built NAS to avoid to use too much my 4 SHR RAID hard drives.

 

Unfortunately I've ended all the available SATA3 ports.

 

I therefore thought about using a USB3 external 1TB (mechanical) hard drive, but I wonder if it would work without problem when using it for Synology Surveillance System and for its records? :?

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It's not possible out of the box because external drives cannot be made volumes since DSM does not manage external drives. There is a work around that is explained in the following link but it seems old so not sure if that would work with the current DSM 6.1. and honestly I would not advise it.

http://82.100.88.27/wordpress/?p=5

 

There is another option as explained here:

https://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?t=77947#p293164

and detailed here:

https://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?t=129503#p493831

 

The other option is to simply change your HDDs for bigger capacity.

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It's not possible out of the box because external drives cannot be made volumes since DSM does not manage external drives. There is a work around that is explained in the following link but it seems old so not sure if that would work with the current DSM 6.1. and honestly I would not advise it.
http://82.100.88.27/wordpress/?p=5
 
There is another option as explained here:
https://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?t=77947#p293164
and detailed here:
https://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?t=129503#p493831
 
The other option is to simply change your HDDs for bigger capacity.
Thank you for helping.

Damn so I have to swap again the motherboard.

Time to find one finally working with Synology standby then...
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12 hours ago, IG-88 said:

hi,

 

there might be an option but its kind of experiMENTAL ;-)

 

if you use some unconventional settings you might be able to make a usb a internal drive

accidentally happened here (see the picture where drive 21 is a usb flash drive)

 

https://xpenology.com/forum/topic/9412-max-10-drives-in-dsm-61/?tab=comments#comment-80569

 

 

Thanks, might give it a look later today. ;)

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