Can I 'simply' swap drives from one NAS 200 to another NAS200?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by nelkem, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. nelkem

    nelkem Addicted to LI Member

    Hi -
    I have two NAS200's for years - I have them both setup as RAID 1. I also purchased Vicaversa replication software - to copy all data from the 1st NAS200 (NAS1) to the 2nd (NAS2).

    In essence, 4 x 1TB really equals 1 TB usable as data is copied from NAS1 to NAS2 when ever it detects a change. I also do NOT delete data from NAS2, so always adding (even if deleted off of NAS1).

    A couple of days ago, a fan seemed to start failing in NAS1 - really LOUD - had to turn it off over night.

    I just got a used NAS200 from Ebay - setting it up exactly as I did for NAS1 (calling it NAS1A - in memory of; i will fix the fan - but want to keep my data up).

    Question - Can I 'simply' put the drives from NAS1 into NAS1A? I assumed so - but I figure I would ask before I do anything. I would think it would just read the drives as is - but rather not assume. I am just updating the Firmware to the latest on NAS1A and about to try.

    Any input would be great! Thank you.
  2. jac_goudsmit

    jac_goudsmit Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    In theory, it should be possible to put the drives from one system into the other, if the configuration of the NAS200s is identical. You mileage may vary, though.

    The worst thing that might happen is that the NAS doesn't recognize the hard disks and sees them as Unknown, and not part of the RAID. As long as you don't try to initialize the disks (which would wipe them!), nothing will be written to the disks and you can always put the drives back in the original NAS and "fix" the fan by transplanting it from the working unit. Note how I put "fix" in quotation marks: replacing the fan is not that hard (there are photos on the Internet on how to open and disassemble a NAS200) but the fan is really under-dimensioned and will never do a very good job of keeping your drives cool.

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