Populating a 4-Bay NAS with a single Hard drive
Hi, I'm thinking about getting 4 bay DS418. I also want to get 4tb and higher disks but because of the price, I was wondering if I can just start with only 2 disks and add more disks later? Which brand nas disk do you recommend? Thank you.
Thank you for your message. This is a surprisingly common question, though completely understandable as all too many older generation storage hardware requires full population. I am pleased to say that you can populate one of the four Bay Synology NAS with even as few as 1 hard drive! If you go ahead with 2 drives, be sure to select SHR when you set it up as a RAID configuration, as then you can expand the storage easily and quickly as you add drives month/years down the line. use the following articles to help you.
The best 4-Bay Synology NAS of the year, in case you want to get a sense of comparison with other devices in their same range/year:
What is the Best Synology 4-Bay NAS – DS918+ vs DS418play vs DS418 vs DS418j
Also, here are the top 4 Bays of the year to see what is on offer from other brands:
Finally, to better explain SHR, here is a guide on how it compares with traditional RAID:
What is SHR? And what is the difference between Synology Hybrid RAID and Ordinary RAID?
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