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A Deep Dive Into Thecus NAS Software - Storage Settings

Thecus has one of the best NAS menu systems available. Today Chris takes us through the ins and outs of this powerful package.

By: | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Mar 5, 2010 3:31 pm
Manufacturer: Thecus

Storage Settings


The primary reason why most people choose a NAS server is for data storage that is accessible over a network by multiple computers. The main part of that is data storage and if setting that up isn't user friendly then all is lost. In this section we will see the Storage Settings and below how to setup a RAID Array.




The Disk area in the Storage Settings tab allows you to see the status of each drive in the system and even run tests on the drives to verify they're working correctly.




The RAID area allows you to view your RAID arrays status as well as build or edit arrays. We will look at building a new array briefly.




The Space Allocation allows us to setup iSCSI and the iSCSI options.




The Shared Folder area is where you add or remove folders on the NAS.




When running multiple NAS servers you have the option to stack them for extra data integrity or more capacity.




The Thecus software will allow you to mount an ISO image.


RAID Setup


Starting off at the RAID area in the Storage Settings tab, we can start to build a RAID array.




Here we see the RAID Configuration screen. To start you need to select the disks you would like to use in your array.




Once you have your disks selected you have a couple of options. Here we see the stripe size options that are available. Thecus offers several stripe sizes.




Next is the file system. In our testing we found that the XFS file system is the fastest for nearly all usage scenarios by a large margin.




Be sure to select the array type and hit the Create button. Most Thecus NAS servers are able to run RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10. RAID 1 and 10 needs to run on an even number of disks.




Once you are finished setting up your RAID array you can watch as the NAS formats the drives. This can take up to 24 hours on large drive groups in RAID 5 and 6.


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