vw-kombi Posted May 9, 2019 Share Posted May 9, 2019 I read somewhere recently that the 12 disk connected license I have is a limit imposed when starting the array. I currently have 12 devices (1 x Parity, 6 x array drives, 1 x cache, 1 SSD Unassigned disk inside, 1 x hot swap 4TB drive backup, 2 x external USB Backup drives. I assumed I had no growth in the array without a license upgrade as that all add's up to 12 drives. I have a new drive to add to the array, and was either going to swap the two USB drives for a larger single one, or but the pro license upgrade for a single disk to be added. A this time I have been pulling a 4TB 'unassigned devices' drive out and slotting in an 8TB backup drive for my offsite backups, then repeat for other offsite backups - as I was assuming the license wont allow me to just plug an extra hot swap disk in. Seems I may have been wrong but I'm after confirmation. Q1 : Can I safely just slot disks in and out of the server (for unassigned devices use only - i.e backups) as long as I don't stop and hence restart the array with them connected ? Q2 : If the answer to Q1 is yes, then I guess I can disconnect the two USB drives, restart the array, add two new additional drives to the array, then reconnect the two USB backup drives (and make sure disconnected if ever a need to restart the array ? Quote Link to comment
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