matts22 wrote:I have two new HD204UI drives that I plan on installing in a new DS211. I am upgrading the firmware on the hard drives and plan to apply the DSM patch.
However, I was wondering...is it possible to apply this patch before installing the hard drives to avoid the "in_the_past" SMART labeling on my hard drives? Or do I need the hard drives installed to access DSM? What if I used a different hard drive to apply the patch?
I just wanted to give everyone an update, as I was able to install two new HD204UI hard drives in my new DS211 with no SMART errors or "in_the_past" labeling.
Here is the process that I used after piecing together info from this forum and Synology tech support (hopefully someone will find this useful):
1. Made boot CD with Samsung patch using the .iso file made by HarryPotter, found in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=26&t=27905&start=150
2. Disconnected computer hard drive and connected sata and power cables to Samsung hard drive, booted computer with CD, applied patch, shut down computer, and repeated for second hard drive
3. Put a blank spare hard drive (seagate 2.5" 160GB from an old laptop in my case) in DS211 and installed DSM 3.0 on this hard drive
4. Downloaded patch from Synology - had some trouble here but figured out my router was not port forwarding for FTP (still have to get that working), so I connected directly to the broadband modem and had no problem
5. Installed Synology patch on the spare hard drive via DSM update and shut down DSM
6. Installed Samsung drive in the other slot of the DS211 and restarted DSM
7. Opened storage manager within DSM and created a SHR (synology hybrid raid) volume using the spare drive and Samsung hard drive - this was about 150GB in my case
8. Shut down DSM, replaced the spare drive with the second Samsung drive, restarted DSM
9. Noted the SHR volume was degraded within storage manager and turned off the annoying beep
10. Clicked manage, selected second hard drive, and DSM automatically rebuilt the SHR and expanded the volume to 1.79TB
Now, everything looks great and both drives show no SMART errors. I'll be back with questions if anything changes. Hopefully Synology can get this back on the compatible hard drive list. Good luck to everyone!