Disks from a WD My Cloud Mirror into a DS216se?

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Disks from a WD My Cloud Mirror into a DS216se?

Unread post by Grid Pattern » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:56 am

Hopefully someone here can give me some advice. I have a Western Digital My Cloud Mirror (gen 2) NAS I was using for backing up my iMac but that no longer works and WD customer support said the drive has failed and needs to be replaced. If I buy a DS216se and put the 2 WD Red 4tb disks (model WD40EFRX 68WT0N0) in, will the Synology automatically reformat the disks? I know that will wipe any data from the disks but that is what I want, I'll start with a fresh new backup on the Synology.

Has anyone any experience of putting a disk from a Western Digital NAS into a Synology NAS?

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Re: Disks from a WD My Cloud Mirror into a DS216se?

Unread post by Rusty1281 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:10 pm

You will reformat them using Storage Manager inside DSM on your Synology nas, but yes, you can start fresh and it will not matter that the drives were in a nas from a different vendor. Any HDD will practically work with Syno.
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Re: Disks from a WD My Cloud Mirror into a DS216se?

Unread post by Grid Pattern » Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:50 pm

Rusty1281 wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:10 pm
You will reformat them using Storage Manager inside DSM on your Synology nas, but yes, you can start fresh and it will not matter that the drives were in a nas from a different vendor. Any HDD will practically work with Syno.
Thanks for the quick reply. I was hoping that would be the case. I have just read this on the Western Digital website which concerned me a bit...

"The Western Digital units mentioned below use a proprietary file system and cannot be reformatted as FAT32, NTFS, or a Mac File System" (mine is mentioned).

https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/a ... px?ID=1391

What format does the Synology nas use? I've never heard of not being able to reformat a drive

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Re: Disks from a WD My Cloud Mirror into a DS216se?

Unread post by Grid Pattern » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:01 pm

To answer my own question, either ext4 and Btrfs. Is that right?

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Re: Disks from a WD My Cloud Mirror into a DS216se?

Unread post by Grid Pattern » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:38 pm

Also thinking I might get the DS218j now as it's only an extra £27

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Re: Disks from a WD My Cloud Mirror into a DS216se?

Unread post by Rusty1281 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:33 pm

Correct on the file format. 218j would be a better choice atm
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