Dlink-323 NAS storage question

Posted on 2009-04-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I currently have the dlink-323 with (1) 750 gb hard drive. I want to add another drive and operate in a raid array. My question is can I: (1), add a 1tb drive, (2), split it into a 750gb and 250gb partition, (3) make the 750gb ntfs like the current drive (4) make the other 250gb partiton hfs, to be used as a time machine backup for my Macbook Pro, and (5) can I run the 750gb partition in a raid array with the first 750gb drive while using the 250gb with my mac?

Question by:nathan-c
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    by:Luc Franken
    Hi nathan-c,
    As far as I could find, the 323 only supports the ordinary RAID configurations, so a RAID-1 (mirroring) or RAID-0 (striping) will use only 750GB of your second drive and ignore the remaining 250GB in case you add a disk of 1TB.
    Just to be sure, from
    >>2. RAID 1 mirroring requires the use of two (2) internal SATA drives. To avoid data incompatibility in RAID 1 operation, use SATA drives from the same manufacturer. Formatted drive capacity for RAID 1 operation is dependant on the drive capacity of the lowest-sized drive. May not work with older generation SATA drives. For a list of SATA drives that have been tested to work with the DNS-323, visit
    D-Link Tech Support site.<<

    This is one of the data sources I used to come to my answer, I haven't used the device myself, but doubt it'll use a more advanced system as it'd be more expensive for Dlink to implement on a simple device like this.

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    so If i understand your response correctly, the dlink will allow for the partition of the new 1tb drive, however, if I run it in either raid array, it will ignore the 250gb partition, rendering it useless  correct?

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    by:Luc Franken
    Hi Nate,
    Yes, that's correct. The 250GB will be rendered useless.
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    Also, it's highly unlikely that your NAS uses either ntfs or hfs as filesystems. Most NAS use a Linux or unix based OS which don't really support those 2 filesystems, but rather either EXT3 or XFS. This is transparent to the PC's you are connecting with, as they don't directly access the filesystem, but rather connect via the network to the NAS, so what filesystem is used on the box is irrelevant. That is only important to the OS of the NAS itself.

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