QNAP SS-439 NAS Minimum Drives Required?

pointeman
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The SS-439 has 4 bays and sells w/o drives. We would like to use ONLY 2 drives for now and later add the other 2 drives.

Q. Can we install only 1 or 2 drives for now and later add the others?
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Commented:
From: http://www.qnap.com/pro_detail_feature.asp?p_id=120

"the SS-439 Pro supports RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 10/ 5 + hot spare, single, JBOD, Online RAID Capacity Expansion, and Online RAID Level Migration."

So the answer is yes.
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RAID 0 is the performance RAID.  It uses only 2 drives and acts as a single drive, the data is striped in user customizable sizes (Eg: 64, 128).

RAID 1 also uses only 2 drives and is mirrored.  Each drive is a duplicate of the other.

For more information on RAID levels see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#Standard_levels

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Okay, 2 drives it is...

Thank You.

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