Earlier this week I received a notification from my Synology NAS that a hard drive was failing. Right now in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, one thing I don’t need is my NAS down and the kids and wife unable to watch any shows or movies.
Luckily for me Synology has made drive replacement a breeze. Here is how to easily and very quickly replace a failed hard drive in your Synology NAS.
How to replace a failed hard drive in your Synology NAS
- The first step is to identity the hard drive this is failing. Open the Synology Storage Manger and click on HDD/SSD on the left. Here you can see that Drive 5 was failing on my Synology NAS:
- Now go to your Synology NAS and remove the failing drive and replace it with a new hard drive. I decided to replace my failing drive with a new Western Digital RED 4TB HDD.
- At this point your Synology NAS Storage Pool will likely be in a “Degraded” state. It may even be beeping, if it hadn’t already. This is normal until we start the repair – so lets do that.
- In Storage Manager click on “Storage Pool” on the left and then click on Action > Repair:
- Confirm the hard drive you’re going to use to repair the Storage Pool and click on “Next“.
- Click on “OK” to acknowledge that any data on the new drive will be erased.
- Finally, click on “Apply” to confirm and start the repair.
At this point the pool will perform its repair and the new disk should be reporting as Normal. A much better sight then the Failing state it was in earlier. :)
Quick and easy, and in the case of my Synology 1815+ I didn’t even have to power the NAS down!