OK, so I have an EX4 with 4 x 3TB RED disks in it.
All used and configured in a RAID 5 setup.
One disk failed, so I was able to send it away for replacement. It took about 2 weeks which wasn’t too bad because I could continue to use the NAS without it. I had access to all my data, no problems… well done RAID 5.
So, now I have the new replacement disk returned to me.
I insert it in the bay (bay 3) and off it goes rebuilding the RAID volume.
Message on the LCD saying the system is busy, and message on the dashboard saying the system is busy and to waid until the LED turns solid blue before inserting another drive.
It stays like this for 2 days… and then the LCD just shows the name of my NAS, but the blue LED is still flickering. The dashboard still tells me to wait for the LED to stop flickering before adding another disk.
I don’t want to add another disk. I just want to use my NAS and access my data. I don’t really understand why I can use it without the drive in there, but as soon as I insert a new drive and it starts to rebuild the volume, I cannot access any of my data. I thought the idea of hot-swap drives was that you could swap them over without turning the system off and keep working.
Any idea how long it will take before I can access my data?