Yes.ordo wrote:So the only way is either to switch all the disks at once (or rather one at a time) - OR backup, destroy array, create new array then restore?
You can format the the disk for use as an external backup disk. Nothing else.ordo wrote:Can I initialize the empty 3TB disk via eSATA?
Well the only one that knows what data you have and can make sure everything is backed up is you.I now have a RAID-5 array with 2x3TB + 2x1TB, and one 3TB backup destination on eSATA.
How can I make sure that I really copy EVERYTHING from the 3TB RAID-5 volume to the external 3TB disk?
Yes.Afterwards, should I then just remove the 2x1TB and re-initialize the 2x3TB as RAID-1?
Once again that is your responsibility. Since there is no dedicated restore feature, it is easiest to use the Web File Manager and manually copy files from the external disk to the internal shares.Then how can I make sure that I restore EVERYTHING from the external eSATA backup to the new RAID?
Follow the documentation on Online RAID Level Migration to migrate from RAID 1 to RAID 5.Then of course, I should plug in the last 3TB and migrate/expand to 3x3TB RAID-5 - what are the steps here?
No! As all disks used internally will automatically be repartitioned and formatted, you would lose your complete backup!Alternatively, after I backup everything to the eSATA-drive, I can remove all the other drives and just plug in the backup as a single volume and expand from there?
That would of course be totally ** on which QPKG you use and I have no idea with any of them anyway. You can look in each of the individual QPKG-forums if a backup procedure is documented. If not, ask the question there.ordo wrote:Do you know what I should copy besides the shares, to keep QPKGs and their settings?
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