ASUSTOR collected all storage related functions, except shared folders, within the same app: The Storage Manager.
The first page provides an overview of your current setup and its usage. The more drive bays your NAS has, the more interesting this page gets. It has a list of installed drives, whether they’re in use or not, as well as a list of connected iSCSI targets.
You’ve created a volume while you initialized the NAS, but it might not be the one you’ll want to continue with, or you maybe just changed your mind later on. You can create new volumes, delete the current, and also migrate to other RAID setups.
It depends a little on available drives and the current setup whether you can migrate or not. However, in most cases, it won’t be a problem to migrate to a different RAID mode.
The storage manager has all your details of your installed drives available for you. You can quickly view their status, health, and temperature along with their model and serial numbers.
Naturally, you can also check on the S.M.A.R.T. details of each drive. Keeping an eye on the details can help you prevent data loss and switch out drives before they actually fail.
If you’re in doubt about a drive’s health, why not test it. ADM has Bad Block scans along with quick and full S.M.A.R.T. scans. These tests can also be scheduled to run automatically on given times.
Shared folders together with traditional volumes are very convenient, and they work well with almost any system. A more effective storage utilisation is iSCSI which allows setups with thin-provisioning. With such a setup, an iSCSI LUN will only take up the space it needs. No more guessing how much space you’ll need for a specific share.
ADM can also connect to iSCSI setups on other systems.
The USB ports and possible eSATA ports will usually be used for storage drives. At least in most situations. But ADM can do a lot more with its USB ports. You can connect USB printer and share them as network printers, as well as use USB Wi-Fi dongles as backup connections or even use the NAS as a wireless access point. UPS devices, Bluetooth, and optical drives are also supported. A full package of features and once again, all collected in a single window for easy management.
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