Remove RAID on Synology DS218

Remove RAID Synology

A couple of weeks ago I bought a Synology DS218+ NAS with two 2TB WD Red disks. After the initial setup, I wanted to remove RAID on Synology DS218 since we use the NAS mostly for streaming films.

I am not deep into RAID configurations and this is my first Synology NAS. So it was not straight away clear how to remove RAID on Synology DS218. I did not want to waste 2TB of usable disk space so I started to dig.

If you initially choose an automatic setup ( as I have done ) your disks will be configured in RAID. To remove RAID I needed to remove the volumes, delete the storage pool, and set up the disks as individual disks.

To be able to delete the storage pool I needed to uninstall the Synology DSM packages that have been installed on the volume I wanted to remove first. The name of those packages is listed when you choose a volume and click remove in Storage Manager within the Volume tab.

Remove RAID Synology Remove Volume

After you have uninstalled the listed packages via Package Manager > Remove the volume.
Now delete the storage pool > Confirm with password

Remove RAID Synology Delete Strorage Pool

Create a new storage pool on each of your drives..
In the Storage Pool Creation Wizard I have chosen more flexibility which supports multiple volumes. I see an average 110 MB Read and 93 MB Write performance with this setup.
Remove RAID Synology Storage Pool Type
Next > Storage Pool properties > RAID type basic and 1 drive per RAID
Remove RAID Synology Storage Pool Properties
Confirm settings
Remove RAID Synology Confirm Storage Pool Settings
Since both disks were brand new I didn’t choose drive check.
Then I started to create new volumes from Storage Manager > Volume tab > Create
With a basic storage pool setup you can only choose Custom:

Remove RAID Synology Create Volume Custom
Choose an existing storage pool:
Remove RAID Synology Select Storage Pool
Assign a storage pool:
Remove RAID Synology Assign Storage Pool
Specify the size of the volume:
Allocate Volum Capacity
Choose a file system. I have chosen ext4. You can find additional information here.
Select a file System
Confirm settings
Confirm Settings
I have repeated these steps for every new volume.

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