Unofficial Guide for Moving from Sparc ReadyNAS to x86 ReadyNAS

This guide can be downloaded here

What is this guide for?

You cannot migrate disks from a Sparc ReadyNAS to a x86 ReadyNAS as they are on different platforms. Normally, one of the great features of the ReadyNAS line is that when you want to move to a newer ReadyNAS you can make sure your array is redundant (i.e there are no dead or missing disks) then migrate to a newer ReadyNAS. See this FAQ entry on the ReadyNAS forum.

If you have a Sparc ReadyNAS e.g. ReadyNAS Duo, NV, NV+, X6, Repertoire, 1000s, 600 or 1100 you can use this manual as a guide for moving to a x86 ReadyNAS e.g. NVX, Pro, Ultra, 2100, 3100, 3200 or 4200. You’ll notice that all the Infrant (Infrant was acquired by NetGear) models are Sparc ReadyNAS. So if your ReadyNAS doesn’t say NetGear on it, it is definitely a Sparc ReadyNAS.

What does this guide contain?

In this extensive, thorough guide (currently 18 pages including some screenshots), I address this issue and provided a very detailed plan for you to follow to make the move as simple as possible. I have over 10,000 posts on the ReadyNAS forum (I am the user ‘mdgm‘) and know a great deal about the ReadyNAS line. As an example of how long the move may take, transferring 3.7TB of data (that’s over 3700GB) from a NV+ to an Ultra 6 took me a few days (your mileage may vary).

Feedback is appreciated

If you have questions with the guide or suggestions on how to improve it, I would be very happy to hear them and will consider taking them onboard. Enjoy.

This guide can be downloaded here

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9 Responses to “Unofficial Guide for Moving from Sparc ReadyNAS to x86 ReadyNAS”

  1. mdgm

    If you have a ReadyNAS Duo, NV, NV+, X6, Repertoire, 1000s, 600 or 1100 I recommend using this manual as a guide for moving to a NVX, Pro, Ultra, 2100, 3100, 3200 or 4200.

    Common migrations include from the ReadyNAS Duo to a ReadyNAS Ultra, the ReadyNAS NV+ to a ReadyNAS Ultra, a ReadyNAS NV+ to a ReadyNAS NVX, a ReadyNAS NV+ to a ReadyNAS Pro

    For rackmount ReadyNAS common migrations include: ReadyNAS 1100 to a ReadyNAS 2100, a ReadyNAS 1100 to a ReadyNAS 3100, a ReadyNAS 1100 to a ReadyNAS 3200, or even a ReadyNAS 1100 to a ReadyNAS 4200.

    Of course you can do migrations from e.g. a ReadyNAS 1100 to a ReadyNAS Pro, or a ReadyNAS NV+ to a ReadyNAS 2100 following my instructions.

  2. Christoph

    Hi!
    I appreciate your blog and the migration guide that you sell. I would buy it as soon as I got my new machine (moving from duo to ultra 2 or ultra 2+), but before I do that I would like to confirm if it is still up to date (since the post is almost two years old…)

    Could you say something about that? Thanks!

  3. mdgm

    Thanks for the question Christoph. Yes it has been updated to reflect changes that have been made.

  4. budda

    Will I need any other hardware in order to use your guide – such as additional hdd’s to move data on to ? Just weighing up my costs after forking out for the Readynas Pro 6 unit.

  5. mdgm

    The guide assumes you’ll purchase new disks to go in the new NAS and transfer your data across your network. The RAID format is different so you can’t just migrate disks across. When you purchase a new NAS it is a good time to purchase new disks in my opinion. You could then use the old NAS to backup your new one.

  6. Mark

    Looks like the guide is no longer posted? Any time frame when it will be back?

  7. John

    Hi. About to embark on this, any chance of the report going up again?

    I have a specific question around 2 drives in a duo raided going to 1 drive on the ultra and once copied putting a drive from the duo into the ultra. Is this possible.

  8. mdgm

    The guide is now back up.

  9. mdgm

    The guide is now back up


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