How to sell your ReadyNAS: Preparing your ReadyNAS for Sale

The ReadyNAS is a great product line and there comes a time when you want to move to a newer, better model. Then comes the question: what to do with the old one?

Do you use it to backup your new ReadyNAS, use it as a NAS to develop cool add-ons, use it as a NAS to test beta firmware to give back to the community, give it to a family member, give it to a friend or do you sell it?

Well that choice is up to you, but if you decide to sell it or give it away then there are some steps you should take:

1. Backup all data e.g. onto another ReadyNAS
2. Update to the latest stable firmware. You can install the latest firmware via System > Update > Remote in Frontview. Alternatively you can download the latest image (4.1.x for Sparc or 4.2.x for x86 ReadyNAS) from readynas.com and install it via System > Update > Local in Frontview.

3. Verify that the NAS is still working. This should include running the memory test a few times. See the manuals for instructions. Be sure to provide an honest evaluation of the state of your ReadyNAS. A good seller will accurately describe what he wants to sell. Remember also that there is no warranty on second-hand ReadyNAS purchases.

If selling without disks:

Note that all data, OS, settings, personal information etc. is stored on the disks, so removing the disks is sufficient to ensure the buyer won’t get your data.

You can either:
4. Move the disks to another ReadyNAS on the same platform

or 5. Simply remove the disks.

6. Put the screws for the disk trays back in the zip lock bag they came in (if you still have it), put the disk trays back in the NAS and package the NAS up as neatly as you can. Preferably use original packaging. If not, find the best packaging you can.

7. Proceed to sell the NAS (or give it away). If you like you can use the ReadyNAS Marketplace forum or a site like eBay to sell the NAS. If posting on the ReadyNAS Marketplace forum be sure to indicate roughly where you are e.g. the US (if it’s not already mentioned in your profile or forum signature).

If selling with disks

This is more complicated. You want to keep your personal data safe, and also take reasonable steps to check that the disks are in working condition.

4. With the disks in place, factory default (wipes all data, settings, everything) the NAS. Instructions are in the manuals. The default RAID settings should be fine. This should make data recovery sufficiently difficult for it to not be worth trying, as well as setting up a clean installation of the latest OS, so that the ReadyNAS is ready to be setup quickly when the purchaser installs it.

5. The extra cautious will want to securely wipe the NAS. On x86 ReadyNAS, you can securely wipe the disks. You will need RAIDiator 4.2.7 or later installed (you should already have the latest version installed at this point) and RAIDar 4.3.0 or later (you can download the latest version at http://www.readynas.com/download). After initiating a factory default, you will notice there is a 10 minute countdown in RAIDar. Click Setup, leave the RAID settings at default, but down the bottom choose to securely erase the disks. If you choose this option the disks will be securely erased in parallel as part of the factory default process. If you wish to securely erase disks from a Sparc ReadyNAS you will need to remove them and hook them up to a PC and use that to do so, ideally before doing the factory default (of course put the disks back in the NAS before doing the factory default).

6. During the factory default process the NAS may encounter a bad disk. If it does you should remove the disk, hook it up to a SATA port on a PC and check it using vendor tools. If it fails the test then either get it replaced (if still under warranty) or put it in the trash.

7. You should take reasonable steps to check that the disks are O.K. This may include one or more of:

  • Checking the SMART+ health of the disks under Status > Health > SMART+ in Frontview
  • If it’s an x86 ReadyNAS you should run the Test Disks boot option. Instructions are here. If the disks pass these tests then they should be O.K.
  • If you really want to you can power down, label the order of your disks and checking the disks using vendor tools. Put the disks back in the NAS in the same order as before if they pass the tests. If it fails the test then either get it replaced (if still under warranty) or put it in the trash.

8. Now that you’ve checked the disks if any of them were bad you may wish to factory default with the disks left to sell in place. If you had to throw aways some disks, put the screws for the relevant disk trays in the ziplock bag (the one they came in preferably). Also be sure to put the disk trays (with disks screwed in if they are still working and you intend to sell them) back in the NAS and package the NAS up as neatly as you can. Preferably use original packaging. If not, find the best packaging you can.

9. Proceed to sell the NAS (or give it away). If you like you can use the ReadyNAS Marketplace forum or a site like eBay to sell the NAS. If posting on the ReadyNAS Marketplace forum be sure to indicate roughly where you are e.g. the US (if it’s not already mentioned in your profile or forum signature). Also indicate the age of the disks and what warranty is remaining on them as this can be important to some purchasers.

This guide refers to Sparc and x86 ReadyNAS. Sparc ReadyNAS include e.g. ReadyNAS Duo, NV, NV+, X6, Repertoire, 1000s, 600 and 1100. x86 ReadyNAS include e.g. NVX, Pro, Ultra, 1500, 2100, 3100, 3200 or 4200. If unsure which model you have or you are unsure about anything mentioned in this guide please ask about it on the ReadyNAS Forum.

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