Volume Configuration

Volumes divide your storage space into separate areas. You can have one large volume or several smaller volumes. Shared folders are then created on the volumes to store and share files.

Configuration

Advantage

Description

Single Volume

Example:

  • Volume 1

    • Shared Folder 1

    • Shared Folder 2

    • Shared Folder 3

    • Shared Folder 4

Simplicity

Creating one volume is quick and easy. You do not have to worry about changing volume sizes or creating new volumes after the initial NAS setup.

Speed

Single static volumes are faster because they do not require a storage pool.

Multiple Volumes

Example:

  • Volume 1

    • Shared Folder 1

  • Volume 2

    • Shared Folder 2

  • Volume 3

    • Shared Folder 3

    • Shared Folder 4

Limiting of storage space usage

Each volume functions like a separate container. If a user or an app writes a large amount of files to a volume, only the specified volume is filled. Other volumes remain unaffected.

Multiple snapshot schedules

Snapshots protect files from accidental deletion or modification. Snapshot creation requires time, memory resources, and storage space.

QTS takes snapshots of individual volumes. QNAP recommends storing important files on dedicated volumes, so that QTS only creates snapshots of important files to save system resources.

Faster file system repair

QTS occasionally encounters errors in the file system of a volume. While QTS can scan the volume and automatically repair errors, this process can take a long time. The required time depends on the volume size. Files on the volume cannot be accessed during the scanning process.