QNAP

QTS 5.0.x

Volume Configuration Examples

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. After the initial setup, you do not have to worry about changing volume sizes or creating new volumes.

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

Storage space limits

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. Using multiple volumes means you can have different snapshot schedules for different file types. For example, you can take hourly snapshots of the volume containing important documents, and weekly snapshots of the volume contain photos and movies.

Faster file system repair

In certain circumstances such as after a power outage, QTS may encounter 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.