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Shares gives an overview or currently active shares on the NAS service. It shows the name of the share, which groups have access to the share, the disk the share is assigned to and how much storage is used in general on the disk. Also the path shows the full path of the share on the disk.

The edit button allows to edit the share name (under what name you can find the share on the network) and allows you to delete a share as well. Deleting a share doesn't remove any data of the storage.

NAS -> Disks

This gives an overview of disks in the HCS or attached to the HCS externally through USB. It shows the model of the disk and the size. The system disk cannot be deleted as this is the main disk holding the Ayos software. The disk overview also shows how much data is currently in use on the disk. When deleting a disk from the disk overview no data is wiped.

Newly attached disks that are not yet know by the system show up as new disks with the relevant model name and size of it. You can add the disk by clicking on the plus icon (+). The system asks what filesystem you want the disk to be formatted to. FFS or Fast File System is the recommended file system to use. FAT32 or File Allocation Table is the most compatible file system to use, but with a file size limitation of 4GB. This means a file cannot exceed the size of 4GB. The last file system is exFAT which is extended File Allocation Table. The HCS cannot format a disk to this file system, which means disks added which want to use the exFAT file system need to be preformatted before attaching to the system. The exFAT filesystem does not have the 4GB file size limitation and the compatibility is quite good.

The RAID or Redundant Array of Independent Disks configuration allows you to combine disks and use them as follow
  • RAID0 also know as disk striping means combining disks to make them act as one big disk. For example adding 3x 1TB disks in RAID0 would give you one new disk of about 3TB.
  • RAID1 also known as mirrored disks allows you to mirror the data of one disk to another disk(s). For example you have 3x 1TB disks in RAID1, this would provide you with a total of 1TB storage with two disks as backup as to say. They stay in sync with each other. In this scenario two disks could fail and one would still have all the data available to use.
  • RAID5 also know as disk striping with parity. You need at least three disks for the RAID option. It combines multiple disks into a bigger new disk as RAID0 but with redundancy. This means one disk can fail and all data will still be available. For example if you have 3x 1TB disks assigned to a RAID5 you would get a new disk with a size of about 2TB.