Greetings to the group.
I currently have a DS218+ with a single 6TB Ironwolf drive running the Channels DVR server. This same Synology box also runs a Plex server for movies and old transplanted WMC recorded TV shows. I'm at about 70% capacity on the single drive right now, with an empty drive bay yet to expand in to.
I tried reading up online on the best expansion options for this scenario, but I figured I would ask the group at large here as well for some advice. When I set up the Synology box about a year ago, I just accepted the default SHR option (without data protection, since there was only a single drive). If I purchase another, larger Ironwolf drive to install into the current 2nd empty drive bay, what are my options for expanding the volume from there?
I don't want to have to back up all current data somewhere else for any type of destructive upgrade, if I can avoid that. Does Synology have options for just expanding the size of the current volume by dropping in another HDD? I have never expanded a Synology box before, so before I go buying any hardware, I want to make sure I understand my options.
I'm not overly concerned about data redundancy, as the only thing stored on this are media files (movies, DVR recordings, and photos that are backed up elsewhere). It would suck to lose things like DVR recordings, but my understanding is that if I really wanted data redundancy for a setup like this, AND more storage space, I would have to buy 2 larger drives and remove the current one.
For folks who have expanded a 2 bay Synology box already set up with SHR with just a single drive installed, what would you recommend? Thanks in advance for any advice!