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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:41 pm 
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Step 1: Turn off RAID Box (do not turn power off to the box)
A. Log into Buffalo LinkStation LQ-QL083
B. Left Click “Maintenance” in the menu
C. Left Click on this “Restart” in the menu
D. Left Click on “Apply” On Shutdown the LinkStation

Step 2: Replace Drive 4 (Replace in Backward order one at a time not all at once)
A. Use black arm latch to pull out drive
B. Take out all the four screws underneath
C. Put in and screw down the new drive

Step 3: Fix Error
A. Log into Buffalo LinkStation LQ-QL083
B. You will get a Warning “Error has occurred in RAID Array1”
C. Click on this Warning it will take you to “Disk Management
D. Select the Disk that is open that you just replaced. (Check box that is white)
E. Then the grey out “Restructure RAID Array” will Become active
F. Left Click on “Restructure RAID Array
G. You will get a message

“Restructure RAID Array

Any data on the replacement disk will be overwritten rebuild the array.
This process cannot be cancelled once started.

Are you sure you want to continue?”

H. Left Click “OK”
I. This will give you “Please Confirm Request” Page
J. Type in the “Confirmation Number” into the “Entry” box
K. Left Click “Apply
L. You will then get a “Rebuilding RAID Array” Page.
(Drive Green LED’s on LinkStation Flicker wildly, power LED Flicker Alternating Blue- Red at a slower pace)
This took me about 4 minutes and 42 seconds for each round/drive.
M. Left Click on “Continue”

Step 4: Repairing RAID Array1)
A. LinkStation should reload the “Home” page, but you may have to log back in first.
B. You will get a message (Repairing RAID Array1)
C. Left Click on this It will take you to a “RAID Array Information” Which will show you the Status of the Array being Repaired
D. You watch it if you want. I tended to come in and reload in and check this about every 30 minutes to make sure it was working. I personally setup under Maintenance my email server and address to get Mail Notifications in doing this I got an email when it started and one when it finished. Taking the times on these Each round/drive took 7 hours, yes 7 hours
a. 4:31 PM to 11:29 PM - 7 Hours
b. 1:56 PM to 9:07 PM – 7 Hours 11 Minutes
c. 2:40 PM to 9:38 PM – 6 Hours 58 Minutes
d. 12:19 AM to 7:33 AM - 7 Hours 14 Minutes
E. Might end up being longer depending on how big the replacement hard drives and the original hard drives were.
F. I left a set of test files on the RAID, and the system after all of this kept the files, I wouldn’t suggest it, but it does seem to keep all data if you do this.

Step 5: Resetting the RAID to fix capacity
A. "Disk Management"
B. Click on “Orange Tool/Arrow icon” in front of “RAID Array1
C. RAID Settings
D. Left Click Change RAID Array get a message

Remove RAID Array,

Data stored on the target disks will be deleted.
This process cannot be cancelled once started.

Are you sure you want to continue?

E. Left Click “OK
F. Please Confirm Request Page comes up type in the number given and left click “Apply
G. Get a Screen “Changing RAID” this took 3 Minutes and 15 seconds
When Finished it went back to the “Home” Screen showed that all drives were being used 0%

HDD Space Used
Disk 1
0.00 GB / 923.76 GB (0.00 %)

Disk 2
0.00 GB / 923.76 GB (0.00 %)

Disk 3
0.00 GB / 923.76 GB (0.00 %)

Disk 4
0.00 GB / 923.76 GB (0.00 %)


H. Left Click on “Disk Management
I. Left Click on RAID SETUP
J. Left Click on “Orange Tool/Arrow icon” in front of “RAID Array1
K. Choose your Raid Mode/Structure (Pretty drawings that explanation how and what RAID does and the layouts that it creates on the drives)
L. Make sure your drives are selected
M. Left Click on “Setup RAID Array
N. You get a message
Remove RAID Array,

Data stored on the target disks will be deleted.
This process cannot be cancelled once started.

Are you sure you want to continue?

O. Left Click "OK"
P. Please Confirm Request Page comes up type in the number given and left click “Apply
(This took way shorter than I thought it would.
10:51:25 - 10:54:10 2 minutes and 45 seconds)
Q. Left Click “Continue
R. And Wahla (Voila!) The Array is now full size for the drives that are in place. I can confirm that if you had Data on the system it will be erased in this last step, so backup if you don’t want to lose anything.

OLD view
HDD Space Used
RAID Array 1
0.00 GB / 1337.32 GB (0.00 %)


NEW view
HDD Space Used
RAID Array 1
0.00 GB / 2771.52 GB (0.00 %)


Hope this helps everyone.
For those who are experts/highly experience and that interested: While doing this I ran across this article on “5 Tips to speed up Linux software RAID Rebuilding and Re-Syncing” https://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-ra ... speed.html
These are great tips, and might be able to be applied to this box to fix the slowness of this box and slowness of the 7-hour rebuild process. Don’t know how anyone's client can expect to be down 7 or more hours while their main data box is off line…..
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