Step By Step Instructions For How To Upgrade – Expand The Netgear ReadyNAS 102 2-Bay Marvell ARMADA 370 1.20 GHz 6 TB HDD (2 x 3 TB) 512 MB RAM RAID Supported 3 x USB Ports

It took a long time (7 years to be precise) for my Netgear ReadyNAS network storage 3GB to be permanently filled, but it has happened and has left me scrambling to expand it.

Here’s what I did to quickly and effectively expand the storage with SSD as opposed to mechanical drives:

1 – purchased 2 ADATA SU800 1TB M.2 2280 SATA 3D NAND Internal SSD (ASU800NS38-1TT-C) at $100/each.

2 – purchased 2 FIDECO USB 3.1 Gen 2 to M.2 NGFF SATA SSD Enclosure Adapter, External SATA Based M.2 Solid State Hard Drive Enclosure Reader for M.2 2230 2242 2260 2280 SSD with B Key/B+M Key (SATA Based) at $12/each.

3 – Assemble each of the two external enclosures with one SSD and proceed to format each SSD to NTFS, leaving the SSD as a maxed-capacity single active partition with no files.

4 – Add each of the SSDs to your ReadyNAS 102 being careful to plug them into the top two USB3 ports (one is USB 2 – obviously we don’t want to use that one).

5 – Now we need to allow anonymous access for your network-attached streaming and DLNA players (your smartTVs and/or VLC on FireTV, Firestick or Windows for example) to access these drives via SMB without having to log in.
Go into your ReadyNAS 102’s web-based admin by browsing from a machine on your network to http://nas102. From the SHARES button on the main page, you should now see two USB volumes present under the MEDIA navigation node named USB_HDD_# where # is the number sequence of the USB volumes that have ever been plugged in. If this is the first, it will be USB_HDD_1 and USB_HDD_2.
Hover your mouse over the EVERYONE text at the right for the volume under PERMISSIONS column. This will make the + icon (Add Permissions dialog) appear – click it to pop up the Permissions dialog. Add the Anonymous access, then click APPLY. Do this for each volume.

That’s it! You’ve successfully expanded your ReadyNAS 102’s storage with an inexpensive high-speed solution! (yeah – that’s about 3 years worth of dust 😛 )

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