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Mounting QNAP disks in Debian Linux

I recently migrated to a QNAP NAS from an old DIY NAS for most of my home data. When starting to copy over my first batch of data I worked out that the data transfer was going to take about 12 - 18 hours on my 1GBps home network...

This was unacceptable to me, so I tried mounting my new shiny QNAP NAS disk (readily formatted) inside my old DIY NAS to speed up the transfer. After doing this, the transfer was about 6 times faster than copying all data over my network.

All in all this was a bit harder than anticipated, so I documented my steps.


This guide may not work for every RAID setup, but can provide a simple reference.

QNAP side

On the QNAP side I had created a Single Volume with a single disk, no RAID whatsoever. On that disk I created a shared folder with a placeholder file that I could recognize for testing the mount.

I did not opt for a Storage Pool, because data redundency was not my primary goal.

Debian Linux side

Within Debian I had to install two packages first.


All these steps require root (sudo)!

apt update
apt install -y mdadm lvm2

We need both mdadm and lvm2 for managing the QNAP resource. After which we can scan for both RAID devices and LVM devices.

mdadm --assemble --scan

The commands above are probably not mandatory, but they seem to get something going. Now we can look at which Volume Groups (VG) are found within the system.


In my setup, this returned volume group vg289. I also noticed this with the lvscan command, but this is a bit more verbose and human readable. Now that we know the volume group (VG) name, we can activate it.

vgchange -a y vg289

This command will activate the volume group, if all goes well. I re-ran the lvscan command to check if the volume group was correctly activated and to look up the logical volume (LV) I wanted to utilize.

  ACTIVE            '/dev/vg289/lv545' [<37.28 GiB] inherit
  ACTIVE            '/dev/vg289/lv2' [3.59 TiB] inherit

As you can probably tell, the lv2 volume was the one I wanted to use. Since the LV was now active, I can mount it.

mkdir -p /mnt/qnap
mount /dev/vg289/lv2/ /mnt/qnap

Et voila. This mounted my QNAP locally on my Linux box.


This guide will also work with Debian derivatives, such as Ubuntu Linux