BlackArmor NAS - How to Create a Span Volume

This article provides instructions for creating a Span Volume.

A span volume is a group of disk drives collected in a server, not protected by RAID. It is also known as JBOD.
The following provides the steps necessary to create a span volume. It is assumed that:

  • You have backed up any/all critical data off of the BlackArmor NAS Server.
  • All previous unneeded volumes have been deleted.
  • You are currently logged into the BlackArmor Manager with admin privileges.


  1. Mouseover Storage and click Volumes. The Volumes page opens.
  2. Click the Add icon. The Volume Add Disk Selection page opens. Select the drive (HDDs) you wish to include in the volume.
  3. Click Next. The Volume Add RAID Type page opens. Span is the only option.
  4. Click Next. Enter the following information:
    1. Volume Name
    2. Volume Description
    3. Check whether to Encrypt the volume.
    4. Enter a Volume Size or check the Max box to use the entire space of the selected drives.
  5. Click Next. The Volume Add Summary page opens showing you the settings for the volume.
  6. Click Finish. Volume creation starts processing. When finished, the volume prepares and continues its preparation. This may take awhile depending on the size of the volume.