Attaching drives

You can attach up to eight discs in total using our control panel.

You can choose from two grades of storage:

  • SATA: Fast solid-state storage (based on SATA SSD drives in a RAID5 or RAID6)
  • Archive: Slower, bulk storage ideal for backups or large file serving tasks (based on SATA hard drives in a RAID6)

Each storage grade is priced differently.

Attach a new disc (for Linux)

  1. Find your Cloud Server and click on the Add disc button. Note that if you change the label of a disc, it doesn’t affect how your operating system will see the disc.

  2. Your operating system should now be able to detect an empty disc. The first disc in your server is usually seen as /dev/vda, and subsequent discs will be /dev/vdb, /dev/vdc etc. Run this command if you’re not sure what discs are attached:

    ls -1 /dev/[sv]d[a-z]
    
  3. Once you’ve determined the name of the new disc (eg, /dev/vdb), create a filesystem. Make sure to use the correct disc, as this will destroy any existing data!

    sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/vdb
    
  4. Now you can mount the disc somewhere suitable. For example, you might want to mount /dev/vdb at the /mnt/extra-storage directory:

    sudo mkdir /mnt/extra-storage
    sudo mount /dev/vdb /mnt/extra-storage
    
  5. To make sure it gets mounted at every boot, add this line to /etc/fstab:

    /dev/vdb /mnt/extra-storage ext4 defaults 0 0
    

Attach a new disc (for Windows)

  1. Find your Cloud Server and click on the Add disc button. Note that if you change the label of a disc, it doesn’t affect how your operating system will see the disc.

  2. Open Windows Disk Management.

  3. Partition your disc as required.

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