Installing Xpenology to the hard drive, is it possible?

I am getting ready to install Xpenology and saw that most are installing to a USB drive and just leaving it plugged in for the system to boot from..

  1. Can I install Xpenology on the hard drives themselves or is the hard drive space only used for storage?
  2. If this is possible do you recommend using a small hard drive that would be separate from the main storage?
  3. Would an SSD drive be optimal for this?

Sorry for the all of the questions, I just want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row before installing on my system!

Thanks for your help everyone!

Newbie Asked on March 19, 2015 in Installation.
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1. Short answer: Hard drive space is only for storage. Long answer: it can be done, with limitations and risks
2.The best is a USB stick. In case there is a new version of the boot image it’s easy to be reflashed. The small hard drive can also be used, but you’ll lose 1 SATA port and the whole capacity of the drive. The boot image is really small, just a few MB.
3. SSD as a boot drive? see the point no.2. The speed of the boot drive doesn’t matter for such a small image.

Newbie Answered on March 20, 2015.

Ok great, thanks for your response. So I guess I will go with the USB drive and just buy the smallest USB drive I can find.

As for updates, I guess I can just install the latest boot image on the USB drive, plug it in and I am ready to rock and roll?

on March 20, 2015.

Actually Synology DSM is installed to a bit of each HDD in the system, The bootloader is saved on a USB but Synology DSM by design clones it self to multiple HDD’s to prevent failure.

on March 21, 2015.
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