Can Rockstor be installed on a Netgear ReadyNAS box?

Hi…I’m new to Rockstor, but I was wondering if I could use it to replace the software (OS, RAID, networking, web…everything) on my Netgear ReadyNAS 1100. (That would allow us to preserve/use the hardware investment,
while abandoning the problems inherent with ReadyNAS :slight_smile:

I think the base Linux for our Netgear is Debian:
cat /proc/version
Linux version (root@calzone) (gcc version 3.3.5 (Infrant 3.3.5-1)) #1 Wed Jun 20 20:08:20 PDT 2012
cat cat /etc/issue
RAIDiator 4.1.14 []


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Hi Stan @sieler and welcome to Rockstor Community!

Rockstor is a Centos distro, not a Debian, but having a new fresh install probably possible

While googling found this :

Not about ReadyNas 1100, but probably a good starting point.

Let us know


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Have you tried it? CentOS/RHEL which is what Rockstor is based on, is sometime limited with some hardware compared to Debian. But please give it a try and let us know. If it works, you’ll know in <30 minutes :slight_smile:

Hi…thanks to both of you!

We’re still evaluating our options. We are looking at how to backup the data on the
current RAID (while it’s still working, mostly :slight_smile: … until that’s done, we can’t do much

If/when we do try installing Rockstor, I’ll definitely post the results here!

thanks again,


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You will not be able to install Rockstor on ReadyNAS 1100 because the ReadyNAS 1100 is not Intel/AMD. ReadyNAS 1100 runs on SPARC processor, which is old school and probably not supported by Rockstor.

Rockstor theoretically can be installed on some Netgear’s Intel/AMD devices. Look for the ones that come with USB drives inside the chassis as the boot drive. These include the Big RN32xx, RN 33xx and RN 42xx, 43xx and ReadyNAS Pros, and ReadyNAS 3xx, 4xx, 5xx, 6xx… and a few others

ReadyNAS 1xx and 2xx and 2120 will not not work as it runs ARM (which is probably also not supported by Rockstor)

Rockstor will definitely not work on any Netgear SPARC ReadyNAS

From this site you can see what each model of NAS is running as chipset:

Downloads for latest ReadyNAS OS 6 devices:
(1)*arm (Version 6.8.1) for RN102 / RN104 / RN202 / RN204 / RN212 / RN214 / RN2120
(2)*x86_64 (Version 6.8.1) for RN312 / RN314 / RN316 / RN422 / RN424 / RN426 / RN428 / RN516 / RN524X / RN526X / RN528X / RN626X / RN628X / RN716X / RR2304 / RR2312 / RN3130 / RN3138 / RN3220 / RR3312 / RN4220 / RR4312X / RR4312S / RR4360X / RR4360S

Downloads for previous ReadyNAS devices:
(3)*RAIDiator 5.3 (version 5.3.12) for DuoV2 / NV+V2
(4)*RAIDiator 4.2 (version 4.2.30) for Pro Pioneer / Pro Business / Pro 2 / Pro 4 / Pro 6 / NVX / Ultra 2 / Ultra 4 / Ultra 6 / Ultra 2 Plus / Ultra 4 Plus / Ultra 6 Plus / 1500 / 2100 / 3100 / 3200 / 4200
(5)*RAIDiator 4.1 (version 4.1.15) for Duo / NV+ / 1100 <-- your 1100 is way too old, its running Sparc

You won’t be able to run it on 1,3 and 5 as they are ARM or SPARC.

You theoretically can run on 2 and 4, as long as they use a USB boot drive. If the boot drive is a chip then good luck (it still might be possible). Note to get to the BIOS on some of these devices you need special cable that netgear can get easily (not sure if they share it with random people). You might not need to get to the BIOS after all.


thanks! We decided to minimize our fiddling with the ReadyNAS 1000, as it seems to be very
susceptible to problems when we do :slight_smile: