The souped-up DS1817+
We will be upgrading the DS1817+ to 16GB RAM and enable its SSD read-write cache.
Installing additional RAM
The DS1817+ has two (2) RAM slots and officially supports up to 16GB (dual channel). We got the Crucial 16GB RAM kit (2 x 8GB).
The RAM slots are located on the underside of the DS1817+. The RAM upgrading process is straightforward as we just have to remove a couple of screws to access the slots. Installing the new RAM modules took last than 10 minutes.
The Synology DS1817+ with 16GB RAM! The additional RAM will come in useful for the new virtualization feature.
Installing the SSDs
The Synology M2D17 supports up to two (2) M.2 SSDs. We will be installing the M2D17 with Samsung EVO 850 and Western Digital Blue M.2 SSDs into the Synology DS1817+.
Installing the M2D17 requires you to remove the DS1817+’s enclosure to access the PCIe slot. Previously, this area of the Synology NAS used to be where the RAM slots are located.
Just in case you are wondering if you can use the M2D17 with SSDs as part of your regular storage volume. Nope, you cannot. You will have to tinker with the mdadm to do so and risk losing your data (plus su.