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I'm a photographer and graphic designer, so I have a lot of large files that I need to keep backed up in a RAID. I don't need video streaming or camera feed or features like that, but I do need ultra-reliability and security. Not my choice, but the cable modem (1200Mbps plan), router, and APC Back-UPS for them are located on a closet shelf with hardly any ventilation. Would it be advisable to place the NAS in there with them or do they create a lot of heat?

What NAS housing is recommended, and with what drives? I've looked at WD and Synology, and I am leaning towards this one: Synology 4 bay NAS DiskStation DS920+ (Diskless), 4-bay; 4GB DDR4 and adding m.2 drives for cache acceleration as well as probably 2TB SSDs for storage. Is this setup recommended for my needs? Otherwise, what else would you recommend?

What SSDs are recommended? I know the WD Reds are good, and the Seagate IronWolf NAS also seem good, though some reviews are not too great.

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As a Synology user i made some good experiences with Synology-NAS. I am using a DS718+ and it's connected over Gigabit-LAN. My suggestion for you is maybe think twice about adding the m.2 acceleration drives. I have standard HDD's (WD RED) in mine and it's always the LAN-Connection which limits my transfer speeds. If you already have Fast SSD's in your NAS the price you pay for the M.2 doesn't really pay off the more performance.

  • I would only place the NAS in the closet shelf if it's not already super warm in there. NAS are usually not super hard heat generators (depends what you're doing with it) but just to make sure.

  • I don't have experience with WD RED SSD's but since WD RED ist rated for NAS-Drives i'm sure you can go with them.

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  • Thank you for your advice! I'm glad you've had a good experience with the Synology NAS. That's interesting about the M.2 drives not being necessary. Thanks for that, 'cause they are not cheap!
    – CDV
    Jul 5 at 23:01
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https://www.amazon.com/ICY-DOCK-Mobile-Comparable-Tray-less/dp/B01M0BIPYC/ref=asc_df_B01M0BIPYC

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So if you had an old computer you could put one or more of these inside, and load of many free NAS operating systems like FreeNAS.

You would just need a RAID controller card to connect the device.

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  • That's really cool. I do have an old computer, but its footprint is much larger than the Synology, and I don't think it would fit on the shelf depth (the long-rectangular APC Back-UPS falls over the edge of the shelf), and there's not enough room to put it sideways because of the Back-UPS, modem, and router (the router is the TP-Link AC5400, so a large square instead of an upright skinny like the modem, Netgear Nighthawk Multi-Gig).
    – CDV
    Aug 12 at 20:40

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