How do I set up SSD cache on my Synology NAS?

How to set up SSD cache on your Synology NAS

In order to improve the overall performance of your Synology NAS, you can set up SSD cache. This will allow frequently accessed data to be stored on the SSDs, resulting in faster access times. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set up SSD cache on your Synology NAS:

1. Check compatibility and requirements

Before setting up SSD cache, ensure that your Synology NAS model is compatible with SSD cache technology. Additionally, make sure you have SSDs with sufficient capacity to handle caching. Refer to your NAS model's specifications to determine the maximum supported SSD cache size.

2. Install and prepare the SSDs

Install the SSDs in the designated drive bays of your Synology NAS. Ensure that the SSDs are properly connected and recognized by the system. Format the SSDs using the DSM operating system if they haven't been initialized.

3. Access the SSD Cache Manager

Open the DSM web interface on your computer and log in to your Synology NAS. From the main menu, go to "Storage Manager" and then click on "SSD Cache" under the "Storage" section.

4. Create a new SSD cache

In the SSD Cache Manager, click on the "Create" button to start the creation wizard. Choose the volume or RAID group that you want to accelerate with SSD cache and select the SSDs that will be used for caching. You can also choose the cache mode, whether it's read-only or read-write cache.

5. Configure cache settings

After creating the SSD cache, you can fine-tune the cache settings based on your needs. This includes adjusting the read and write algorithms, setting the cache size, and configuring the cache behavior for different file types.

6. Monitor and manage SSD cache

Once the SSD cache is set up, you can monitor its performance and manage it through the SSD Cache Manager. You can view statistics such as cache hit rate, cache usage, and overall cache performance. Additionally, you can edit or remove the SSD cache if required.

By following these steps, you can effectively set up SSD cache on your Synology NAS and enhance the performance of your storage system.

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