Recommended Hardware for Advanced Network Storage

Recommended Hardware for Advanced Network Storage

Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your computer...you'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Case (NAS) | Storage (Hard Drives)

Advanced Network Storage Overview

Robust long-term archival storage is an important part of any business, especially one that deals with large amounts of content that isn’t easy to recapture.

This NAS unit provides you with a robust long-term solution that fits easily onto a desk, and can be accessed on your network.

Advanced Network Attached Storage Solution

System Design

This system is built around the Synology DiskStation DS1817+, providing capacity for 8 drives, and over 80TB of raw single volume capacity.

This Advanced Network Attached Storage Solution can be set up as a 21TB RAID 5 (with single-drive fault tolerance), or an 18TB RAID 6 (with dual-drive fault tolerance).

Let’s Do It!


The NAS chassis with a quad-core 2.4Ghz processor, 2GB memory (up to 16GB), and quad gigabit ethernet ports with support for failover and link aggregation.

The NAS chassis also has an option for a 10GBe add-in card, or an option for dual M.2 SATA SSDs for cache purposes.

The system can scale up to 18 drives overall, with two DX517 units added on.

The NAS chassis also has drive locks, giving you extra piece of mind about data security.

Synology 8 bay NAS DiskStation DS1817+

System Change: If you have a question about the compatibility of the NAS chassis selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


Storage (Hard Drives)

Western Digital Red 3TB HDD (afl)

Western Digital Red 3TB HDD

The HDD was chosen for its high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

Used in a team, you can achieve greater overall capacity, faster read/write speeds, and gain the ability to survive 1-2 drives failing.

System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, water cooling, and network storage solutions.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.