While storage is the star of the show in a NAS, upgrading the RAM is just as important. Here’s how to do it.
For many users, upgrading your NAS with good storage is very important. However, after a certain period of time, you will also want to upgrade the RAM of your NAS to be more suitable and to avoid a memory leak, where your NAS needs more RAM, but does not have it. Fortunately, a typical NAS is no different from a PC, and the process of upgrading the RAM inside a NAS is quite simple. You’ll need enough RAM if you want your NAS to be worth buying.
What you need to know before upgrading your RAM
Before you start, it’s important to have RAM that you know will work with your NAS, which means you need to research your NAS to make sure. Although most use SODIMM RAM, which is also used in laptops, some, especially those made from computer hardware, use DIMMs. You can follow our guide on how to install RAM on a computer board if your NAS uses DIMMs and not SODIMMs. Otherwise, you can follow the procedure below.
How to change the RAM of your NAS
- Turn off your NAS, disconnect it from all devices, and turn it on.
- Get RAM. It will look different depending on your NAS model, but the image below shows one example.
- Pull the cables on both sides to release the RAM, which you can take out once it’s up (about 45 degrees).
- Take your new RAM and place it in the RAM slot at an even angle (around 45 degrees).
- Push the RAM down until you hear it click into place.
- The RAM should now be properly installed.
Although installing RAM is easy, it’s also important to make sure you’re upgrading properly. Most importantly, if you have multiple RAM slots, you should fill half or all of them to take advantage of the video’s multi-channel memory. With several sticks of RAM properly placed, you can achieve good bandwidth, and therefore, good performance.