Ideas to do a quieter Sonarr/Radarr setup


Active Member
Jun 15, 2018
Santa Monica, CA
I purchased a Synology DS1821+ a year ago but only had the chance to set it up recently.

It is stuffed with 18 TB EXOS drives backed by 2 x 2 TB non-enterprise NVMe cache, with the RAM maxed out to 32 GB. Synology’s caching seems a bit janky tbh so I have mine set up as read only. Docker is running my Sonarr/Radarr, with qBitorrent and Usenet are set up on an ESXi box because Synology struggles with running VM on the NAS.

While the setup’s performance seems fine, the actively downloading torrents constantly hit the NAS, and the HDD noise is starting to get unbearable when I’m working in my lab.

I haven’t run download clients for a long time so I’m sure many things have changed. The last time around SSDs didn’t exist yet. Heavy downloading on HDDs would thrash the drives before.

How does everyone implement their media downloading? I was thinking of moving everything to a smaller box with its own storage, then move completed media to the NAS (after seeding). Obviously having everything on SSD would provide instant quiet, but wouldn’t constant active torrents wear down usable NAND health fairly quickly?