Bambam5 wrote:Did you try to set the Maximum Versions Settings to zero in the CloudStation Settings? I would expect that to disable the file versions history. From the information in CS help system I gather that the Maximum version number settings are applied only the next time a file is modified though... However I have not tried this myself.
WessexUnderwater wrote:I have the same issue with DSM 4.3 and CS 2.1-2561.
Cloudstation seems to be wrong for managing digital media for the home, for at least two reasons
1) It's version retention overhead is OTT for binary files with a few K of metadata per gig of static, usually replaceable, digital media.
2) Synology's individual media apps, such as videostation, assume files are physically stored according to a breakdown - Movies, TV Programmes, etc. It makes syncing between autonomous devices unlikely to work well unless you are going to make sure the same directory regime applies on all those devices, which is in conflict with the way many of the media devices on those apps order their data.
With retrospect, a setup where the master store of data is on the NAS, accessed by all devices, and with a backup on a different device seems a better way to go.
This is a great thread for confirming its not just my ham-fistedness that caused the problem, but, like Foopydogs masterly post suggested, I'd rather Synology were telling me beforehand what wouldn't work. I think there is a conflict between Synology's marketing to home users, which is essentially 'It just works' and the technical reality that you have to think quite hard about how to get it right. I suspect Synology aren't addressing the technical issues users have for fear of blurring the marketed image. I wouldn't have bought mine if I had known how hard it was going to be to set up - proving their decision to be commercially the right one in the short term. However I won't buy or recommend if I can't get the best out of it, so in that respect they are wrong.
They could do a lot better if they oriented their documentation (and probably apps) around how to achieve typical end goals like 'Manage, Share and Secure your Digital Media' instead of how to enable technical components.
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