mhammill wrote: ↑
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:00 pm
...some forum member saying any eSATA outside of Synology's was NOT supported...
I have been using an "Icy Box" eSATA drive to backup important files from my DS1815+ for quite some time now (this one stays connected to the NAS) and alongside that I rotate 4 different USB 3 drives that are stored at another location for additional backups.
So both eSATA and USB are working fine for me and I am not to worried this will stop soon or even ever. Synology would seriously be shooting themselves in the foot if they would stop supporting this.
Again; I think they just got tired of supporting stuff like USB TV dongles and other things most of their users won't be using. And again; they stated that these kind of gadgets won't be UPDATED, so it should mean that stuff that is working now will work in the future.
I'm not an expert on drivers and sh!t, but I don't think every single USB disk enclosure needs its own special drivers, I think external USB storage is just some general thing that will work now and in the future.
I firmly believe Synology won't be stupid enough to scare all their users away towards QNAP, which is supporting lots of features people want to see in Synology products. I think they just don't want to support future crap like some USB coffee maker made by an unknown Chinese company without a website or even a brand name.
But then again, who is to know for sure? Well, Synology is. And since they don't care to much about participating in these forums, you can only know for sure if you contact them directly through a support ticket.