CloudStation vs Synology's new Drive, What should I be using
Synology has released a new app/product for its NASs called Drive, that seems to be destined to obsolete cloudstation.
I've read some mixed reviews about Drive not quite doing the same things (particularly it not actually syncing onto mobile devices), and it makes me nervous to update. Here's one article I found about it: https://osquestguides.com/blog/2018/02/01/synology-drive-vs-cloud-station/
Wondering what users here are doing and what their experiences have been with Drive. Cloudstation seems to have FINALLY gotten stable so I'm loathe to try anything new, particularly when there is no going back.
Thanks for any thoughts on this!
I had tried Cloudstation at one point and did not find it stable at all, so I had just removed it. I tried Drive recently and it seemed to work better but I have not really tested it that much. I would say though, if Cloudstation is working perfectly for you, don't change what's working man!;-) If at some point it's not working anymore, than do the move but until then, stick with what works.
Thanks Dave/Jeff! But is it true that on the mobile apps, that the mobile version of DSCloud on my ipad no longer actually downloads/syncs the data to the device. One of the reasons I got 512GB iPad pro is to sync that data and have it local, even when I'm not connected. It seems that the Drive mobile client no longer does that...
I always found that "sync all the folders I touch" thing about the iOS version of Cloud Station quite strange. Dropbox doesn't do this (it only syncs those you specify), and really is counter to the way everything else in iOS works.
So when Drive came out, I thought that paradigm made sense. I can set specific files to be favorites or to save offline, but generally-speaking it doesn't start downloading everything by default.
That's a long way of answering your question in the affirmative: yes, Drive does not sync everything.
Is Drive better than creating a time machine backup? why? sorry for the basic question but I'm very new to this.
@Tdotplay Think of Drive as Dropbox, but instead of synching on the cloud, it syncs with your Synology. You can use Dropbox as a "Backup" but it's not it's intended use. There was a client that worked with both Mac and PC that would backup your entire drive like TM but I'm not using it. Synology seams to push setting up your NAS as a TM destination but I had trouble with that and reverted to a local TM External Hard drive. YMMV.
The syncing part of Drive, however, is essentially unchanged from CloudStation. The app name changed on my Mac, but the functionality has remained exactly the same for me. It works perfectly.