Synology: How to Create a Shared Folder on DSM 7

Synology How to Create a Shared Folder on DSM 7

One of the first things you need to do after creating Volume 1 on your Synology NAS is to create a Shared Folder. Shared Folders are the basic directories where you can store and manage files and folders on your Synology NAS device. Before storing any data, you’ll need to create at least one Shared Folder on your DSM 7 operating system. In this article I will teach you how to create a simple Shared Folder on your Synology NAS with DSM 7.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Go to Control Panel / Shared Folder. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 3

Click Create then Create Shared Folder. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 4

Set up basic information. After you click Create Shared Folder, a new screen will open. Select your Shared Folder name, a Description and Volume 1 as Location. If you have multiple volumes, select the one you want. Remember to Enable Recycle Bin inside the Shared Folder. Enabling the Recycle Bin is useful if, for example, you delete a file by mistake and want to recover it – you will find it in the Recycle Bin. You can also restrict access to administrators only. Click Next. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 5

Encryption. If you want to, you can enter a key to encrypt your Shared Folder. I advise against this for many reasons; for example, if you lose your key, you will lose access to your data. Click Next. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 6

Configure advanced settings. You can also enable data checksum for data integrity. I never checked this option because it can make your folders and the files inside the Shared Folder less responsive. You can also enable Shared Folder quota for this specific Shared Folder if you have different users on your NAS and need to portion space. I don’t like to create quotas either, but some of you may need it. Click Next. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 7

Confirm settings. Click Next. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 8

Configure user permissions. Select the user who will have access to the Shared Folder. Give Read/Write permission to the Shared Folder, then click Apply. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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Your Shared Folder is created!

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Go to File Station and select the Shared Folder you have previously created. As you can see in the screenshot below, you also have a Recycle Bin inside it. Happy Storage!

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Note: On STEP 6, if you enable data checksum when creating a Shared Folder, the Btrfs file system will calculate a checksum (data checksum) for every written file, and further protect that data checksum with another checksum (metadata checksum). This option will slow your folder responsiveness.
Note: Know that when you install the Synology package Web Station, the Web Station app will automatically create two Shared Folders, web and web_packages, and data checksum is enabled by default for these two Shared Folders. Contact me if you need my help to solve this issue.

This post was updated on Monday / October 4th, 2021 at 10:35 PM