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I have a Synology SAN/file server. One of the reasons I bought my Synology was that the reviews said it supported "Network Trash" for the Mac, so I can drag files to the trash and then drag them out without having the annoying message that files are deleted immediately. I can't find instructions on how to set this up.

Can somebody tell me how to set this up?

Is it specific to the Synology, or can any remote file server be made to do trash properly?

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Would this help? – daviesgeek Oct 21 '11 at 20:08
To follow-up on this, I gave up on the Synology. It was too late to send it back, so I sold it with the hard drives that I bought. Probably the person who bought it is not as demanding as I am. – vy32 Jan 8 '13 at 23:27
@daviesgeek, sorry, that isn't what I need. – vy32 Jan 8 '13 at 23:28
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The Synology NAS supports a Network Recycle bin, but only for SMB volumes. Therefore if you want to make use of it from your Mac, you need to access the share via SMB and not AFP. This can be enabled from the Control Panel under Win/Mac/NFS.

Network Recycle Bin

The Synology by itself fully supports Time Machine, and can act as a Time Capsule. Most of the documentation on the Internet mention the Network Trash and Time Capsule option in the same place, but as an Windows/Mac comparison type description. The manual for DSM does not mention Network Trash for Mac either, only for Samba.

I am not entirely sure where you read that the Synology supports this feature for OSX, since I couldn't find any reference to it in the way you described.

OSX, unlike the previous OS 9, does not support a Network Trash of any kind, and I am not aware of any plans to bring this feature to OSX. Therefore it also can't be activated from the OS layer.

I suspect the naming was changed from Network Trash to CIFS Recycle Bin in the new DSM by Synology because of the confusion it has caused.

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You are correct. Sadly, the trash can support on Samba does not work for the Mac, not even when the Mac shares via SMB. It looks like the system supports Time Machine, but not MacOS Network Trash. I would very much like to enable Network Trash. I wish I knew how. – vy32 Oct 22 '11 at 22:32
Update: says "The Recycle Bin feature is now supported on AFP, CIFS, File Station, WebDAV protocol". – qerub May 19 '13 at 13:54

I haven't used the software you are quoting specifically, but there is a report of a user having a similar problem on their forums, and what he did to resolve it:

Look for the tickbox in the web management UI under File Sharing --- Win/Mac OS -

The actual option turns on CIFS, and it looks like they are doing this with the SMB protocol only, not natively with AFP.

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