How to Delete a Folder From File Station on a QNAP NAS

QNAP NAS in the initial physical setup process

You may occasionally want to do some housekeeping on your QNAP NAS, and deleting folders may be a big part of it. Here’s how to delete a folder from File Station 5 on your QNAP NAS.

Deleting Shared Folders

To delete a shared folder, log in to QTS and open Control Panel. You can do this by clicking the “Control Panel” app on your home screen or by clicking the hamburger menu in the top-left corner of the screen and then selecting Control Panel from the menu.

Control Panel app in QNAP QTS

Next, click “Privilege” and then select “Shared Folders.”

Shared Folders option under Privilege group in QNAP QTS

A list of your folders will appear. Click the box next to the folder you want to delete to select it. Once selected, click “Remove.”

Select and remove folder on QNAP File Station

A message will appear asking if you’re sure you want to delete the shared folder. It also gives you the option of deleting the data within the folder. Check the box if you want to do that, and then click “Yes.”

Delete folder and files on QNAP NAS

The shared folder is now deleted.

Deleting Default Folders

When you configure your first volume on the NAS, it will create three folders by default–Public, Web, and homes. The Public and Web folders can’t be deleted, as they are necessary folders for QTS. However, you can delete the “homes” folder, but you’ll need to disable an option first.

In the Control Panel, click “Privilege” and then select “Users.”

User option in Privileges group on QNAP Control Panel

At the top of the window, click the “Home Folder” button, found next to the Create and Delete options.

Home Folder button

The Home Folder pop-up window will appear. Deselect the “Enable home folder for all users” option and then click “Apply.”

Disable home folder for all users

Next, go to “Shared Folders.” You’ll see a list of your folders. You can now check the box next to the “homes” folder. Do so, and then click “Remove” at the top of the window.

Remove homes folder from QNAP File Station

The message asking if you’re sure you want to delete the folder and accompanying data will appear. Click “Yes.” The “homes” folder will now be deleted.