I’m a single user too and I appreciate the flexibility as I don’t know what the future might bring to me.
If you do not want that flexibility, that’s fine, but you might learn to appreciate its value if you do not have it when you need it. Flexibility is an investment in the future and therefore independent of your current situation.
As I already wrote, snapshots are sorts of a recycle bin. You can use them to e.g. restore files that where otherwise lost or to revert problematic updates if needed. With thin volumes you have the possibility to create a new share at any time should you need one – as long as there is free space available of course – without the need to fiddle with your existing shares first.
Any modern NAS has ‘advanced features’ regardless of the brand. Your NAS has this features by design, they don’t go away just because you can’t use some of them at the moment.
So what’s the point of your question?
Do you refer to this?
- ‘up to’ is a broad definition
- you don’t have much random file access in your proposed usage scenario
You don’t lose anything here.
If you need a speed boost, disable/uninstall all the standard QNAP apps you don’t need/use. In my case for example, I use third party apps (Roon, PLEX, Calibre) for media serving and thus don’t need Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station and the Media Streaming add-on. So I uninstalled all these apps and made sure that QNAP’s streaming server and media indexing functions are turned off in the settings.