Thank you for your helpful information. I've been thinking about this problem for the past few days. I really appreciate you advice as this is a little heart-renching for me. I never knew that my Synology NAS (EXFAT format) wasn't backing up my metadata for things such as my family photos and videos (date, time, GPS location, and device used). I never knew that this information is totally lost forever.
I don't know what to do with the NAS. It's got about 20 Tb of space left and I have Windows 10. But, I definitely have to get and use external hard drives that are formatted NTFS because the date, time, and GPS location is a huge factor when you are taking pictures for legal evidence, for example. I would like to get a QNap NAS (formatted NTFS) but I don't have the funds for another NAS.
I feel so relieved that labels and folder formats are stored in Opus configuration files. I put a lot of time into sorting files into a specific order, then adjusting slightly with manual sort, and then saving the folder format. So, when I back up my files onto my Synology NAS, reinstall Windows 10, and then put the my data on my Synology NAS back, I hope most of the folder and file view and sort order should be about the same, right? If not, can you suggest the best way to preserve all the things that I considered as "metadata"? Should I back Directory Opus data onto an NTFS formatted drive?
You suggested backup tools which would be able to preserve just the NTFS ADS data. I've purchased a Synolgy NAS, Macrium Reflect and Resilio Sync Hom Pro to be my backup programs.
If you can suggest a few solid backup tools that you were referring to, which would preserve the NTFS ADS data, I would be extremely grateful. I'm looking for them as we speak and I don't know what I'm looking at.
You also recommended that I just copy all my files to another NTFS drive and then just reinstall it back. I'll definitely will do that from now on. It really sucks that Synology didn't warn us. It's a shady move. I must have spent $3k worth of backup hardware that is flawed. Synology should say something on their product boxes warning that it won't backup metadata especially since metadata tags are developing into such a big search tool.
I'm definitely going to look for NTFS drives that can properly copy all Dopus files. Is there a preference for discrip.ion or ADS that you think works best with Dopus "metadata" info like labeling, the specific order of the type of files, etc.?
I've been reinstalling Windows at least once a year on New Years since for decades. I do it when my computer starts to slow down a bit. I know there is virus and maleware on my computer even now because I use a lot of 3rd party programs and the odds are that at least a few of them have planted something. So, I sort of "reset" my computer so I can keep the baddies to a minimum.
My bro in law is in cryptostuff and he said never download 3rd party programs. But, I can't listen to his advice. For example, I love Directory Opus! It's really too helpful.