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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 -series
5.5 out of 10

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 -series

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Overall 10

SOHO friendly

Craig C., Newegg
27 June 2010
  • Summary: You can probably do better dollar wise per TB but this device more than makes up for the purchase price in convenience and power savings. This is a great solution for a SOHO or satellite site.
  • Pros: Very easy to setup, integrates well with Microsoft or Linux networks, lots of convenient features, handy web interface.
  • Cons: The raw price per TB.
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Overall 4

Good, but could use some work

Anonymous, Newegg
11 February 2010
  • Summary: I can't for the life of me figure out what this media sort feature is for in a small business entry level NAS device. It's like that picture of Darth Vader filtering ocean water with a Brita pitcher ... It makes no sense! This was the deal breaker for me on this device. I will be returning it.
  • Pros: This NAS device is actually pretty decent for the price and the storage you get. For someone with technical knowledge the configuration should be straight forward. You do have to know the difference between Disks, Volumes, and Shares; and have some knowledge of user permissions. The speed is also...
  • Cons: The biggest downfall to this unit is "Media Sort" or "Drag & Sort" ... This "feature" sorts your media into a "My Music", "My Pictures" and "My Videos" folder based on the file type. In my situation, my pictures and my music were arranged and organized in subfolders, usually by artist, then album...
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Overall 8

A Toss Up

Dale T., Newegg
12 January 2010
  • Summary: I had the date problem when i first ran the setup, till i read the forums,once i chose a different date, everything went through fine.I expected more from seagate honestly.. but i still use the nas to save files to that i need to have access to.i did not join the domain with it so i do not know...
  • Pros: It looks sexy and it was easy to physically setup and install drives.
  • Cons: Slow Performance....Configured RAID 5 with 2 additional 1TB HD's. and copying files to the device over a 1Gbps network still is slow..and the read speed is nothing to write home about either.
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Overall 2


Anthony T., Newegg
16 November 2009
  • Summary: Pretty much all of the business NAS features don't work, or are totally inadequate. It is next to impossible to back up the NAS if you have 50GB or more of data. In my opinion, Seagate should have never released this product to the public.
  • Pros: Not many. The device hardware seems to be running ok. RAID has not failed yet.
  • Cons: -Firmware/software is horrible. -Active Directory support is a joke and difficult to get working. -Slow file transfer speed (Even with dual gigabit ports) -Backups to external USB devices are horribly slow. -No incremental/differential backups. (full backups only) -No backup status/completion/fai...
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Overall 2

Still developing OS

Tim B., Newegg
12 October 2009
  • Pros: Hmmm. Packed well?
  • Cons: Does not work w/ Active Directory, even though it says that it does. Spent hours w/ tech support and they are aware of the limitations and "working on it". Could not backup workstation directly either, maybe related to the AD, but I don't think so, just another problem w/ another fix provided by ...
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Overall 10

BA NAS 420

David B., Newegg
24 July 2009
  • Summary: If you want to set this up as an iTunes server turn off Sorting! If you use a Mac and want to back up files via Time Machine, Turn off file sorting! The Manual and I don't get along. Some guy from Harvard must have written it. Remember than Mac OS X is Unix when OS X is being used.
  • Pros: 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet! I have tested this NAS on the back end of my Mac Pro 2008 Dual Ethernet and it worked flawlessly. I also added a 1TB hard drive for a 3 Drive config. and put it in RAID 5. You will need 4 drives for RAID 10. It is my itunes server/back up unit. It is hooked through the...
  • Cons: The Manual is very hard to understand. Could not use Retrospect 8.1 to back up to the unit. Not sure why. Had to use an app called File Synchronization to do the data Syncs. I contacted Seagate about this and will talk to EMC next week. I do not think it is a Seagate issue. It could be a me issue...
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