Reviews and Problems with Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 -series (STAU12000200/ST380005SHD10G-RK/ST360005SHA10G-RK/ST340005SHD10G-RK)
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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440
5 September 2014
Summary: Seagate BlackArmor 440 is a workhorse NAS server that combines the currently largest possible amount of storage with an average number of features and performance that could be better.
Pros: The Seagate BlackArmor 440 offers the most amount of storage on the market for a four-bay NAS server. The server has an excellent drive bay design, which doesn't require tools to access.
Cons: The Seagate BlackArmor 440's throughput could be better. Its Web interface is sluggish and unfriendly for people who aren't advanced users. The server might have performance issues with certain home routers' QoS feature.
Summary: The BlackArmor
NAS 440 is an amazing product with superb business and home use functionality.
Whether using the NAS 440 for integrity of critical business files or for
providing always available reliable media for the family, the BlackArmor has the
ability to meet those diverse needs. With the ability to replicate data using
multiple options while providing multiple levels of RAID support ensure a users
data is going to be protected in virtually any setting.
Excerpt: Network Accessible Storage used to be something only businesses needed to pay attention to. As the Napster turned BitTorrent generation continues to age though, the need to back up and maintain enormous libraries of digital photos, music, and videos has become much more of a mainstream consumer concern. That’s why storage brands like Seagate continue to expand their NAS offerings to hold more for less, all the while being easier to set up.
Conclusion: Four drive NAS that supports multiple RAID configurations, DLNA server and remote web access
Pros: Lots of storage for the money, Hot swappable drives, Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 10 Windows client licenses for full-featured backup software, Remote web-based access easy to setup and worked well
Cons: No Logging, No MacOS backup client or Time Machine support, No RAID migration / expansion, Slow USB backups, No eSATA support
Excerpt: Seagate has long been known as a reliable provider of storage products. While these include hard drives and direct-attached devices the company has not previously been a major name in networked storage, which is one reason that the release of the BlackArmor NAS was a big move for them. Additionally Seagate carried over the BlackArmor name from its existing encrypted external hard drive product, so it seems that had high hopes for the release.
Excerpt: Last month we reviewed Western Digital’s MyBook World Edition, a small, white, single-drive, one-terabyte NAS box aimed solidly at Joe User. This month, we have the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440, the MyBook’s polar opposite in many ways. It’s big, it’s black, it’s user-serviceable, comes with four Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB drives, and is marketed toward small businesses without a dedicated IT staff.
Pros: Fast, beefy; powerful web interface; includes 10 backup licenses.
Conclusion: The 440 is a speedy NAS device with a bevy of features that could well serve the needs of many small businesses. These features include dual Ethernet ports with fail-over support, tool-less drive mounts, support for multiple RAID modes with drive hot-swapping, and volume-level encryption.
Pros: Excellent performance, Multiple RAID formats & HDD hot-swapping supported, Supports up to 4 logical RAID volumes, Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with fail-over support, Supports volume-level encryption, Tool-less HDD mounts, Four USB 2.0 ports, Robust backup software with bare-metal restore capabilities
Cons: Expensive, Mac OS backup software not included; no Time Machine support, Documentation missing key details
Summary: Seagate's first network-attached (NAS) device, the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440, offers the ability to encrypt volumes, easily manage RAID arrays and administer users. However, it's not without its flaws.