Reviews and Problems with Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 -series (STAU12000200/ST380005SHD10G-RK/ST360005SHA10G-RK/ST340005SHD10G-RK)
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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440
25 August 2010
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: The LCD screen on the front panel, displays the status of the USB drives connected to it, and supplies info such as link status, IP address, data, time, etc. There are two unmarked buttons to the right hand side of the LCD, which are supposed to be the directional keys for the LCD. They may be a little confusing at first, but you get used to it real quick.
Excerpt: The Sum ‘n’ substance : Thumbs up: The Black Armor offers quick throughput; genius solutions for back up; plenty of customizable options; mammoth size storage space; remote access; easy to expand; supports RAID 5, RAID 0, RAID 10 and Span. Thumbs down: Advanced features of the black armor can be utilized only with in depth networking knowledge; instruction manual is not well-explained; does not have separate ports; not compatible with all routers.
Summary: The Seagate BlackArmor 440 is a powerful NAS with a huge array of business-oriented features. In fact, it’s almost certainly overkill for home users, unless you have a large home network. After all, it’s eight times the price of the consumer-friendly MyBook World 1TB. But with its enormous capacity and wealth of features, it would make a very useful addition to a small office network.
Pros: Fast, beefy; powerful web interface; includes 10 backup licenses.
Excerpt: With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven reliability of it makes it a less than ideal solution for some businesses; and this leaves those businesses with the conundrum of how...
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