Reviews and Problems with Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 -series (STAU12000200/ST380005SHD10G-RK/ST360005SHA10G-RK/ST340005SHD10G-RK)
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Isn't a RAID 5 NAS supposed to be reliable?
Rodrigo Damazio, Amazon
10 October 2011
Summary: I ordered this NAS and used it for about a year with no issues. After updating to firmware 1101 (whether a coincidence or not), my problems started: a first drive failed, then I replaced it. A couple months later, another drive failed - it would make clicking sounds, and eventually the whole unit would just lock up (the led for that drive would turn off, and I'd get no response at all from the unit).
Summary: This is going to be a long review as the product's expectations need to be set right for buyers of this product. To give you a background from where I come from let me start with the fact that I work for a Global IT company that has been developing and selling Enterprise class RAID storage solutions for years, since the good old SCSI RAID days and since we have been developing Fibre-channel and SAS storage devices and ventured into cloud computing and we very well...
"A nice piece of hardware that runs neglected software."
7 March 2010
Pros: Sleek, compact unit. Removable/replaceable fan is a nice touch. The hard drive trays slide easily and snap in place firmly. The included 10 PC license of Acronis TrueImage is a nice value add.
Cons: Firmware, firmware, firmware. Slow EXT3 filesystem. Disk writes over CIFS are abysmal. No access to clear file locks without rebooting. Slow web interface. Periodically gives bogus alerts when doing NAS to USB backups.
"Very good device. Link aggregation hinders performance."
11 August 2009
Pros: easy to setup, simple web interface. quick initial raid config. Extremely quiet. MTU at 9K allows steady 50MB/sec read and 35MB/Sec write. Very stable. it's a seagate - solid reliability and support when needed
Cons: Only bad point is 'Round Robin' link aggregation restricts data to 10MB/Sec for both read/write. for a 1.2Ghz cpu and link aggregation , I did expect faster throughput.