Reviews and Problems with Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 -series (STAU12000200/ST380005SHD10G-RK/ST360005SHA10G-RK/ST340005SHD10G-RK)
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"falling way short of expectations"
21 November 2009
Pros: This device is a good storage device if used only for a network disk and shared storage. It is fast, offers redundant network cards, has plenty of permissions, and a plethora of disk and RAID options.
Cons: RAID takes over 7 hours to build. Adding the server to a Windows Domain removes some of the functionality of the device. Global access does not deliver. Media server functional is broken. Support found to be lacking. Firmware glitches.
Summary: A very good device - does exactly what it says on the tin. Link aggregation hinders performance. I set MTU to 9K on my NIC & NAS and transfer was very smooth at 50MB/Sec readswith the NAS in RAID 0(via my Netgear GS116 gigabit switch and my Core i7 3.7Ghz and 2 x Seagate Cheetah 10K drives in RAID 0) I would like more throughput speed though as I'm sure the NAS can provide it (shame about the dire aggregation performance).
Pros: easy to setup, quick raid config. Very quiet. MTU at 9K allows 50MB/sec read and 35MB/Sec write
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.