Started off optimistic but am generally in agreement with most of the bad reviews.
Abhishek Kar "ducatiMonster", Amazon
16 March 2014
Summary: I've had this NAS device for several months now and it works as a BASIC NAS device just fine - don't expect anything more. As others have noted, the firmware is pretty buggy to the point where the system cannot be rebooted or shutdown from the management interface. Time Machine worked long enough for the mac to make one full back-up (took two days) and then about a week's worth of incremental backup.
Excerpt: When I get back from a shoot I use the one-touch download for my USM SSD then work from it saving the keepers to my WorkStation as well as the edited photos to it and my NAS's RAID-1 2TB SSHDs, it will be years before I need to weed out some of the old photos and it's fast enough fast enough to pull clients old photos into the queue on my WorkStation's SSD when needed. With the price of Solid State Drives this NAS has quickly gone from convenience to necessity.
Pros: Compact, Convenient, Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: I installed a couple 2TB Seagate hi-brids (SSHD), initialized them as Master Boot Record ((MBR) with the 2TB limit)) for backward compatibility, set the array for RAID-1 (image mirroring) and made it my B: drive for a 2nd. set of back-ups. Now when I take the 1TB (USM) SSD that I make back-ups of my Hyper-Drive in the field I can delete old photos.
Pros: Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Highly Compatible
Excerpt: Despite a good number of not-so-good reviews, I went for this STBN100 NAS anyway. Historically, I've had pretty good luck with Seagate so I leaned in the direction of getting a NAS from Seagate. I got it, installed two 3TB hard drives and put it on my network. At first, I had trouble initializing the second drive. It just wouldn't let me no matter what I did. Then, I remembered that I should check for firmware updates.<br />I found updated firmware and installed it.
Summary: No issues at all setting up the device with two Seagate 2TB NAS drives in RAID1 config. Simple as un boxing, connect network & power and installing the hard drives and powering on the device. Once booted completely (5 min), discovering and configuration of the NAS & disk array was simple with the provided software. Array build time is typical for this size of array(2.5hrs). The USM dock is a nice feature and allows for convenient bulk data loads or off device backup.
The Dashboard Program Doesn't Work and Seagate Technical Support Refuses to Deal With That
Jay Morrison, Amazon
22 April 2013
Summary: Do not buy this drive under any circumstances. It took forever to get it set up, and when that finally happened it just doesn't work. I couldn't use it as my primary media server because it kicks off line every two hours. I had to relegate it to doing backups only. Now I cannot even finish a Norton Backup before the damn thing kicks off line and must be rebooted.
Summary: I saw this on Vine, checked with my husband who promptly said YES GET IT, and requested it with little or no knowledge of what it was or what it did. Upon further investigation, it is pretty darn neat. The setup was simple and intuitive. The product has the ability to upgrade storage in the future if you want it, which lends to versatility and longevity. If you're outside of the home network, access is simple as well.
Summary: I inserted two 3TB drives Seagate Barracuda 3 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST3000DM001 in this NAS enclosure and the installation was a breeze. I set it up as RAID1. I know enough about small office networking and server management, but I don't enjoy maintaining them. So I love these new fool-proof little creatures that allow me to spend more time on my real job rather than on maintaining the network.
Summary: The STBN100 2Bay NAS is bang in the middle of Seagate's Business oriented Network Attached Storage offerings. With two USB 3.0 ports, a slot for USM drives, secure private cloud capability, backup software licenses, hardware encryption, and the beginnings of RAID configuration, it provides a good place to start implementing a shared storage solution. Note that with only 2 bays available, you are limited to either JBOD (span), RAID 0 (stripe), or RAID 1 (mirror).