Summary: I bougth this after owning a well functioning Seagate Black Amour NAS. However, this new product is not at all like the old one. The firmware is EXTREMELY slow, so any interaction with the management portal must be done very slowly to avoid freeze and crash. And even taking it slow i no garuantee that it works. I have a lot of trouble with the USM part too. The drive is often not detected, and even when it is it is sometimes not available to use in the backup section.
Summary: First my household setup. I practice 4-tier backup system. The first tier is local backup. My household consists of 3 3 Macs (all portable, 500GB hard disk, 256GB flash storage, and 512GB flash storage) wirelessly connected and backed up wirelessly to Time Capsule (2TB 802.11n). The second tier backup is Seagate NAS. It provides the role of: 1. Redundant Time Machine backup 2.
Summary: Firstly, I have to say that lots of the people who have given this unit terrible reviews clearly don't have the skillset to be buying and installing a NAS drive. Not their fault, Seagate market this as a DIY unit so it should be easy enough for the average person. However, I've seen people test the speed of this thing over Wifi and then whinge - also they test it via a 100MBs hub or with an anti-virus package which has network inspection turned on - or they test it from...
Summary: New Firmware Version 2013.60311 was released in August 2013. I was able to update my Seagate NAS with no problems at all.
Pros: I have had this NAS running 24/7, and have used it daily since my first review on 3/17/2013. A large portion is now dedicated primarily for serving media throughout my home network. The rest is for data backups.
I could rate this if I could get it to work--Mac users beware!
Stanley Cup "Hockey Mom", Amazon
30 September 2013
Summary: I have tried in vain to get this Seagate Storage Network to work, but my attempts to make it work with my Mac desktop have been futile. I have tried several times to connect the device, but I am met with messages that it does not work with Time Machine and goes through an endless loop that never synchs with my computer. Online support does not help, and I gave up after long hold times via the phone.
Summary: I have 10 TB of storage in my desktop, but I got this to share music and movies with my mixed-race (PC and Mac) roommates. I fully expected the software to be balky and the documentation pathetic, so I wasn't disappointed. (My four-star rating ignores those two issues, since they are very much par for the course.) It took me a couple hours to get it up and running, and quite some time to load it up over Wi-Fi, but since then there have been no real issues.