Nice and Affordable for PC Users. Not for Mac Heads.
16 May 2013
Summary: The new Seagate Business Storage 4-Bay NAS is a frills-free, low-cost network-based server that will meet the expectations of an office or home with straightforward storage needs. My problem is that my house is almost all iMacs with only one remaining PC netbook. And as other reviews have noted this thing seems to have been designed for PCs and then "made to work" with Macs.
Summary: This is a review of the Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay 4TB Network Attached Storage . The short review is that it will work well for most SOHO use (centralized file storage and sharing, file and/or drive backup) on a local area network (LAN). I wanted to use it as a media server for music, pictures, and videos (SD and HD), and out of the box this NAS failed 110%. The write speeds were around 10 MB/s, but the read was around 500 KB/s...
Summary: I have not encountered dropping file transfers when doing 6gb+ video files, although I am only able to test with 5 concurrent transfers, I do have issues with the media server either not finding media or cutting out after playing just fine for anywhere from 30min to 2hrs, the fan is also noticeably louder than my PC.
Pros: -Easy discovery and setup with included software
Cons: -Web interface is slow and has issues or times out completely during critical processes (see below)