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: 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.
Summary: It's all about disk space (when isn't it?) and find something affordable in the NAS category can be tough. We've been using an old Buffalo Link Station for years now and it was getting time to "put it out to pasture". Enter the Seagate device at just the right time. Bering "technical" certainly helps when adding a device like this to your network, but I didn't find anything particularly challenging.
Not Really for Home Use or Amateurs and a trick for getting it Discovered
Caliaha "Caliaha", Amazon
8 April 2013
Summary: I received this NAS (Network Attached Storage) for review as part of Amazon's Vine Program. I thought it would be cool to have my own home "cloud" that I could access from anywhere. Setup was initially a breeze, just plug in the power and network cables, power the thing up, and install the software from the DVD. Follow the instructions and "Discover" (recognize) the NAS.
Summary: This week, I installed the new Seagate Network Attached Storage system. Its 4 TB, a big old undiscovered continent of memory that's now attached to my computer. In the past, I've had mixed results with Seagate's memory products and my results on this one are mixed as well. One item worth noting is that the website says the unit is compatible only with Windows 7 and Vista.
Summary: I had a chance to obtain one of these for free, so I took it! There is not much written documentation with the unit, which I normally like if there is a problem, but I was able to set up the unit easily and I have had no problems so far. There is more storage space than I will ever use and everything seems to transfer at a decent speed. Since everything has worked fine with me, I have no complaints.