Summary: I can't begin to describe the disappointment I've experienced with this product. Here's a quick summary of some of the issues I've had: - Connectivity issues: I'd say about 30% of the time, this device does not appear in my Network Devices list. Restarting the device sometimes corrects this. Even worse, it randomly disconnects while I'm transferring files!
Summary: I just happened across the Seagate Central listing, while looking for another piece of hardware that would serve our needs in backing up our mac's and iPhones. The reason I'm doing this, is because I officially threw in the towel on the Seagate Central I purchased exactly one year ago tomorrow. I should've known better as my experience with Seagate products hasn't been the best but at the time it sounded perfect.
Summary: A few years ago storage hardware was expensive, but no more. The pricing has shifted to the device controlling software and native support for web, media and FTP (to name a few). I have been running this for almost 5 months to stream movies. The drive is cheap storage, and the software reflects that price. I use this on a 1GHz wired network and use a Win7 PC to administer the device. If you are a novice and want basic storage, this device will work OK.
Summary: Pros: + Price Cons: - I have not seen any slower transfer device since 200...2?!! It took me 23 hours to copy 2.3T using an ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbits cable.... - It's only discoverable on the network whenever.... both from wifi or cable connection. I have 4 computers at home and 2 (one Mac and one PC) will find it automatically but 2 others (PCs) will have access to it depending on the weather... I obviously tried troubleshooting from Segate support, Google, etc.
Summary: Pure junk!!!! Similar to several other reviews, this NAS failed after 6 months. It exhibits no sign of life: all LEDS, status indicators, etc. are off. A DVM test of the wall-wart power supply shows 12VDC unloaded.I'm hesitant to disassemble the drive and troubleshoot, but I may have to as returning the NAS under warranty guarantees the loss of all my music on it.The Seagate data recovery service for this NAS is far too expensive as well.
Summary: I have purchased the Seagate Central NAS drive (3TB) and for no reason after almost a year, it stopped working. Simply there was no electric power connecting to the NAS box. I contacted their customer service since the device was still under warranty. The good news were they were willing to replace the product. The silly and lame news were that they push their data recovery service when the product is still under warranty.
I would not recommend this drive to anyone who wants to use it ...
Nicole E. Fifer "frequent buyer", Amazon
13 September 2014
Summary: I would not recommend this drive to anyone who wants to use it for it's reported purpose: i.e. networked attached storage. If you just want a hard drive to plus into a computer, then I guess it would be ok, but not sure why you would then chose this one. I've had problems galore from the very start. First, I really just wanted a large drive that was accessible over ethernet so I can do backups with several computers (all macs which don't have USB 3).
Other than a couple minor annoyances, it works well and does the job. Glad I purchased it.
D. Charles Pyle, Amazon
30 August 2014
Summary: Saw this in a Walmart store last year and thought I would give it a try. I do not regret my decision as of yet. Transfer speeds are good on Gigabit networking and hardware, with proper settings in the network adapters on the computers on the network. Make sure jumbo frames are enabled if you want best performance, and don't expect blazing speeds over wireless (not the fault of the device).
Summary: I'm giving it 3 stars cause it works pretty much how I expected it to work, but I have to continue to reboot it at least twice a week. This is very annoying I go to play a movie and it will not read. So I have to unplug it and wait for it to reboot. Not all that happy with product.