Today’s review is of the Seagate BlackArmor NAS, specifically the Business Storage 4Bay NAS 4TB model#stbp4000100.
We recently installed this unit for our offices to expand our storage needs instead of changing and upgrading our existing server configuration.
Our primary concern was redundancy so we opted for the 4-bay drive with full Raid 10 configuration and utilizing 4 x 1TB Western Digital hard drives. The NAS does offer Raid 0,1,5,10 and Jbod for other configurations. It comes with 2 GB Ethernet ports, 2 Usb 3.0 ports, 1 USM port and the bays are hot swappable meaning we can change one on the fly without powering down the unit. The unit has a very small footprint which comes in at about 10″x6″x8″ and fully loaded weighs in at around 13lbs.
The first thing we noticed was that the installation was very simple. The unit is very sleek and easily pops open to insert the hard drives into the bays. It took only minutes and we didn’t have to fuss with tools or a multitude of clips or screws like some other models.
The second thing we noticed was how easy the web console was to use. Once it got an IP from our switch, we loaded the DVD and it detected everything, let us configure the unit and get the RAID setup in less than 15 minutes. Since we had 4 x 1TB drives and we wanted to make sure it had a proper format, it did take about 4 hours to prep the drives but we knew that would be the case based on our RAID choice.
Once the unit was prepped, we easily dropped our files into the new share and we were up and online as soon as the copy process finished.
Another feature we were looking for was the USB backup which allows you to plug a external usb drive into the unit and have it perform automated backups. The built in controls also allow for NAS to NAS backup or even NAS to PC backup just in case you want other options.
File transfers from the NAS are super fast, we can stream video and audio files without lag and setting up file permissions and different shared folders is easy with the web console.
The only flaw we found so far is that the backup works but every month or so, the backup fails and will not reset itself so we have to re-configure the job. We currently have a ticket open with Seagate about this specific issue but overall the unit is great.
We have had this unit for 8 months without failure and would highly recommend it for anybody in the market for a reliable NAS device.
For the money, this unit is a good deal. Coming in around $400 empty it is competitively priced versus the Netgear and Dlink offerings.
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