The Good The Seagate BlackArmor comes with an excellent drive bay design that doesn't require tools to be accessed. The server offers decent performance and supports 3TB internal hard drives. Its Web interface is sluggish and unfriendly to nonadvanced users. The four-bay server comes with only two hard drives and doesn't offer any way to expand the amount storage space without rebuilding the RAID from scratch. It might also have performance issues when used with with certain home routers' QoS feature. However, not having the capability to dynamically change the current RAID setup's capacity makes it much less desirable for either home or business users.
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The Good The Seagate BlackArmor comes with an excellent drive bay design that doesn't require tools to be accessed. The server offers decent performance and supports 3TB internal hard drives. Its Web interface is sluggish and unfriendly to nonadvanced users. The four-bay server comes with only two hard drives and doesn't offer any way to expand the amount storage space without rebuilding the RAID from scratch.
It might also have performance issues when used with with certain home routers' QoS feature. However, not having the capability to dynamically change the current RAID setup's capacity makes it much less desirable for either home or business users.
Visit for details. For this reason, you may experience some deja vu if you have already read the review of the The BlackArmor is exactly the same as the BlackArmor , with one difference: out of the box only two of its four drive bays are occupied by a hard drive, leaving the other two empty.
This actually makes a huge difference; for instance, when you add two more hard drives to the BlackArmor , you will likely have to back up your data and re-create the RAID before you can take advantage of all four bays. Design and setup The BlackArmor NAS server has a bold-looking design with four bays on its front and a top part that protrudes farther out, showing off its tiny LCD. The , however, as mentioned, comes with just two hard drives, leaving the other two bays for you to add more storage later.
The device has a nice drive bay design that allows you to replace and add more storage easily without any tools. Seagate recommends you use only its hard drives. In fact, the company provides tech support only when you use its hard drives, but the BlackArmor will work with SATA hard drives from any vendors. Considering its large size, the BlackArmor's fan is surprisingly quiet.
Also, it is the first NAS server we've seen that allows you to replace the cooling fan completely if you need to. This will be a useful boon, as over time fans tend to collect dust, become noisier, or just stop working. A small LCD on the front displays the status of the USB-connected device, providing status information such as IP address, link status, date, and time.
On the right side of the LCD are two navigation buttons that we found rather confusing to use at first because they are not labeled. The BlackArmor 's backup solution is based on Acronis' excellent True Image and comes with licenses for 10 computers.
One of its more useful features is the capability to quickly recover a crashed computer by booting from the included software CD, allowing you to perform a complete system recovery from backup contained on the BlackArmor NAS.
Thanks to the included discovery software utility, setting up the BlackArmor was a simple endeavor. Once you have everything set up, the utility assists in finding the NAS server on the network and will allow you to map network drives to its two default share folders, Public and Download. You can also use the discovery utility to launch the BlackArmor's Web interface, but that is where the simplicity ends.
Unfortunately, you will need to figure out a lot by yourself, as we found the NAS server's manual is rather scant. In this review, we touch upon only those that we found significant or unique to this device.
General features The BlackArmor has standard user account management. By default the device comes with an "Admin" account that allows you to log in and create other user accounts. Though this default account has administrative privileges, it doesn't include all of the features of a user-created account. For example, you won't be able to use the Admin account to access the NAS remotely over the Internet.
This is rather confusing because in most, if not all, other NAS servers, there's nothing you can do with a regular account that you can't do with the "Admin" account. Once a new user account has been created, you can assign it different access privileges for each share folder. Also, placing a user account in a group automatically gives it the access privileges of that group. Aside from public share folders, each user account has a private share folder of its own and if you have an office with a centralized server, the BlackArmor NAS can be set to work as a domain member.
Again, this part requires you to understand Windows Server's Active Directory as well as other advanced user account management. The servers, however, come set up with RAID1. In the case of the BlackArmor, you'll have to back up the RAID, rebuild it with a new hard drive, then copy the data back if you want the old and newly added hard drives to be part of the same RAID setup. This hassle makes the server much less appealing than even its linemate the BlackArmor With built-in support for Digital Media and iTunes servers, the BlackArmor can automatically stream music, video, and photos to compatible devices, including computers, set-top boxes, and game consoles.
To share these types of files, simply place them in their appropriate folder within the default Public share folder. For example, if you want to share music via iTunes, first place the music files in the Our Music folder, which is inside the Public share folder. Then you can set the intervals that the server will automatically scan for new music to add to the shared folder, ranging from every 5 minutes to once a day. We tried this out and it worked very well. The BlackArmor NAS server supports the Network File System NFS , which allows the system administrator to store resources in a central location on the network, providing authorized users continuous access to them.
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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 Review
Network attached storage, in a nutshell, is the idea of making hard drives available through a network connection. Read on for our full review. Small but densely heavy, the unit is pretty sleek for what is essentially a business technology product. The front of the network attached storage unit is simple, with a 2-line LCD and two buttons on top, and power switch, activity lights and USB port at the bottom. The two buttons to the right scroll up and down through the list; to get more information, users can hold one of the two buttons down. Additionally, if the BlackArmor NAS is sitting in a network room away from a terminal, the status display can be used to see which drive is bad so it can be swapped out for a fresh one.
Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 review
What do the San Jose Sharks' new jerseys and Seagate's new hard drives have in common? Intended for small companies—which support up to 50 networked computers—these BlackArmor drives were designed with both security and simplicity in mind. Proclaimed as the system with "unparalleled security, accessibility and peace of mind," it has a simple, built-in LCD screen and is meant for an easy to use, straight-out-of-the-box storage system. Moreoever, with the BlackArmor security system, data is constantly protected because of its continuous and automatic backup abilities coupled with its full-system backup and RAID options. Furthermore, everything from individual files to entire volumes can be secured with password protection and encryption.
Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 (Page 1)
We all know Seagate's consumer and enterprise products, but Seagate also has a growing list of end user storage products. For the last couple of years we've pretty much ignored these consumer and entry level enterprise products, since we tend to focus on raw hard drives; but that is about to change. Today we are looking at Seagate's BlackArmor Series of network storage products. The one area on paper that has us excited is pricing; the BlackArmor Series has a total cost that is less than what the two giants in the NAS server market deliver. Being our first review of the Seagate BlackArmor, we will be putting the model through the ringer testing not only the products data transfer performance, but also take a look at the software and user interface. There's a lot to talk about, so let's just jump right in and get started. United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.
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It's easy to get it up and running, though you need a little networking knowledge to get the most from it. Its advanced features aren't always easy to use and access, but they're worth the effort. The drive's back-up features are excellent, offering a wealth of options and facilities such as incremental and differential backups, and wizards are available for both backing up and restoring data. On the business side, you can connect up to 50 workstations. The Seagate Global Access service means files stored on the Black Armor NAS can be accessed securely over the internet using a standard web browser. Two of its four drive bays are populated out of the box and the drives are hotswappable, though the caddies and door are a little flimsy for a business-orientated NAS. Although it's not designed for home use, iTunes and DLNA-compatible media streaming are catered for here.