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Seagate STAU12000100 12TB BlackArmor 440 Network Storage

  • Desktop
  • 12TB
  • 2 RJ45 Ethernet (Gigabit)
  • 4 x USB2.0

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Brooks W.
  • 8/21/2012 5:23:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReally!?!?

Pros: Pretty, Quiet, um that's it I think.

Cons: Wow, what's the point of building an NAS that is Gigabit ported but can only transfer 10% of Gigabit speed??? I had high hopes and used to love Seagate, but this is appalling. Sustained transfer speeds of only 13.7Mb/sec and that is with the latest firmware. Out of the box it would only move at 6.7Mb/sec.

Other Thoughts: This is just not acceptable for a device of this price and size. I would be scepticle that this NAS could serve HD video's to more than one or two clients at the same time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Vaughner,

This reply is from Seagate Support. We noticed your review and wanted to comment on your experience with your BlackArmor 440 Network drive. The sustained transfer speeds mentioned in your review are above average for most gigabit network systems.

If you have any remaining questions or concerns about this performance, we would be happy to help further. If from the US or Canada our contact number for technical support is 800-732-4283. If outside of the US or Canada please try us here under Technical Support (choose your region):

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/14/2012 10:52:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNeeds significant re-working

Pros: Nice packaging. Quiet. Simplistic Interface. For many years, Seagate has had a reputation for generating top echelon storage products, specifically drives. Based on Seagate's reputation, expected reasonable data throughput rates: 10-25MB/s for writes and 30-80MB/s reads with a RAID10 configuration using gigabit networking. Expectation was fewer features (compared to other products), but a significant focus on reliability and better performance of the core features.

4 x 3TB SATA drives.

NewEgg's excellent service!!!

Cons: I'm appalled by the abysmal SMB/CIFS performance of this unit. Tried this unit with 3 different switches: Cisco 2950, Dell 2848, NetGear GS108T - no visible performance delta. Altered various settings on the switches to see if anything impacted performance - no improvement.

Unit was configured as RAID10 - all disks - to maximize redundancy and performance, at the cost of storage space.

The write performance of SMB/CIFS while copying files ranging in size from 10K to over 2GB would start out at <12MB/s (even using gigabit ports on the *same* switch) and over time would drop to ~50 bytes per second - absolutely UNACCEPTABLE.

Tried multiple copy passes using files of "like" size in an attempt to see if the performance was related to a specific range of file sizes - no improvement.

To say documentation is "slim" is an under-statement. Scavenging the Internet + documentation still leaves one questioning: How did Seagate *intend* for function 'X' to be configured and work? Ex

Other Thoughts: Upgraded this unit to Seagate's latest firmware (4000.1311), file is dated November 2011. Suggests a significant lack of product support by the manufacturer. Well supported products usually see more updates. Also - NO release notes.

There are numerous firmware issues/quirks:
- FTP can only be enabled for one share at a time.
- When executing functions, NAS appears to "go off and do something". Lacks status/progress indicators.
- Joins AD, but unable to authenticate to a share. Have Samba providing shares via same AD - what's the issue?
- Interface lacks any means to diagnose/troubleshoot issues. i.e.: no LOGS!
- Requires use of "Global Access" to obtain email alerts - Unacceptable.
- NTP Server cannot have a dash ("-") in the name. ("") Please read the RFCs for DNS!
- Doesn't support "hidden" shares. (enable "$" as last character)

Purchased a 4-bay IDE-based NAS from NewEgg over 6 years ago - that outperforms this unit with EASE!

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  • Jarrod C.
  • 1/20/2012 9:34:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsWorth it

Pros: Tests on 440 in RAID5 over Gig ethernet, compared to transfers between 2 Win2k8 servers in same environment:

From Win2k8 box to 440 device.
File=8.73GB. Took ~6:30min @ ~23.5MB/sec.

From Win2k8 box to Win2k8 box
File=8.73GB. Took ~4:30min @ ~36MB/sec.

From 440 to Win2k8 box
File=8.73GB. Took ~1:30min @ ~80MB/sec.

Insigificant difference with Win2k8 to Win2k8 (83MB/sec).

Same test in RAID0 on 440:

From Win2k8 box to 440 device.
File=8.73GB. Took ~4:30min @ ~30.5MB/sec.

So use RAID0 if you aren't afraid to lose whats on the device and need a performance boost.

Out of the box, this device is easy to setup and is preconfigured in RAID5.

Cons: Attempted to update the firmware as soon as I received the device. My con is that the autoupdate feature doesn't work, or didn't detect the update at least. OTOH, the manual update was a breeze so...
Another con is that you can't use this device's folder security with more than 50 users on an Active Directory domain. It just doesn't work, so I had to create local users would be nice to have this addressed.

Other Thoughts: Running Firmware 4000.1311 at this time.
It was really hard to find any network performance reviews on this device so I took the time to make one myself. Firmware updates should still have the ability to improve performance, even if this is a software RAID, which I'm not sure of. 23.5MB/sec in RAID5 seems slow to me when compared to a similarily configured server going at 36MB/sec. RAID 0 brings the write performance up to 30.5MB/sec which to me is decent.
The previous reviewer mentioned his array failed after using the power button on the device. I did this with my RAID0 array and had no issues.

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  • John S.
  • 1/8/2012 2:56:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid NAS

Pros: Already set up out of the box. Very fast.

Cons: The documentation is slim, needs to explain all functions completely. Shutdown button is supposed to shut the NAS gracefully according to the documentation and did not do as such. On the proceeding power up, it gave me an error that the 1st hard drive was not in the RAID. It rebuilt in about 10 hours. No loss of data. All that since the Power button did not shut the NAS down gracefully as the documentation stated. Now I shutdown using the SW GUI. Generally I leave it running so no worries.

Other Thoughts: Great product, fast NAS.

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  • JOERN J.
  • 4/6/2011 6:54:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThat review was for the LaCie Rugged XL USB2.0/eSata 2TB drive

Pros: That review was for the LaCie Rugged XL USB2.0/eSata 2TB drive

Cons: That review was for the LaCie Rugged XL USB2.0/eSata 2TB drive

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  • JOERN J.
  • 4/6/2011 8:54:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate 12TB BlackArmor 440

Pros: We have 19 of these. So far we have put ~22TB worth of data onto 13 of those, mostly through eSata. No problems w/ the eSata ports at all so far.

Cons: USB2.0 transfers more sluggish than average for the USB2.0 interface - which is why we now exclusively use the eSata interface.

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