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Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

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General

Brand
Seagate
Model
STBP8000100

Interfaces

HDD Interface
4 x SATA (4 x Bay)

Configuration

Form Factor
4-Bay

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
8TB

Features

Features
The Business Storage 4-bay NAS includes government-grade hardware encryption technology that helps protect data stored on the NAS. When you access files remotely, the 4-bay NAS also helps protect your data-in-flight with SSL/TLS, the same technology that secures your information when banking online.

The 4-bay NAS features a Universal Storage Module (USM) slot that makes it incredibly simple and cost-effective to create off-site backups of your data. Start by docking a Seagate Backup Plus portable drive in the USM slot. With a touch of a button, you can transfer large files at speeds up to 3x faster than USB 2.0. Undock your portable drive and data, and you're ready to take your files with you or to a secure, off-site location.

The USM slot is also convenient for photographers, videographers and other professionals who routinely bring back large files from the field. Use a Backup Plus portable drive throughout the day and when you're back at the office, slide the portable drive into the USM slot and-with a touch of a button-all of your work is transferred to a designated folder on the 4-bay NAS

System Requirements:
Local area network (LAN)
Internet connection (for system updates and Web access)
Wired or wireless router with an available 10/100/1000 Ethernet port
DVD-ROM drive for software installation (recommended)
Mac on Network: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later, Apple Safari 3.1 or later
PC on Network: Pentium or equivalent processor (1GHz or higher), 512MB of RAM or higher, Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8, Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, or Firefox 3.0 or later

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
14.8" X 9.7" X 9.4"
Weight
14.65 lbs.

Package Contents

Package Contents
Seagate Business Storage 4-bay NAS
Ethernet cable
Power supply
Quick start guide
DVD-ROM with BlackArmor Discovery software for Windows and Mac, BlackArmor Backup software for Windows, System Recovery Boot software for Windows

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Matt B.
  • 1/15/2014 5:40:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGood for home, BAD for virtualization

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Easy to setup. I had zero issues getting the unit on my network. Drives were already configured in a RAID5 CIFS volume, so it was ready to go after giving it a static IP.

Cons: I am using the Seagate NAS strictly to backup VMs using Veeam Backup & Replication software at a small remote site. Transferring data over GbE to the unit nets a ~ 30MB/s write speed during a full backup and it takes almost 7 hours to do a full backup of an ESXi host with only 600GB of (deduplicated) VMs.

Copying a full backup file (600 GB vbk) from one directory to another on the NAS is so slow that it is unusable. For tape disaster recovery of VMs/files, Veeam requires that a full vbk file be restored before any recovery can occur, but it takes over 12 hours to restore a 600 GB vbk to the unit from a LTO-5 tape drive over GbE.

Other Thoughts: The Seagate is probably fine for home users who want to stream music or movies, but for virtualization on any level it is useless in my opinion. iSCSI support to mount it to virtual hosts is a great feature, but slow read/write times render it useless for hosting live VMs in either ESXi or Hyper-V.

PS - we use a different brand NAS (starts with the letters "Syn") at another remote site and it achives write speeds of ~ 90 MB/s, which is fine for backups. The ~ 30 MB/s of the Seagate unfortunately is not.

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  • Simon C.
  • 10/21/2013 4:02:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSTAY AWAY

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: It ends there, this NAS was a terrible setup, and I work as a System Administrator, the 'cloud' feature consisted of downloading a third party app and creating new passwords and such. The device takes forever to respond or reboot when needed. (about 10-15 minutes) if you are doing maintenance just reboot and plan on doing something else for 20 minutes. I created one large volume (about 5.5 TB) which took about 10 hours to complete (because you don't have the option to do the command and use an & to keep the command running) On top of that I thought that by doing a Raid 5 I would keep all my data safe..... nope. The volume still failed and no recovery option. I called SEAGATE for help and the first thing they asked me was "you didn't have your data backed up?" After I explained to the tech on the phone that was what Raid 5 was supposed to protect me from he directed me to their data recovery department where I got to pay more $$$ to get my data back.

Other Thoughts: When you pay 800 + $ dollars for a NAS you expect it to work a little better than that, and considering I have worked on three separate NAS's at work, all of which are much more reliably. Thanks Seagate for loosing my data and making me pay a TON of money for something that was junk, I personally will never buy a Seagate product again, and will look elseware for my data needs. One last note, Seagate please DO NOT respond to this message as you have for others. If you truly wanted to help you should have done it when I called.

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  • Exotic L.
  • 9/17/2013 12:50:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Device Ever - Segate no help

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Paper Holder

Cons: This Drive has destroyed so much data, and has locked down all the drives so I can not change them, I am at the point only a full format can be done.

This NAS has cost me sooo much time.

1. Never use the crypto
2. Never change the firmware
3. Never turn it off
4. Never keep any data on it you care about

To top it off Segate has no help other then, well you can format it and we can downgrade it to a Black Armor-NAS.

Also Segate does not think the problems are chronic. So they will not do a recall or replacement program.
This is the last Segate product I buy, time for me to learn about WD.

If you bought this and have any problems, RMA it quickly.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear NA,

We wanted to apologize for the problems experienced with your Seagate Business Storage drive. We would like to talk with you by phone again to determine the cause and available resolution to the problems listed in your review. We have created case #03661549 to use when contacting us that will show your review and our response. 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):

http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Exotic L.
  • 6/30/2013 4:31:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsData Death Trap

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Easy to setup(except for the known bugs that make it unusable)

Cons: System is broken and is not ready for use, after updating the firmware the basic system settings can not be changed.
The system deletes crypto keys on update.
The system has a history of dropping data/drives.

Other Thoughts: If you google problems on the segate forms it currently has known bugs that make this system unusable as of 6/2013.

This system is PURE WASTE, DON'T BUY!!!!

I expect segate to have quality but this system is far below second rate. This system is not usable and should have never shipped. If segate cares about it's users they need to do a recall and make it right for all the wasted time and deleted date this useless system has caused.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear DataUser,

We wanted to apologize for the problems experienced with your Business Storage drive. We would like to talk with you, by phone preferably, to determine the root cause and available resolution to the problem after the firmware update. We have created case # 03524809 to use when contacting us that will show your review and our response. 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):

http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/22/2013 1:40:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Eggxpert Review

1 out of 5 eggsstrike 2

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Unit actually powers on.

Cons: I could easily hit my limit here, but suffice to say that I have now had 2 of these that misbehave the same way.
In a nutshell, the browser based interface will not show the volumes on the NAS, it just shows "loading..." for as long as I keep that window open. Then I am unable to manage, RAID, volumes, the shared folders I have created, or manage anything else on the NAS or change any settings.
It does the same thing on IE and Firefox.
The only error message it shows is a fleeting blip of "currently back end is not sending any messages to UI". I had to get it to generate that several times before I could read it all.

Other Thoughts: Using latest firmware available.
Only 465 hours on the hard drives that shipped with this NAS. All of them show "passed" using the NAS's S.M.A.R.T short test. Each drive individually tests fine using the DOS version of Seatools.

I contacted Seagate support by phone again as per the response to my original review with much the same results as my previous calls.
I was presented with one possible "solution", it was suggested that I boot the NAS with one hard drive and test NAS functionality to see if it was a backplane issue. I can see the value in that from a purely troubleshooting standpoint, but if my 4 bay NAS doesn't work with all 4 bays, Using 1 bay isn't going to help me.

So I get to RMA another one.
I asked the phone tech what was wrong with my first one and he said there was no way to know once it has been returned to the RMA warehouse. So even though these units are individually serialized Seagate does not follow through with inventory tracking that could save us both some expensive time and Seagate some expensive shipping costs. But hey, UPS drivers gotta eat too, right?

I am pretty thoroughly disgusted with the lack of support for this product. If Seagate wants to keep sending me replacements, I will let them. I can do this all day.

I mentioned the case #xxxxxx when I called tech support. Either someone forgot to enter a real case # or a case # is useless when calling tech support because the tech didn't seem to know what to do with it.

Regarding the warranty;
It has been explained to me multiple times in emails and on phone calls that the replacement hard drives I receive for warranty replacement only carry a 90 day warranty.
I am aware what the website says about Seagate warranty, what I am saying is that it is in conflict with actual Seagate business practice. So either your website is wrong or I have been consistently misinformed about the actual warranty remaining on my Seagate replacement drives.
Still not interested in any sketchy Libyan URLs.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/6/2013 7:37:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Eggxpert Review

1 out of 5 eggsnot ready for prime time

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Lots of storage space.

More than one RAID option.

Free TappIn app subscription through 2016 for at least 2 users.

The idea of this NAS is a good one but it was executed so poorly I cannot in good faith recommend this product.

Cons: While troubleshooting, I was advised by Seagate phone tech support:
-do not use encryption.
-completely erase the hard drives and remove the partitions before building RAID.
-do not use itunes media service.
-this product has known firmware issues.
Their only solution is to return it under warranty.

About that warranty.
When you return a Seagate product, any Seagate product, you do not get the remainder of the warranty. The product you receive as a warranty replacement will be a refurbished product and it will only carry a 90 day warranty.
So if you buy this product with a 3 year warranty and have to return it after the 30 day Newegg "no questions asked" period has expired, the refurbished product you receive back will only carry a 90 day warranty.

I had to return my first one because it did not work correctly. No big deal, any company can drop the ball on occasion. But the replacement is showing the same symptoms as the first one; sluggish operation or freezing and inoperative. Sometimes when I try to save settings I have just changed, it will show a message that the settings are saved, but the old settings are still displayed. New users cannot be added, I am stuck at 2 users at this point and the second one took over 30 attempts before it was finally recognized.
The first one I had was extremely slow. Everything about it was slow, the highest file transfer speed was 9MB/second. The second one, when it works, shows a transfer rate as high as 30 MB/second.
They both take 30 plus hours to rebuild the RAID array, and that does not include the time it takes to delete all the partitions off the hard drives.
The first one was unable to update the firmware. There is an automatic setting and a manual utility, the first one would do neither. The second one shipped with the same firmware as the first one, but it was able to automatically update to the latest May 2013 firmware version 2013.60256. I tried the manual method first, but despite announcing the release of the firmware and revision history, the latest firmware was not available for download on the Seagate site yet.

So I updated the firmware and attempted the "easy 10 minute setup" with the most rudimentary of settings.
10 minutes passed before I was able to even add a second user due to the extremely poor software on this NAS.
I wanted to simply test it for file transfer speed, and basic functionality. I added 1 mp3 song, 1 jpeg picture and one random file which just happened to be a docx Word document. The upload took longer than 10 minutes over a gigbit network and the docx file failed to transfer.
And this is the replacement, the one they sent me for the warranty return.

Other Thoughts: If you own a business and you have more money than you know what to do with and just want to keep someone on your payroll busy, then this is a great product for you. Your tech will have endless hours of wasted time with no real results to show for it. Seagate support will offer you several options that will make no difference at all but consume weeks of your employee’s time.

If there were some way to optionally use this NAS as a USB external hard drive, would expect it to be priced at the value of the hard drives plus $100 at the most. As it is with the useless and extremely limited software that is on it, it is way overpriced.

I can’t imagine why anyone would spend this amount of money when a real micro server from a manufacturer with a better reputation can be bought for a fraction of the cost. Even factoring in an equivalent set of hard drives, you can get better quality hardware with more feature rich software for less money.

I also can’t imagine why Seagate would risk their reputation by releasing this NAS product when it is obviously not ready. Either there are production issues that fouled both my original NAS and the warranty replacement, or this product was so poorly designed as to be uselessly dysfunctional.
Regarding support for this product; there is very limited support for this product online. Seagate has a forum with a section for Business NAS and the forum administrators admit that they know virtually nothing about Business NAS. I tried everything I could think of to troubleshoot this NAS before I returned it for warranty, and when I called for phone support the tech I spoke to did not even have that much to offer. I had already tried everything he suggested.
So that is where I am now, back to square one with a faulty NAS. Maybe someday there will be a firmware update that fixes the problems mine has, but as of the latest May 2013 update 2013.60256 there has been no progress.
And thanks but no thanks whoever the Seagate tech support responder to these reviews is, you have repeatedly linked to the wrong product page in your shortened Libyan URL. I have a 4 bay, all these reviews are for a 4 bay but you have linked to a different product. This is the level of incompetence I have come to expect from Seagate, whose decision to build hard drive factories below grade in a flood prone area caused hard drive prices to skyrocket recently.

On the bright side, I got a free subscription to TappIn so I can remotely access on my phone any files I may need that are stored on my desktop. The irony is that this is what the NAS is supposed to do.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Seagate Customer,

This reply is from Seagate Support. We noticed your review and wanted to apologize for the problems experienced with your Business Storage Network drive.

The remaining warranty on your original Business Storage drive will carry over to a replacement drive. If this is not the case with your replacement drive, please let us know and we will be happy to resolve this for you.

We wanted to provide the correct link for support for our Business Storage 4-Bay drive (link uses the common ow.ly URL shortening service):

http://ow.ly/kUyNO

The following link for the firmware now reflects our latest version:

http://ow.ly/kUzOS

We would like to talk with you again, by phone preferably, to determine the root cause and available resolution to the problems with the replacement drive mentioned in your review. We have created case #xxxxxx to use when contacting us that will show your review and our response. 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):

http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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2 out of 5 eggsGood Product Poor Support

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Solid NAS setup was easy to a point. Seems very well constructed. It has many features and options for RAID and a full if not completely user friendly software suite. Runs quiet and is fairly fast.

Cons: Documentation is poor at best. I still have not been able to setup backups because there are no licenses. This NAS is supposed to come with 10. After trying for 2 weeks to get a response from Seagate to resolve this issue all I can say is that their customer support is worse than their documentation.

Other Thoughts: On the surface this NAS seems to be the answer to my small office storage and backup needs for my wifes realestate office. With a large capacity and many features it does many things well. My top priorities for this NAS were individule user file storage, shared file/work group storage, and individule backups. To date I have have been able to accomplish 2 of those 3 items with ease and it works well with little babysitting on my part. My main issue has been with backups. As I stated in the cons this unit came with no backup licenses when there should have been 10. This would have been plenty for my 5 users. I have attempted to contact Seagate, which is no simple task, and have yet to recieve a response. The only solution I have been offered is to purchase 5 additional licenses for around $150.00. I really want to give this product 5 eggs because it is a great NAS solution. However I cant when issues like this have occured. If I get the backup licsensing issue resolved I will change my rating but to this point it is what it is. I would say if you were to purchase this unit and not run into this problem you will be very happy.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Cloonso,

This reply is from Seagate Support. We noticed your review and wanted to apologize for the problems experienced with your Business Storage Network drive.

We first wanted to provide a centralized link for help with setup, usage, installation, and troubleshooting of your Business Storage Network drive. This provides our complete User Guide as well. Please reference the link below:

http://ow.ly/jziAE

We would like to talk with you, by phone preferably, to resolve the backup license problem. We have created case # 03322756 to use when contacting us that will show your review and our response. 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):
http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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4 out of 5 eggsNice NAS

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: easy setup, fast file transfers from PC on LAN, remote access over internet, Apple Time Machine, OS agnostic, various RAID configurations – including SPAN, lots of usable space (about 6.8TB in SPAN mode), web-based interface is fairly user-friendly, energy efficient (drives sleep when not in use), FTP and DLNA servers, auto-backup of PCs

Cons: documentation seems a bit lacking, product overview claims no monthly fees, transfer from USB HDD failed each time attempted

Other Thoughts: You may want to grab a cup of coffee before you proceed…I may come close to using the 3k character limit :)

First, let me say that I was pleasantly surprised at the heft of this device, is seems very solid and well-built.

Setup was a breeze. After connecting it to my LAN and powering it up, all I had to do was run the provided disk in Windows and in no time I was messing around in the device’s web interface. After the initial setup was complete I moved over to my Fedora Linux machine and was able to find the share on the network and transfer files. I typically get between 15 – 30 MB/sec over with wired gigabit, which is about twice as fast as my Debian-based plug computer would do over the same wired LAN. Mac, iPhone, and Adroid devices were easy as well (each processe was slightly different, of course).

When I connected an external USB 2.0 HDD, the web interface recognized it with little effort. Unfortunately, each time I attempted to copy the entire contents of the disk (about 550GB) via the web interface, the transfer failed after a short period of time. I was hoping that I could backup that drive in fairly short order without the need to transfer data over the LAN. Wasn’t able to find instructions or troubleshooting procedures in any of the provided or on-line documentation (-0.5 egg).

Web access setup on all of these systems was pretty easy as well. It appears that Seagate has teamed with Tappin to provide access over the web from remote networks. The product overview claims that there are no monthly fees for this service, but on my account page it states that I will have a payment due in 3/16. Yes, this is a long way out, but if I were purchasing this for long-term use and was under the impression that remote access was free forever, I’d be pretty annoyed if the service were to all of a sudden stop or I received a bill for it to continue. In addition, I cannot find on the website how much the subscription fees are (-0.5 egg).

The USM bay is nothing more than a flip door covering a SATA interface. I was able to connect a bare laptop HDD and see the drive on the web interface, but I didn’t transfer any files. The opening in the case is too small for a standard 3.5” HDD.

For those that are concerned about energy efficiency, there is the ability of this device to sleep the drives when they are not in use. I measured the power usage during boot with a Kill-a-Watt and it peaked at about 50W, but settled to about 30W when it was done running its start-up procedures. For comparison, that plug computer I mentioned earlier used a peak of 35W during boot and settled at 15W. It’s not really a fair comparison though, because the plug only has one external HDD connected to it, the Seagate NAS has four.

Overall, this is a nice piece of hardware that aids in collaboration and provides a reasonably priced solution for backup and data recovery if (when) it’s needed. I’d recommend this product even if you don’t think you

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Fly747sim,

This response is from Seagate Support and we'd like to thank you for taking the time to post a review of the Business Storage Network drive.

We first wanted to provide a centralized link for help with setup, usage, installation, and troubleshooting of your Business Storage Network drive. This provides our complete User Guide as well. Please reference the link below:

http://ow.ly/jziAE

If you have not updated the firmware on your Business Storage, please try this first as it may help with problems copying from your external drive. If this does not work, we would like to talk with you by phone to determine the root cause and available resolution to the problem. We have created case # 03322738 to use when contacting us that will show your review and our response. 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):
http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/


Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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4 out of 5 eggsSeagate Does it Again

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: While un boxing this backup solution it comes in a very informative box and is packaged very well, At first look I see that on the back there is a 120mm cooling fan and 2 gigabit network ports for redundancy and 1 usb 3.0 port that can be used for external hard drives and even to hook up a printer.

On the front of the device there’s a 1” x 3” LCD screen power button and 1 usb 3.0 port also there is a USM slot for backing up to portable HDD to take offsite. (USM drive not included)

I hooked up the device to my Cisco router with supplied Ethernet cable and plugged in the power, (this device uses a power brick). Now the unit will go through a boot up sequence the LCD screen comes on and says Seagate is booting up. Once it’s up and running I ran the software disk.

The computer recognized the storage device right away and connected to it. I ordered a USM Seagate 1tb external drive to I can try out the offsite back up feature.
Looking through the software and the dashboard of this device the options are endless I set up mobile access through my android and I can access this from any internet connected device anywhere in the world. I quickly and easily backed up all the computers and my Playstation 3 to this NAS I can also stream videos and music to my PS3 from the NAS.

Hardware is great this device has 4 Seagate 2 TB hard drives in hot swappable quick change trays so you can change out drives quickly if should fail, I'm running it in a raid 10 configuration but that's just what works best for me. Supports raid0, raid5,raid10, and span. Other Raid configurations work great too.

The power save feature is nice too it will shutdown automatically or you can set a schedule using days of week and times of day.

You can setup user groups to only let the people you want to access this NAS also setup different open share folders so all can see and use or lock folders so only admin can access them. The software provided with this NAS loads on your computer easily,

It has a preboot interface called SEAGATE BLACK ARMOUR that allows you to back up your computer before windows is running, say you get a virus or your boot sector gets compromised this allows you to back up your hard drive before windows loads hence no virus running/ needing of boot sector info, with this same interface you can restore your computer off of a previously saved back up file.

Data transfer rates were pretty fast this test was done through cisco router over cat5E wire.

Write speeds

1.6GB File 8.6 Megabytes per sec

Read Speeds

1.6GB File 9.9 Megabytes per sec

Cons: The software is a little advanced some of it is self explanatory but could have more user friendly wizards that will help you set up easy backups.

The unit does not come with USM drive for offsite backup.

Setting up mobile access took a while you go to this page and type in a email that you use and a password then hit send its supposed to send you a code the enter in on your mobile device but it took multiple tries and a long time to get a message back from Seagate.

Takes about hour to format into raid 10

Other Thoughts: This is a great backup solution for a small to medium sized business's probably a little pricy for homeowner unless you have tons of media, photos, work data that you need kept safe not to mention the ability to backup every computer/ device in your house and restore them to full operating status quickly and easily.

I will keep you up to date as I continue to use this device.

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4 out of 5 eggsHigh Quality Device

This review is from: Seagate STBP8000100 8TB Business Storage 4-Bay NAS

Pros: Very easy setup. Tons of space - (6.8tb raid0, 5.5tb raid5).

LCD display on front of device is informative (system boot, ready, ipaddr).

Buttons on front allow you to scroll through events, system info, config details.

Web GUI is comprehensive and well organized.

Expandable - USB and USM ports for more storage!

Media server DLNA Certified - compatible with iTunes

Sleek build - easy access to drives, LEDs for drive status. Portable if it needed to be

LEDs on drive bays and outside of box show activity

Various levels of permissions (users, IPs allow/deny, workgroup, etc)

Cons: Web GUI sometimes takes a couple seconds/minutes to update to events (like formatting).

It took many hours to create a raid5 volume that spanned all 4 disks.

Would be expensive for a household - I guess you pay for simple, comprehensive, out of the box, functionality.

The device's IP changed on me without notice causing my Network Drive mappings in Windows to error out.

Lacking detailed paper documentation with the product - look online I guess

Other Thoughts: My device contained 4 Barracuda ST2000DM001

Using fio benchmark utility and a free trial of passmark I attempted to collect some benchmarks.
I only had a laptop connected through wireless N (neighboring rooms) to test the device in raid 0.
The results were all over the place, maybe my wireless signal threw the numbers, but I saw up to 3 mb/s read and write speeds over the network
I think other people are reporting tens of mb/s through a wire

This device is probably good for overnight backups of critical data, but if you are looking for performance, consider using flash storage

I've been building enterprise storage devices at work for a year now so I am familiar with network storage devices.
This is a good solution for simple network storage

Disks of similar age can die within a short time of each other - be careful

Manufacturer Response:

Dear srm5446,

This response is from Seagate Support and we'd like to thank you for your review of the Business Storage Network drive.

We first wanted to provide a centralized link for help with setup, installation, and troubleshooting of your Business Storage. This provides our complete User Guide as well. Please reference the link below:

http://ow.ly/jtKoY

The IP address for our drive is generally controlled by the router. You may use our admin utility to setup a static IP to the drive if you wish. However, your best option may be to set a DHCP reservation in your router.

RAID setups can take a while to create over a very large span.

We will pass along your comments on the Web GUI interface to our developers. We appreciate your feedback on this.

If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our support for additional assistance. 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):
http://www.seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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