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Seagate STAR401 Diskless System BlackArmor NAS 400 Network Storage Server for SMB User
  • 4-Bay
  • Usage High read/write performance with RAID
  • Diskless System
  • 2 x 10/100/1000M
  • 4 x USB2.0

Pros:

The box is made with recycled cardboard.

Cons:

After 28 hours, the four by 2-GB disk array had still not initialized. No change in the blinking lights, no change in the display, which exhibited a warning about foreign disks. Just a seeming interminable future of the same thing.

The documentation is sparse ... at best. It seems structured as much to softpedal shortfalls in the NAS 400 Network Storage Server as to convey a bare minimum of information about operation of the product.

Seagate seems confused about the concept of advertising "SATA" compatibility. Rather than being SATA compatible, this housing appears to only be compatible Seagate drives.

Other Thoughts:

Seagate describes drives 'certified' for use with this housing. Implicit in their text is the idea that other SATA drives are supported. After all, why advertise that the housing supports SATA drives? More importantly, why not caution potential purchasers, "Only operates with Seagate drives" ... and eliminate what I believe to be misleading text about SATA compliance.

It's hard to imagine buying a PC or motherboard with SATA support, and learning that only WD, Seagate, Fujitsu, or any other brand drive would work. But that's this SATA-enclosure's view of the world.

While my Google-Fu is weak, I researched this purchase before hitting the button. I suspect that those who've reported problem-free operation with non-Seagate drives might have at least two Seagate drives in their array.

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