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3 out of 5 eggs Inexpensive, average network HDD 08/28/2013

This review is from: Seagate Central STCG4000100 4TB Cloud Storage System

Pros:

It's really cheap (some barebones HDDs of similar size cost more)
It's easy to setup
It works

Cons:

It's on the slow side
USB 2.0 and cannot transfer direct from a laptop
Sometimes is randomly inaccessible for short times- can cut off a backup

Other Thoughts:

It's a good network storage drive for backups if you're on a budget, but there's definitely faster solutions out there.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Chia,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to post a review of the Seagate Central drive.

There could be variety of reasons for the slow network performance. First, please make sure that your computer is connected to your router with a CAT-6 cable and that you are not using WiFi. WiFi is much slower than using an ethernet cable. Also make sure that your ethernet card on your computer, router, and any other device connected to your network is using Gigabit ethernet. Your network will only run as fast as your slowest piece of equipment.

Also, check to see if there are any firmware updates available for the drive and your router. Please check for any driver updates from the motherboard manufacturer of your computer. Click on the link below for instructions on how to update the firmware for the Seagate Central:

http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/005384en

If you are still experiencing slow transfer rates, try plugging the drive directly into a computer with a gigabit ethernet card and see if your speeds improve. Should the speeds improve then it is likely there is a network bottleneck unrelated to the drive itself.

The USB 2.0 port is meant for add on external storage only.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our support staff and we will be happy to assist further:

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

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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