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This review is from: Seagate Central STCG3000100 3TB Cloud Storage System
Pros: Once setup Ipad found it quite easily. Concept is good for home use.
Cons: Where to begin. Setup did not go smoothly at first, however after the firmware upgrade things did appear to improve. I own an iMac and am basing my concerns on it. 1. The drive must be brought on line manually after each boot using the discovery tool. (I feel the drive as it is always connected should automatically discover. The transfer rate for placing files (video and photo) is very slow. 110 gb took 22 hours. Thinking that hooking it up directly to the mac cat socket would be faster, it was not. Then the fun began, when I hooked up the external WD drive to the Seagate for usb transfer, not only was it very slow, but my mac in all of it’s wisdom wrote the system file “._AppleDouble” in every directory on the WD drive. (when I hooked the drive up to the Seagate apparently the Mac now saw it as a non specific mac drive and does this little unix trick.), at this point because mac has written these files the folders will no longer transfer as the seagate stops the transfer because of the filename. So WD drive back on the mac, and spent hours searching out and deleting the AppleDouble files. Sorry, but as a guy that has had server drives in the past, this whole experience is akin to the old days of trying to work with comm ports and 2400 baud modems. Streaming media was choppy even though my iPad and iMac saw the files and could access them.
Other Thoughts: Please I just want a drive that plugs into my server, automatically mounts and transfers files quickly. Sorry not the drive for me. If this is what one expect, probably the best solution for someone like me (home user) is a new router with a usb port that I can connect my existing external drive to.READ FULL REVIEW