Review: Seagate NAS HDD 4TB

With media files growing bigger at a fast rate, storage manufacturers have been looking for ways to pack even more data into tiny little metal boxes that we commonly call hard drives. Seagate has done more with its latest Seagate Network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive.

Seagate-NAS-HDD

Large Storage Options
The NAS drive comes in several storage sizes, including 2TB, 3TB and 4TB variants. All of them cater to a wide variety of user types, including home users, SOHOs and small-to-medium sized businesses. As with most, if not all modern desktop drives, the NAS drive supports SATA III connectivity and SATA power as well. As the name implies, this NAS drive is made to be used with NAS devices. Whilst there is nothing wrong with using it as is, you won’t be using the drive’s capabilities to its fullest that way. It comes with several features, chief of which is NASWorks – a firmware that improves the reliability of the hardware with several fine-tuned software features, such as extended error recovery, reduced vibrations, and improved power consumption.

Performance Varies
The main issue with NAS devices is that performance is always dependent on the network the device is connected to. Whilst the NAS drive certainly has no issue hitting up to 60-80MBps when directly installed to a PC, when used in a NAS bay, the performance goes from anywhere between 5MBps to about 30MBps, depending on the quality of the network, and how many people are accessing it at the same time. Thankfully even with two to three users accessing the drive simultaneously, the Seagate drive is still able to stream HD media files with little issues. Lag is only present when seeking and loading folders.

 

Dimensions: 26.11 x 101.6 x 146.99
Weight: 610g
Form Factor: 3.5 inch
Interface: SATA III 6.0Gbps
Storage: 2TB, 3TB, 4TB

Value: 9/10
Features: 9/10
Performance: 8/10
Design: 8/10
Usability: 8/10

Verdict: Great storage device regardless if used locally or over the network.
Total Score: 8.4/10

This review can be found in the January 2014 issue  of PC.com.

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