How great would it be to have a NAS running on Windows? That's what we're going to find out today. For many, just the thought of moving away from Windows is a forbidden thought. Many NAS products use a custom form of Linux, and even though the software is easy to navigate, it's just not the same as bouncing through Windows, an operating system we are all familiar with.
Seagate's Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS gives users a familiar animation when booted with a monitor connected to it. Inside, the NAS looks exactly like a desktop other than the Storage Server 2012 interface that adds a few bells and whistles to the storage area when compared to your desktop.
One new addition to the Server 2012 product family is Storage Spaces, an easy to navigate section that allows for RAID and iSCSI creation without digging through the control panel. Storage Spaces has a number of settings, so you still get Linux-like RAID customization, but now in an interface you already know.
Just because it sounds good doesn't mean it's as good as it sounds. Seagate offers the new Business Storage Windows Server in four different configurations, each differing by storage capacity. All four models use the same Intel Atom dual-core processor running at 2.13GHz. The operating system is on the drive to the far left, in the bank of four bays.
The remaining space on that drive goes into the pool with the three other drives. From the factory, our 4x 4TB model has just over 10TB of space for user data, thanks to the redundant installation and the operating system installation that takes up much more room than it should.
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