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Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS Review - Intel Atom Powered - Seagate Business Storage Windows Server

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS Review - Intel Atom Powered

Seagate takes NAS storage to another level with Windows Storage Server 2012 and a 4-bay unit that uses Storage Spaces. Chris takes a look. (NASDAQ:STX)

| Network Storage in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Feb 11, 2014 3:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%      Manufacturer: Seagate

Seagate Business Storage Windows Server

 

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Here we get our first look at the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server. The system has a small footprint, and is quiet for a NAS, much less a system we would technically call a server.

 

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The power button has an LED that shows the systems power status. Three LEDs show network activity and system health status. A single USB 3.0 port on the front makes transferring data to the system over USB simple and fast.

 

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The drives and operating system come preinstalled right out of the box. The drive sleds use anti-vibration fittings, so you don't hear the drives even just a few inches away.

 

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The display panel on the top gives system status. Items like network IP address, RAID status, and configuration are navigated through with the two buttons on the side of the display.

 

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Unique to Seagate's NAS products is the USM port at the top of the NAS on the front. This slot allows you to slide in a HDD that is in a USM enclosure; Seagate makes a handful of them. The USM portable drives allow you to take your files with you on the go, or bring them back to your NAS.

 

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The side of the NAS has vents for keeping the internal components cool.

 

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The front door can lock, keeping your drives secure in the NAS.

 

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On the back of the system, we found a 120mm fan that pulls air past the drives and the other internal components.

 

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The I/O connectors are at the bottom of the unit. You need to plug in a VGA monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse to set the system up for the first time. The process consists of setting an administrator password, system name, and other settings that are the same as setting up a PC for the first time.

 

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