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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 (Page 5)

By Chris Ramseyer on Dec 22, 2010 08:30 am CST
Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Seagate

The Seagate BlackArmor 420

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When it comes to the physical unit, all three 400 Series products are the same other than the drive configuration. On the front we found a power button at the bottom left, a USB 2.0 port on the bottom right and a system status LCD display at the top with two buttons for managing some of the basic functions.

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Also on the front is a door with your drives behind it. The enclosure lists the drives by numbers and next to each number is a status LED. Below the drive status LEDs you will also find a system power and network LEDs that indicate power to the unit and network activity.

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Looking at the system from the side, you can see that for the most part the BlackArmor is a box. The front cover comes out a little to make room for the display, but overall the system is the shape of a box.

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Most of the magic happens at the rear of the system. Here you will find dual gigabit Ethernet ports and three USB 2.0 ports for printers, battery backup status and of course this is where the power brick plugs into.

Looking a little deeper, we also see the 120mm fan that keeps your drives and the enclosure's electronics cool. The system starts up with the fan at full speed which is kind of loud, but in the booting process the fan slows and remains quiet. In our testing with two and four drives the system was very quiet, even from just a couple of feet away.

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The BlackArmor 420 comes with two drives filling two of the NAS' bays and two empty bays for future expansion. Here we see the toolless drive sleds that make it easy to install new drives and also work to dampen any disk vibrations that may occur if you have metal sleds.

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Seagate's accessory package includes everything you need to get started. This package includes a single Ethernet cable, power brick, power cord, manuals for installation and warranty and finally a software disk that has your backup software and more detailed manuals on it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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