Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server - HotHardware

Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition NAS Server

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One feature that might prove quite a boon for small businesses and users on-the-go, is the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition's support for the free Seagate Global Access service (Seagate owns Maxtor). Seagate Global Access allows you to access your Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition remotely over the Internet--you can think of it as a Web-based FTP server without actually needing FTP software. Not only can you access the data on the device, but you can provide access to virtually any folder on the device to anyone who has an e-mail address. 

   

Setting up an account on Seagate Global Access is very easy, but you'll need to make sure that you have enabled Web Access to the device either in the Maxtor Central Axis Admin Web Page or the Maxtor Manager software. Any user who accesses folders remotely via Seagate Global Access will need to set up their own account--it is free to all users. Access is provided to users on a per-folder basis, and you can opt whether to make that access read-only, whether they can download images, and if they can also have write access (which also lets them created subfolders). When you download a folder using Seagate Global Access, it downloads the folder to your local hard drive as a zipped file.

   

"Note: Although you can store and work with files 2GB or larger on your Central Axis Business Edition, you cannot access or add files 2GB or larger via the Seagate Global Access Web site."

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Wow... I've only skimmed the article, but this thing looks *really* nice.

I didn't see it mentioned, but are their any restrictions on media that can be accessed on it via the internet?  You know, like the way Western Digital crippled their (not)"MyBooks" to block access to any type of file that might be music or a movie.

>> but if you don't install the software, you won't have access to some of the device's features.

Which features are we talking about, exactly?  You know where I'm coming from:   What would be missing if I used it with Linux?

>> While this is not documented, the drive used for backing up the Maxtor Central Axis Business Edition gets formatted using the EXT3 file system.

Which likely means that the drive itself is running Linux or BSD.  I wonder if that gives us any hope of connecting to its shares via NFS instead of SMB or FTP?

>> You can use an EXT3-formatted external drive for both backups and as additional storage.

Consider this scenario:  You backed up to an external drive like this... threw the drive in a fire-safe... and your house burns down.  What's the restore process?  Can you boot a Linux LiveCD, mount the volume, and retrieve specific files without having to go buy another NAS Server?

Right now, I backup all the systems in my house using BackupPC, running as a service on my arcade cabinet.  The benefit there is that you can set up an rsync daemon on all of your other machines (Linux, Windows, or whatever) and have everything done in the background.... but this looks *much* easier to setup/configure, if I were recommending something to a relative or neighbor.

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Its interesting that they call it a "Business Server" with *up-to* 2TB of storage....the interface looks awesome, but it'd be fairly easy to fill up 2TB of storage and then be stuck. If they throw in a eSATA slot with port multiplier then I'd be a titch more bought in (If i was a business IT guy looking for storage and remote access AIO) 

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This thing is a piece of junk and Seagate's service is horrendous. My drive crashed under warranty and after 3 attempted calls and finally waiting on hold for 25 minutes I'm screwed. It appears my options are to pay Maxtor $1,600.00 to get my data off their lousy drive and get a replacement or pay an outside source to recover my data and void my warranty. I think I'll go the second route and throw this piece of trash away and never buy another Seagate product. It apparently has a serious overheating problem and a very high failure rate. It has a 1.5 rating on Amazon and horrendous reviews pretty much across the web - STAY AWAY.

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