Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 NAS Device - HotHardware

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 NAS Device

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With the growing popularity of cloud-based storage solutions, such as the Amazon S3 and Nirvanix services, many businesses--both large and small--are eschewing traditional onsite file servers, and instead opting for offsite, third-party storage solutions. But the ongoing cost of maintaining cloud-based storage as well as the often unproven reliability of it makes it a less than ideal solution for some businesses; and this leaves those businesses with the conundrum of how to store and serve files, provide safe backups, and enable remote access, without breaking the bank.

For such businesses, maintaining an onsite Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solution is often the best answer. NAS devices are much less expensive to own and maintain than traditional file servers, and are often much easier to manage--sometimes even requiring very little networking knowhow. Business-level NAS devices typically differ from consumer-level devices (which are meant for home networking environments) in that they often offer greater data reliability in the form of RAID, and they sometimes even offer data encryption options to keep your files safe from prying eyes.

One such NAS device that is geared for small-businesses is the
Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440. The 440 is a four-bay NAS device that comes with four, user-serviceable, internal SATA drives, which can be configured as RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10 arrays, or as JBOD (just a bunch of disks). Depending on which RAID mode is being used, drives can be swapped out without needing to shutdown the device--commonly referred to as hot-swapping. The 440 also includes a total of four USB 2.0 ports, which can accommodate additional storage in the form of external hard drives or for attaching a USB-based printer to make the printer accessible to users over a local network. Another feature of the 440 is that it includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports for port-failover or aggregation. (Aggregation provides a wider data pipe by using multiple network ports simultaneously, which--in theory--should improve data-transfer performance. Unfortunately, not only is this not the case with the 440, but we actually saw a performance drop when we aggregated the two Gigabit Ethernet ports--more on this a bit later.)


Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 NAS Device
Specifications and Features

 Internal HDDs: 
 4x 1TB SATA-II 7,200 drives
 External HDD Interface:  4x USB 2.0 ports
 LAN:  2x Gigabit Ethernet
 Network Protocols:  CIFS, NFS, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, Bonjour, Microsoft RALLY
 Network Authentication:  Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory
 File Sharing Protocols:  CIFS, NFS, HTTPS, FTP
 File System Management:  RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, JBOD
 Media Streaming:  iTunes server, DLNA-compliant media server
 Processor & Memory:  1.2GHz processor with 256MB RAM
 Size:  6.30x8.15x10.59-inches (HWD)
 Weight:  13.6lbs.
 Inside the Box: BlackArmor NAS 400 series storage server; 4 Seagate hard drives; 2M – RJ45 Cable; AC Power Cord; Quick Start Guide; CD-ROM with BlackArmor Discovery Software for Windows, BlackArmor Discovery Software for Mac, BlackArmor Backup Software for Windows (10 licenses), System Recovery Boot for Windows (required in the event of hard drive failure)

MSRP: $1,199.99



The 440 is available in three different storage capacities. The 4TB version has an MSRP of $1,199.99; the 6TB version sells for $1,699.99; and the 8TB version costs $1,999.99. There is also a 2TB version of the BlackArmor--called the BlackArmor NAS 420 ($799.99)--which has 2TB of storage and comes with two of its four drive bays populated. It is important to note that that when a NAS device is configured in RAID modes 1, 5, or 10, your total available storage decreases as some of the storage space is reserved for redundant data storage. For instance, we looked at the 4TB version of the 440, which came preconfigured as a RAID 5 array, with a total of 2.68TB of available storage out of the box. The 440 comes with a three-year limited warranty.

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Another NAS, another device that costs WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more than its worth....

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And by a company that certainly knows how to keep your data reliably. Just look at all the glowing reviews on their 1TB drives on newegg :)

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I need a large, nice looking storage solution for a Windows Media Center..would this work and allow me to use media center on my pc under the tv and pull my movies from here?

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I don't believe this had capabilities what what you would need....its more for just raw storage that you can map to a network (I could be wrong).

Easiest for you would be a Windows-Home Server machine I am thinking :)

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I bought this unit 3 months ago. It was by far one of the worst decisions I made. No end to my headaches. Going to remove it from the client site, replace it with a Windows XP based PC, and take the hit. It is going in a corner somewhere to collect dust until new firmware is out to fix ALL the problems.

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(Aggregation provides a wider data pipe by using multiple network ports simultaneously, which--in theory--should improve data-transfer performance.)

*INCORRECT* This is NOT the purpose of link-layer aggregation. Aggregating multiple links is for fault tollerance, it is not some magical 'super speed' option.

And yes, aggregation will hit over-all performance if your network is cheezy, improperly configured or over-all not meant for aggregated devices.

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Worst decision I have made was to purchase this device. Not only did the RAID controller corrupt my data (note - no HDD crashes), but Seagate's customer service is the worst in the industry. After reviewing my system, they tell me that my data is all there, but that they need $3-5000 to get it for me. This looks to me like a scam - store your data on this device and then charge me to retrieve it. All because of faulty RAID controller boards (firmware). And this happened twice. So - I will NEVER buy Seagate products again.

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This NAS is a well known Non working paperwieght:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/File_Sharing/Q_26632286.html

http://www.boarddigger.com/t-uL73plnSHd3/Networking-Seagate-Black-Armor-NAS-440-specified-network-name-is-no-longer-available

and their own forums, will not even update with new firmware

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