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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good backup solution and streams too!

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    I purchased the Seagate Central 4TB unit for my home network. We have a mixture of Windows and Mac's in the household so I wanted something that would allow cross-OS compatibility. After researching the available options at my local BestBuy store, I settled on the Seagate Central 4TB system. After a quick read through the installation info, it was painless to connect to my wireless system (Apple Extreme). My Sony Blu-Ray player found the unit immediately, as did all of my computers. My Blu-Ray testing revealed that some video files are not compatible with the system - MPEG-2 specifically - which is what I use to encode my video files. After re-encoding some test files into H.264, the unit played them fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Easy to use... great so far

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    I bought this a few weeks ago. It's my first NAS. The instructions are a little confusing (Seagate Central vs Seagate Dashboard Agent vs Remote Access) but once you get it, you're in for a treat. I've been transferring my old recordings and files from my laptop to the NAS and streaming them using the Xbox One Media Player (it plays MKVs). If you're interested in using it for that purpose, you will love this item. The only two negatives I can think of is that every so often it makes a snapshot sound when browing the web or when I'm streaming. I'm not sure if it's backing stuff up or just makes that sound at intervals. I ran a health check and it passed. The device is not loud at all besides the snapshot sound every so often. Another negative is that if you make files available remotely (say you put a file in a folder, send a friend a link so they can download it off the internet), the download speed for the user downloading/viewing your file is terribly, uselessly slow.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for Archival Storage. OK as a Media Server

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    I mostly use the Seagate Central Network Storage Device for archival storage of thousands of picture, songs, and video files. Previously, I used many large capacity portable USB drives. I will continue to use the portable USB drives as a second backup copy. The process of moving thousands of video files over my (wired) network takes time. If I were to do this again, I would get a jumbo-capacity USB-3 drive, attach it to my main computer, archive to it, give it shared status, and share it from / through my main computer. I sometimes use the Seagate Central as a server to play items. The items can be played individually or added to a playlist. Both methods work well. The ability to access the Seagate Central from any computer in my house is very nice. A 50 mbs wireless connection to my 8-year old & slowest computer causes slight pauses when playing videos from the server. A wired 100 mbs works well; Gigabit connections work great. The Seagate Central drive will handle long file names unless you want to edit the file name on the Seagate drive - there seems to be a maximum length during the edit process on the drive. To solve this, copy the file with the long name to your main hard drive, edit the name, and copy the renamed file back to the server. When used as a media server, playlists are helpful to avoid making second and third copies of everything (although the storage space is massive and would allow it.) After a playlist is made from items on the Seagate server, a copy of the playlist can be saved right on the server. The playlist works well when played from the server. Another problem with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 is getting a clean copy of everything to any external device. My experience is that Windows will sometimes change a few bytes of video files during the copy process. (This often causes the copied video file to stop playing - very annoying.) I solved this problem with TeraCopy which double checks everything in the copy process. I seldom copy with Windows Explorer anymore. A challenging problem when archiving documents, audio files, and video files from several household computers is to get everything organized so to avoid duplicate files and to have the best file saved as the archived master. I haven't figured out a good strategy for this, but at least I am not introducing errors when I use TeraCopy. I do not use software to make direct backups or images of my computer(s) to the Seagate Central server, but I believe that can be done.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    More storage than I needed

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    I bought this to back up all my home videos, pictures, and files and to have access to them on my ipad. It does the job but the app from seagate needs some work. Some of the files on the drive do not show up on the app on my ipad. When I open the hard drive from my Mac, all the files are there and I can view them. I am not sure if it is a compatibility issue with apple products, but I have read online that you have to reformat the drive for macs. I will be doing that soon to see if it fixes my issues. I have a portable 500 GB seagate wifi HD which is great for traveling with your files and do not have these issues on the ipad. All my files and videos show up on the app. Adding files is very easy on my Mac but takes time. As soon as I connected the unit to my home network, I was able to access it on my Mac and add files by dragging to the folders I created on the drive. The data transfer is actually 2-3 times slower than through USB drives, especially when transferring large video files. There is a way you can program it to automatically back up all your computer files, but I have not set it up yet. I would recommend if you have the time and know how to re-format the drive if you have apple products, especially if you want access to your files on an iPhone or iPad.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Pretty good (but not perfect) streaming solution

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    I purchased this device to consolidate my video library and offer a streaming solution for devices on my wifi network. Before, I had videos on each of my devices, and not 1 central library. With this device, I can watch any movie in my library from any device connected to my wifi network. Some devices (my phone and tablet) need an app, which Seagate built and is free in the store. The device works great, and was fairly easy to setup. The streaming works well. I have heard from friends that Seagate has lower hard drive quality than other devices. Not sure if this is true, but it has been flawless for me. This drive is likely not fast, but it really doesn't need to be because it isn't for that purpose. The only real down sides: 1. To configure it and load it, you need to be hard wired. There is a USB port, but not sure what version of USB and there is no cable. So I had to use a physical connection through a hub or switch to load it up. It takes time to load it up, but if you have many movies, it is a large amount of data. 2. The device doesn't have built in wifi; you plug it into your wifi router. In my case, plugged into a wifi extender. I suspect feature #2 was missing to lower the price...there were more expensive options than this, so I can live with that.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Only using for storage, but has performed great

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    I've only had for about a little over a month now, and I am only using it for backups and storage even though you are supposed to be able to stream music and video from it too. I can't comment on those features as I am not using them presently. One set up thing which bit me, but was entirely my fault was if the Ethernet cable is not firmly seated (even though it may look it) you will get a red flashing light which is not clearly documented or mentioned around on the web that I found. It will prevent you from successfully connecting to it with any devices. The unit makes a little 'chink' noise every now and then which can either be annoying, or concerning depending on your demeanor. So far after a month I've had no trouble with this device and accessing my files there has been a breeze.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Satisfactory for Storage

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    Product is fairly simple to set up the hardware but the software isn't the most user friendly. It takes a little bit to set up the HD and link it to a computer, as well as handheld devices like an iPhone. My other complaint is that its slow to upload files over WiFi, but that may simply be the speed of my internet. Overall, the storage space is great, and the ability to access my files anywhere is great. It has been useful once you figure out the software.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great features, great price, some bugs

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    The first unit I purchased was a fail: I was about 25% through my installation when the unit shut down. Subsequent attempts revealed a totally unreliable power connection...the unit would just lose power. There was no help from Seagate, but, after an unplanned second trip to Best Buy, the retailer swapped the unit for a fresh one with no questions asked. Then I had to start over. I've had no power or installation issues with the second unit. It does seem much slower to access than I would expect. Then, suddenly about a month after installation, I was unable to write anything to the drive, even when I was connecting as the administrator over the same network connection and from the same computer. Seagate told me to connect via cifs rather than afs. Not a huge problem, but NOT something a home user is going to want to worry about. Also inconvenient is the fact that every user gets their own secure folder on the drive...a good thing except for the fact that the administrator account cannot see these drives or how much of the capacity they may be using. The only option is to delete the user or log in as the user...but the administrator cannot see the user's credentials if they have been changed. Another small detail that really annoys me...the power light is recessed below the perforated case on the top of the unit. It's the only physical indication of the drive's status, and you can't see it unless you are looking directly down onto the top of the drive. Yes, I would recommend the product...but with a warning.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Convient

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    I wanted to store photo's and videos from my computer separately incase something ever happened to my computer. So, the Seagate - Central 4TB Personal Cloud Storage External Hard Drive came highly recommended from a friend. So, far I like and have no complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice Big Backup

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    Getting a big external backup drive for all our family's devices was one of the smartest things I have done lately. Set up separate files for everyone, wife's and 4 kids devices. Now laptops are not cluttered and bogging down. Wireless backup through home wifi is easy. Do yourself a favor and get one of these.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great to have my own cloud!

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    Cell phones and tablets have limited storage. But with a home router and computer you can use this drive to store your pictures, music, backups and documents. No need to rent cloud space from vendors.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Integrates Great with Apple Products

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    Now with several iPods, IPads, Iphones, Blackberries, Xbox and PC's in my house (I have 12 things connecting to my Wifi right now) its time to get a central file sharing system. I could not pass up this price of around $220 for 4 Tb! I pulled it out of box and plugged it into my Airport with ethernet cable, then within 15 minutes it was running on my Mac centric system. One note, is that in the online instructions. Tip use the "optional" discovery software that the link directs you to. It does take some time to load it up, even at pretty fast speeds. I clocked it at about 90 mb/second saving a 1.3 Gb movie from my laptop upstairs to the drive (in the basement). Backing up more diverse files, like a messy 70 gigabyte iPhoto library was not quite as fast, I think because its not just writing but having to do some other things to track the file locations. Now out and about, naturally the upload and downloads speeds will be determined by your network provider etc.., I was on T-mobile 4G getting about 3 -5 mb/s. Enough to stream video direct from cloud. My son was also able to stream DRM free videos from the Xbox to his old TV. I also tried hooking up one of my older 1Tb mobile drives to the back of the drive with USB. That worked well. I think I will get another 4 Tb drive and use it to make a mirrored kind of back up to the central storage drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not simple to set up for Macs

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    I could get into huge detail about the difficulty we had setting this up, but I won't. Bottom line: cannot be used simultaneously as a Time Machine backup and as storage for large amounts of data like iTunes or iPhoto libraries. It works fine as either, just not both. This is due to Time Machine dismounting the drive every time it finishes a backup. So, you must remount the drive every few hours to use it for regular files. Also, files on it cannot be backed up by Time Machine at all. We ended up having to buy another regular USB disk drive to use for our files and use this as the Time Machine backup drive for the computer and the second USB drive. Works fine, but I did not like having to buy two drives when one should have been enough.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nice NAS, but can leave your data at risk

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    I purchased the 4TB Seagate Central unit. It's not a bad 1 drive NAS unit. Performance is decent, simple to setup, quiet, and doesn't look half bad. I've done a fair amount of testing and research, and have learned a few things along the way. It's been on sale lately and its quite a bit cheaper then its competitor. If you want something quick and simple, then it's not a bad option. But it does have a few areas where it is lacking, and one key feature omission that is a deal breaker (for at least me). Compared to it's competitor, it's missing a USB3.0 (its only 2.0) port. It also lacks many advanced software features it competitor provides: thumb nailing, disk duplication, etc. The biggest omission is the inability to set file and directory permissions. Issue? On Seagate central you can only share your files for DNLA via the PUBLIC folder. You can create private individual user folders, but you can not serve up media from these folders. More importantly, you can not adjust directory permissions to prevent users for accidentally deleting files. This is a deal breaker in my book. I have 10K+ pictures, home movies, and etc... I need to serve them up to my DNLA devices, along with the family computers. On this unit, I can't protect the directory (making it read only for some users) to prevent accidental deletion by one of my family members. Setting file/directory permissions is basic, and included on every operating system (And competitors NAS units), but Seagate Central gives you no option. I opened a case with Seagate to verify via email. Seagate promptly responded, and stated the unit did not have this functionality. They recommended i backup my data. Kinda funny. Seagate Central is Linux on a chip. The hardware is not the issue, but the seagate developers not creating the interface for directory permissions. Hopefully its something they can remedy in a future firmware release. To Sum it all up. It's a nice unit, and performs well for what it is. It's a good fit for you, if you don't worry about other family members accidently deleting your shared data. If you want additional feature sets, or the ability to control directory permissions you need to look somewhere else.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very good NAS

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    I installed this device on my LAN and brought it on line with no problems. After downloading the Dashboard software, I configured the backup function, again with no problems. The DLNA server works well with my Yamaha receiver and I stream music over a wireless connection. Again, no problems. However, when I try and set the unit to Eastern Standard Time, or change the name of the device, I get an error; stating that there is no communication to the device. I haven't found a fix for this yet in the Seagate FAQ's. My next step is to try and resolve the problem with Seagate's tech support, I just haven't found the time to do it yet.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Massive storage - easy to use

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    Love the massive amount of storage this has (4TB). It's pretty easy to use if you're technically inclined, and if you're not, you can get someone who is to help you set it up and teach you how to use it. As a frequent traveler I have found it very easy to connect to this drive (which is at my house) via the web interface and download the files I need while traveling.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great hardware/Poor software

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    This is an amazing device and does do what it advertises. The problem is that you do a lot of initial configurations before you really know what you want and then they make it difficult to turn back and reconfigure it the way that suits the owner best. The photo and music library makes allot of duplicate entries and you lose all original folder organization.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Bit Unstable

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    I love the idea of storing media on a device that I can access from any compatible device. The only issue is it disconnects from the network, requiring my to restart the router and hard drive to reaccess it. It works better than the WesternDigital MyBookLive did though. Good product, but still has issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    good central back up unit

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    Good unit to back up and use as a central access to media, but the fact that you can only access one private user from one computer is very limiting. There is a work around if you call Segate, but they should just fix this issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Seagate makes good stuff

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    I found the unit works excellent. it is a little bit slow on the speed of incoming and outgoing file transfers but it can handle multiple movies streams or audio and I do like, that even though it is not advertised it does have FTP capability. I do wish that the software had a slight lead better interface for getting to your private folders which are allowed by programming through a standard HTTP page. other than that is very good and I would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend