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CNET First Look
The new Seagate Business Storage 4-Bay NAS has something to impressEditor Dong Ngo proves how not easily-impressed he is with the new Seagate Business Storage 4-Bay NAS server.
Hi, guys. It's Dong Ngo here. Are you feeling pro? Well, you should be because you're watching me and also because there is a new device here. This is the all-new Business Storage NAS 4-bay server from Seagate and it's designed for all consumer or small business. Now, a 4-bay NAS Server is not a big deal. I have seen many other with 4-bays, 5-bay or even more. In fact, let me show you. For example, this one here from QNAP it come with 4-bay. This one here from Synology 5-bay and even have a one here that come with 8-bays. So basically, bays do not impress me anymore. So what does this one have to impress me. Let me tell you I'm not easily impressed and it does, that is the new slot called the Universal Storage Module slot or USM slot. But before we go there, let's travel back in time and talk about this. That's right. This is the floppy disk, you know, 1.4MB and take about 5 minute to copy. And of course to go with the floppy disk there's the floppy drive right here, the good old floppy drive, a great way to take information with you or not so great. But the good thing is, this slot right here do not take a floppy disk. Instead, it take the Seagate backup plus drive. You can quickly add up to 1 terabyte or even more in the future to the server-- to this slot. And you can also backup content of the server onto the disk the great way to do upside backup. This right here works with both Mac and Windows, this mean both Windows and Mac user can actually benefit from the upside backup feature. All right moving on. Below the slot, you can see a tiny screen right here. You can use the screen to view the servers detail starters and this two button right here to scroll between different pages of starters. You can also use the button to initiate a back-up job on the inside. This door open up to the 4 drive bay. Each of the bay can handle one standard hard drive of up to 4 terabyte storage. Meaning, the server can give you up to 16 terabyte. Now guess what to say of the hard drive have inside here. Well of course they are all 4 terabyte. Why you would have a less when you could have more, right? And below here, the server has a 1 USB 3.0 port. Another port on the back here is also USB 3.0 and then you can find 2 gigabit Ethernet port right here. These are the port you can use to hook the server to a network. Only one port is needed but you can use 2 at the same time for log balancing or feeling safe purpose. So the question is how much does this server cost. Well, the good news is, it's actually very affordable costing about $400 for no storage included up to $1,500 with 16 terabyte like this one right here. Now in my testing, the server performs quite well. But for more on that, I have to go and do some reading at cnet.com at the full review because reading is good for your brain and in this case it is also good for my page view. And then, you're gonna go and buy one of these or maybe 2. But remember, always buy the 16 terabyte version and maybe you should buy some of these drives too because that's how I do it and that's because I'm Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the Business Storage 4-bay NAS Server from Seagate.