Seagate BlackArmor 420 test: an average at NAS

Seagate BlackArmor 420 More known for its hard drives for its network solutions, Seagate yet worked for many years in the field of eg NAS. A logical outlet for what remains one of the biggest names in computer storage. BlackArmor series is strong in several models, but all are destined more willingly to the world of business and as individuals as evidenced by the relative privacy of its products. However, it is possible to find them at more dealers: a change of direction for Seagate?

Overview The BlackArmor range consists of three models: the NAS 110, NAS 220 and NAS 4xx series. It is the latter that has focused our attention with its three products – the 400, 420 and 440 – which differ only by the number of hard drives shipped at the time of purchase. An interesting and logical technique to a hard drive manufacturer, but allows users to find suits them upon purchase. It is also worth mentioning that Seagate has logically chosen models of his own: Barracuda 1TB 7200 r / min. Do not worry though, the establishment of the disks is not a problem, Seagate has opted for a system of racks and practice that inspires confidence.

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 4xx

Main Features

Processor

Marvell Kirkwood 88F6281

Frequency

1.2 GHz

RAM

256 MB

Food

external

Ventilation

1x 92 mm

Dimensions

207x160x269 mm

Weight

4.8 kg

Guarantee

3 years

disk subsystem

Sold “naked”

Yes

berries

4x 3.5 ”

hotswap

Yes

RAID standards

0/1/5/10 / JBOD

RAID migration

No

Volumes “external”

USB ports

4

eSATA ports

2

FAT32 management

No

NTFS management

No

network subsystem

Interface

2x Gigabit

Switch

No

Wireless

No

network protocols

SMB, FTP, NFS

encryption

HTTPS, FTP SSL / TLS

Miscellaneous services

Web server

Yes

Downloads

FTP, HTTP

Print Server

Yes

media server

DLNA, iTunes, Photos, UPnP

dynamic IP

Yes

CameraManagement

No

Management of quotas

User

Web access to files

No

Language

French

More generally, it is the overall design of the BlackArmor that inspires confidence. Elegance is perhaps not his forte, but the NAS exudes solidity while Seagate does not skimp on the cooling entrusted to a wide 92mm fan. Unfortunately, the manufacturer did not want to integrate food to its product and so be with a small additional housing. In addition, Seagate is regrettable that has retained the USB2 compatibility to its ports (3 rear, 1 front) while the eSATA is conspicuously absent, but two Gigabit ports are on the menu. The real problem with this, however BlackArmor is at another level. While Seagate allows hot swapping of hard drives, it seems to allow no RAID migration to move – for example – a RAID 1 to RAID 5. A surprising lack of flexibility on a product at this price level .

In practice the first outlook on the BlackArmor, the eye is immediately drawn to the LCD now on the front. Without being revolutionary, this accessory provides some welcome information without the need to connect to the interface. Speaking in software, Seagate thought to Mac and Windows users (but not Linux, damage) with a small program to identify the NAS on the network before its configuration. In addition, other software – developed by Acronis – comes to managing backups: easy to use, the BlackArmor Backup is a model of its kind as it integrates all the essential functions.

The administration interface – the chunk on a product of this type – is less in favor of Seagate. It does not return to the elegance of all that you can judge the shots below and will focus instead on the not always easy accessibility. It must be said that Seagate categories are not always clear and their organization lacks clarity. The elegance highlighted above also sometimes confined to aridity and some colors would undoubtedly have enabled better readability. Fortunately, Seagate fixes it features side, but nevertheless remains below the competition. download side, you have for example to ignore management Torrents while IPv6 is not in the program. Even more annoying, it is not possible to awaken the “beast” over the network or to program his / off.

By the next backup package and backup tools, it seems that Seagate had almost forgotten that the NAS today are no longer limited to this. The BlackArmor done very well this reason it was designed, but about 400 euros Product ‘naked’ obviously expected more than one of the big names of the hard disk which fortunately distinguished by the presence of a 3-year warranty … however, this may not be enough while the performance recorded in our tests are simply average.

Seagate BlackArmor NAS 400 The more discreet + Ventilation + + Very easy to install backup system seen Cons – Some just average performance – slow and very ergonomic interface – No RAID migration ?! 2 Performance Features Interface

Record updated December 21, 2011.

Edited on 12/07/2012 at 10:16