Per­sonal Cloud 2-Bay 8TB

Cover your house­hold’s backup and stor­age needs with a sin­gle drive

Mac Format - - RATED - Man­u­fac­turer Sea­gate, sea­gate.com 8TB (2x 4TB disks) Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 De­cent set of fea­tures Of­fers solid per­for­mance Easy to set up and use

These days, net­work drives of­fer far more than just stor­age. Look be­yond this one’s slab-like case and you’ll find that while it lacks some top-end fea­tures, it has enough func­tion­al­ity to sat­isfy most folk.

The 8TB of stor­age comes from two 4TB drives, set as a RAID 1 ar­ray by de­fault. This halves the us­able stor­age, but in­creases read speeds and gives re­dun­dancy against one drive fail­ing. While you can switch to the full 8TB, con­sider that the USB ports of­fer ex­pan­sion op­tions, along­side shar­ing a printer. Write speeds are par for the course at around 12MB/sec, and the mir­rored ar­ray read at up to 85MB/sec.

User-friendly con­fig­u­ra­tion tools are pre­sented in your web browser, and they’re easy to use – just flick a switch to en­able ac­cess to your files over the in­ter­net, for ex­am­ple. The drive flaw­lessly sup­ports core Mac ser­vices, in­clud­ing an iTunes au­dio server and Time Ma­chine, and a

Per­sonal Cloud is a ver­sa­tile and re­li­able net­work stor­age so­lu­tion that cov­ers most peo­ple’s needs.

lim­ited range of third-party ser­vices, in­clud­ing BitTor­rent Sync and Plex, ex­tends its ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Mac and iOS apps pro­vide ac­cess to files. Both do the job, but don’t pull up any trees.

Sub-par apps aside, Sea­gate’s so­lu­tion hits the spot with a combo of good core func­tion­al­ity, rea­son­able per­for­mance and fuss­free setup. Nick Peers

Per­sonal Cloud is re­as­sur­ingly solid – in looks, func­tion­al­ity and per­for­mance.

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