Sea­gate Cen­tral Shared Stor­age 4TB

One Place to Store Them All

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // SHARMINE ISHAK

Over the last few years, dig­i­tal con­tent has evolved greatly that it isn’t just about the space or ca­pac­ity to store it any­more; it’s also about be­ing able to ac­cess it from any­where at any­time. Thank­fully, the cloud has made it all hap­pen, pro­vid­ing con­sumers a pri­vate data­bank they can ac­cess any­time. But there are those who want to keep their data lo­cally, yet still have the op­tion of tap­ping into it on the go. That’s where the Sea­gate Cen­tral comes in, of­fer­ing the best of lo­cal stor­age with the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the cloud.

A con­sumer-friendly net­work at­tached stor­age, the Cen­tral is built with one core goal in mind and that’s to pro­vide users with a place to cen­tral­ize all their con­tent over a pri­vate net­work. Avail­able in ca­pac­i­ties of 2-, 3- and 4TB, it comes as a com­plete so­lu­tion with no need for assem­bly. Shaped like a con­ven­tional ex­ter­nal hard disk, the flat, hor­i­zon­tal box looks in­con­spic­u­ous, al­though it isn’t ad­vis­able to stack any­thing on it as there is a mesh grille run­ning across the top for ven­ti­la­tion.

For con­nec­tiv­ity, the Cen­tral re­lies on a sin­gle Eth­er­net port on the rear, sand­wiched be­tween a USB 2.0 port and a jack for the power adapter. There is no power but­ton and the only in­di­ca­tor is a sin­gle green LED lo­cated on the top cor­ner that lights up when the sys­tem is on­line. Set­ting up this NAS is ef­fort­less, as users just need to con­nect the de­vice to a net­work ca­ble be­fore plug­ging it into a power source.

Once the Cen­tral has been con­nected, it will show up on the pub­lic net­work. Dou­ble-click­ing the de­vice reroutes you to its set­tings page in a web browser, where you can then set up a Sea­gate Global Ac­cess, which al­lows you to ac­cess the stor­age de­vice from wher­ever you are in the world. Once set up, you can ac­cess the sim­ple but ef­fec­tive web in­ter­face to add users, man­age ser­vice per­mis­sions or even ar­chive Face­book pho­tos.

In terms of per­for­mance, we tested the Cen­tral by trans­fer­ring our 1GB test file over the net­work to the NAS, tim­ing it to see how long it would take to com­plete the trans­fer. Clock­ing in at 3 min­utes and 52 sec­onds, the re­sult pro­duced from the com­ple­tion of the 1GB trans­fer shows that this NAS is a lit­tle slow but steady, prov­ing to be a rea­son­able so­lu­tion.

De­spite the fact that it’s a sin­gle-vol­ume drive, which might be wor­ri­some when data pro­tec­tion comes to mind, the Sea­gate Cen­tral proves to be a re­li­able piece of hard­ware packed with tons of fea­tures and func­tions. Na­tively, it works with Ap­ple Time Ma­chine, al­though it can also do back­ups for Win­dows with the down­load­able Sea­gate Dash­board soft­ware. With sup­port for DLNA and iTunes, this stor­age so­lu­tion also makes me­dia shar­ing a breeze, while other apps like Sea­gate Me­dia and Re­mote Ac­cess al­low users to tap into the cloud for their own pri­vate li­brary; wher­ever they are at any­time.

There is only a sin­gle USB port, which is lo­cated on the rear of the de­vice

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