One of the benefits of running a review website is you get to
experience some of the coolest devices the computer industry has to
offer. Even though our website name contains the word "overclocker",
it's not always about overclocking and tweaking. Today is one of those days when we
have the unique opportunity to play with a new device that is
neither a stick of memory, nor a hot new graphics card. Today we
have a device that no small business or computer enthusiast should
be without, a NAS or "network attached storage" device.
For years business and enthusiasts alike have
purchased or built expensive data servers to store important
documents and software. These files servers didn't require anything
fancy. Even an old and somewhat outdated desktop workstation would
do. We stripped the tower down to the bare essentials, loaded up an
operation system of our choice, shared out the drives, and placed it
on our network. These file servers run 24/7 with the sole purpose
of storing data at an alternate location for easy access by other
workstations. This is all just basic networking 101 and it works
beautifully with the only other alternative is spending many thousands of dollars on an
actual network server that most small business really don't need.
Over the years we've seen NAS devices slowly take
the place of file servers. We've seen quite a few NAS devices in
recent years, but most of them have been single or dual hard drive units designed for
home use or very small businesses. The Seagate BlackArmor NAS we have
before us today takes the NAS to the next level. The BlackArmor is
a complete, stand alone, 4-bay RAID NAS, designed for small
businesses with up to 50 workstations. Tired of that file server
taking up an entire desk? The BlackArmor is only about 8 inches
tall and is completely self contained. I'm all about clearing out clutter and the Black
Armor may be the perfect replacement for my bulky and very loud,
full tower file server. Let's have a look at the Seagate Black Armor
NAS 440 and see what it's all about.
Business-ready network storage for up to 50
- Supports Windows® XP, Windows Vista®,
and Mac OS® X 10.4.11 or later.
- Two Ethernet ports.
- Four USB 2.0 ports.
- Four preinstalled hard drives
- 2 Ethernet Ports
- 4 USB 2.0 Ports
Flexible enough to fit your business:
Whatever you need, BlackArmor fits: single
or multi-drive, portable, workstation, or network-attached
Built-in service and support:
You’re not on your own. The support
available includes data recovery, priority tech support, and
Trusted drives for over 30 years:
Energy efficient, ultra-reliable Seagate®
hard drives are at the heart of BlackArmor. And all products
come with a three-year limited warranty.
Four Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives that
are hot-swappable (easily removable and replaceable). The
disk drives are enclosed by the server door.
Two Ethernet, or LAN, ports that let you
access the server from your local network or over the
- The server’s two LAN ports can be
configured for link aggregation, which means you can connect
both LAN ports to your network at the same time and improve
transfer performance. The BlackArmor server then uses both
network connections simultaneously so that it can transfer
data at a faster rate. Alternatively, you can use one LAN
port to connect to your network and the other LAN port to
set up replication, or archive backup, where an exact copy
of the data on your BlackArmor server is created and
maintained on a second BlackArmor server.
- Four USB ports that let you back up data
directly to or from a portable USB drive, connect a USB
printer that everyone on your local network can use, or
connect an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS).
- LEDs representing the ports, disk
drives, and server that indicate activity and status.
- LCD screen that displays current server
settings and status information, including messages that
appear when an event (a problem or change in setting) occurs
on the server. Buttons beside the screen help you scroll up
and down through the available information. When the LEDs
indicate a change in setting or status, information about
this change appears on the LCD screen.
Uses For the BlackArmor
- Create a central storage place for the
files you want to share with other people on your local
network or over the Internet.
- Create and maintain automatic backup
copies of all your files—even your operating systems.
- Share your files—contracts, business
presentations, progress reports, and so on—with other people
on your local network or with business clients over the
- Recover quickly from a disaster, such as
the unintentional deletion of important files, the failure
of a disk drive, the loss or theft of your computer.
- Access your BlackArmor server over the
Internet from anywhere in the world to download files that
you need where you are, or upload files that you want to
secure or share while you’re out of the office.
- Share a USB printer with other people on
your local network.
- Create a media server so that everyone
on your local network can enjoy downloaded photos, videos,
- Enable the iTunes® service on the serve