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We have collected 2 reviews of the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420. Experts rate Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 6/10. Reviewsor.com helps you find reviews, best prices, user reviews of the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 420 and Seagate NAS.
Compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS, Seagate's BlackArmor NAS is designed for business user and home office user alike. It's easy to get it up and running, though you need a little networking knowledge to get the most from it. Its advanced features aren't always easy to use and access, but they're worth the effort. The drive's back-up features are excellent, offering a wealth of options and facilities such as incremental and differential backups, and wizards are available for both backing up and restoring data. On the business side, you can connect up to 50 workstations. The Seagate Global Access service means files stored on the Black Armor NAS 420 can be accessed securely over the internet using a standard web browser. Two of its four drive bays are populated out of the box and the drives are hotswappable, though the caddies and door are a little flimsy for a business-orientated NAS. You can configure your drives in RAID 0/1/5/10 and JBOD arrays, provided the necessary quantity of individual drives for the RAID array in question is met. Although it's not designed for home use, iTunes and DLNA-compatible media streaming are catered for here.
The BlackArmor 420 is very similar to the BlackArmor 440. For this reason, you may experience some deja vu if you have already read the review of the 440. BlackArmor 420 is exactly the same as the BlackArmor 440, with one difference: out of the box only two of its four drive bays are occupied with a hard drive, leaving the other two empty. This actually makes a huge difference, for instance when you add two more hard drives to the BlackArmor 420, you will likely have to backup your data and re-create the RAID before you can take advantage of all four bays. Other than that, it is a relatively fast and reliable NAS server the price of which starts as low as $500 (for 2TB). Still, we'd recommend the BlackArmor 440; or, if you want faster performance and more features, the Synology DS410 or the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra, instead. The BlackArmor 420 NAS sever has a bold-looking design with four bays on its front and a top part that protrudes further out showing off its tiny LCD. Each bay can hold one SATA hard drive of any capacity, meaning currently the device can host up to 12TB of storage. The 420, however, comes with just two hard drives, leaving the other two for you to add more storage later.