New Seagate NAS boxes kick off at $1,400 for 2TB

Running out of room for all those high-def video downloads system images and automated backups of your home PC network? Now there’s another NAS solution eager to solve your storage woes.

Seagate this week launched its BlackArmour NAS boxes which pack four drive bays and come preloaded with (you guessed it) Seagate hard disks. There’s no barebones model available with all four bays empty alas.

But the starting price of $1399 for the NAS 420 gets you a pair of 1TB drives for a total of 2TB on hand while two spare bays remain available for later upgrades.

The NAS 440 comes with all four bays filled – you get 4TB (1 x 1TB drives) for $1899 or 6TB (4 x 1.5TB) for $2599.

A Seagate spokesman confirmed that an 8TG model packing four of the company’s premium 2TB hard disks is on the cards but there’s no word on how long it’ll take or how much you’ll have to pay.

The drives can be configured for RAID 0 1 5 and 10 (although you’ll need more than the two drives of the NAS 420 for RAID 5 and RAID 10) as well as JBOD or “Just a Bunch of Disks” which treats individual drives as one big bucket.

A 1.2GHz processor runs the embedded Linux OS. Each box can act as an iTunes or DLNA server along with having external FTP and Web access – the later through Seagate’s free Global Access gateway. This provides one account to match each user account on the NAS with support for as many as 50 users.

The rather nondescript and angular black metal box contains a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports plus four USB 2.0 ports (three on the rear and one on the front) for sharing a printer or external hard drive as well as backing up the contents of the NAS onto a spare external drive.

Each system comes with a customised and Seagate-branded version of
Acronis’ True Image backup software (and ten client licences) for
Windows XP and Vista with management via a slick Web interface. While
the systems work with Mac computers no Mac backup software is supplied.

also a download manager which can be scheduled to fetch large files
during off-peak hours although you won’t find handy additions such as
an inbuilt BitTorrent client nor support for other plug-in programs.