Seagate BlackArmor NAS 110 1TB NAS Box

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Ah, the NAS box! I’ve got a thing for NAS boxes, that doesn’t sound right does it? Anyway, I like NAS boxes, I like them much more than external hard drives, they’re just so much more useful than an external hard drive really, everyone can access them and you can access them from anywhere in the world really. With an external hard drive you can put your files on it, but then you’ll have to take it with you to access those files, sure there are ways around that, but it’s not as easy as just hooking up a NAS box. NAS boxes are the replacement really for external hard drives, toss the files on the server, access the server from your destination, can’t get much easier than that really.

I’ve taken a look at the Seagate BlackArmor series of external drives and NAS boxes in the past, today for review I’ve got another of the BlackArmor series, the NAS110. This one is a single drive NAS box that’s very easy to setup and offers all of the features of multiple drive NAS boxes. The NAS110 is aimed at those that want network storage but don’t want to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars, it’s a a little over $200 in cost and well worth it I think. I’ve tested it out, and compared it up against a few other NAS boxes I’ve got on hand and found it to be the fastest of the bunch. So read on to learn more about a great little NAS box…


We’ll start off with the video unboxing for you:

The BlackArmor NAS110 comes in a nice stylish box, I like the industrial look of it.

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Included with the NAS110 is an Ethernet cable, power supply, driver/software disc and user manual

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The BlackArmor NAS110 is a small black box, a shiny small black box that collects dust and fingerprints easily, but oh well it still looks good. It features ventilation on all sides except the front, to keep the drive inside cool.

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On the back you’ll find the power connection, power switch, one USB port, Ethernet port and a reset switch.

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On the front you’ll find the One-Touch backup button, a USB port, indicator LEDs and the Seagate Logo done in a metallic blue.

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Specifications:

BlackArmor NAS 110
Desktop storage with an easy USB interface.

* Storing and accessing files for a central, secure location
* Remotely accessing and managing files
* Streaming media to devices and computers
* Performing full-system backups on networked PCs

With centralized storage and automatic full-system backup for up to 10 PCs, BlackArmor NAS 110 is serious hardware. And with easy media streaming, remote access and intuitive interface, it makes accessing and sharing your content seriously easy.

Protect up to 10 PCs.
With up to 2TB data capacity, BlackArmor NAS 110 lets you protect every PC in your home (or small business), keeping files secure with powerful hardware-based encryption. And features like automatic full-system backup and SafetyDrill+ bare metal recovery software provide critical protection for your important data.

Web-based server management.
In addition to included backup software, BlackArmor NAS 110 lets you manage data remotely using the web-based BlackArmor Discovery tool. With a single click, you can view or map shared volumes to your computer, access the web-based user interface or back up the PC you’re working from.

OneTouch backup.
Quickly back up important data from USB drives and digital cameras. Just plug in and press the OneTouch button. With two external USB ports, you can connect external drives, share a printer or utilize an uninterrupted power supply to safeguard against power failure.

Stream your content.
BlackArmor NAS 110 also lets you stream media files to DLNA® compliant devices or computers running iTunes.® So you have an easy way to centralize your content and display it simultaneously on multiple devices.

Specifications:
Model Number: ST310005MNA10G-RK
Interface: Ethernet
Capacity: 1 TB

PHYSICAL
Height (max): 176 mm (6.90 inches)
Width (max): 61 mm (2.40 inches)
Length (max): 147 mm (5.80 inches)
Weight (typical): 1220 grams (2.71 pounds)
Shipping Weight: 1.65 kilograms (3.638 pounds)

PERFORMANCE:
Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm


Here’s a picture of the BlackArmor NAS110 with a standard 3.5” hard drive to give you an idea of size:

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I’ve already covered the BlackArmor backup software in-depth with the other reviews of the BlackArmor products, so I won’t repeat myself again here. You can check over here for a more in-depth look at how the software works: BlackArmor PS110.

The admin interface is simple to use, it’s broken down into dual menus actually.

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There are drop down selections across the top and a menu on the left side when you’re in that section.

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I’m not going to show you each every section as many of them are self-explanatory, but I’m going to touch on a few of them.

When you first log on you’re greeted with the System Status that tells you information about the BlackArmor NAS110.

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The general Setup section lets you setup your new NAS box like Time, Status of the Drives, Firmware Updates, Email, SSL Certificates, Backup Client Licenses

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Under the Network Tab you can setup your services like FTP, HTTP Access, UPnP and NFS along with Workgroup names, Dynamic DNS Management and and Network Printers.

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Under the Users Tab is all things related to the Users on your Network, you can add them and setup what they can or cannot access and do with the BlackArmor NAS110. You can also setup or link your Global Access account to the NAS110, and access and create your very own Wiki Server.

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The User view on the network is very basic and simple, anyone should be able to use it.

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At first I wasn’t sure about the Global Access part of the BlackArmor NAS Series, but I’ve come to like it. It allows you to access your BlackArmor NAS from anywhere via the Seagate Global Access site. It’s a secure site, and it takes the guess work out of trying to setup your own web server, you just link the NAS to your Global Access account the BlackArmor does everything automatically for you. Very easy and simple, everyone can access the BlackArmor just by going tot he website.

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Here’s a couple screen shots of my Global Access account, I’ve got both the BlackArmor NAS110 and the NAS220 so both are linked to my account and both are accessible easily. It does take a few seconds to access the NAS from the web, but once it’s accessed everything is quick and ready to go for you.

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So we’ve covered all of that.. now let’s see how the BlackArmor NAS110 performs with some file transfer tests.

I decide to run three tests on The BlackArmor NAS110 and the NAS220, along with the Qnap TS-109Pro II and the Qnap TS-419P as well.

The first tests is a file and folder test. There are 874 files and 199 Folders inside of the main folder, the total comes to about 3gigs in size.

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As you can see the NAS110 is fast, even faster than the NAS220…

The next test is a large single file test, it’s an ISO file that is 3.02GB in size.

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Again we can see the NAS110 is the fastest of the bunch, very nice speeds here.

The final test is a small files test, the file is a TS video file coming in at 904MB in size.

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We see the Qnap boxes changed positions, but not he NAS110 of the NAS220, the Black Armor NAS110 is still the fastest of the bunch. Very nice speeds from this little box!

As far as sound, there really is none from the NAS110, it’s quiet, I’ve got it sitting less than two feet from me on my desk and every once in a while I can hear it accessing the hard drive, but it’s not loud at all.

The design seems to keep the drive inside cool, the outside is warm to the touch, but not hot at all.

The BlackArmor NAS110 is small making it actually portable, yes it’s not meant to be portable, but it’s so small you could easily take it with you if need be.

The one I received is 1TB in size, but you can get a 2TB version as well.

Since this is a single drive there is no RAID available so there’s no protection there, so that might be a concern for some people. Of course you can back it up in other ways as well if you wish.

On a side note, I’ve read other reviews of BlackArmor NAS boxes and one of the complaints is that you might need advanced networking knowledge to access and utilize some of the features, this isn’t really true at all. The BlackArmor series of NAS boxes are easy to setup, and you can easily find any help you might need via the internet these days. The idea is to make things easy on the end user, a regular consumer who buys this box will most likely not be using the advanced features really, and if they do they’re not that hard to setup honestly. Most consumers will utilize the main features, streaming, network access via HTTP and FTP and global access, these are all very easy to setup and utilize. The advanced features are there if you want them and have a need for them. For someone who doesn’t know much about NAS boxes, these are easy to setup and get running really. The Global Access part eliminates the need to set up any sort of web sever for outside access, it’s very simple, the box does it for you really, in a few minutes you’ve enabled access from anywhere in the world to your NAS box.

Aside from that though, it’s not quite as feature rich as other NAS boxes I’ve looked at, but then again those NAS boxes cost sometimes three times as much and they don’t even come with hard drives, so you really can’t complain too much about the lack other features.


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Conclusion:

The Seagate BlackArmor NAS110 is fast, very fast, and it’s easy to setup and get going with. In a matter of minutes you can have this box up and running on your network and even have outside access setup as well in that same time frame. The BlackArmor NAS110 is nicely made and designed, it looks nice, it’s small making it able to fit most anywhere really, so you can easily just stick it somewhere out of site if need be. The NAS110 works, and works well, it does what it should, when it should.

I like the BlackArmor NAS series quite a bit honestly, for one it’s got a cool name, but besides that they work great, they’re easy to use and setup and they’re inexpensive compared to others out there really.

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Pros:
+Fast
+Quiet
+Easy to use and setup
+Well made and designed
+All your needs in one little box
+Access from anywhere via the web

Cons:
-Might be considered expensive (but I don’t think so)
-Not as feature rich as other NAS boxes

Grades:
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-9-10
  • vijai

    really a very good review. I think staples got this one on sale if I am not mistaken. I hope to get this one on Blackfriday. Your review really help to make my decision. I am going for this one. I hope I get one.

  • Luis

    I was thinking of getting it because of this review. But as the last guy mentioned, that the Staples Black Friday Ad shows the picture of this hard drive but on it’s official ad when you click to get info it will show that it is the Expansion Hard Drive from Seagate. That sucks but I’ll save up more and maybe get one.

  • Miklavzin

    Can you do offsite backup?

  • G

    Staple use this pic on there ad, but when I wait on the line to get it this morning, it’s the expansion instead. They tricked ppl to their store. I’m very unhappy with the way they do business.

  • Bob

    The Blackarmor has a lot of promise but in my experience so far it isn’t living up to it. Most frustrating has been the difficulty setting up user accounts and private shares that actually work. One user account that I created was unable to access even the public shares on the NAS, despite careful verification that they were entering the correct password. The only solution to this problem was to remove ALL private shares on the NAS and make everything public. Now that user can access the public share, but the other users have to enter their passwords to access the public share, despite the fact that it is PUBLIC! So I have the worst of both worlds – no private shares, but some users required to enter passwords every time they want to access the device.
    Sadly online backups aren’t possible. This is unfathomable to me. Seagate is missing out on an easy revenue stream here. I am currently jumping through hoops to create my own off-site backups (I don’t want to use their backup software).
    Finally, one big reason I bought this was for Xbox 360 media streaming. Initial Seagate documentation stated the NAS is compatible with the 360. That documentation has since disappeared, and it appears the NAS is in fact NOT compatible with the 360 (I don’t own one yet but was planning on buying it to use with the NAS).
    Bottom line: of the three features I bought this for, so far the NAS is not delivering well on one, and fails completely on the other two. I’ve invested $200 and 10’s of hours trying to get it to do what I need (and it claimed to do) and now I can’t return it. I’m not a happy camper.

    • Wilhelm

      Well, the xbox360 media streaming with my nas220 is working pretty well on my side. The only thing I had to do is create a new folder with media streaming enabled. No fuss. I have no problem with the access rights either. I only use my black armor for media streaming, so maybe I am not the best critic. I also realize this post is a year old, but it was not helpful to get inaccurate information.

      • http://twitter.com/WellThisIsNice GuruMeditation

        Tested on NAS110 – Works here too.

  • Tiro

    Informative review! It sounds like this is not your #1 recomendation.. I am looking for a 1TB NAS for streaming music in house (squeezebox) and maybe sharring some images on the WEB – what would you recomend?

  • Mike O

    I saw the Staples ad for this and it said “easily plug into your router”. I took that to mean I could plug it into my wireless router somehow and then access it from anywhere. After reading this blog, it appears that you have to have a LAN, which I don’t. Is this correct? Is there any other way to share a storage device with others remotely with a wireless router but no network such as a LAN?

  • Paul

    Mike, your router would have to have ethernet ports. Without that I doubt this or any other NAS product will help you. You could try purchasing a cheap wired router to distribute your network before sending it to the wireless router.

    Any wireless solutions would be at a disadvantage since you would be limited by the speed of your wireless network. Hope that helps.

  • http://None Dave H

    I have to say there are Pros/Cons to this unit. I purchased the NAS 110 a week ago. I was able to see the NAS without any software via “Network Connections”, was able to create/delete directories and store files. Then I tried the “Discovery” software provided by Seagate. Fairly straight forward and installed correctly on XP. Changed passwords .. added users .. created Groups .. added shares and private folder .. not an issue one. Awesome!

    Also the box states that is installs on XP/Vista .. well, it will also install on Win2000 if you download “gdiplus.dll” and place it in your “system32″ folder. Then install the “Discovery” software. I have a server that is operated on Window 2000 Pro and I wanted to make it accessible to the NAS 110. Now I am really excited!

    Here’s the “Cons”. when activating “Global Access” through the Discovery software and creating a Global Account so I can access the server as I travel (which was one of the main reasons for the purchase) it all went South. I could list my server through Global Access with no issue … as long as I list just one page. If I listed any more than that it timed out. If I tried to upload or download from just the one page listing … it timed out. I have checked with my ISP (Comcast) and they are blocking nothing. I have wrote on Seagate’s Forum for answers, with none provided, and found I am not the only one with this issue. I have done speed tests, internet jitter probes for line noise, checked port forwarding on my router … nada. Same is with the FTP protocol and the Wiki server. No, it is not my router or connection. I run a FTP on my Win2k box with no issues. I have had HTTP (Apache) websites hosted on my win2k server with no issues. The only thing left is the NAS itself.

    If anyone has an answer I would be GREATLY appreciative, but to date no one, including Seagate, has helped.

  • tom mays

    NO SUPPORT :(

    They cant do the NAS 110 on live chat and dont seem to be able to answer the phone in the 37 minutes i was on hold

    I have it working fine BUT had to run tests on small folders to really understand a good backup routine

  • KGB

    Well, the Seagate BlackArmor NAS 110 works really well as an NFS server over LAN.

    BUT most of the features are either broken or simply don’t work as advertised – totally misleading information:
    – Media streaming – doesn’t work, most formats unsupported
    – Global Access – doesn’t work or broken
    – FTP access – darn slow
    – HTTP access – only server configuration (must be able to set up web server as well)
    – Back up – doesn’t work or broken
    – NFS server – the only feature that works and surprisingly really well
    – Manual – absolute rubbish!
    – No GPL sources available (must be violation of the GPL license)
    – Seagate Tech Support – what is it?

    So, if you want just a NAS with CIFS/FTP/NFS – go for it, if you want more from it – stay away, find something else, don’t waste your money and time on this junk

  • Alex

    Could you please explain how did you get those transfer speed rates?
    I just bought mine and it is super slow!!! (2-4 Mbps) and is wire attached to a N wireless router (Belkin).
    Any suggestions to make it faster?
    Thanks!

  • Bob

    Each computer you connect requires a new ( paid License) . If you replace a computer, ou can not deactivate and reuse a license, you need to buy a new one. Could get expensive if you change computers often

  • carlos

    I cant make this thing work!! Im so angra now, talked to support but they cant help me. The nas110 does not show in my network I cant find it I cant do anything and dont know what to do…
    Plz someone help me…
    I just connected it to my router its a dlink DI524 and it should be discovered in the software discovery mut it does not…

    • Anon

      Install Gentoo.

  • Dave

    I bought one of these a week ago, haven’t opened yet and from all the neg vibes I’m finding on this, I think I will return it.

  • http://www.technogog.com Kristofer Brozio

    Bob: As far as Licenses I thought 10 of them came with it… How many do you need?

    Alex: Transfer Rates are over ethernet cable not wireless, maybe that’s why I got faster speeds..

    KGB: I don’t know dude.. You may have got a bad one, I like it, it’s just like the Black Armor NAS220 that I’m still using with no issues– It kind of all depends on what you need it for, so look at the specs and determine if this is something that you might need or use. Then you can just get a different one if it doesn’t fit your needs…

  • Ethan

    I’m considering this as a media server, Staples has it on sale for 159.99.
    I want to use it to stream my video collection encoded as XVID/DVIX to a laptop in another room. Can anyone confirm it can do that?
    Thanks.

  • Tom

    good info above guys, but I’m struggling with the NFS. I can get CIFS to work fine but NFS, which is the only reason i bought it, says ‘access denied by server’ from every server i try to access it from, regardless of whether i use accounts or public. i’ve tried rebooting. the documentation is WORTHLESS.

    any suggestions?

  • Sakis Kom

    Great review! I have 4 questions.

    The format of the HDD is NTFS, FAT32, EXT2, EXT3 ?

    How many external HDDs we can connect to the USB for extra space? One or two?

    When we connect other HDD to the USB, we see new drive letter to the PC? (D: E: F:..)
    Or we see only BlackArmor with more space?

    The external USB HDD, must formatted or we see all the data we have now, with no problem? (My USB HDD is NTFS).

  • Sean Cameron

    Stay far, far away from this NAS. I recently bought one for a client and the BlackArmor backup software will not work at all on any 64 bit Windows 7 machines (I tried 3 completely clean machines running Win 7). Bizarrely it displays the server under “automatically detect servers”, and then when you try to connect to it, it displays “server not found”. I can connect to the device manually and copy files to and from it, and I can connect to the admin console and configure it, but the software provided with it cannot. It also installs an immensely annoying boot agent, and requires manual intervention before the machine boots normally. By far the worst NAS I’ve ever used.

    Have a look at the Seagate forum, and you’ll quickly realize that there are major problems with this unit, and that Seagate support is useless.

  • Flemming

    You might have mentioned the 2 GB limit for file-transfer via Global Access.

  • Flemming

    Hi again. My setup:
    Switch: Dlink DGS 1005D, NAS 1: QNAP TS-119 Turbo Station, NAS 2: BlackArmor NAS 110.
    Speed:
    Upload to QNAP: 27 MB/sec
    Download from QNAP: 45 MB/sec
    Upload to BlackArmor: 15 MB/sec
    Download from BlackArmor: 230 KB/sec. !!!

    I have changed ports, cables and file size – download speed from the BlackArmor is still only max. 230 KB/sec. Am I doing anything wrong?

  • Dave H

    Flemming,

    There is plenty of posts on Seagate’s Forum about the NAS and D-Link. http://forums.seagate.com/t5/BlackArmor-NAS-Network-Storage/bd-p/BlackArmorNAS

    Basically most have replaced the D-Link with NetGear to resolve the slow transfer speed issues.

  • Flemming

    Dave
    Thank you for the link.
    That also leads me to the explanation to my next problem: The harddisk has begun “talking”.
    Actually I changed the switch to a Dlink DGS 1008D and the read-speed is ok now.
    So – the NAS has been returned, with a question about a better harddisk.

  • Shoe

    I just purchased this NAS and am new to the disk world. In reading the user manual, I deleted the volume so I could partition two volumes.

    How long should it take to partition a 450G volume on this drive? How long should it take to just partition one max volume? Seems to be taking forever….

    Wish I’d have just left it alone…. :/

    Thanks. By the way – I bought the drive because of your review. Really nice job on the review.

  • taka_ozo

    STAY AWAY from this piece of junk that Seagate NAS is. Nothing is working the way is suppose to……..except the blue LED’s :))

  • Dave H

    taka_ozo,

    You are absolutely correct. If you update your firmware then your speeds are cut in half. Drives are failing while the S.M.A.R.T functions reports all is well. Seagate does not support their products at ALL!!!, and after your initial 30 days of call-in support they want to charge you $80.00 per case. Most all the features are “try at your own risk” as stated from Seagate support. The most help you can get is from the support forum ( http://forums.seagate.com/stx/ ) from people like us trying to get our purchases to work.

    Remember folks .. any data you put on this device you better have backed-up on something else as you will LOSE it as your drives or the system circuitry fails. Seagate will not help you with their functions nor do I think they care. They have your money and that’s the bottom line.

    BUYER BEWARE on all the Seagate NAS 110; 220; 420; 440’s .. they are all having major issues.

    • SOCALUSER

      Mine reported a drive failure.  I called and got a RMA to replace it right away.  Happily surprised how good they were….

  • Peter Haglund

    I bought one of these puppies today and it works like a charm. There was no need to use the installation CD – the little setup it needed could be done via the web interface, and I now have it automounted on my Fedora Linux laptop. Nice to have a bit over 900 GB of extra storage. As far as the speed is concerned, it seems to be maxing out my WiFi connection. It’s quite possible that I’d find it slow if I connected at gigabit speed, but I don’t.

  • http://none Gary McFarling

    I have had my NAS 110 for over a week, I had a couple of WD MBWE’s in the past, … in fact I returned one to get this. I have two simple needs: 1. I need all my Windows 7 machines to use one shared “Our Documents”, “Our Pictures”, etc., and 2. I need the machines to automatically back itself up to its USB slave drive with no PC running to do that. The WB MBWE did not have that second feature and I wrote one in cron, yes these two machines are running Linux. Everything else on these machines are identical, just different colors. Blue screens for MBWE and white ones for the NAS 110. The backup is having troubles because of the NTFS USB slave drive and ACL. Why their own format is NTFS on the external, who knows. The file sharing required me to format my Windows 7 machines and reapply the trick for that. Both have the issue with recycle bin in Windows 7 that you have to go to public. Now when files are transferred in to some folders they self delete during the copy process; WHY? Funny you should ask, it has to do with their sick vision of security behavior. I used a move and lost 20 some photo’s from my camera SD card. The drive is very fast … just not reliable for adding files. I guess Windows wants you to get their Media server and Seagate wants you to dump Windows, I don’t know. At the moment it looks like Seagate just want the cash so they can retire or something.

  • http://home Gary McFarling

    Correction to my earlier comment. The turning on everything and seeing what it looks like attitude I had caused the drive to do some really strange stuff. “Drag&Sort Service” on my main share caused it to drag all my files to the root and sort them. On a huge volume you would never use this. “Media Service” made hundreds of thousands of these jpg.jpg, gif.jpf, etc. files everywhere. Again, having a small folder of media and it making small icons for your TV set wouldn’t be all bad, but again on a huge volume, not so much. I also have little use for the “Recycle Bin” with all these backups I have created. NFS service would be great if I were using Linux on my PC’s, at the moment I am not. Unsecure or encrypted FTP in the wild is just plain a really “BAD IDEA” so that is off too. So CIFS it is. Turning all the other stuff off made this thing really hum along.
    As far as formatting my machine to switch the NAS, you are in better shape if your Windows 7 Libraries are all reverted through changing the registry, and then moving them all back to their original position before general drive failure. In my case when that WD MBWE failed (bricked) I was left in a whole new mess.
    Windows 7 Recycling bin issue … don’t know have not worked through it. ACL data lost from Windows to Linux or Linux in this case to Windows … as a Windows user I really would just like the option to turn off the alerts since I know what is being lost and it is no big deal. These things are common for all Linux NAS devices talking to Windows 7. After all Windows wants you to use their own home storage software. Unfortunately those machines are currently a whole lot more money.
    So, at the moment this NAS 110 has won out over the WB MBWE and Windows Home Server.

  • Shaun

    Funny…looking at the picture of the drive…it is a refurbished hard drive and it is a very old one to boot. Or where you just using a drive lying around. Does anyone know what kind of hd is in the enclosure?

  • Vince

    Has anyone tested out the DNLA functionality? Namely streaming a file in the MP4 container from this? I’ve seen conflicting results (http://tiny.cc/zrlav) Thank you for the Help.

  • taka_ozo

    If anyone interested i opened the box and got some pictures: opening, board and list of circuits used email me …..address same as username at yahoo .com

    And to be more painfull the HDD is made in CHINA…that’s why people complaint about hdd failures……………..

  • Brenda

    Can someone tell me how to upload a file from my laptop to the Seagate NAS 110?
    I can upload a file using a URL, but if the file is on my desktop and I want to get
    it uploaded to the NAS using the Global access, I can’t just input the path.
    Any help would be very much appreciated.

  • Brenda

    I can upload a file using a URL to the Seagate NAS 110 using Global access. What I
    am having problems with is uploading a file that is on my desktop. I don’t have the
    option of typing in a path.
    How can I upload a file when I am out in the field?
    Any help would be very much appreciated.

  • taka_ozo

    I have a site with the internals and serial connection to the device

    c r a p n a s . b l o g s p o t . c*o*m

    ofc without the spaces and stars :P

  • Babloo

    Please guide me how I could get the NAS 110 working for file transfers, uploads and downloads more than 2 GB limit.
    The global access seems to allow only 2 GB .

  • Muntdrop

    I recently purchased a Synology DS110J, which for roughly the same (actually about 20% less) price offers many more functions, including pop3 and imap mail hosting, simple web hosting, video surveillance, FTP, DDNS support, remote and local backup etc, etc. It supports hundreds of user accounts and there are no fees for additional users or PCs. So before you decide, check out the Synology and make up your mind which one meets your current and future needs best.

  • Ray Deza

    Thank you very much for this review. Very informative.

  • Daron W. Roberts

    My Seagate NAS110 will no longer connect to my LAN. I get a continuous blinking blue light for a network connection. I thought that resetting to factory defaults might do the trick, but I do not see a manual way to do that only via software and the discovery software will not detect the drive. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    Daron

  • GirlFriday

    Good review – I was really excited to get mine so I can start sharing media files between computers at home… but right out of the box, the disk failed. Returned it and got a second one… right out of the box, the disk failed. Call me picky, but I expect the product to work when I buy it. What a hunk of junk.

  • Joey

    I am not happy with this. I get Network Path Not Found. Seagate can’t help me, they say it is my computer. Darn, I really wanted network backups and a place for my iTunes. I will be returning this unit. Another piece of tech garbage.

  • Nyl Silk

    I had this happen after I first mapped the NAS using the Discovery mapping software, which maps to the IP address. It may be the router is changing the IP address on a DHCP network every time you boot up. Try naming the NAS, and mapping it. Then the NAS will always be recognized.

  • Robert

    It’s an over priced hard drive in a box with some so so software that you can get for free. It’s cheaper to buy a case and a hard drive.

  • Jason

    I know very little about computer hardware. When i called my best friend this week to ask for advice, his mom told me he had just died – at only 36…

    I went to Staples on the 4th. of July to get the computer on sale for $299.

    I told the salesperson that i wasn’t worried about my data – i keep it all on an external drive. I told him that what i wanted was an external drive that came with software that would back up the operating system, the programs i’ve installed, my settings – everything on the boot drive (Windows 7).

    He had no idea of what i was talking about. This product was the only one that said that it had backup software for Windows, so i parted with $200.

    I HAVE NOT OPENED the box.

    Will it do just the one thing i need? If not, what should i look for? BTW, it costs $30 to drive to Staples, and $60 to drive to Best Buy…

  • None

    Have had mine for over a month now. No problems with the harddrive failing.
    Seems to be running fine.
    Was able to use the FTP function, Web Admin Service.

    The only way I was able to use the FTP function was to use a FTP service such as FileZilla. I also had created a DNS account.
    In the account name on FileZilla I put my DNS account name. Admin and password and Port#-(FROM THE NAS SYSTEM)
    Works Great. Download speeds are quick.

    To stream files. I just type in my DNS account name and ftp port number from myNAS into Internet Explorer. (EX: XXX.dyndns.org:Port#)
    Great speed again for file transfers.

    Im just keeping my figers crossed about the failing harddrives.
    If it does returning it and getting the WD W-Edition.
    But so far works fine and having a head speed of 7200 vs the slower WD is fine to me.

  • lgw

    Can I use SERVER 2003 or Win7 Professional?

  • Andris

    Very very very good review! Thank you so much! I decide buy this item!

    Regards,
    Andris M

  • http://wordlinks.wordpress.com Dusty

    Superb article! I will be sure to check your site before my next equipement purchase.

    I purchased the NAS110. Out of the box there were horrible performance problems and had to sort out the problem myself through hours of resesarch. I expected more help from Seagate.

    Finally I fixed the < 1 MB/s transfer speed and got 20 MB/S out of it by reconfiguring. The problem was compatibility with the router. You're excellent hardware review inspires me to blog about the software issues. The NAS110 makes a great Windows file server.

    • Ossi

      Is your transfer speed 20 Mbit/s or 20 MByte/s ? On my 1 Gbit/s network I only get a transferspeed of 80 Mbit/s to and from the NAS 110. To other devices the speed is up to 300 Mbit/s. So the tranferspeed for large files is poor. What did you reconfigure ?

  • Jonno

    Hey. Just wanted to add my 2 cents. Got a Seagate Blackarmor 440. This thing is the most half baked NAS ever. If you are thinking of buying one DON’T. DO NOT BUY THIS HEAP OF CRAP. The number one problem for me with this device is it’s crappy network performance. I can’t get this thing to push anything over 25 MB p/s over Gigabit LAN. I’ve tried tuning all sorts of different NIC parameters but the bottom line is that this thing is SLOW! It’s also fried two HDD’s already. Been sent back to Seagate twice. They won’t refund my money either, they will only exchange for another Seagate product. I’m going fishing tomorrow and I’m going to use this thing as my boat anchor.

    Cheers.

  • Sdf

    You tend to use the word ‘really’ too often, but other than that, good review

    • Mitch Buchanan

      I noticed that too. It got really really really annoying by the end of the review. Really!

  • Maexchen21

    Hi! Its the first time I bought a server and don’t know much about it. I love the media server idea. My PS3 can find it but I don’t know how I put files into the folders displayed on the PS. Could you help me? Thanks!
    Don’t want to fill the comment box with rubbish so pls reply to maexchen21@gmail.com

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  • nolamotion

    If you are a Mac user you will be dissatisfied with the Black Armor. The box claims Mac compatibility but it is very limited. But Mac users are not alone. Many Windows users are equally unhappy. Check out the Seagate’s online user forums for details regarding angry and dissatisfied users. I own one and thought it might be good for backup but I was wrong. It’s more of a server for media files and I only have limited need for that. I hoped to use it for backups. In that regard it sucks big time. You have to use FTP to upload files. It’s not a drag and drop system and also has poor throughput. I’m very sorry I bought it and since Office Depot (which had it on sale) has a 14 day return policy for drives, I’m stuck with this thing.

  • Lass3

    A Quick question: Can i stream/acces the nas wireless? Or do i need an ethernet caple? Please respons.
    :-)

  • Lass3

    I might wanna buy one. The only thing that bothers me, is that i dont know if i can connect wireless to ny pc. Does anyone know if i need a caple, or can i just connect wireless? :O

  • Itrump

    I reviewed the below comments (all of them). I am rolling with the Seagate NAS 110 with Firmware Version 1000.1081 (latest) I have to say I’m not impressed with it. It has a very slow transfer speed and frequently dies when transferring 3 to 10GB .avi files. I wanted some security around the share(s) but after a visit to the Seagate support website it seems like flipping everything to Public stabilizes the file transfers. I’ve done this and still had it puke on transfers. I get a variety of different errors, Path to Deep, Network Name Unavailable, etc. copying from a windows XP box (SP3) to the NAS unit. I added the unit into DNS and am now trying copying with the anti-virus (MS Sec Essentials) turned off, in hopes to slowly identify what is causing the stability issues. Perhaps yet another firmware release will fix these problems. However, I am concerned that the .avi’s (wedding not personal videos, you sickos) will be corrupted.I reviewed the below comments (all of them). I am rolling with the Seagate NAS 110 with Firmware Version 1000.1081 (latest) I have to say I’m not impressed with it. It has a very slow transfer speed and frequently dies when transferring 3 to 10GB .avi files. I wanted some security around the share(s) but after a visit to the Seagate support website it seems like flipping everything to Public stabilizes the file transfers. I’ve done this and still had it puke on transfers. I get a variety of different errors, Path to Deep, Network Name Unavailable, etc. copying from a windows XP box (SP3) to the NAS unit. I added the unit into DNS and am now trying copying with the anti-virus (MS Sec Essentials) turned off, in hopes to slowly identify what is causing the stability issues. Perhaps yet another firmware release will fix these problems. However, I am concerned that the .avi’s (wedding not personal videos, you sickos) will be corrupted.

  • Guest

    Hi, Great review, thanks for the time and effort put in.
    Do you know if it is possible to backup the NAS to an external usb device, to use as an offsite backup ? Thanks

  • mates

    HiHi guys, I have one of theese BA disks. Im pretty satisfied with the performance. I had one big problem with MediaSort (all music collection went to one directory :( ) but now its fixed with new firmware.

    The problem with speeds are not because of network but protocols.
    My setup is:
    1Gbit router (Linksys E2000),
    NAS Seagate BA 110 1GB (FW: 1000.1081),
    Laptop with Gbit port and UbuntuOS,
    PC with Gbit port and Win7 Home Premium

    Ive tested all 3 protocols – NFS, FTP and Samba (Windows) sharing

    On Win7 (using Total Commander):
    FTP – 60-70MB/s (480-560Mbit/s)
    SAMBA – 10-11MB/s (80-88Mbit/s)

    On Ubuntu (using “mount”):
    NFS – 55-65MB/s (440-520Mbit/s)
    FTP – 60-70MB/s (480-560Mbit/s)
    SAMBA – 10-11MB/s (80-88Mbit/s)

    So if you have problem with low speeds just try not to use windows mounted drives and use FTP or NFS protocols instead.

  • Sherri Voigt

     We have this model and I was wondering if you could tell me what it means when one of the two blue lights on the front go from being blue to orange? The check mark is still blue the other indicator light has turned orange. I can’t find anything about that issue in the users guide either. 

    • Nobody

      The light turns Orange when the drive is above 90% usage

      • Sherri

        Do you mean 90% full? It is only 18 months old and 1 TB… that is HUGE! we are not backing up big files- just some music pics and docs. Our computer isn’t even full…. Is it possible that someone is using it as an outside server causing it to be almost ‘full’? 

  • Betriebswirtblog.de

    NOT(!) FAST!!!
    We’ve got the NS110 with Firmware Version 1000.1081.We love it for the nice UserInterface, much Functions and cheap/fair price (119,- Euro in 09/2011 for 2TB Version). 
    But espacially with FTP (write) it seems to have a speed limit of 1000kb/s.Writing by SMB (Windows Protocol) never exceeded 9,500kb/s., Reading was never above 14,500kb/s.That’s (awful) slow.. because that would mean: Filling the entire Harddisk would take 58 (!)hours, reading out 38 hours… My own Linux-Server, build by myself, writes 50-60MB/s (!) and reads up to 70MB/s.. thats 5x faster..

  • Kaktuss

    Hello,

    i bought two Seagate NAS 110, this product is amazing, read speed is very very good on a Gigabit network (100MiB/s) write speed is still fixed at 20MiB/s). The first one is for films, music, game etc, the second is for backup. The software given by seaget is powered by acronis. You can backup an image of your hard drive (like Ghost) an retore it with a boot CD.

    Well i’m very happy ;)

    Bye

    ps : sorry if i have do some syntax mistake, i’m french

  • Mikegordon19969

    getting ready to return my NAS110 for the second time for replacement. Will probably sell it when I get it becasue its not reliable for a backup both times the drive failed

  • Chuck

    how do you remove some images from the nas 110 when it is getting full but not re format the whole drive?

  • PKS

    Works well. I am using it for the past 2.5 years. I share NAS 110 with WD live Mediaplayer, ASUS O Air! and 3 Laptops and 1 Desktop.

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