Seagate Central 4TB Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage - NAS
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- Consolidate your content on one easily accessible device
- Back up multiple PCs and Mac computers
- Enjoy a centralised media library on smart TVs, consoles & media players
- Access your content on the go with laptops and mobile devices
- Archive your Facebook photos and videos
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Seagate 4TB Central Wireless Hard Drive
Get It Together -- Organise and Back-up Your Content on One Device
You can't enjoy what you can't find when your digital life is spread across multiple computers, hard drives and flash drives. With Seagate Central shared storage, it's simple to back-up all your files, documents and media to one location on your network, and enjoy the convenience of a shared digital library that is compatible with both Macs and PCs. Access your music, films and documents from computers, game consoles, Smart TVs and other connected devices throughout the home.
If you own a Samsung Smart TV or Blu-ray Disc player with Smart Hub (2012 model or later), you can take advantage of the Seagate Media app to enjoy easy content browsing with your remote control.
Enjoy your content where you want, when you want to. After downloading the free Seagate Media app, you can view your content by type, size, even compatibility, regardless of whether it is a PDF, Word doc, music, photo or video file. The Seagate Media app offers a full-screen view that allows for quick and easy selection as well as a visually rich experience that is available for Android and Apple platforms, as well as Amazon Kindle.
You can even off-load or back-up your photos and personal videos from the Seagate Media app. Upload and download any of your files from most Web browsers-from anywhere-with the Central Remote Access Service.
Organise and Access Your Digital Life
Connect Seagate Central to your Wi-Fi router to organise and back-up all your content on one device that you can access from anywhere.
- Back-up multiple PCs and Mac computers
- Wirelessly stream your centralised media library to gaming consoles, media players and smart TVs
- Access content on the go with a Web browser or the free app for tablets and smartphones
- Enjoy a Samsung Smart TV app featuring enhanced media navigation
What You Get
- Seagate Central
- Ethernet cable
- Power supply
- Quick start guide
Get it Together
You can’t enjoy what you can’t find. But when you load your photos, movies, music and documents onto Central, all your files will be organised in one place where they’re easy to access.
Relax Knowing All Your Computers are Backed-up
With Central it’s simple to automatically back-up multiple PC and Mac computers. It comes with premium back-up software for PCs and works seamlessly with Time Machine back-up software for Mac.
Enjoy a Centralised Media Library
Once you set-up Central, you can wirelessly stream your movies, music and photos to any DLNA-certified device on your home network such as media players, game consoles and smart TVs.
Flexible, Free Personal Cloud App for Tablets and Smartphones
Whether you’re at home or on the road, you can create a personal cloud using the free Seagate Media app for iOS and Android, making it easy to browse and enjoy your content with an Internet-connected mobile device.
- Upload and back-up photos and video from tablets and smartphones anywhere you have a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection
Enhanced Media Experience for Samsung Smart TVs
With Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, you can enjoy the Seagate Central app, featuring visually-rich media icons and easy navigation.
Plays well with AirPlay
The Seagate Media app is Apple AirPlay friendly, offering iOS users maximum flexibility for enjoying their media.
- Mirror the movie streaming to your iPad on the big screen via Apple TV
- Use your iPhone to play songs from Central on AirPlay-enabled speakers
On-the-go Personal Cloud Access with Web Browsers
Easily access and upload content using virtually any computer or mobile device and a Web browser.
- Securely share large files with family and friends via private email invitation
- Upload and download content anywhere you have an Internet or 3G/4G connection
Save Your Social Life
There’s no need to risk losing any of your online pictures and videos. Central makes it simple for multiple users to back-up and archive their Facebook accounts.
Quick start guide
2-year limited warranty
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It can best be described as 'unobtrusive'. It's matt black, and designed to lay flat on a surface. It can't be stood on its end, but as it's all too easy for external drives to get knocked over in that orientation, and you have a good chance of losing data if you do so, that's no bad thing.
The case has a fine mesh covering, which is very effective at allowing heat to escape, but it is a bit of a dust-trap, so I think a regular vacuum clean will be in order. There's no integral cooling fan - cooling is via natural convection - this does make the unit practically silent in operation however, and less likely to fail from heat stress if the fan fails (which they often do). Note that you should not place other devices on top of the unit, or it will not be able to cool itself adequately, so if you're stacking equipment, the NAS will need to be top of the heap; perhaps a challenge if you're pairing it with something equally un-stackable like a D-Link Boxee media player.
The drive itself is a Seagate ST3000DM003 5900rpm with 4 platters and 8 heads. It has 64BM of cache, and a latency of 5.1ms. It's rated for 180MB/s peak sustained data, but in practice, this is limited by the network interface to substantially less.
Apart from the small LEDs on the network port, there is only one light on the unit, secreted beneath the mesh covering. This glows orange on boot, and then changes to steady green when it is ready for action.Read more ›
It's a nice looking unobtrusive looking unit designed to sit flat on a shelf or desk without anything being stacked on top of it due to the way it's cooled - no fan so it is more or less silent. My Virgin Superhub 2 is in the living room of our Edwardian Terrace so I don't have the luxury of spare shelves or a desk to place the Seagate on. I actually stuck it on the floor under the unit we have our tele on. All I had to do was use one of the longer network cables that I...ahem...borrowed from work and hey presto! Within seconds my network had discovered the Seagate and within ten minutes or so I'd registered the device on my Wifi and I was ready to start copying data from my various hard drives, portable drives and memory sticks. The first thing I noticed was how slow the transfer rate was. Barely a MB over my wifi. My other PC fared slightly better and got up to 3MB a second. I tried what others had suggested and plugged the hard drive directly into the unit itself, but even this was pretty painful. In the end I just transferred data during the night for around three nights and eventually got a lot of my music and video on the seagate.
Now that my files are on there it's pretty good streaming to various devices - I used Plex and Serviio before but obviously had to have my PCs turned on.Read more ›
The drive is not physcially large, but it isn't tiny either, but what would you expect for 4TB? It isn't truely wireless requiring an ethernet connection to the router but once setup everything else is gravy. It does require a plug socket as it must be powered, but as mentioned elsewhere it is not fan cooled, so once running is virtually silent. It needs a reasonable amount of space around it so don't put things on top if you can help it and certainly don't completely block the top up. Dusting as mentioned elsewhere is also essential.
Setup is quick and simple, it comes with a management program call Seagate Central and can integrate with TVs and mobile devices using the media app. You can also access your content via the web using the External Seagate Tappin website. Note though that finding detailed documentation on both the management program and the media app is a tad difficult though and when found leaves a lot to be desired.
Finally, when I received mine I had a problem with the PSU. Sent an email to Seagate Support and received a reply within a day and a new PSU shortly after with no hassle.
Definitely recommend this.
For some extra reference, here are some helpful tidbits missing from the documentation for you:
1. The drive comes with sample files (some small videos, photos and music files). If you want to keep these don't wipe the drive using the the restore function. The data isn't restored after the wipe and isn't available anywhere to down load.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
These "Central" models are cheap but VERY slow compared to other NAS systems and very unreliable. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Trismegistus
Okay, it has so far not failed. But getting my stuff on and off this drive is a pain in the rear.
Every single time my MacBook Pro comes out of sleep, the Seagate is... Read more
I brought this item two years ago to back up my 2 Macbooks (via time machine), which was its only purpose in life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christian
When it works its fine, cuts out a lot, usually when needed most.Published 3 months ago by Mike Gibb
i only gave this one star for the fact it powers on and does let you put data on and off it...thats about it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by chris burrows
didnt like this one bit, had to send it back for a refund. overall its not that easy to use.Published 6 months ago by Neil Hampton54321