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Seagate Central: One of the easiest network-attached storage devices to set up

Roman Loyola | Dec. 12, 2013
Central is an easy-to-use NAS hard drive that provides remote access and can back up your Facebook photos.

Central also has the helpful feature of being able to back up pictures posted to your Facebook account--a good idea, since people are using Facebook as a photo repository.

You can use the free Seagate Media mobile app (iPad version, above) to remotely access Central, but the apps can access only Central's Public folder and not any private folders you've created.

Our lab did performance testing on Central and found some pretty good numbers. With a 10GB set of files and folders, Central posted a write speed of 16.9 MBps, and a read speed of 20.1 MBps. With a 10GB file, the write speed was 40.3 MBps, and the read speed was 75.2 MBps. Multidrive NAS devices are faster, but these numbers aren't too shabby from the single-drive Central.

Bottom line
Seagate Central is a user-friendly way to add network storage to your home network, but you'll need to manually keep backups of your Central data in case the single-drive unit fails. Its mobile apps are limited, but Central works well when accessed from a computer.

 

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