A NAS box—the acronym stands for network attached storage—is one of the most cost-effective centralized storage solutions for home and small-office networks. But since most NAS box manufacturers don't also manufacture hard drives, end users must find, identify, and purchase appropriate drives as separate transactions. Seagate stepped into that wide-open opportunity today, announcing the Seagate NAS HDD.
The NAS HDD will be offered in capacities up to 4TB. Seagate claims the drive is optimized to operate in NAS boxes with one to five bays, with a design that dampens vibration, consumes less power, and operates in near silience.
The drive also features Seagate's NASWorks technology, which includes error-correction technology customized error recovery controls.
Seagate claims the drive has been "rigorously tested" by a number of NAS manufacturers, and its press release included favorable quotes from representatives of LenovoEMC, QNAP, Synology, and several others.
Seagate has not provided any pricing guidles, but said its NAS HDD will be competitively priced and sold through Seagate distributors and online retailers such as Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect.
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