As a photographer, storage is always never enough. With new cameras, comes larger file sizes. As a result finding storage and cataloguing our shoots have become increasingly difficult and messy. I think we have reached a stage where recordable DVDs and Blurays are not efficient for storage. What I want is accessibility to my files when I need them, wherever, whenever. Therefore, NAS storage devices are one of the cheaper options available.
Today, we look at the Seagate BlackArmor NAS440. This version comes with 4 x 1.5TB HDD configured in RAID5 as default which gives us 4.5TB of usable storage. This is like having 500 DVD-DL or 100 Bluray-DL.
Heres the list of the manufacturer’s specifications and features.
Going through the features, a few things which I expect to see as standard in modern network storage is missing. They are iSCSI support, Online Capacity Expansion (OCE), Online RAID Level Migration and RAID5 Hotspare.
No OCE means we can’t upgrade the storage by just swapping out the harddisks 1 by 1 with larger capacity ones in the future without shutting down the storage and rebuilding the RAID. This sort of contradicts Seagate’s marketing about “Designed for Optimum Uptime and Availability”