|Simply share storage and automatically backup computer files, photos, music and digital videos to one location on small office and home networks. Easy user interface provides backup scheduling of networked computers, data restoration, and media playback to networked media/entertainment systems without being tied down to a dedicated computer host. Other features include Drag and Sort™ for automatic file organization, SimpleView™ for quick backup and storage status to all users and two USB ports for printer sharing and automatic backup to additional hard drives for off-site rotation. Gigabit Ethernet interface. For PC and Mac users.|
Maxtor Shared Storage II 1TB External Hard Drive Review
I4U News - Tech Reviews
Published on: 2/8/2007 4:05 PM
|If you have several computers on a home or small office network that need to have data backups saved to a remote system Maxtor has a great product designed just for this task. Up for review today is the Maxtor Shared Storage II 1TB external drive that connects directly to your network and has some other great features as well....read the full review|
Poor Quality, Poorer Customer Service11/29/2009
I bought this product 12 months ago and it has been nothing but trouble. The supplied software is not that great.. Constantly is pinging for the drive causing network traffic. Failed twice in the first 12 months. Worse than the quality of prodct is the Warranty support. Online support is difficult to navigate and to find a human support was even more difficult. Finally, when I got through, their approach was even worse. They returned my drive unrepairted (well within 36 months warranty) without any explanation. Finally, after several calls, I was told that my drive was opened (which I had NOT) and hence warrany is voided. When I called for the supervisor, he insisted on sending photographs to prove that my drive was not opened. When I sent high resolution photos, he said that the shell of the drive was torn (he was looking the the bar code). Further attempts to contact any one at Seagate was non-productive. So, after 5 hours of struggle, two shipments back (it had failure before), I am now sitting with a duck with boot sector error within first 12 months. I would never buy Seagate product again.
Expensive Door Stop11/29/2007
I do NOT recommend buying this product. I have owned the drive for just over 3 weeks and have it set to RAID 1 (mirroring). The drive crashed. Luckily the RAID support worked and I was able to recover my data, but Seagate return policy is for a refurbished drive only. After speaking with tech suport I discovered that this is a known and common issue. So do you think I will trust the exchanged drive with my data? No freakin' way. Save your money.
Good product, one problem11/29/2007
I really like this hard drive and I give it a thumbs up. Performance and features are very good for me. It has a lot of decent features such as backup software that you can install on all your client computers. You can tell the software what to backup and when and it will copy the files over. It can also be configured to keep up to a certain number of versions of each files. For example I have a photoshop file I have been working on and I have been backing up. I have the current version backed up and in addition there are 5 older versions of the file as well. The software just copies them over the network to the Maxtor, there is no special single backup file like a typical .BAK file. My favorite feature by far is that it has two USB ports for adding on extra hard drives (or a printer). So if I want to add another 1TB drive to my network I don't need the NAS version just the cheaper USB version. For example I have a 320 GB USB drive and a 250 GB USB drive that I used to have plugged into a computer on my network for us to all share but now have them connected directly to the Maxtor. I had to do a little work to get them to on because the Maxtor demands that they be FAT32 formatted instead of NTFS. That however isn't a big deal if you are adding a new drive. I have even plugged in my 8 GB USB flash memory for copying stuff over and it worked like a champ. The only bad problem I had was with the backup software. There is a performance bug if you select a large number of directories. I had selected all the subdirectories in 'My documents' except 3 subdirectories and the configuration software ran slow (though the backup worked fine). However if I just selected the 'My Documents' directory which selects all sub directories it would work perfectly fine. That was how I worked around it. Not a show stopper but it was a pain to originally figure out.