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Review: Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD with Synology DS918+ NAS

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

With the growing demand for storage space at home, I’ve set up an NAS (Network Attached Storage) with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS HDD (Hard Disk Drive) in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation. Just in time for World Backup Day 2021 today.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD freshly unwrapped (lower photo) and just prior to installation into the Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS.

With the exponentially increasing demand for storage space, businesses and home users constantly find themselves exhausting whatever storage they have – be it to store text documents, databases, photos or huge video files.

 

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The NAS sitting pretty alongside the Linksys E9450 router, all set up with RAID5 in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs within.

And with the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are working from home and students are doing home-based learning – resulting in large increases in demand for storage needs at home eg. if you’re a creative pro who now have to do your video-editing at home instead of at the office.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs and Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS just prior to unboxing.

Having gotten by with a desktop expansion HDD connected to my work laptop, I’ve decided to set up an NAS at home – to not only increase storage capacity but also to share that storage with all members of the family.

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New arrival: Seagate 2TB FireCuda & 5TB BarraCuda internal drives

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

The 2.5-inch FireCuda & BarraCuda mobile consumer drives are the latest additions to the recently launched Guardian Series of internal drives from Seagate.

The 2TB FireCuda (left) comes with a 5-year limited warranty while the 5TB BarraCuda (right) comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

The 2TB FireCuda (left) comes with a 5-year limited warranty while the 5TB BarraCuda (right) comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Seagate boasts that the 2TB FireCuda represents the fastest, thinnest and lightest 2TB hard drive on the market today, using 8GB of flash to enable rapid boot times and game load speeds.

It includes new firmware and sophisticated caching algorithms that continuously analyse how a system is being used.

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Christmas shopping guide: Seagate storage solutions

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

For those looking for a pragmatic X’mas gift for the geek in your better half, check out some of these Seagate storage products.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Anti-clockwise from top: Seagate Personal Cloud, Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Seagate Seven, Seagate Backup Plus 4TB.

Whether you want to show your holiday photos at a family dinner, cuddle up to your favorite Christmas movies, or have an Xbox session with friends, Seagate has you covered.

I’ve used a number of Seagate desktop hard disk drives over the years and they have served me well.

With the rapidly expanding storage demands that the average consumer faces, a storage device usually provides much needed reprieve for many facing a storage crunch for their photos, music and video collection.

Below are some of the more interesting gift ideas.

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Review: Seagate NAS 4-bay 20TB Network Attached Storage for businesses

Monday, May 11th, 2015

If you’re a small growing business looking for an easy-to-use and affordable NAS storage solution that keeps your data secure and always available, this Seagate NAS 4-bay 20TB (S$1,899) could well be your answer.

Seagate NAS 4-Bay 20TB.

Seagate NAS 4-Bay 20TB.

The NAS 4-bay 20TB is one of many configurations (see sidebar below) that Seagate introduced as part of its Network Attached Storage (NAS) product line refresh that saw the replacement of its previous Business Storage series with the NAS and NAS Pro lines of product.

In the box: Seagate NAS, power supply cable, Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide.

In the box: Seagate NAS, power supply cable, Ethernet cable, Quick Start Guide.

With pre-installed hard disk drives (HDD) and pre-configured RAID disks, as well as its latest operating system – NAS 0S 4 – Seagate offers storage simplicity for SOHOs (Small Office Home Office) and small businesses with ease of use and private cloud access over the Internet.

The ease of use and set-up is particularly attractive to small companies without dedicated IT resources, while the cloud access is especially useful for organisations with mobile workers requiring secure remote access to vital documents, data and resources from the field.

Connection is easy: Simply connect the Ethernet cable to the NAS and the router. Then connect the power cable to the NAS and the outlet and you're ready to go. You can connect a second Ethernet cable for redundancy or performance.

Connection is easy: Simply connect the Ethernet cable to the NAS and the router. Then connect the power cable to the NAS and the outlet and you’re ready to go. You can connect a second Ethernet cable for redundancy or performance.

The easy-to-navigate HTML user-interface is driven by the new LINUX-based NAS OS 4, which now comes with a redesigned Device Manager, enabling users to manage preferences and configure settings from a single location.

It includes useful features such as App Manager and Seagate Sdrive for remote access – some of the most demanded features of NAS users in general.

I found the NAS device management effortless from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone.

I was also impressed by how silent the internal fan of the NAS was – you can just leave the NAS on and hardly notice any noise.

My take:

“Seagate’s NAS 4-bay 20TB offers an excellent affordable and reliable network attached storage solution for home and small business businesses with up to 25 employees – with easy set-up and usage, as well as cloud access from anywhere with an Internet connection, from mobile devices including tablets and smartphones.”

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New arrivals: WD My Passport Wireless external hard drive

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The new portable storage drive from WD connects to smartphones, tablets, cameras and mobile devices, expanding storage without any wires or Internet access. Available in Singapore now in 1TB (S$299) and 2TB (S$399) capacities.

My Passport Wireless is an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device.

My Passport Wireless is an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device.

For the frequent business traveler, family on a road trip or creative professional working in the field – the My Passport Wireless drive is a simple way to connect all computing and mobile devices to content without any wires or Internet connection.

WD My Passport Wireless is now available in Singapore in 1TB (S$299) and 2TB (S$299) capacities.

WD My Passport Wireless is now available in Singapore in 1TB (S$299) and 2TB (S$299) capacities.

Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the option of using a high speed USB 3.0 connection.

The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive.

Available in 1TB or 2TB models, users now have the ability to store and access up to hundreds of hours of movies and music, as well photos and other digital files, from their smartphones and tablets that are typically limited by minimal storage capacity.
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New arrivals: Sony HD-S1A world slimmest 1TB portable HDD

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The new 1TB Slim HDD HD-S1A, in both black and silver colours, will be available at all Sony Stores and Sony Centre from July 2014 at an RRP of S$159.

New Sony HD-S1A 1TB portable HDD. S$159.

New Sony HD-S1A 1TB portable HDD. S$159.

Sony boasts that the new HD-S1A is the world’s slimmest 1TB Portable HDD currently available in the market.

The device provides storage device on-the-go and fits in the pocket or laptop sleeve, weighing 155g and only 8.7mm thin.

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New arrivals: Seagate Backup Plus Slim and Backup Plus Fast

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Seagate has launched in Singapore the Backup Plus Slim (500GB, 1TB, 2TB) and Backup Plus Fast (4TB). Available now at Challenger stores. Both are USB-powered and do not require its own power supply.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast (left) comes in black with 4TB while the Backup Plus Slim (right) ships in red, blue, black and silver with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.

Seagate Backup Plus Fast (left) comes in black with 4TB while the Backup Plus Slim (right) ships in red, blue, black and silver with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities.

Both enable backup from mobile devices via the local Wi-Fi network or via the Internet.

Seagate Backup Plus portable 2.5-inch HDD
Slim 500GB S$89
Slim 1TB S$119
Slim 2TB S$239
Fast 4TB S$449
Seagate Backup Plus desktop 3.5-inch HDD
2TB S$169
3TB S$229
4TB S$289

The Seagate Dashboard software enables the drives to easily backup photos and videos from Facebook and Flickr albums, and facilitate uploading to cloud services such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

The Backup Plus Slim is suitable as a mobile storage solution for the consolidating photos, videos and other files that are spread across multiple devices, social networks and personal computers.

It comes with USB 3.0 interface and Seagate boasts that the 2TB version is the world’s highest capacity drive fitting into a 12.1mm form factor.

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New arrivals: WD My Cloud secure personal cloud solutions

Friday, February 28th, 2014

WD’s new My Cloud gives consumers a cloud of their own, enabling home users to easily save, access and share all of their photos, videos and files from any devices, anytime – without sacrificing privacy.

Prices: S$239 (2TB), S$289 (3TB) ,S$399 (4TB).

WD My Cloud lets you set up your personal cloud storage in the security of your own home.

WD My Cloud lets you set up your personal cloud storage in the security of your own home.

WD introduced the My Cloud personal cloud solutions as a complete solution for users to organise, centralise and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world.

By simply connecting a My Cloud personal cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees to an online cloud service provider.

More importantly, they do not have to give up control of their personal data.

Streamlined Setup and Backup

WD provides a rich web-based user interface for a web-guided setup, helping usersto get their personal cloud up and running in minutes

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New arrivals: WD debuts world’s 1st SSD+HDD Black2 dual drive

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The WD Black2 dual drive (S$459) is available in Singapore with 5-year limited warranty.

WD Black2 dual drive (S$459) is available in Singapore through selected retailers and distributed by Achieva Technology Pte Ltd  and Eternal Asia (S) Pte Ltd.

WD Black2 dual drive (S$459) is available in Singapore through selected retailers and distributed by Achieva Technology Pte Ltd and Eternal Asia (S) Pte Ltd.

The 2.5-inch drive pairs a 120GB SSD with a 1TB hard drive and connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.

“Our customers told us they like our Solid State Hybrid Drive technology, but our tech savvy users asked for more control of where they store their data,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s Storage Technology business unit.

The dual-drive solution is targeted at consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity.

Designed for enthusiasts, creative professionals, gamers and PC builders, the WD Black2 dual drive provides improved overall drive capacity, performance, and reliability, while offering the flexibility to choose how and where their data is stored.

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Seagate builds new S$100m Design and R&D Centre in Singapore

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

In a groundbreaking ceremony today, Seagate announced that the new facility will be located at one-north and is expected to completed in early 2015.

“The Shugart’ is Seagate’s S$100m investment in Singapore, and will be completed in early 2015.

The new Design and R&D Centre will be named “The Shugart” – after Seagate’s founder, Alan Shugart – and provide world-class research and development (R&D) facilities for the mobile storage R&D team in Singapore..

“The Singapore R&D team plays a key role within Seagate’s global R&D efforts. With growing consumer demand for tablets and notebooks, the need to innovate within the mobile storage solutions industry is critical,” said Mark Re, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Seagate Technology.

The facility will be able to house up to 900 employees, and have have a gross floor area of approximately 40,880 square metres.

The Shugart will comprise a nine-floor tower connected to a six-floor tower with three basement levels.

It will focus on the development of 2.5-inch small form-factor products for notebooks, ultra-books, convertibles and tablets.

The new facility will allow all R&D personnel to be housed together, thus fostering greater collaboration and innovation.

From left: Mike Troemel, Vice President, Development Engineering of Seagate Technology; Bob Whitmore, Technical Advisor of Seagate Technology; Julian Ho, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board; and Mark Re, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Research & Development of Seagate Technology.

From left: Mike Troemel, Vice President, Development Engineering of Seagate Technology; Bob Whitmore, Technical Advisor of Seagate Technology; Julian Ho, Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board; and Mark Re, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President, Research & Development of Seagate Technology.

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