- Brand Name: Maxtor
- Model Number: N01R010
- Hard Disk Size: 1000 GB
- Hard Disk Rotational Speed: 7200 RPM
Seagate STM310004SDAB0G-RK Maxtor Shared Storage II 1 TB Shared Storage Drive
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- 1 TB shared storage drive features two USB ports and a 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port connection
- Easy user interface provides backup scheduling for network computers, data restoration, and media playback to networked systems
- Features Drag and Sort for automatic file organization and SimpleView for quick backup/storage status
- Includes shared storage drive, software, Ethernet cable, power adapter, and user guide
- 1-year limited warranty
From the Manufacturer
- Store and automatically backup the data on networked computers to one location
- Up to 1TB capacity
- Simple user interface
- Automatically configures to your network, easy setup of computers
- Exclusive Maxtor SimpleView backup and storage status for all users
- Schedule backup to external hard drives for added data protection, off-site data backup rotation
- Automatic data mirroring available in 1TB product
- 2 USB ports for connecting and sharing printers and additional hard drives
- 10/1001000 Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port connection
- Media server plays back digital photos, music and video to networked media/ entertainment systems without a computer having to be on
- Access files from any networked PC, Mac or compatible networked media/entertainment system
- Looks like a local drive on each configured computer Share folders with either full access (public) or limited access (private)
- Exclusive Drag and Sort feature for automatic file organization
- For Windows 2000, XP, MediaCenter and Mac OS/X 10.3 and above
Top Customer Reviews
As other writers have indicated, if one side of the RAID 1 goes down, you're done. Your options are: have Maxtor ship you a new one (you can't keep your old hardware, so you've effectively lost both discs of your RAID, not just the one that failed) or, and this is according to Seagate's own Tier 2 engineers, you have to pay a data recovery service to get your data back for you.
There are no tools to rebuild the raid available. The box is sealed: you can't replace the drive yourself. There's no console available to access the Linux server running on the box.
The drives are fragile. Two months after buying this unit, the front panel LED began to blink, indicating a "RAID problem." I can't wait to see what kind of circus getting a new unit will be, just as soon as I figure out how to get my data of this piece of rubbish.
It's a sham, a hoax of a product and all concerned should be at least as embarrassed as I am to have fallen for it.
Mine lasted 6 weeks. I now have my money back.
Avoid at all costs.
Then, my first unit failed after 3 days and was replaced. My unit was configured using RAID1 so I was hoping to save my data. No way: You have to return the unit to Maxtor and even if only one of the drives failed they won't replace the failed drive to save your data. They simply send you another unit. You might think that you can replace the failed drive yourself but, no, you can't as you cannot open the box. This is simply a scam and a good demonstration of corporate greed. Maxtor simply advertise a useless RAID1 feature, has quality control problems and ships non functional software with no available updates.
In spite of this, I might have kept this drive around if it weren't for it's slow and ineffective software. After a couple of days of fiddling with it, I managed to get a shared folder set up on my Windows XP desktop machine and copied about 85GB of music files to it. I was also able to access the folder through my Windows Vista laptop, which I thought was great.
Then "something happened" after a couple of days and I lost access to the shared folder through my desktop computer. This happened in spite of the fact that I hadn't installed any new software or changed my network configuration in any way. The Maxtor setup utility could see the drive and showed that the folder was mounted, but Windows couldn't access the drive and told me that the connection hadn't been restored.
I tried remounting the folder and reinstalling the utility, but nothing helped. I tried looking at the support information on Seagate's website, but there's little to no help for this drive.
I suppose I could have resolved this issue by calling Seagate support, but given the other limitations of this drive, I didn't think it was worth spending any more of my time on it.
The final insult with this drive came when I uninstalled the software, and it seems to have also deleted or corrupted some necessary drivers on my computer. The system became very slow to boot and last night crashed with a driver problem.Read more ›
While the drive is still under warranty through *** Seagate ***, I decided not to send it in due to the risk of sensitive data getting out. I was able to crack it open, disconnect the bad drive, power it back up, and copy *** all *** the files out (remember that it's RAID-1). It turned out that disk-0 was dead and the firmware can't get past that.
This recovery should have been possible without voiding the waranty like this; a simple crippled mode would do. If you're in the market for RAID, consider making sure that a recovery procedure is user's serviceable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this storage system 8 years ago. Since then, it is working flawlessly as backup system and media server. Read morePublished on November 9, 2013 by Carsten
These Maxtor SSII drives really suck. I bought the top one, with 2 TB disc space. The first one broke down after a few weeks of use. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by Daniel Sokolov
I have found better hardware in my toilet. The first unit that I bought didn't work out of the box. The second unit worked only after much fussing and hair pulling. Read morePublished on July 29, 2009 by Greg
I own(ed) 2 320GB MSS II's and 1 500GB MSS II. The reason I owned so many was because (see other reviews of mine on Amazon) I suffered from a rapidly growing... Read more
I went through 4 of these while under warranty - the hard drive kept crashing. It's garbage. I'll never buy another "Maxtor" back up drive.Published on February 19, 2009 by Martin Beck
I am compelled to write this review because this particular drive was simply plugged in for two months with one 20kB file on it while we waited to update our systems. Read morePublished on January 9, 2009 by A. Hammett
Others have described the problems well. I'm now sending my second device back for replacement.Published on December 28, 2008 by Bradshaw Hall
I can't even begin to express my anger and frustration with this product (as well as Seagate/Maxtor products in general.)
I purchased a 1. Read more