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Seagate Maxtor Central Axis 1 TB Network Storage Server STM310005CAA00G-RK
List Price: $405.33

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Product Description

Create a centralized, always-accessible library of your household's digital music, videos, and photos, and stream your media to UPnP AV-compatible networked entertainment systems without turning on a computer. Plug your Central Axis into your router and it automatically configures to your network. The server quickly loads and organizes your content by file type. It provides at-a-glance storage and backup status, and notifies you via e-mail of system events.


Digital videos of your children taking their first steps. The music library you¡¯ve built. The 15 years of personal financial data you¡¯ve compiled. They¡¯re highly valuable¡ªif not irreplaceable¡ªbut when stored on your home computers they¡¯re also vulnerable to system failures and viruses, loss and theft.



Create a centralized, always-accessible media library of your household's digital media.


Securely access your stored content.


Easy file sharing both online and within your network.
Automatic data backup, secure web access and sharing, and convenient media access and streaming for your home network
Central Axis storage server delivers a smart, simple way to automatically back up the valuable digital content on all the computers in your home network. Backups happen automatically¡ªa welcome change from the tedious chore of copying your content to discs and thumb drives.

You can securely access and share your content via any web browser, too, so it¡¯s a snap to grab a file from any computer in your home or on the road, and you can easily share content with friends and family everywhere. And for a rich home entertainment experience, you can create a centralized library of household photos, videos, and music that offers anytime access and streaming to your networked TVs, digital music players, and computers.

With automated data protection, you can automatically back up all your network-connected computers to one central, safe location. The Maxtor Central Axis can securely access your stored content and can view images and slideshows from any Internet-connected PC, Mac, or laptop while keeping your firewall intact. Easy file sharing allows you to invite friends and family to view and download select photos and other files via the web. You can even authorize guests to upload their own content. The convenient media access and streaming will let you enjoy the convenience of a centralized, always-accessible library of your household¡¯s digital music, videos, and photos, and stream media from your Central Axis to any networked computer or home entertainment device. (Requires a UPnP AV-compatible player.)

Printer sharing allows you to print from anywhere on your network. Most importantly, Maxtor Central Axis Network Storage Server is easy to use. Plug your Central Axis into your router and it automatically configures to your network. The server quickly loads and organizes your content by file type, provides at-a-glance storage and backup status, and notifies you via email of system events.

The stylish design of this hard drive--only measures 6.8 x 2.5 x 5.9-inches (H x D x W). All that is required is a wired or wireless router with an available 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, an Internet connection (for system updates and web access), and a UPnP AV 1.0 certified Digital Media Adapter if media streaming is desired.

System Requirements - Windows - Pentium III, 500Mhz equivalent processor or higher, Windows Vista or Windows XP, 128MB RAM, and Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, or Firefox 2.X or later for management interface of or web access to Central Access - Macs - Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later, Safari 3.1 or later, and 128 MB of RAM.

Product Highlights
¡¤ Automatically back up and protect the content on all your networked home computers ¡¤ Securely access your files when you're on another computer in your home or on the road
¡¤ Securely share files with friends and family around the globe ¡¤ Create a centralized, always-accessible library of your household's digital media
¡¤ Play videos and music and view photos on digital entertainment devices throughout your home ¡¤ Have a network storage solution that is easy to install and use
¡¤ Pre-loaded software makes installation quick and easy ¡¤ Automated backup scheduling
¡¤ 5-year limited warranty



What's in the Box
Maxtor Central Axis storage server, Maxtor installation CD, quick start guide, Maxtor manager software, Ethernet cable, AC power adapter, user guide on CD, and a 5-year limited warranty.

Features:
  • Create a centralized, always-accessible library of your household?s digital music, videos, and photos, and stream your media to UPnP AV-compatible networked entertainment systems without turning on a computer.
  • Back up and store up to 1TB of data from networked computers to one central, safe location.
  • Plug your Central Axis into your router and it automatically configures to your network.
  • Set privacy levels on shared folders for full public access or limited access for an extra measure of security.
  • Maxtor SimpleView provides at-a-glance views of back up and storage status for all users.

Customer Reviews:

  • Axis Pro & Cons - Things Maxtor doesn't tell you
    Maxtor Central Axis Review


    *Actually does as advertised.
    A mini-server through your wired/wireless network
    *Very nice for file /photo/video sharing with the rest of the family.
    *Built in USB port can serve as print server, really handy. (Saves the cost of that purchase.) You can also add additional storage to this system, creating a 2 drive system. The second drive can be a backup the Central Axis or serve as another networked drive.

    *Comes with administrator utility to backup your Central Axis to another drive via the USB port in the back. Warning, this is not a `quick format' and will format that spare drive to EXT3 format.

    *Backup software is poor to fair. Is a Linux based product. Only backs up data, no system or hidden files! Beware!! Don't plan on using this as a total backup solution. Remember, user DATA ONLY!

    *Data transfer can really tie up your network vs. USB backup device. Recommend total backup using direct connect cable, using wireless for daily/periodic backup works fine.

    *Administrator interface is s-l-o-w. This is not the network connection. You can see the command leave the computer, then a long lag from the Central Axis. Just long response time adds to the impatience of this product.

    *Seagate web access does work, but tends to be slow. You have to log into the Seagate site, the Seagate site then speaks to your Home/Central Axis, then moves the information to your location. Considering all of the steps involved, it works well. If you are on someone else's computer and need documents, this system does work as advertised.

    *Power saving settings haven't seemed to work. I set mine to shut down after 30 minutes of no use, I've yet to see/feel this device go to any type of stand by condition... spin spin spin.

    *Reliability is good, hard drive is stable, software is less stable have had a few crashes on my very stable XP laptop..

    *I will keep mine, but for a few days there, I almost didn't. All in all, for $250, the storage capacity is great and when expectations are kept in line and you use the product as Maxtor intended, it works well. Really..."What do you want for $250?"




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  • Great Unit Let Down By Maxtor's Windows-only Focus
    I'd been wanting a network attached storage (NAS) device for a while for a couple of reasons. First, it's a whole lot faster than USB 2.0. And second (and more crucially) a NAS would be accessible from anywhere on my network at anytime so I wouldn't have to lug around an external USB device when doing things like backups, software loads, etc.

    So after doing some research, I decided on the Maxtor Central Axis 1TB unit. This unit provided me with what I needed (a massive NAS) plus two other functions: the ability to connect an external USB device like a printer or an external hard drive and the ability to access it over the web.

    Set-Up
    The unit comes with an ethernet cable and a power supply. Connection is simple. Plug in the ethernet cable to the unit and your router then plug in the power supply.

    Initial power on will configure the network connection via DHCP. According to the skimpy user's guide, the only way to see what IP address it uses and to configure it is through their Windows-only utility. So I loaded this up; it worked as advertised and I was able to access and configure the device with no issues. Once configured, I was able to also access the device via my web browser.

    The web-based utility is fairly easy to work with, but has one major drawback: once you create top-level directories on the unit, you can't rename them. You can delete them and suspend access to them, but that's it. The Windows utility is no better.

    Accessing via My Network
    Accessing the unit under Windows is a breeze. The unit shows up right away in your "network neighborhood." A also wanted to access this unit from my (several) Linux computers but found this to be quite difficult. This is ironic considering the Central Axis uses Linux as it's OS and Samba to share out directories, files and USB connected printers. Anyway, after some work I was able to get access via Linux. In case you want to know how, do a Google search on "reverendlinux Maxtor NAS".

    Accessing via WWW
    Maxtor touts that you can access your data on the unit via the Internet. Accessing the Central Axis in this manner requires a couple of things. First you have to enable this option on the unit via the browser-based utility. Second, you have to have an account on the globalaccess.seagate.com site to connect you to your unit via WWW. That's right. To access your unit while away from home, you logon (securely) to globalaccess.seagate.com which in turn connects to your unit. Now, I'm not too keen on Seagate having access to my NAS and all its contents so I turned this feature off.

    So in summary, for the money the Maxtor Central Axis gives good performance and a nice amount of features. However, its lack of documentation or utility support for Linux and (from the other reviews posted here) its poor Mac OS support really limit its prospective user base to just those running Windows. And even though it works well with Windows now, given Microsoft's penchant for breaking backwards compatibility its a gamble as to whether the Central Axis will work with future Windows versions....more info
  • lost all data after 1 month
    got unit, seemed to be perfect for the home with 4 computers. Backed all them up with it, used it as the primary storage for wifes laptop pictures as laptop memory too low for the volume of pic's she takes. Got email from Seagate saying update for Axis is avail, log in through the manager and click on status notification. After "updating unit" per customer support email(which was auto generated i did not request it) the unit got a Red i on the front and unable to access it via the manager or network. Tried pinging it to no avail. Tech support said send it in and we'll replace it. I asked about the data and they said sorry that is not covered!!!pay our sister company to try and recover it....forget it!!!! pay you twice for my own data??? Support is next to nothing......more info
  • so far so good
    I purchased this drive to connect the 3 computers of my home office. Mounting the drive is easy, except 1 of my computers was a little outdated, running WinXP, service pack 1. The software will not work with WinXP, Service Pack 1, beware.

    Otherwise, the drive is very quiet, quick, and easy to install....more info
  • Axis Pro & Cons - Things Maxtor doesn't tell you
    Maxtor Central Axis Review


    *Actually does as advertised.
    A mini-server through your wired/wireless network
    *Very nice for file /photo/video sharing with the rest of the family.
    *Built in USB port can serve as print server, really handy. (Saves the cost of that purchase.) You can also add additional storage to this system, creating a 2 drive system. The second drive can be a backup the Central Axis or serve as another networked drive.

    *Comes with administrator utility to backup your Central Axis to another drive via the USB port in the back. Warning, this is not a `quick format' and will format that spare drive to EXT3 format.

    *Backup software is poor to fair. Is a Linux based product. Only backs up data, no system or hidden files! Beware!! Don't plan on using this as a total backup solution. Remember, user DATA ONLY!

    *Data transfer can really tie up your network vs. USB backup device. Recommend total backup using direct connect cable, using wireless for daily/periodic backup works fine.

    *Administrator interface is s-l-o-w. This is not the network connection. You can see the command leave the computer, then a long lag from the Central Axis. Just long response time adds to the impatience of this product.

    *Seagate web access does work, but tends to be slow. You have to log into the Seagate site, the Seagate site then speaks to your Home/Central Axis, then moves the information to your location. Considering all of the steps involved, it works well. If you are on someone else's computer and need documents, this system does work as advertised.

    *Power saving settings haven't seemed to work. I set mine to shut down after 30 minutes of no use, I've yet to see/feel this device go to any type of stand by condition... spin spin spin.

    *Reliability is good, hard drive is stable, software is less stable have had a few crashes on my very stable XP laptop..

    *I will keep mine, but for a few days there, I almost didn't. All in all, for $250, the storage capacity is great and when expectations are kept in line and you use the product as Maxtor intended, it works well. Really..."What do you want for $250?"




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  • Maxtor
    This is exactly what we wanted and it does a very good job of it. We are networked and needed a new drive that would work for both computers. It is perfect....more info
  • Works like a charm. Easy! Easy! Easy!
    I have laptops in the house and have maxed the hard drive out and was looking for a way to dump the data on a network drive and this one was priced right and comes with a 5 yr warranty. I love Seagate products.

    The only thing is that you still want to use a service like mozy pro to back up the drive online as a fail safe. RAID never excited me. I like the off-site backup in case of a disaster.

    You can't go wrong.

    Lower to 4 stars - read comment. Drive failed to boot after 11 months....more info
  • Not for Mac Users
    It all started after I put the install CD in and it didn't recognize the CD - just spit it back out. No big! I'm a geek; so, I download the software from their website. After installation, it doesn't find my drive. I'm now frustrated, but hey, I'm a geek; so, I find a way to connect it as a server. Yet, I start thinking about why I wanted it: access the drive via the web, serve media, scheduled backups. I realize I'm getting hosed.

    DON'T GET THIS FOR A MAC! This is coming from someone with a lot of knowledge on troubleshooting problems on most operating systems: windows, mac, linux.

    Ask yourself: would you buy a TV if you had to be a TV repairman? If not, don't buy this hard drive. ...more info
  • Known Issues ---
    Do a quick GOOGLE search on this before you buy... some known issues with this drive getting 'stuck' in some odd blinking light mode = no access, no drive. Seagate/Maxtor support NOT GOOD. I filed TWO separate cases with support - and never got a response. It went back and I will look elsewhere....more info