NETGEAR Storage Central Turbo SC101T

Netgear's NAS offering would be a whole lot better if it actually acted as a NAS.


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Netgear's latest addition to the world of networked attached storage isn't a NAS in the traditional sense. Rather than the usual Web UI offering or mapping a networked drive, Netgear configures everything from a local client, and installs a driver which makes the device appear as an ordinary drive on your computer. This makes the device less useful as network storage and more of a backup drive, but it becomes obvious fairly quickly that this was Netgear's decision all along.

Design
The Storage Central Turbo follows the tried and true last generation Apple-esque design of white and grey. The front panel can be lifted off to insert your separately purchased hard drives, the same panel having indication lights for power, hard drive activity and network activity.

The rear is positively sparse, with only the drive releases, power button, gigabit Ethernet port, power jack and an emergency reset hole.

Features
Since it's treated as a local drive that just happens to be on the network, rather than a fully fledged network drive, features are limited. The lack of direct network access is made even more frustrating given that each drive is assigned an individual IP address on top of the unit's own IP, meaning the total device takes up three IPs while in operation.

After installing the driver, the client allows for essentially two modes of operation -- single drive, or mirrored (RAID 1) mode, choosing to eschew RAID 0 or JBOD options. These two modes are next to pointless for Network Attached Storage (NAS) anyway, but it's interesting to note that Netgear didn't cave to the "tick the feature check box" mentality that plagues others.

You can password a drive for protection on the network, but anyone who wants to access the device will need Netgear's "Storage Central Manager" on their PC in the first place. SmartSync Pro is included, so you can backup to the drive easily.

Performance
Thankfully here the Netgear didn't disappoint, transferring a 1GB file across the network in a speedy one minute, 15 seconds in mirrored mode, and a super quick 46 seconds in single drive mode. The fan was a little noisy and chunked a bit, but was ultimately bearable -- hopefully the next revision will look into acoustics a little more.

The Netgear Storage Central is a bit of a weird hybrid -- if you're not going to allow direct network access, and hence open up the benefits of local servers or Internet access, why bother connecting the device over the network at all? Perhaps a better choice would have been to just stick with USB or FireWire. In the mean time, we'll stick to D-Link's DNS323 for our NAS needs.

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Henry posted a comment   

Complete waste of money i can believe they allow this product in the market its absolute rubbish

Bowz
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Bowz posted a review   

The Good:It ran well for a while

The Bad:It decided it no longer wanted to connect to some of the partitions. No support anymore. No drivers for Vista 64 and Windows 7

The device worked well for a few months. Then I made the mistake of backing up my entire computer onto a partition before a system format and when Windows was re-installed you it no longer access the partition despite being able to access others on both drives.Netgear? Never again.

 

Hexis posted a comment   

The Good:The looks....

The Bad:..everything else than the looks.

No static IP so it is a perfect "brick" in a static IP network environment.
Cannot be mapped as a normal network drive. No web interface. No configuration options whatsoever.
TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY!

kd4kmz
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kd4kmz posted a review   

The Good:Exceeded Expectations in Speed and multi file support

The Bad:Noisy and remote computer setup takes a little bit of time

I have been extrememly satisfied. We opened the same movie loaded as an MPEG, what I have noted it really comes down to what drive you use, I used som e different drives, but once I installed My Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1Tb drive, the Unit was a perfect match. I use it from teh ethernet and share throughout my house, we can all watch the same movie at the same time starting at different times with no Jitter. I would recemmend this product with the seagate drive of course to anyone

smcoffee
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smcoffee posted a review   

The Good:Could be installed

The Bad:No support for Linux, MAC or any standard protocol

Installed great once WinXP, but it made Windows go slower (additional network traffic, drops connections). Tried to uninstall -> Ended up with having to reinstall Windows. It messed up the harddrive detection etc... I would never use or install it again.

ScareCrow
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ScareCrow posted a review   

The Good:Easy to set up,

The Bad:Drops Constantly the mirror. No static IP

If I knew that I would have these problems with this "product"
I wouldn't have bought it.

Bought i primarily for use i a mirror.
Everytime my router needed a restart (this is not happening often) the Mirror didn't work because the IP Become a different IP than i had before ( this even when All other units on the network had static IP's)

 

nic4nac posted a comment   

The Good:will not mount, can't save data to drive so never had a chance to lose data

The Bad:still taking up shelf space in the stores

Agreed....total rubish

Be warmed, do not use, what a waste of money.

wobblo
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wobblo posted a review   

The Good:keeps dust off my hdd's

The Bad:almost no functionality for my 1tb drives

waste of money, couldnt get to work with 2 1tb hdd's. wont be buying from netgear again for a while.

thejock
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thejock posted a review   

Mr. bmckenna, are you drunk? Do you have really used the infernal toaster?
This is not a product, this is a rubbish!

Hieraco
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Hieraco posted a review   

The Good:Provides extended storage when it works.

The Bad:Limited functionality
Proprietary file system defies recovery when things go bad.
Drives can not be read by Linux or Windows systems without the storage central software.
No recovery tools included with package.
Drive letters change on every start up.
Obviously only as fast as the drive that you are copying from/to

Very unhappy customer here.
It Might be cheaper to build a SATA system on a cheap motherboard with minimal memory and network it..I'll be looking in to this alternative.
NetGear has lost one customer, and countless others I will be warning to avoid this solution.


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User Reviews / Comments  NETGEAR Storage Central Turbo SC101T

  • Henry

    Henry

    "Complete waste of money i can believe they allow this product in the market its absolute rubbish"

  • Bowz

    Bowz

    Rating1

    "The device worked well for a few months. Then I made the mistake of backing up my entire computer onto a partition before a system format and when Windows was re-installed you it no longer access t..."

  • Hexis

    Hexis

    "No static IP so it is a perfect "brick" in a static IP network environment.
    Cannot be mapped as a normal network drive. No web interface. No configuration options whatsoever.
    TOTAL WA..."

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