Seagate Central Review – Compared to WD My Cloud – Network Hard Drive

Buy it on Amazon – (affiliate link). Video Index:

0:29 Hardware overview
1:42 Local network access
3:49 Web-based control panel
6:00 DLNA to smart TV demo
6:15 iTunes sharing limitation
7:47 iPhone app demo
10:09 Desktop remote file access via the web
11:50 Benchmarks
12:47 Conclusion

The Seagate Central is a blazing fast network attached storage device that has a lot of potential but is hindered by poor software that limit functionality. This product is very similar to the WD My Cloud but falls short in a number of areas:

1. Private folders aren’t accessible via the mobile app
2. All images uploaded via mobile are publicly viewable on the local area network
3. Mobile app on iOS is very slow with large photo libraries
4. Only one password protected share per user
5. Administrators can’t see folders created by other users
6. External drives not accessible via mobile app
7. No desktop app
8. Can’t internally transfer from an attached USB drive to the internal hard disk

That said the transfer speeds on this are very, very fast. If they could bring some of the access features up to the level of the WD My Cloud this would be a killer product.

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PRODUCT ACQUISITION DISCLOSURE: I purchased this drive with my own funds.


Denise Brumm says:

Since I installed Sierra My Seagate Central will not run Time Machine. Any ideas? I was thinking about dumping it but my needs are pretty simple. All I want is a simple Time Machine Backup. GREAT videos!!!!! Can you run Time Machine on Drop Box or any of the online sites?

Tridzs says:

Did you install MacOs on your Asus T100? Because everytime you look at it we see the macos

Brian Nichols says:

Hi Lon  This is brilliant thank you so much! Like Susan before me I am wondering about any changes since the review was made.  I have a WD MY Cloud and it has caused me so much grief, especially when plugging in a USB drive. I am thinking of replacing it, but from your review, I think Seagate Central will be a backward step.

Phil Blende says:

Lon…good review bud.  Keep up the good work.  I watch your channel more than any other I’ve subscribed to.  

Zachary Beaux says:

Can it be plugged in to a TV (not smarttv) directly using the USB port?

Johnny Phan says:

Hey, can you install software like Ms-MySQL or Oracle stock all your Database?

Aik Jones says:

Thanks for the insight, i’m in the market for wireless hard drive and seagate vs WD are lined up

Neil R says:

A year on would you still recommend the WD my cloud or has Seagate bought out some new updates?

dbsasuke says:

You mentioned Synology has the best at home beginner NAS such as the Central or Cloud. Which i make or model would you recommend for like a 4TB in the same price range?

wolfman011000 says:

Has the firmware/software been updated to fix any of the issues you mentioned in the video? Or it still better to get the WD cloud device.
Thank you for your videos I came looking for Seagate Central Review and have now started watch many of your videos. Very good productions I must say.

David Smith says:

Anyway so my Samsung M3 external hard disk suddenly stopped working. This was a bit of a blow as I had a lot of work and other good stuff on there. This will teach me in the future to BACk UP. I only bought it in Feb this year so was wondering about the Warranty. Samsung have about a million departments and when you eventually get through to someone they send you to Seagate Support. This is more websites and phone numbers that lead to a return address and a RMA number. And return instructions. These return instructions state that you should not send anything other than the bare drive to seagate. Don’t send plastic cases. Its as bit fiddly but you remove the drive from the plastic case and send it to a UK address. Then I get an email the warranty is void because I removed the plastic case, And if I want my not working drive back I have to get it from Amsterdam. Is this a joke?

Susan Honcoop says:

Hi Lon – your review was over a year ago – has the firmware etc improved on the Seagate since then? I am just about to get one of these, and your review is fantastic – all the information I need – and I am leaning now towards WD – just want to make sure nothing has changed dramatically in that time??

hamcs says:

Lon, Thank you for your product reviews.
Now I have a better idea on what product to buy.

Peter McConnochie says:

I’m looking to run a backup NAS on my wifi vi my router as opposed to a LAN – does this and the WD My Cloud perform well for this? Mainly for my kids to access our movies on their devices and to backup an additional copy of my photos from my business as opposed to relying on the internal and external HDD’s.

Kumar RaviKant says:

i Use Ip for my home network, can i access this device from any where…

Simple Reviews says:

I just got it this morning and it’s not that bad. The iOS app needs a huge overhaul though and I dislike that it won’t let me access my private folder using my iPhone. Speeds are 45 Mbit/s-ish so that’s good.

Louis Ikediashi says:

Hell Lon, my Seagate Nas DLNA all of sudden is giving me isssues, It’s been working all this while with no issues, all of a sudden the twonk server cannot see the data in my public folder. Any solution?

Mouad Khateb says:

Lon, thanks a lot. Can you please do an in depth comparison between this and the new Seagate Personal Cloud? I am really having a hard time trying to decide which to buy, and apparently Seagate did a major upgrade to its poor Central, that came in the form of the new Personal Cloud. 
I don’t want to buy anything from WD, I have had enough disasters with their HD’s suddenly failing for no obvious reason !

Stormonu says:

The Seagate Central is crap.  I bought the 4GB version, and it never worked correctly from the get-go.  When accessing media from my smart TV, it would reboot.  Items saved to the drive would inexplicably vanish.  It wouldn’t remember the settings when configured from the sorry web page.  It just recently died on me, which I am discovering is due to horrible heat dissipation for the unit.  DO NOT BUY THIS CRAP.  I have had NO problems with my replacement My Cloud, the latter has been a dream.

Dave Smith says:

Ty Lon, I have worked my way through all your Videos on NAS and they have been a great help in coming to a decision on what NAS to buy, keep it up.

Nghi Trần says:

Lon sir, I love your reviews. 

Steve H says:

I just bought the Seagate Central yesterday and I’m planning to return it because of my “ACTIVE” status expiring in three years.  You mention purchasing additional seats but how much functionality will I lose in 3 years if I don’t subscribe?  I saw in another review that a new version is due to release in March 2015.  Any thoughts?

Keith Young says:

I wouldn’t buy another Seagate Central product. It is the only one that has failed out of all my drives. My Seagate Central became corrupted when I connected from out of town.

Kanwar Anand says:

I have a DLINK 2750U modem and I can simply connect a wired USB drive to it. The speeds are low. Maybe 1mb per second at times when transferring files. however, I think considering it is free, I can’t complain. So users may want to check if their modem/router supports such a config.

CurveTheRain says:

The no iOS problem is fixed now right?

Batey Bros says:

I’ve also found the transfer speeds to be slow. As a drive just to store files it does the job.

Bob Asterita says:

does anyone know if you connect a USB printer to the WD My Cloud? I currently have it connected to a mac but if it could be used through the WD My Cloud then I would not have to have the Mac on to print. Thanks appreciate the help.

Mohammad Jahanzaib says:

i want to access from external Network…

dsoyarte says:

Thanks for your review… Yet, for me… this device is almost a Zero !…. Total fiasco…

Poor interface, non sense support that almost tell s you… Thanks for buying our product, you are on your own to solve any kind of questions you may have….

I really regret buying it Low transfering rate, innestable, every now and then it gets disconnected or almost freezzed while managing the files….

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