Pros: Versatile network storage device; removable drives and RAID options provide extra data security; compatible with Time Machine.
Cons: Expensive; web browser interface may be a bit complicated for non-technical users.
Iomega’s StorCenter might be packed with useful features, but its complicated set-up means it is probably more suited to users who have some previous experience of network devices.
The drive is a bit bulky, but that’s because it includes two separate hard disks. This allows you to set it up as a RAID 1 drive that makes duplicate copies of your files on each drive, or to simply use the full storage provided by both hard disks together. You can also remove the drives and replace them if anything goes wrong – not an option with most of the other drives on test.
Our review unit provided 2TB of total storage (twin 1TB drives) and cost £309.99, but you can also get models with 1TB or 4TB. It’s also got three handy USB ports for adding even more storage if required.
We had a little trouble setting the StorCenter up at first. When connected to our router the device immediately showed up as a connected server on our network. However, when we ran the StorCenter Manager program to configure the drive, it repeatedly told us that it was unable to detect the drive’s IP address. It took a chat with Iomega’s technical support to fix.
Fortunately, after that glitch, the StorCenter worked very well. It backed up our 10GB batch of test files in 20 minutes. However, features such as the RAID options, Active Directories for Windows networks, and Folder Quotas are clearly aimed at business users.
It’s not as easy to use as Apple’s Time Capsule so you’ll need a bit of network know-how. However, its RAID reliability and impressive range of features make the StorCenter a great choice for small creative studios who need more than just a basic NAS drive.