Seagate Business Storage Windows Server - Keep Or "Donate" To My Work



  • This may be a crazy question considering the price but hear me out.

    I write reviews and get mostly IT items sent to me to keep and review. They can be as small as HDMI cables, to gaming laptops.

    This last time, I received a Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 8TB. Retails for $1599. It has Windows Storage Server 2012 and about 5TB free on RAID5. It also has the nifty USM slot for portable Seagate drives for very easy offsite backup rotations.

    I am a storage freak as I like local storage. I have two Western Digital 2 Drive RAID 1NAS's at home for extra backup protection (and I still backup to external drive and keep offsite). I take a lot of digital photos and videos and can't have too much storage.

    Well, this NAS fell into my lap and I almost think it is "too much power" for my home needs. My wife thinks it may be a power hog and worries if it should ever overheat. (my current NAS units go to sleep mode when not in use) But, it is perfect for work, especially for backups and additional storage needs. My work is very frugal and at this time, I know they wouldn't purchase this device. However, I think it would be a better fit here. Considering I got it for free, I am in a big debate to use it for home use and sell my other NAS's or put it to use at work where it is honestly really needed.

    I know I'll end up making my mind up but just wondering what you other IT pros would do in this situation.



  • If anything happens to that unit after you donate it, you might find yourself on the hook for those problems.



  • @Dashrender said:

    If anything happens to that unit after you donate it, you might find yourself on the hook for those problems.

    So noted...:) (another reason to keep)


  • Service Provider

    Unless you got it through work, I would not donate gear to a for-profit company. If it is a grey area that you got it from a company related function then sure. But if you got it fully on your own, I would keep it.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Unless you got it through work, I would not donate gear to a for-profit company. If it is a grey area that you got it from a company related function then sure. But if you got it fully on your own, I would keep it.

    Got to convince my wife it will be no more a power hog or a fire hazard as my other stuff...I turned it on and configured it last night and it was surprisingly quiet and cool.


  • Service Provider

    It's a home use NAS. That's what it is built for.



  • Yep, keep the device for personal use.

    I am curious though, how do you get into a gig to review tech and keep the hardware? Sounds pretty cool, do you work with a site we can read the reviews?

    Thanks!



  • @Seth-Cooper said:

    Yep, keep the device for personal use.

    I am curious though, how do you get into a gig to review tech and keep the hardware? Sounds pretty cool, do you work with a site we can read the reviews?

    Thanks!

    I started writing reviews for a company on a volunteer basis in the late 90's and sometime in the late 2000's, they approached me to be a part of their review and keep program. I never thought my writing skills were all that good but it made an impression them.


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