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Seagate Personal Cloud 2 bay 8TB NAS Storage Drive

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About this product


  • One central location to store your files and backups, which can be shared and accessed from within and outside your home
  • Two 4TB Seagate NAS HDDs give you a possible total storage space of 8TB
  • Automatically backup your Windows or Mac computer

Product overview

• One central location to store your files and backups, which can be shared and accessed from within and outside your home
• Two 4TB Seagate NAS HDDs give you a possible total storage space of 8TB
• Automatically backup your Windows or Mac computer
• Redundancy for files stored, with RAID 1, USB, cloud and remote backups available
• Stream your media collection to DLNA compatible devices on the same network
• Store and access files remotely on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device through the Seagate Media app
• Integrate Google Drive and Dropbox to this NAS drive

Simple to use cloud storage solution without the monthly fee
Organise all your family’s pictures, videos, music and important documents into one central location and access in and outside your home with this Seagate Personal Cloud two bay NAS drive (manufacturer’s code: STCS8000200). It comes pre-installed with two 4TB Seagate NAS hard drive disks (HDDs) that are designed to cope with the 24/7 NAS environment. This gives you a potential total storage space of 8TB. This is plenty of space to store up to 54.25 hours of 4K video at 30fps, 264 hours of 1080p video at 30fps, 2,000 two-hour DVD films, 2.56 million digital photos or 132,800 hours of digital music. Adding new users to the Personal Cloud is as easy as sending an email, a dedicated folder is then created for them to personally use. The built-in print server also lets you share a print with users connected to the same network.

What are the various backups can I do?
Backup Windows and Mac computers automatically and continuously through the Seagate Dashboard or with Apple Time Machine on Mac computers. To ensure the backups and stored files are not lost due to a rare drive failure, you can initiate a RAID 1 configuration. Under this setting files are simultaneously saved on both drives, so if one fails, you can still have access to all your files. This does reduce the amount of total storage you have by one drive so you will only have 4TB of storage space.

Off-site backups can be established too, ensuring if something were to happen in the area your NAS drive is in your files are still safe. A connected USB drive can be a target for a backup or have files from it backed up to the NAS drive. You can then configure backups to happen automatically when the drive is plugged in and have it auto-eject when the backup is finished. A network backup to another computer or NAS can be delivered too.

What’s more if you have a Dropbox or Google Drive account you can easily transfer and backup files to the Personal Cloud or transfer files from the Personal Cloud to the cloud service. This frees up space on the cloud which will save you money if your cloud service is running out of free storage space. Additionally, you can backup to Amazon S3, Baidu, Box, Strato HiDrive and Yandex.Disk cloud services, giving you a range of off-site cloud based locations to store your backups and files.

What apps can I use with this Seagate Personal Cloud?
Manage and access your digital content on the road using the Seagate Media app which can be installed on Android, iOS, Windows 8 tablets and Amazon Kindle. Through the Seagate Media app you can view your content by type or size for quick and easy navigation. You can even off-load and backup your pictures and videos that are stored on your smartphone or tablet, freeing up valuable and limited storage space so you can take more.

A Seagate program that can be installed on your computer is Sdrive, which allows you to access and use the NAS drive as if it were locally connected to the computer. Even if your computer were to be connected to a different Wi-Fi connection or mobile internet. To improve on the functionality even more, you can install third party apps, such as BitTorrent Sync, ElephantDrive, WordPress and ownCloud.

Can I stream the files stored?
The DLNA certification of this Personal Cloud means you can access files stored on it from computers, game consoles, Smart TVs, set top boxes and other DLNA certified devices on the same network. Additionally, with the iTunes server built-in you can stream your music to Windows or Mac computers using iTunes. This means you do not have to dedicate space on your computer to store your music collection.

Using the Seagate Media app on your smartphone or tablet gives you the ability to cast your content to a Chromecast, LG Smart TV or Roku player, so you can share what you are watching to the big screen in your home. The app can also be installed on a Roku player, Samsung smart TV or Blu-ray player with Smart Hub (2012 model or later) to enjoy easy browsing through your remote control.


Specification table
Capacity 8 TB
Maximum capacity 8 TB
Number of hard drives 2 x 3.5-inch drive (4 TB in 2 bays)
Maximum number of hard drives 2 x 3.5-inch drive (4 TB in 2 bays)
Expandable storage Yes - USB
Backup Options Seagate Dashboard, Time Machine, Backup Manager
Integration with cloud services Google Drive and Dropbox
Connections 2 x Ethernet port (10/100/1000 Mb/s), 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
Operating systems compatibility Windows / Mac OS X
Remote access via web Yes
UPnP Yes
AirPlay Yes
Smart device app? Yes - Seagate Media App
Compatibility with third party applications/devices Chromecast, Apple TV, LG Smart TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV
Wi-Fi No
Protocols Manufacturer not specified
Encryption Manufacturer not specified
Password protection Yes
Read speed Manufacturer not specified
Write speed Manufacturer not specified
Processor Manufacturer not specified
Memory Manufacturer not specified
Dimensions 235.15 mm x 234 mm x 48 mm
Colour Black
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Package contents
Seagate Personal Cloud
Ethernet cable
Power supply
Quick start guide

I am looking for a way to store digitally my 1,000 or so 4-hour VCR tape film library. How much space will one of these take up and please can you tell me whether the 8TB of the Seagate Cloud system will be enough?

Asked by: Martin
This would depend on how the video is compressed, but it is fair to presume 1GB per hour so 4000GB (4TB) so this would be fine.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-10-19

Can the 8TB be expanded by adding a new bay or increasing cloud storage?

Asked by: Bean57
This has a USB for expansion only.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-07-17

Is the Ethernet 100Mbit or Gigabit on this device? (Thanks)

Asked by: William
Yes this is Gigabit Ethernet
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-01-27

As it has 2 bays, is it possible to configure the two drives as raid 1?

Asked by: pat360
Yes this product does support RAID.
Answered by: DaveB
Date published: 2017-01-27
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