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Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review Performance, Different Perform but Powerful

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The Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review. This NAS for SMEs by Western Digital using a different operating system than the NAS in general. Western Digital recently presented a variant of the latest product aimed at a larger scale. To answer the need for storage solutions to SME business, Western Digital presents its first Western Digital Sentinel product, DX4000.

Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 has a number of capacity options. The difference located in the amount of hard drive included as well as capacity of each hard drive have. Overall, this NAS has enough space to hold four hard drives. How to install and removing also very easy. Users simply open the door and pull each hard drive lock.

If other NAS typically uses the Linux-based operating systems and web-based control panel interface, Sentinel DX4000 uses Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 as their main control. The use of the Windows operating system can only make you fully perform the NAS setup in the Windows environment as well. On the Macintosh operating system, it is available to make access Launchpad application and the setup is simple. While on Linux, you can not do any setup. NAS is able to handle up to 25 users. Even so, features and ease of use of the user interface was a bit confusing and not as flexible as the web interface on another NAS.

When we use this Western Digital Sentinel DX4000, we feel startup process quite a long, especially when verifying disk condition. This process will continue over and over every time you turn on this NAS. Interestingly, this NAS can perform automatic RAID rebuild if one hard drive problems. We’ve accidentally unplugged the hard drive while still in operation, resulting in the display immediately shows an error message. When reassembled, NAS immediately begin the process of rebuild and re-verification.

In terms of performance, Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 is considered pretty good. With RAID1 configuration, the NAS is able to producing read and write rate around 60-80 MB/s. To find more test results, please refer to Table test results.

Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 NAS is quite unique with the use of Windows Storage Server 2008 operating system. However, its use still feels limited and somewhat confusing. But overall, performance is fairly good and adequate for the SMEs needs.

Test Results

Intel NASPT
HD Video Playback53.360 MB/s
2x HD Video Playback55.294 MB/s
4x HD Video Playback64.316 MB/s
HD Video Record151.872 MB/s
Playback & Record71.891 MB/s
Content Creation11.213 MB/s
Office Productivity41.875 MB/s
File Copy to NAS178.784 MB/s
File Copy from NAS61.498 MB/s
Directory Copy to NAS25.978 MB/s
Directory Copy from NAS24.175 MB/s
Photo Album12.872 MB/s
Robocopy66.099 MB/s
SiSoftware Sandra (RAID0)
Buffered Read83.260 MB/s
sequential ReadRead 82.253 MB/s
Random Read59.163 MB/s
Buffered Write109.290 MB/s
Sequential Write71.797 MB/s
Random Read56.797 MB/s
Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review: Table of Test Results

Specification – Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review

Hard Drive interfaceSATA 3 Gbps
Total Hard Drive4 internal (2 pieces 2 TB hard drive is included in the package)
Hard Drive Size3.5″
Port2 x USB 3.0; 2 x 10/100/1000 Ethernet (LAN)
Storage modeRAID1, RAID5
weight4.8 kg (without adapter)
guarantee3 years
Websitewww.wdc.com
Price (range*)U.S. $1026
Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review: Table of Main Specifications
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Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review

Windows-based

Based on Windows: The whole setup, NAS, uses the operating system Windows Storage Server 2008 R2.

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Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review

Up to four hard disk

Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 provides a room that can accommodate up to four hard drives. Units we received contained two hard drives with a total capacity of 4 TB.

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Western Digital Sentinel DX4000 Review

USB 3.0 Port

To connect with external storage media, there are two USB 3.0 ports that support high speed.

Conclusion

Plus:

  • 4 hard drive capacity,
  • transfer rate tolerable,
  • support USB 3.0,
  • Windows Storage Server operating system.

Minus:

  • The interface is a bit confusing,
  • full configuration only through Windows.

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Score Assessment

Performance - 7.5
Facilities & Features - 8
Easiness - 7.5
Price - 5.5

7.1

Overall

Plus: 4 hard drive capacity, transfer rate tolerable, no USB 3.0, Windows Storage Server operating system. Minus: The interface is a bit confusing, full configuration only through Windows.

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User Rating: 3.55 ( 1 votes)

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