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Getting Help


Review the list of Troubleshooting topics below for answers to questions that might arise during the installation and operation of your Seagate product.

Additional technical assistance for Seagate products is available online at Seagate support.

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Software updates


The NAS's automatic update does not seem to be working.


Q: Does your NAS have access to the Internet? Do you use a proxy server to access the Internet?

A: Seagate frequently releases firmware updates to improve the functionality of products. The automatic update on the Support page will alert you to update your device when new firmware is available. In order to search for and download the most recent firmware, the NAS must have access to the Internet. Confirm that it has access to the Internet and, if necessary, add your proxy server to the NAS's Network settings (see Network for further details).


If you continue to experience difficulty with the automatic update, try the alternative method below. The administrator should complete the steps using a share that:

  • is private
  • includes read+write access for the administrator
  1. Download the most recent NAS OS capsule for your product. Go to the Seagate NAS Support page and choose your product. The most recent firmware capsule should be available for download.
  2. While the capsule is downloading, mount the private share on your computer.
  3. On the root level of the private share, create a folder called Update (case-sensitive).
  4. Copy the capsule into the folder Update.
  5. Reboot the NAS.
  6. The update will run automatically.


Troubleshooting the network connection


The NAS's shares are not visible on the network.


Q: Is the NAS's power supply connected and is the status light on?

A: Make sure that the power supply is properly connected; that the system has been powered on; and that the outlet is powered on or has a sufficient supply of power.


Q: Is the status light on the front of the device flickering for an inordinate period of time?

A: See LED Behavior for details.


Q: Did you follow the correct installation steps?

A: Review your NAS's user manual and quick start guide.


Q: Are both ends of the Ethernet cable firmly connected?

A: Disconnect the Ethernet cable, wait 10 seconds and then reconnect it.

Ensure that the interface connectors are properly aligned. The Ethernet cable can only be inserted one way. Make sure it is correctly oriented.

Check that the Ethernet connectors are straight and fully seated in the Ethernet ports.


IP address


Q: IP address problem?

A: By default the NAS is configured to retrieve its IP address from a DHCP server. If a DHCP server manages your network and you cannot access your NAS, try checking your DHCP server's log. To find the IP address for your NAS, run Seagate Network Assistant (see Seagate Network Assistant). If no DHCP server is detected, the product will run APIPA to assign itself an IP address. Additionally, confirm that your computer is connected to the same network as the NAS.


Q: How can I find the public IP address for advanced features such as offsite backups and remote FTP access?

A: You can find the public IP address by clicking here. You must use a computer connected to the same router as the NAS.



Troubleshooting the multimedia server


I cannot see the media files stored on the NAS.


Q: Are the media files stored on a public share? Is the multimedia service active?

A: UPnP AV devices can discover media files stored on public shares. Certain devices may have difficulty locating files on a private share or, you will be prompted for a password. Make certain that the multimedia service is enabled in NAS OS (see Media Server for more information).


Windows Media Player


Q: I can't configure Windows Media Player to find media files on the NAS.

A: Windows Media Player should play back media files stored on public shares.


Q: Windows Media Player doesn’t recognize certain files.

A: Windows Media Player has file type restrictions. See the Windows Media Player web site for further information:




Q: Some files appear in my iTunes™ shared playlist, but some do not.

A: The iTunes Server Service supports certain file types. See the iTunes website for further details:


Q: I've activated the NAS's iTunes service in General Settings, but I don't see its machine name in iTunes.

A: In iTunes preferences, make certain that the box next to Shared Libraries is checked.


Q: Why aren't files stored on the NAS appearing in iTunes?

A: iTunes Server Service will only access public folders. Put your music on public folders if you wish to play it using iTunes.


UPnP/DLNA-compatible game consoles and set top boxes


Q: Some files stored on the NAS appear on my UPnP/DLNA compatible device, but others do not.

A: Each UPnP/DLNA media player has its own file type restrictions. See their respective websites and documentation for complete lists of compatible file types.



Troubleshooting expansion devices


I connected a USB drive to the enclosure, but the drive does not appear on the Storage page.


Q: Is the drive's file system supported by NAS OS?

A: NAS OS recognizes external hard drives with the following file systems: FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, EXT2, EXT3, EXT, and XFS. If your drive's file system is not listed here, reformat it and reconnect it to the NAS.


I can't copy a file from a share to the DAS connected to my NAS.


Q: Is the DAS formatted in FAT32 and is the file larger than 4GB?

A: Files larger than 4GB cannot be transferred to a FAT32 volume.



Drive noise and VGA monitor


I think that the hard disk is making unusual noises.


Q: Is the sound "soft clicking" or "hard clicking"?

A: Soft clicking can be the normal sound of the hard drive working. If the hard drive is functional, this is normal. Hard drives do not typically give an indication of any problems prior to failure, so it does not mean it is about to fail if the hard drive is making a clicking sound and still functioning. You can check the status of your hard drives by running a SMART test (see Monitoring).

Hard clicking is a very noticeable sound, and is akin to hearing metal-on-metal impacts. This behavior is usually indicative of a physical failure. If nothing traumatic happened to the hard drive prior to this starting, consider it to be soft clicking, and troubleshoot the problem as suggested above.


The VGA monitor that I connected to the NAS appears to be receiving a signal but the screen is black.


Q: How long has the VGA monitor been connected to the NAS?

A: The VGA signal reverts to energy saving mode within a few minutes. If the monitor appears to be receiving a signal but no image is present, try to connect a USB keyboard to one of the NAS's USB ports. Tap on one of the keys to view the NAS's VGA signal.



Troubleshooting the active directory (AD)


The numbered list below provides general troubleshooting recommendations to resolve problems with AD.



  • Confirm that your NAS is running the latest NAS OS firmware (see Support).
  • Check Monitoring to review CPU usage (see Monitoring). You can experience AD connection problems if the CPU is running high. Actions or jobs that can burden the CPU include:
    • RAID synchronization (in this case, wait until the RAID is built)
    • Multiple download jobs are running (stop or wait until download is finished)
    • Multimedia reindexing (disable UPnP)
    • Backup jobs are running (stop or wait until backup jobs are finished)
    • Multiple simultaneous data transfers to/from the NAS from computers on the network (wait until the transfers are complete)
  • Make sure that the DNS server address provided to the NAS is a domain DNS, not an Internet DNS provided by an Internet service provider (see Network). The NAS must connect to the local network domain, not to a server on the Internet. Therefore, make certain that the NAS is assigned an IP address by the DNS server on the local network. To verify that the NAS is using a DNS IP address, try to ping the DNS server from a computer on the same network.
  • General > Workgroup/Domain (see General):
    • Enter the domain's Full Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). For example: (Active Directory Users and Computers Tool on Primary Domain Controller)
    • Administrator login: The AD's administrator username.
    • Administrator password: The AD's administrator password.
  • Advanced criteria (optional).
    • Server Name is the Domain Controller Host Name
    • Server IP is the Domain Controller IP


Active directory

The AD administrator can check the following:

  • Verify if Kerberos Server and Time Server are registered in the domain's DNS, allowing the NAS to connect. Kerberos Server and Time Server need to be accessible to the NAS, as these servers are involved in the joining process.
  • Confirm that the machine name object is placed in the right container (not the default “computer” container) and check access rights for the machine name (such as who can log on). If necessary, delete the machine name in order to reset the object in AD. The domain administrator can create a computer account in AD and place it in the right container prior to joining the NAS to the domain (the computer account name is the NAS's name).
  • Sub-domains can create problems when joining a domain. Confirm that the proper domain is being used and review the machine name object location/rights. As well, see if the user belongs to a different sub-domain.If so, review the user's rights to determine if there is an authorization conflict that prevents access to the NAS.