In an age when photos are transferred every which way, wires can make moving images around a real pain between our PC to a Mac to an iPhone to an Android tablet to—you get the idea.
As expected, these extra parts make the drive produce more heat but that’s all easily vented through the squircle holes along the top and backside of the drive. Moving along to the back the drive has a few basic ports with a 12-volt power connector, Kensington lock, USB 3.0 port—which isn’t ever used for direct file transfers, but we’ll loop back around to this—and an Ethernet port. Instead of ever plugging directly into the My Cloud, WD directs users to a simple repository of downloads with the most important one being the setup, and a maybe the desktop client if you want a nicer looking interface than Finder or Explorer’s file system. Thankfully, getting setup is just clicking through the installer and you’re done, or at least for Macs anyway. Actually getting to use an application with the My Cloud, it practically acts like an external drive plugged to your computer.
The review unit we received was a 2TB drive, which could be an extremely tantalizing way for image editors to offload all their big photo folders when MacBook Pros and the quickest PCs are packing fast, but tiny solid state drives.
Beyond PCs and Macs, WD also has a few apps for iOS and Mobile users to also move their images easily. Unfortunately, mobile apps might look like they have an option to link up the My Cloud with other cloud services like Dropbox. Besides connecting to devices over the web, the My Cloud features a USB 3.0 connection on the back for adding additional storage.
This additional storage acts exactly like plugging in another external storage device to the computer. The only you can’t do with the My Drive is access it directly, and this is mostly due to the fact the drive is designed as a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device rather than a true hard drive. Now to the most important part of the review, which will answer if a networked drive can possibly keep up with Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. Of course we did these tests using the most ideal conditions of having the My Cloud and computer hooked up through Ethernet.
The WD My Cloud offers a bunch of extra cloud features over other everyday external hard drives with the benefit of never having to lug it around or being tied down by wires. In the end, though, the WD My Cloud really boils down to being as good as “my first NAS.” It could be a great solution for families or groups of friends to keep all their images in one place, but there are better, faster, and more expandable solutions out there for professional photographers who need to move around terabytes of files at a time.
Other capabilities in the new version include the Alternate Store Location feature, which allows files to be automatically copied, concurrently, to multiple locations and storage types, such as disk storage, cloud storage, or LTO tape. GET Studio e-lettersSign up for StudioDaily eletters to keep you in the know & updated on the industry every day.


Cloud storage has been a great solution, but for the old hard drive diehards and privacy conscious, storing one’s files on a device they have nearby can add that extra peace of mind that let’s photographers sleep easily at night.
Serving up local cloud storage drive, it blends the ability of having a drive you can access out of the office with all the safety of knowing it’s on top of your desk and not some Amazon S3 server in Dallas. The vents add a nice touch of design to the unit’s overall “well, it’s a hard drive look” with the only other noticeable feature being the front LED display that turns blue when the drive is connected.
The interface might seem sparse, but the whole idea is the My Cloud is a drive you can connect once and never have to look at again. After paging through the installer, we saw our My Cloud Drive right there in Shared Devices and started moving files right there. While the cloud drive shows up in the network devices, it’s not immediately usable as a lettered (ie C, D, or E) drive. From several different computers we were able to easily access our images in Photoshop CC, edit and save them, and then switch to another machine to pick up on finalizing the pictures from there—a nifty feature when collaborating with multiple artists. Additionally, wedding photographers and general snappers looking to sell their work but forget to bring their whole portfolio could use this as an easy way of giving themselves a back up. All it really does is round them up into the app without any option to directly transfer files. The My Drive will, for the most part, recognize anything you plug into it whether it’s a hard drive or USB stick. Alternatively, it can create scheduled safepoints that clones the original drive onto the media device as an additional backup. It’s not a major knock against it but keep in mind that the drive won’t be accessible with out a wireless network or a router to bridge a Ethernet connection between the PC and My Cloud. Major fluctuations aside, that’s still way slower than the speeds we saw on either the My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6TB or VelociRaptor Duo.
While the extra features are nice, we can’t imagine ever using this as our main hard drive for work.
Sync is the one that builds its online cloud solution with privacy in mind.It works just like Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box.
It supports Apple Spotlight search and an expanded slate of web services for deeper third-party integration. Luckily there’s an easy fix by kicking the drive with a Run Command and typing \\[insert drive name].
Lightroom users, however, should be aware post-processed photos do not transfer over even when opening the same file as it seems image profiles are saved locally.


The same goes for PCs and Macs where we had to use our own computers as an intermediary to copy and paste files. It also reads and writes to a variety of formats including FAT32, Apple’s HFS+J, Windows NTFS, or some more obscure Linux Ext2. Of course, data transfer millage will vary for everyone depending on the router’s signal strength and the literal mineral composition of their home walls.
As an entry level NAS it’s decent with the ability to simply add on as many devices as you’d want and easily plug in even more storage. If you would like to purchase any of the items mentioned, please do so by clicking our links first and then purchasing the items as we then get a small portion of the sale to help run the website. You have Sync Client running on your Windows, automatically syncs the files or folders to the cloud when it detects a change.
Picking it up, squeezing it, knocking about its white plastic body, there’s nothing chintzy about the My Cloud’s build quality. After that it should show up in the network devices and from there right click the device and designate it as a letter drive. And you can get access to these files once they are sync’d to the cloud from anywhere via any devices that run iOS or Android, Windows or Mac. It’s also a bit larger than your typical 3.5 drive enclosure but that’s all due to the unit having its own dual-core processor and Wi-Fi card. You can also share these file with others through a link or folders between accounts.What makes Sync different is the way how they respect your data. It provides end-to-end encryption to the data that makes technically impossible for Sync to get access to your own data. You can view our browser-based source code at any time.Sync has two different type of accounts to offer. Both options have the pretty much all core features covered, except for the Vault archive option which is only available for Pro users.You can also get 1GB reward for each new account referred through your referral link.



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