WD My Cloud Personal Cloud Storage is an entry-level NAS storage system that offers up to 4 TB of space to store (and backup) your files & media.
You can store and access the data stored in WD My Cloud device from anywhere, using any device (computer, tablet, smart phone) – over the Internet.
Centralized personal cloud storage system for storage & backup of files and media for everyone in your home.
Automatic backup of select folders from your computer; Time Machine integration for Mac users.
Password protection for data stored in certain folders, restricted access to (specific) users. The WD My Cloud entry-level NAS system can stream HD, BluRay and other high-resolution content across the LAN network to any DLNA certified device. By default, all folders will have read and write access for everyone, but you can create users (with their own passwords) and restrict access to certain folders.
With a USB hub, you can attach more than one USB hard drive to this NAS system (for expansion or secondary backup). Content Scan is a feature that enables WD My Cloud NAS device to automatically scan the network for multimedia content and present it to you (for selecting). Snapshot feature allows you to make a copy of the entire WD My Cloud disk and save it to an external hard drive. Even when you remotely access the content on your NAS drive through the WD website, your content and files are stored on your devices, and not on WD servers. Photos and media can be set up to upload automatically, once you connect the devices (holding them) to your network.
Even if there is a power shutdown, the device will automatically power up (once the power is back) and no settings will be lost.
Though you can connect the NAS system over the Wi-Fi network (via Wireless router), data transfer will be faster if you connect it to a wired gigabit network (Cat 6 cables and gigabit switch ports). You can either drag and drop files to the NAS device or map important folders so that content in them is automatically be backed up to the NAS.
If you find the device disappearing from the network, assign a static IP address to the NAS instead of the default DHCP IP address which keeps changing.
You cannot connect the WD My Cloud entry-level NAS system to computer or laptop’s USB port (for file transfer).
If you have to use the wireless network, try to use 802.11ac wireless routers and clients, for faster data transfer. Please note that this is a single bay NAS system and hence you cannot add more hard drives into it. Synology Diskstations are used in homes and organizations to store a large amount of data, in a central storage location, which can be accessed by users through LAN (Local Area Network). It’s obvious that Synology devices store a large amount of data and losing that info could be disastrous.
While for organizations, these devices can be used to access data from a centralized location. While there are many cloud backup services available, ones that offer backup for Synology devices are surprisingly few.
Plus, since you’re probably going to back up a large amount of data, it’s also important to choose an affordable and secure cloud backup service. To help you make the right decision, I have curated five of the best cloud backup options for Synology. Of course, after reading this piece, I do advise that you take the time to try out each service’s free offer, whether it be a trial period or free account. With CrashPlan, you get unlimited storage for $5.99 per month, and that is one of the reasons, among many others, why this cloud backup service is on the top of our list.
Backing up Synology drives through CrashPlan isn’t as easy as backing up data from personal computers.
It takes a little bit of research, and I would recommend doing it with someone who has handled things like this before.


Since CrashPlan is based on Java, the first thing you need to do is install Java on your system. If you’ve already downloaded the backup service, it should be visible in the package center. Yes, it can all be a little confusing the first time around, but if you are using a Synology device, I am pretty sure you are already used to this. Plus, I am confident you wouldn’t mind spending a few extra minutes backing up files, if it means securing your data. First, there is an account password, and apart from that, CrashPlan also provides 448-bit local encryption, the key to which is set by a user. This key never gets sent to CrashPlan’s server, as data is encrypted first on your local machine, and then sent over to their server.
ElephantDrive comes integrated with Synology drives, which means you don’t have to worry about handling back-end stuff, and setting commands to backup a Synology drive.
You first need to access and install Elephant Drive on a system by going to the Package Installer through DMS. As soon as you click on it, a setup wizard will open up to guide you through the installation process.
ElephantDrive also provides features like scheduling, incremental backup, continuous backup and bandwidth throttling. Then there is 256-bit local encryption, and I strongly recommend setting a personal encryption key. With an initial 5GB free plan and direct integration with Synology devices, it’s a great option for backing up data. While the desktop client is very easy to use, it lacks the option to schedule backups or automate them.
And this can be a big problem for users who have a significant amount of data which needs to be backed up. In the settings, you can choose at what intervals you would want HiDrive to create these backup snapshots.
But in most systems, it already comes installed as an add-on, providing a quick way to backup data.
I would also recommend this service if you want a pre-installed backup service and don’t have much data to backup. Powered by Amazon, I can say that Glacier Backup is one of the most reliable and affordable services on this list. By basic, I mean the service can’t retrieve a file you accidentally lost, or recover a small folder. You have to enter these credentials along with your main credentials, to log in to an account. If you do not want to store data in US data centers, you can choose to move it to Europe or Asia. According to the company’s website, this space can be extended to ‘unlimited free’ storage space, by volunteering your extra Synology storage to Symform.
It turns out, for every 1GB of Synology space given to Symform; you get 2GB of cloud space back. So technically, there is no free unlimited storage, even if you contribute 1TB of space, you’ll only get 2TB of cloud space back. You can also opt for paid plans which start at $10 per month for 100GB of data, and the highest storage plan available is for 1TB, which costs $100 per month. Also, it’s a little weird giving personal space to a cloud backup company; you never know how they are using it. Since Symform has teamed up with Synology, installing its app is as easy as ElephantDrive’s.
There is also 256-bit AES encryption on the server side, but there isn’t any private encryption available. Synology Diskstations are good at storing large amounts of data, and backing them up is just as important as backing up your personal computers.


It’s an unfortunate fact that not many good backup apps exist, which can cater to the needs of Synology users. And as you can see, choosing the right cloud backup service will depend on how much you are willing to spend, and how much time you have to maintain these services. Best Online Backup Services Updated 2016If you're looking to backup your files in the cloud, this is the list you need to choose the best service.Best Cloud Backup for MacYou need to backup your Mac?
A Taiwanese-based company Synology revealed yesterday that it has included ElephantDrive's backup service as a part of its customized Synology Package Center. Some of our more regular readers know that we are avid users of Synology DiskStations here at our office. ADrive's 50GB free accounts are going to be cut from the program on November 16th, essentially forcing customers who use that plan to either pay up and upgrade to premium, or simply transfer their data to another provider. Yunio is here to answer the calls of all those who need massive storage for free, with 1 TB of free data on offer, the Chinese company is posing a serious threat to more miserly Western cloud companies. We are a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review.
The best thing about a NAS system is: it is a network-connected centralized storage unit that can be simultaneously accessed by multiple users connected on the wired or wireless network in your home.
You can connect it either to the wired port of a Wi-Fi Router (OR) to the wired port of a network switch.
But the performance of the NAS system on a wired network is better than a wireless network.
You can access your cloud-stored content from anywhere (via the net) if you connect the NAS system to the Internet. So, you can store your movies and music once, in this device, and all family members can stream from here (to their own devices) whenever required. With a powered USB hub, you can attach as many as 7 external hard drives, all of which can be accessed through the NAS. You can restore this snapshot (back to the NAS device) anytime in the future in case you lose the content on WD My Cloud NAS. Also, try to connect USB 3.0 compliant external hard drive to the USB port (of the NAS device) for better performance. File transfer from a remote location (over the Internet) maybe slow, depending on your connection speeds. Synology backups are available on all the tiers, including the lite one, which offers 2GB of free storage.
Continue reading to learn more about this reasons and if your own cloud is good for you or not. No, we are not affiliated with this brand, nor do we receive any compensation for mentioning them (apart from Amazon affiliate commissions if you purchase through one of our links). The company's clients were recently targets of two different attacks, both coming in the form of emails.
Among the updated features, you also have Google Drive access, although no streaming is available, and easy to use touch-screen controls. There is no need to store the same media at multiple locations, freeing space in other devices. But be advised that the speed of data transfer will be lower for external drives attached in this fashion (especially through a USB hub).
This enables you to back up all the contents of the NAS, just in case the internal hard drive fails. Consider the total space you might need in a couple of years, while selecting the appropriate NAS model.



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