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For a full unboxing & overview of the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra be sure to check out our video below. The spacious 8GB Western Digital My Book Duo desktop-class external hard drive comes with two drive assemblies, for either extra room or added safety for your backups. If you're on the hunt for a basic desktop-class external hard drive with lots of space, then the Western Digital My Book Duo ($449.99) is worth a long look. The chassis is looks similar to the Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo and the Western Digital My Book Studio, aside from the two status LEDs for the dual hard drives. If one of the drive assemblies in the enclosure goes bad, an LED light on the front panel will let you know by blinking red.
Performance Like the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive (5TB), our Editors' Choice for desktop-class drives, the My Book Duo had a little trouble running the PCMark 7 drive test. Ultimately, the Western My Digital Book Duo works best as a backup drive or a repository for large personal media libraries.
Long before cloud backup services sprang up, businesses and individuals made do by using external USB hard drives. One of the biggest benefits of using a cloud backup service is that the data is stored safely offsite. As an alternative to locking away a hard drive in a fireproof box, you could instead use a peer-to-peer backup system such as the one offered by CrashPlan. CrashPlan is a cloud backup provider, but it also offers a free service that lets you back up data to the PC of a friend or family member, while they back up their data to yours. Another advantage of storing data in the cloud is that you can access it from virtually anywhere, anytime, via a mobile app or Web browser.
My Cloud offers 2 terabytes or more of storage, and WD has apps for both Android and iOS that let you access the data stored on the drive from wherever you are.
Another option is a service like Younity or MiST; these services index your data where it is and make it available from mobile apps and other PCs. With Younity or MiST, the data itself stays in its original locationa€”on your mobile device, or your Windows or Mac computer.
Backing up your data using a mix of these tools isna€™t as turnkey-simple as using an online service.
The My Cloud EX4 has all the features you want in a four-bay NAS and is priced right, provided that you accept its performance deficiencies.
Tony is principal analyst with the Bradley Strategy Group, providing analysis and insight on tech trends. PCWorld helps you navigate the PC ecosystem to find the products you want and the advice you need to get the job done.
Western Digital today unveiled the new WD My Passport Wireless, a Wi-Fi enabled external storage drive that allows you to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device.
The My Passport Wireless drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to eight devices to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive via a Wi-Fi connection.

The WD My Cloud mobile app easily connects to a My Passport Wireless drive for simple setup, and once setup the mobile app provides easy navigation, sharing and playback of the drive’s content. In additional to providing shared storage for all your wireless devices, the My Passport Wireless drive is also an ideal companion for cameras thanks to its integrated SD card slot. All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community. The My Book Duo comes formatted for NTFS, with two 4TB drives striped in a RAID 0 array (8 terabytes total space). The drive comes with Windows Backup and Time Machine support, as well as WD Smartware Pro backup software for timed or continuous file backups. As a backup, we ran the PCMark 5 test, which returned a 6,425 points score, much slower than the 10,796 points garnered by the s Seagate Backup Plus, as well as the 10,561 points of the Buffalo Drivestation DDR 2TB (HD-GD2.0U3). Cloud backup services are the most hassle-free option, but they can be costly, and they require a stable, high-speed broadband connection that isna€™t available for everyone.
With a combination of hardware, apps, and services, you can create secure, easily accessible data backups without relying on the cloud.
Backing up data locally to an external USB hard drive is faster than uploading it to the clouda€”especially via a USB 3.0 connectiona€”and external drives are a relatively cheap, one-time investment rather than an ongoing subscription. Consumer-grade drives are pretty reliable, but they will inevitably faila€”usually about the same time your PC crashes, if Murphy has anything to say about it.
Theya€™ve been designed and tested to survive mana€™s and Mother Naturea€™s destructive worst. Your backup will be stored safely offsite and encrypted, so it can be accessed only by using your personal account information. The process takes place over the Internet, so, depending on your broadband speed, it may take a lot longer than a local backup. A network-enabled external drive like the Western Digital (WD) My CloudA provides the same convenience.
The apps also integrate with cloud services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive, enabling you to transfer files from your My Cloud drive to the cloud, or vice versa. It features two drives set up in a RAID configuration with similar syncing and mobile app access, for use as a private cloud. The source of the data has to be turned on and connected to the Internet for the data to be accessible from other platforms or devices, but you can use these services along with some other backup alternative to enjoy the same anywhere-access to data that you get from the cloud. In addition, there is also a USB 3.0 port on the device in case you prefer a wired solution.
The WD My Cloud allows you to access content on other storage solutions such as the WD My Cloud family of personal cloud storage devices or on major public cloud services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive from just one app. Whether shooting large commercial photography and video production or just taking photos and videos of the family while on vacation, the My Passport Wireless drive lets you copy content from the SD card to the drive to make room for more memorable moments.
Music, photo, and video collectors, as well as other digital pack rats, should put this on their short list.
You can use the included WD utility to reconfigure the drive for RAID 1 mirroring (4 terabytes), or setup as JBOD (just a bunch of disks).
The silver-gray chassis has a charcoal-gray inset, where you'll find the drive's power light and RAID status lights. However, if all you need is space, then the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop drive is a better buy, and remains our top pick for desktop-class external hard drives.

And NSA surveillance has certainly made it difficult to trust sensitive data to a third-party provider. Second, if a fire or flood destroys your home or office, your external drive will succumb right along with your PC.
Then store one of the drives in a fireproof safe (preferably on a shelf to avoid water damage from a flood) or offsite in a safety deposit box. Your friend or family membera€™s PC must also be turned on, connected to the Internet, and have enough available storage to accommodate your data.
WD also has a four-bay version called My Cloud EX4, which adds the assurance of a RAID array's mirrored copies. The drive features Wireless N with MIMO technology for enhanced wireless performance with fast file transfers and the ability to stream up to four HD videos simultaneously. Additionally, with integrated FTP, the drive connects to compatible wireless cameras so that users can automatically transfer photos from their cameras to the drive as they are taking them. Replacement drive assemblies from Western Digital will come with guide pins that make the process easy. If you have a need for complete backup for disaster recovery, Western Digital has licensed and branded Acronis True Image WD Edition software, which is available as download for free from Western Digital's support website.
That's not bad, but it's still two cents per gigabyte more expensive than the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive.
The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 6 hours of continuous streaming and up to 20 hours of standby power. The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App Store and Google Play. In a RAID 1 configuration, the My Book Duo makes two copies of each file: one on each physical drive assembly. Drive arrays with hot-swappable bays, like the LaCie 2big Thunderbolt 2 and Promise Pegasus R4, are easier to replace, though. Acronis True Image lets you recover everything, including system files, even if your boot drive is completely unreadable.
You can connect an additional drive for more storage, plug in a mouse or keyboard, or even charge your phone or tablet using the ports. That said, the LaCie and Promise drives are made for high-availability environments, like engineering and graphics arts studios.
The drive's warranty is good, but not great: two years instead of the three we'd like to see on premium drives like this.
If you set the drive up for RAID 1, however, the My Book Duo is closer to 11 cents per gigabyte. The hub will help you use the drive with Windows laptops that have only one or two USB ports.
This is a little disappointing, because Seagate drives come with a NTFS driver for the Mac that lets you use them with both Macs and Windows PCs without reformatting (for example, if you need to quickly transfer data between systems in a mixed office).

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