Today we take a look at Western Digital’s My Cloud Personal Cloud Storage, an external hard drive system that connects to your home network and can be access from the internet via a PC, smartphone, or tablet just like a cloud base service.
Most of you are familiar with what a NAS device can do but Western Digital is forcing the market to change the way consumers look at external drives.  Western Digital wants consumers to have access to their files from anywhere with minimal fuss.
So I installed it using the quick guide and that was easy enough; however it installed a bunch of unneeded software including Apple Bonjour used by a useless utility showing the shares exposed by the drive and I came to realize that the remote access apparently goes through a Western Digital web server.
Ok, so I read many horror stories about earlier versions of the Firmware of this device related to the IP address changing through HDCP and the first thing I did was go into my router and assign the WDMyCloud device a permanent IP address through my router’s HDCP reservation feature so the IP address won’t change. I copied a large library of files to it and got between 10 Mbs to 60 Mbs depending on whether I was copying many small files or fewer large ones, large files appear to copy faster.
The Firmware in the drive is quite “brittle” meaning that it has a number of anomalies and bugs that may need you to reset or reboot the drive at times or to work around at times the Setup Web Pages may stop responding properly. On my local LAN, I don’t care much about security so I have made everything public without any passwords. Next I tried to set-up the SafePoint feature on the Settings Dashboard to make a backup of the settings and data on the device.
Now I do not intend to use it for streaming data to mobile devices so I have not tried any of that. Yes, all computing devices can connect to the My Cloud, including Mac and PC systems (browser and My Cloud desktop app). Hey friends,TARDIS Box is provides cloud storage services for documents, images, files and videos upto 150GB with nothing of cost. If you had a look in the support forum of WD MyCloud you would have found out that there are a lot of user complaints proving that the firmware of that device is unstable since the first shipments in Oct.
With My Cloud (single bay) each folder has a user control on it that only a particular user has access to it at a time. For My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 there is a document flow management feature – a check-in, check-out feature.
Once done, your partition window during Ubuntu Server setup will look something like below. Once the base installation of Ubuntu Server is installed you will be asked to configure roles on the server.
At the moment the new local encryption isn’t really supported in ownCloud 5, but it is set to come by April.
In order to allow remote admin and access to your server from the internet you need to give your server a static IP address and also NAT four ports to your server. First of all we need to tell Apache (our web server) to start listening on port 443 (HTTPS).
Finally here is a screen shot of my HTTPS virtual server so you can seeA howA that should be configured. One more question: would it be possible to use a raspberry pi with a usb harddrive attached to it? Hi Bjorn, without getting too technical, resolution of the public address won’t work without some other configuration changes (which even then still may not work). If you have any more problems then I really would urge you to use the ownCloud forums as this is a blog, not a support forum. I’ve followed your guide step by step and I’ve successfully installed owncloud ! Hello I recently installed owncloud on fedora 19 but i m not able to open it through my IP address.But Its refusing connections and i am not able to access it locally.How can i resolve this error?
Shipra, what do you means by “access my ownCloud server remotely” what do you want to do to it remotely? To access it publicly, you will need to purchase a domain name, or use DynDNS so that you can access your ownCloud instance. All of this is explained in the article, I’d strongly recommend you go through the guide again. The only other way of doing this would be to set up a VPN that you can connect to, but this is out of the scope of this guide, so you will need to do your research. Clients for Sycnbox are available for almost every major platform, but the server application is Windows only.
Once the initial configuration is done, the server resides on your system tray and hosts the selected drive location as cloud storage. Control Panel allows you to change default Syncbox folder location, Reset Password and input a custom Port under Network tab. Synching files between Server and Client is no further than placing them in the Syncbox folder. I have tried to install on three different machines it will not populate the syncbox ID no matter what I do. AddictiveTips is a tech blog focused on helping users find simple solutions to their everyday problems. Being able to quickly get to what you need saves a lot of time and allows you to concentrate more on the work at hand. During installation, the application asks for your approval to integrate Hulbee Search to internet browsers.
The DataCloud, Search Where, Date, and Size options are available in the left side of the interface. Once a file is selected, you can choose to Preview it, Open it in folder, or choose an option from the right-click menu. The Settings menu (accessible from top-right) lets you manage the search locations to be indexed and monitored, specify the file types to be searches by default, change display settings and specify the indexing mode. The application is available in both English and German languages and works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Winds 7.
We covered how to do a manual backup when talking about switching to OneNote or Google Keep. If you’re using the free version of Evernote, you’re limited in the number of devices you can install the Evernote app. Once you connect your Evernote to your IFTTT account, you can put those notes wherever you want. If you’re looking for a one-time backup of your data before your downgrade, export the files and then backup the databases. If you’ve already moved to web-only for Evernote, CloudHQ lets you pay month-to-month if you don’t qualify for the free version. The WD My Cloud is a personal private cloud at its core and is basically a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device designed to have tons of functionality and extremely an easy to use GUI.
If you have seen the WD My Book line of hard drives, the My Cloud line looks very similar just in a different color.


WD suggests 10 people at most, but mentioned to us that some users have told them that they have gone beyond that. However, if an Admin does enable multiple users to access the same file, and the users are both editing a file, there is a potential case that they could overwrite one another.
WD does support applications on those devices such as Joomla for content (CMS) and Git for version control. If it’s going to be an online device that’s holding your files I need to know how secure is it? Whilst I’ve tried to make this ownCloud setup guide as easy to follow as possible, it does assume a certain level of knowledge.
Let’s look at what you will need in order to get your ownCloud server up and running. This will take up the rest of your storage space as this is where ownCloud will store all your data. The reason I’ve added this to the ownCloud setup guide is because Webmin gives you an easy to use web interface so that you can easily manage your server from your browser. For this, use your local user account credentials that you setup during the Ubuntu Server setup process. To do this, click on your username in the top right hand corner and select Users from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that if you ever need to reboot your ownCloud server, it will always keep the same IP address and your NAT rules will always work. These ports are 80 (HTTP), 443 (HTTPS), 22 (SSH) & 10000 (Webmin), setting up NAT on these ports will mean that all incoming traffic on these ports will automatically get passed to your server. I would then recommend to setup a sub-domain for your ownCloud server (provided you own an internet domain).
But we need to secure it as HTTP traffic isn’t encrypted, so it means that all your data is transmitted in plain text. This will ensure that all HTTP traffic is always forwarded on to the encrypted HTTPS session. To setup the client simply download the exe file if you’re running windows from here and install it. If so, remember to sign up for our RSS feed or email newsletter to get more great guides like this straight to your inbox.
We are planning on installing ownCloud at work on Monday for all of our counselors to keep their data.
It needs to be a server, whether it be local or hosted VPS as it needs it’s own operating system. If you’re stuck at this point then I would recommend heading over to the owncloud forums as there are people in there that are much more qualified than me to help you.
The next step on your linux journey is to look at getting a linux based OS on your computer(s).
The problem is down to a routing loop as you are coming out of your network, onto the internet, and back in again. Well, I would run the full LAMP install as you will ensure that all the required packages are installed. I like the KISS principle though (Keep It Simple Stupid) so checking the LAMP and SSH boxes during installation will ensure everything works without having to mess around. Might be worth logging a thread in the ownCloud forums with a copy of the error you are getting. Though I am still at a loss as to how to add and what to add to the ServerName line, as well as the DocumentRoot. For administration you have SSH, or Webmin, and for data you have whatever URL you setup during the installation. So that address will only work when you are on your own machine that had ownCloud installed.
If you use DynDNS, then you will need to edit your firewall rules on your router in order to allow HTTP and HTTPS traffic through from the Internet. Speaking of research, most of the questions you are asking can easily be answered by a quick Google search. Some people don’t use it because they simply don’t need it, while others remain silent, probably because they don’t have a clue of what I’m talking about. From its right-click context menu, you can see your Syncbox ID, access Gallery and Event, open Syncbox Folder, as well open up Control Panel. You just need your assigned Syncbox ID and password to connect both Server and Client to each other.
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The ability to search for files stored in the hard disk, as well as looking up queries on the internet allows users to be more efficient and productive. Make sure you uncheck that option if you don’t want to mess up your default online search settings. They allow you to easily specify the searching criteria to narrow your search and reduce the amount of time required for the application to process your request before entering your query. As soon as your enter a query, the left side is automatically populated with the terms related to your search. If you’re going through the trouble of a manual backup, you might as well use both methods.
Zapier has a ton more integrations and options, but you’ll pay for them if you need more than 100 actions each month.
If you’ve done a manual backup and just need new notes backed up going forward, this is a cheap and easy approach.
If you’re using the free version of Evernote, CloudHQ lets you backup your Evernote to another cloud service for free.
If your account gets hacked or your lock yourself out with two-factor authentication, you’ll need the data somewhere else. You can also pull files that you’ve stored onto public cloud storage such as Dropbox onto My Cloud. The casing around the hard drive is a simple white plastic case with silver edges and accents. Can all of these devices be connected to one My Cloud drive, or do the Mac and PC devices need separate My Cloud drives?
For security reasons I would recommend that you set a different password to your user password. I personally love this application as this coupled with SSH access gives you fantastic control over your machine.


This is simple to do, you can follow this guide and use Webmin to download, edit, and upload the PHP.ini file to your needs. From here on, I would suggest that the best way to get to know ownCloud is to explore, the GUI is extremely well made and easy to use. In this final section we’re going to configure an encrypted HTTPS connection and re-direct HTTP to this so that all connections to ownCloud are always encrypted and secure. Now we need to tell Apache to automatically forward all HTTP traffic to HTTPS so that all ownCloud sessions are encrypted and secure. The only way I can login now to ownCloud is with the user name and password I used during setup.
I read that it should have hashed or encrypted the password automatically after the initial owncloud setup. If I were you, I’d post a question with as much troubleshooting information as you can get hold of in the ownCloud forums (link above). It will need to be Internet facing and publically accessible in order for you to access ownCloud from college. Whilst I am happy to help when people get stuck, I do prefer it if they have done their research before asking questions. And then a few keep complaining about limited free cloud space at disposal and that companies should find a way to provide them with more. The developers have provided complete guidelines on how to set up the server on your PC, and the process doesn’t require much effort.
As mentioned earlier, the application provides two way synchronization, which means you can sync files from server to client and vice versa. Today, we have another searching utility, called Hulbee Desktop, that indexes your hard drive items, automatically generates a word cloud related to your searches and provides you with options to search for type-specific files, along with location, data and size parameters. The interface is designed in such a way to have everything available in the main portal without confusing the users with different menus and sub menus. At the right side, you have Documents, E-mails, Images, Audio, Video, Archives, Folders and Other tabs to access particular types of items in your hard drive.
For online backups or other methods, make sure you’re backing up the Evernote folder on your computer. They’ll let you use storage space on Amazon, Box, Dropbox, Google, or One Drive at no charge.
If you use it more than Zapier’s free service, then it’s time to upgrade Zapier or move onto another service. If Evernote raises its prices again, you’ll be able to walk away easily without your data being trapped in their system. Today we’ll be talking a look at the WD My Cloud 2TB that is sold under part number WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN. This slim design takes the shape of a book and operates upright next to any router due to the fact it needs to be hardwired into the router via Ethernet cable.
Installing Webmin is extremely easy, just run the three commands below (the first command installs some pre-requisitesA required for Webmin to work).
Webmin is now setup and you will be able to manage your server through your web browser as well as via SSH. Finally we need to disable the default SSL host and enable our ownCloud host as the default instance. You’d be required to assign Syncbox ID and password to the server application in order to grant access to the client apps.
The application allows you to search for items within your hard drive and on the internet from the same interface. Upon first run, the Hulbee Desktop indexes your hard disk contents and creates a database for quick retrieval or required items. The next level plan is 1,000 actions for $20, so it’s still pretty reasonable if you’re a regular Evernote user. If you pay for Zapier, you’ll get to use it for other things like backing up your Google info. From here on you can connect to the servers command line interface via SSH using an application like PuTTY, just run an ifconfig on the server to get it’s IP address.
You can download the ownCloud version 5 package from here, then upload it, extract and move within Webmin. If you get stuck, then there is always the ownCloud community forums who have been very helpful for me in the past. Like I said earlier in this marathon article, if you need help with ownCloud going forward then you should pop over to the ownCloud forums and ask for help there. Owncloud should then set the permissions for you, but if it can’t, just use the same command as above but substitute the path.
Now that I know what IA?ve done right and wrong, I think I start with a fresh install on the pi and do it right from the beginning. FreeNAS has the server setup as part of its install and runs from a USB drive leaving your hard drive(s) for data storage. Obviously, you can opt for paid subscriptions if free account doesn’t satiate your storage appetite, and all the major cloud services, including Dropbox, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, offer paid storage plans. You will then get a security warning about your certificate, hit the checkbox at the bottom of the window to continue anyway and click ok. But on the computer it is only working with the servers ip adress… Thanks a million!! However, if you own a large hard drive and just want to access files placed on that drive from any place with internet connectivity, then Syncbox is a feasible solution. If you opt for Quick Install, the application provides Syncbox ID, DDNS key and Data location on its own.
Here’s how to keep your options open and data safe, especially if your account gets hacked.
Contrary to other cloud services, it lets you create your own cloud – a server or central computer from where you are able to access and sync content using your notebook, Mac, Android or iOS devices. Advanced users, on the other hand, can select Custom Install to manually set up everything from scratch. The procedure to setup the server and client is also straightforward, and the application provides two way syncing, as well.



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