Between iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and every other cloud storage system out there, there’s a good chance your files are spread far and wide. Using desktop and mobile apps, My Cloud can talk to all your Macs, as well as iPhones and iPads. The WD My Cloud comes equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 for easy storage extension, and has an intuitive interface that is incredibly easy to set up. The units are passively cooled, which makes the venting around the top, back and bottom a required feature so the drive inside can easily shed its heat. Overall the WD My Cloud is a very sleek, shiny, quiet and sturdy device, which is somewhat ironic since it will most likely live in the basement or wherever the Internet comes into a house. If a user wants to give someone access to their My Cloud all the user has to do is create a user account for that person on the NAS, generate an access code, and give that code to the person. WD includes a feature called Safepoint in the My Cloud admin, which can create snapshots of the My Cloud to protect against drive failure, something that always worries us with single-drive configurations. The iPad app is essentially the same as the iPhone, the only difference being the far right pane for viewing a photo. Performance on a device like this is somewhat difficult to measure in terms of practical performance in the real world because there are so many network factors at play, like Internet speeds for mobile devices that may be accessing the NAS.
The WD My Cloud is a slick looking powerful personal cloud device (NAS) that anyone can use. 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. WD today introduced its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions that lets users organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. Il nuovo disco fisso Western Digital My Cloud funziona come unita di archiviazione per la rete di casa: permette di salvare e accedere ai dati da Mac, PC, iPhone e iPad e da qualsiasi dispositivo Android. Western Digital My Cloud e il nuovo disco fisso di WD che trasforma il cloud in un servizio personale e domestico. Il costruttore assicura installazione e setup semplificati al massimo grazie alla procedura guidata: Western Digital fornisce il software My Cloud Desktop App per Mac e PC e poi anche My Cloud Mobile app per iPhone, iPad e dispositivi Android.
Sempre tramite i software forniti e possibile condividere file di grandi dimensioni semplicemente inviando un link via email, gestire i trasferimenti di dati tra il nostro cloud personale fornito da Western Digital My Cloud installato a casa e i piu famosi servizi di cloud pubblici tra cui Dropbox, Google Drive e SkyDrive di Microsoft. Tra le altre caratteristiche di Western Digital My Cloud ricordiamo la presenza di una porta USB 3.0 che puo essere utilizzata per collegare la fotocamera e copiare al volo le foto digitali oppure per connettere un altro disco fisso ed espandere la memoria del disco fisso e quindi anche del nostro cloud personale. In USA Western Digital My Cloud e gia disponibile nella versione a singolo disco da 2 TB a 150 dollari e da 3 TB a 180 dollari: a novembre sara disponibile anche la versione da 4 TB a 250 dollari.


Ma i dati salvati su questo HDD possono essere sincronizzati sul pc salvandoli in locale (come Dropbox o drive) o serve sempre la rete internet?
Western Digital’s new My Cloud ($150-$250) offers a personal cloud for your home, initially in 2, 3, or 4TB capacities.
Your data can then be accessed from anywhere you may be traveling, while it’s stored securely at home. It also features free and easy-to-use applications so users can upload, access and share from anywhere using a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone.
The enclosure has a shiny white plastic shell, with a matte branding inlay that wraps around from the front to right side. The drive is meant to be used vertically, with four rubber feet on the bottom to prevent slipping on a flat surface. Simply connect its power source and network port to a router and you’ve completed the physical setup. It took us 3 minutes from plugging in to the My Cloud being running and accessible on the network.
They then download and run the My Cloud mobile app (available for Android and iOS) and enter the code. Via the USB port or other networked drive, users can very simply set up a Safepoint job that runs on a schedule. It automatically establishes its network and relay settings to make outside access simple and turns on popular features like iTunes and DLNA servers for streaming music and video content and Time Machine for Mac backups. This extra feature is very handy when you need to go through images quickly and clearly takes advantage of the additional viewing space on the tablet.
Each platform has a WD My Cloud application that provides easy access to the files on the NAS. To measure top end performance to and from the WD My Cloud, we transferred large movie files to and from the unit to gauge read and write speeds from our 1GbE office network. We found the My Cloud slowed under the heaviest loads but remained available, which is good. 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.
Una volta collegato alla rete di casa o di un piccolo ufficio tramite la porta Gigabit Ethernet integrata, tutti i computer e i dispositivi mobile presenti possono registrare e accedere ai dati sul Western Digital My Cloud. Da qui e possibile accedere ovunque ci troviamo al nostro cloud personale per salvare foto e video, risparmiando memoria su smartphone e tablet, riprodurre video, accedere a documenti salvati in precedenza, tutto questo sia quando ci troviamo in casa, sia quando siamo all’estero o in viaggio tramite collegamento sicuro via Internet. WD ha gia annunciato che sono in arrivo unita Western Digital My Cloud in configurazioni da due e anche 4 dischi fissi.
While the box itself may look like a standard hard drive, there’s a lot more to it than just that.


Even the inlay has a slick look on the side, along with the drive access indicator light on the front. The back of the unit has the USB port, power port, Ethernet port, and Kensington lock slot. All of the same features are here including the ability to email links to any of the files to friends and family. In practical terms, the My Cloud could support 2-3 highly active users who are reading and writing to the device, which is likely more than what is required. Its performance is in line with expectations meaning the My Cloud will easily support the needs of today's modern family.
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. Nei prossimi giorni torneremo a parlare di Western Digital My Cloud quando saranno annunciati prezzi e disponibilita per l’Italia. The drive uses a Gigabit Ethernet connection, and has a USB 3.0 port to attach additional drives for extra storage. User rights are also established in the admin, by default it creates a public folder, or share, for each user.
We connected a My Passport 1TB drive via the USB port and the My Cloud found it and started backing up with no issues. On the Mac the My Cloud shows up in Finder as a drive, just like the internal drive in a Mac, which makes interacting with the My Cloud in that way very simple. Of course we don't love that its single-bay, but at least they offer a Safepoint backup solution and larger units are en route. 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. WD hits a lot of key points with the My Cloud with usability and tie ins to today's popular cloud service amongst the highlights.
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.
The My Cloud line is certainly primed to grab substantial market share in what is currently a growing yet fragmented slice of the NAS market.
Once the My Cloud drive is setup, customers can easily connect their computers and mobile devices with WD's free desktop and mobile apps. With a Gigabit Ethernet connection and Dual-Core processor, transferring files is blazing fast, allowing customers to quickly centralize all of the digital content scattered across various devices onto My Cloud. For PC users, WD SmartWare Pro software offers options for how, when and where to back up files. With the new My Cloud desktop app, navigating, controlling and sharing these files from anywhere in the world is simple and intuitive.
My Cloud is available in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities, providing bountiful storage capacity with no monthly payment required. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.



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