WD’s Personal Cloud Storage devices aimed at home network-attached storage (NAS) users has been steadily growing since the My Cloud was first announced in October 2013. The WD My Cloud EX2 is available in four different storage capacities to help fit the storage criteria of various business and home user capacity needs.
Inside the WD My Cloud EX2 retail box you’ll find that the NAS comes securely packaged in thick foam and there is also a card letting you know there is toll-free phone setup help if you need any assistance. Inside the retail box you’ll find the two-bay My Cloud EX2, Ethernet cable, the power supply brick (AC Adapter) and the quick install guide.
Since we are looking at the 4TB model it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that it is populated with two WD Red 2TB hard drives. One of the really nice features of the WD My Cloud EX2 is that all of the hot swappable hard drive bays are trayless! The front of the WD My Cloud EX2 has three blue LED lights on it that show power and the status for each drive.
Can the files be accessed by removing a drive from the enclosure and installing it in a PC? I didn’t seen any temperature measurements from the enclosure during various operations. Can the firmware of an installed hard-drive (WD Red or Seagate NAS drive let’s say) be updated when in this NAS? There appear to be two power input ports on the rear side of the unit, and if there is support for redundant power supplies, that would be a first in this product category. As expected with any NAS targeting home consumers, the unit is a certified DLNA media server with Twonky 7.2 pre-installed. This is probably going to sound stupid, but I thought that running mechanical drives vertically for a long period of time was a no-no. 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).
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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. WD My Cloud is one of the best cloud storage services out there, and since the service has so many users, there have been countless Windows 10 users complaining of not being able to access their WD My Cloud accounts ever since their upgrade to Windows 10. If you are unable to access your WD My Cloud account on a Windows 10 computer, fear not, as this issue can indeed be fixed.
The simplest and most widely effective fix for this issue is to simply add a Windows Credential for your WD My Cloud account to the credentials list on your Windows 10 computer. Click on the Add a Windows credential link in the top right corner of the list of Windows Credentials. Type the name you gave your WD My Cloud device into the Internet or network address bar, the username of your WD My Cloud account in the Username bar and the password to your WD My Cloud account in the Password. Click on Save.
Restart your computer, and when it boots up, you will be able to seamlessly access your WD My Cloud account. If Method 1 does not work for you, which is highly unlikely, this issue can also be fixed by editing your computer’s registry and adding a certain DWORD (32-bit) value to a specific key.
Right-click on an empty space in the right pane, hover over New and click on DWORD (32-bit) value.
Double-click on the new value and, in the dialog that opens up, change its value to 1 and then click on OK. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer, and when your computer boots up, you will be able to successfully access your WD My Cloud account without any issues.
WD followed that up with a 4-Bay model called the My Cloud EX4 in November 2013 for those that were looking for data redundancy and more storage capacity. All of the cables that are included are color matched, which is nice for those that don’t like to have a million different colors. The body of the enclosure is made from plastic and while it has some give, it doesn’t feel too cheap or like it will fall apart on you.
WD ships all the models with a standard RAID 1 array (an exact copy of a set of data on two disks.) This means that it has 2TB of usable storage space as one drive is just a mirror of the other. This means that when a drive fails that you just unscrew the top drive plate with your fingers and slide the drive out. There are four rubber feet on the bottom of the WD My Cloud EX2, so it shouldn’t slide around or scratch the surface you place it on.
Note that neither side has any ventilation holes located along the top edge and the bottom of the enclosure has thick rubber feet to keep from scratching whatever it will be placed on. Once the device is stopped I don’t know how the NAS will behave when you want to rebuild it. Western Digital also indicated that the platform has 512 MB of RAM, and is powered by a 2.0 GHz processor. Western Digital also touts the availability of third-party apps such as aMule, Icecast, Joomla etc. As I understand, in the most general sense it simply means the ability to access your data (and sometimes applications) from any internet-connected device. 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? The problem has become so severe that some Windows 10 users have even resorted to rolling back to Windows 7 and Windows 8.
In almost all cases, the culprit behind a user not being able to access their WD My Cloud account on a Windows 10 computer is the fact that Windows 10 does not allow users to access certain accounts unless credentials for these accounts are added to the credentials list. It appears under Network in File Manager but does not allow me to access my files on the drive.
The one obvious product that was missing was a 2-bay product, but that all changed with the announcement of the  My Cloud EX2 today.
All of the My Cloud EX 2 Personal Cloud Storage servers that come with pre-installed drives feature WD Red hard drives that are optimized for high-performance NAS devices.
To replace the drive you do need a screwdriver though as there are a couple stand-offs and a pull tab that need to be swapped over to the new drive. Overall the WD My Cloud EX2 looks good and has some cool features, so let’s take a peek inside and see what it looks like. We will be able to confirm the SoC and other details of the platform once we are able to lay hands on the unit.
Android and iOS apps are available for access to the NAS from anywhere (outside or inside the local network on which the NAS is installed). 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?
The My Cloud EX2 is WD’s answer to those looking for a fully featured 2-bay NAS device. The diskless solution is aimed at the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) crowd and supports a wide variety of drive brands and models. If you are concerned with drive failures you might want to purchase a spare drive to quickly rebuild the RAID 1 array should a drive failure occur in the years to come.
The user will be able to download (perhaps stream too) files from this NAS if the NAS is connected to Internet. 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. I am a certified MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) with over 10 years of experience.
The My Cloud EX2 uses the same firmware and user interface as the other My Cloud products, but utilizes a different hardware platform and obviously is a different form factor.
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