WD – My Cloud 6TB External Hard Drive (NAS) – White
A Better Alternative for Cloud Backup Posted by: MikeTheRetiredActuary from: Southlake, TX on I was torn between using an Internet Cloud service for backup versus having my own external hard drive connected to my router. I looked at the pluses and minuses of Internet Cloud versus personal Cloud. I decided that the pluses of a personal Cloud outweighed the pluses of Internet Cloud, while its negatives were not great enough to outweigh that decision. What I liked about the WD MyCloud was that I could directly connect the MyCloud to my router via an Ethernet cord so that it could handle backup of all of my wireless devices, be accessible by everything on my home network, and could also be accessed via the Internet when I was traveling. I chose the 6TB version simply because I didn’t want to decide I needed a larger capacity later. I certainly don’t need that much at this time, but the extra cost for the additional capacity wasn’t a problem. It was easy to install, and I had no problems with setting up its backup software on the two laptops and one Surface Pro 3 that I am currently backing up. I will say that the setup process wasn’t quite as simple as the instructions leads you to believe, but it isn’t not so involved that I needed to rely on outside help. It has been functioning fine since I installed it. And it is exactly what I was desiring to add to my home network, and I am glad I purchased and installed it.
15 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Great cloud storage drive. Posted by: Spudmuffin from: on I have always had good luck with Western Digital drives. I needed more space and liked the idea that I could access files from home while on the road. The medical files I had were too much for my Macbook so this was an awesome solution. The only problem I found was streaming video. Higher definition home movies end up buffering a lot (about every 2-3 minutes) which can be annoying. An option is download the file on your computer then play it. Overall I’m very happy with this purchase.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Awesome product Posted by: beast2 from: RI on Currently doing a 750GB time machine backup, while remotely uploading 60GB of data and remotely streaming a 14GB Hd movie, with no buffering. I can mount the drive remotely and even setup users to share data with. The web interface is awesome and so are the apps. the setup was simple. Make sure you have a good ISP with a good router and know what you’re doing. by far one of the best NAS setups I’ve ever used. 20 years in the tech world
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Good for the Price Posted by: Jokeronlne from: on Haven’t had any real problems with this NAS. Am able to pull up files, photos or whatever else I have stored on it with ease from any device I have connected, including my iPhone and iPad. Besides basic storage and retrieval, I haven’t played around with the extra features as of yet.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great external hardrive Posted by: Anonymous from: on At the time of writing 12/13/14 You’re not able to install a plex media server on this drive you will first have to mount or map the drive on the network. You will have to install plex media server on a computer and the computer will have to be on 24/7.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Disappointing Waste of Time Posted by: CrunchyTech from: on BOTTOM LINE FIRST: Does not truly provide cloud functionality. Use free cloud services for remote access, and cheaper alternatives for expanding your LAN storage. You CANNOT connect remotely without using the WD software. This is because this drive (and apparently all the rest of WD’s products) uses AFT protocol to locate the local drive on the local network. This does not work over the internet! I bought this to connect to my iTunes library remotely and to do remote Time Machine backups. But again, the only way to access this drive remotely (outside of your local network) is by using the WD application. This renders this drive useless for what I needed it for. The benefits of this drive are storing your data on your own drive rather than using a cloud service, or having a storage device on your local area network that can be used by devices on that network, or sharing the data with remote users using the provided WD software. But those are no big benefits over the existing free cloud solutions. For storing, accessing and sharing files remotely you can use Google Drive or Dropbox for free. For having extra storage on your local area network you can buy a drive at half the price that will do the same (I was using a 2TB portable USB drive plugged into the back of my router and it worked fine). About WD technical service: I spoke to them several times. Tech service suggested I speak to Sales to see what other products might work for me. The Sales rep said that doing what I want should be possible and told me to call back and ask for a Level 2 tech support, but that didn’t solve the issue either. Turn out that the entire WD product line is NOT MAC FRIENDLY and will not work using anything else but the WD software.
14 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Lots of storage-not powerful enough processor Posted by: Tbobtx from: on I’ve had a 2TB WD nas for last 4yrs but outgrew it. I could use it to stream and backup at the same time no problem. Also the firmware was not so demanding on the unit and user friendly. For backups you did not need to assign a user to it. Now I decided to get the 6TB WD my cloud to allow me to add all new computers and smartphones. First thing I did was update firmware. Then I setup users and shares. The interface is more of a fancier GUI Than older one but very bloated. Anyway, I started backing up 1 computer with multiple partitions and drive at a time and was have issues where it would just sit there and drop off the network and then come back. Repeat. I called WD and was Told to reset to factory defaults to clear it up. Tried again setting all up. Still failed. Tried 1 partition at time. Still failed. Did some research and found Trick was turning off all media sharing for the shares and backups as that was taking up all the nas processor bandwidth and causing the nas to drop off-line. Once all the backups from 6 computers were done, I turned on the sharing. All good but crazy it cannot do what it was built to do which is backup and share. Here are some other tips you can thank me later for. For ensuring long life, I have strapped a 60mm fan to back side of the nas to give it forced airflow. it reduced case temperature from 100F+down to steady 80F Other recommendation is to have it connected to a ups so if power drops out, you don’t stress the electronics.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
6 Amazing Terabytes always available Posted by: Dubaya from: on Love this product because it is faster and bigger than my previous 3 TB WD NAS which allows me to share movies, pictures, everything to my laptops, wifi enabled smart phones, tablets, PC’s, WDLIve, and Smart TV.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Stop paying for Cloud Storage Posted by: TomOrlando from: on Buy these and you will never have to pay for Dropbox again. Easy setup and works from anywhere in the world. Score.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Cool Posted by: Davesmith82 from: Marietta, ga on Very easy and dependable works great with Mac and windows
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.