Western Digital My Cloud 2TB NAS Review

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WD My Cloud 2TB NAS: Final Thoughts & Conclusions

WD MyCloudThe WD My Cloud NAS turned out to be pretty versatile.  The My Cloud has both desktop software and mobile apps to enhance the user experience whether you are on your mobile device or accessing the hard drive from a local computer on your home network. The software and various Aps are self-explanatory and useful.  We were able to remotely connect to the NAS from outside our network via an iPhone, Android device, and PC.  As you can see, the layout of the mobile application is just as simple and straightforward as the main GUI from the NAS.

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The WD My Cloud is not without issues, however: The WD SmartWare backup program is only available for Windows but the rest of the features are available for both Windows and Macs.  If you are an iOS user, the My Cloud NAS is fully compatible with Time Machine so that you can back up your Mac automatically and wirelessly.

Working with the WD My Cloud 2TB NAS has been a real pleasure.  As a person who has a large collection of music, video and pictures, I dedicated the 2TB on this NAS for my latest images from my camera.  Each one of my files average 20+ MB per file and I was really starting to feel the lack of workspace ion my PC.  With the WD My Cloud, for around $179, I’m able to have a dedicated workspace for my images.

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Western Digital (and others) do make a number of alternative products, such as the $114.00 WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable USB 3.0 hard drive, or the $99.00 WD My Book 2TB USB 3.0 hard drive, but neither one of these is network-ready.  They do market the devices as being a great backup solution and even include a variety of backup software.

Even with the premium in price, we think you will get a better bang for your dollar with one of the three My Cloud NAS devices. For about $50 you can now access (or give others access) to 2-4TB of data with ease.  We know that you could probably use DropBox or Google Drive to share, but most services are space limited coming nowhere near the 2TB mark that you can have access to.

Right now you can even get the drive for $141.30! To top things off, Western Digital ships the My Cloud 2TB NAS with a very good 2-year warranty on My Cloud drives purchased in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia! 

 LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive NAS solution that gives you remote access to your files, then the conversation has to start at the Western Digital My Cloud 2TB NAS.

 

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  • Randy Reichardt

    I’m curious to know if My Cloud works with PCs and Macs at the same time. What I mean is, at home I have an iPhone, iPac, MacBook, and a Windows 7 machine. Can all of these devices be connected to one My Cloud drive, or do the Mac and PC devices need separate My Cloud drives?

  • Maars
  • 23T Bucket

    My 2T box is sitting here unplugged. No support, No instructions. Spent 3 days trying to get this thing to work. SLOW, SLOW, SLOOOOOOOOW! Support? There is NONE…

  • Brian

    how many users total? At any one time may log into the device?

  • Carolyn Sasuga

    I have the 3T MyCloud and have problems viewing my files. I work in graphic design, therefore my folders have tons of pictures. Is there a way to change to View of my file from the little camera icon to Thumbnails?

  • Nyela

    Is this compatible with MacOS X’s Time Machine?

  • LinAdmin

    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. 2013.

    I can not recommend to buy that product before a stable firmware is available!

  • eval

    I have been reading a lot of reviews and description on My Cloud. Nowhere have I seen a word about file protection. Is there a block that will prevent 2 users from modifying the same file simultaneously? I would expect that the first user to opening a file that would set up a block such that any subsequent user could only open the same file as a “read only” file until the original user closed the file. Does My Cloud provide this level of file protection?

    • Binoy Raj

      Your OS will take care of this issue like you are editing a file in your local drive.

  • Digtial Puppy

    Thanks for your comments. The My Cloud device is password protected via it’s App. When you are remote, there is WD software that does the “handshaking” and you access it via a password login. There are a few pictures of the GUI in the article, but it’s a step more secure than your DropBox. Not exactly SSH, but it’s not like you can see it from a simple snoop.

  • Guest

    I would have like to have read more on Security of this device. If it’s going to be an online device that’s holding your files I need to know how secure is it?
    Otherwise nice writeup.

    Basically a VPN access though there is no VPN connection
    Read more at http://www.legitreviews.com/western-digital-cloud-2tb-nas-review_131939/2#fQw38CEKoqpi3Hjv.99