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WD My Book Live Duo Personal Cloud Storage 4TB NAS Drive with RAID Mirroring

by Western Digital
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Create your own personal cloud and access your files securely over the Internet
  • Use WD’s mobile apps for easy access with your tablet or smartphone
  • Protect your data with double-safe RAID 1 back-up
  • Built-in media server streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certified multimedia device
  • Store, access, and stream with best-in-class speed
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight2.2 Kg
Product Dimensions15.7 x 9.9 x 16.5 cm
Item model numberWDBVHT0040JCH-EESN
Hard Drive Size4000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 30,642 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Date First Available15 Jan 2012
Warranty & Support
Warranty, Parts: Replacement parts covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase

Warranty, Labor: Labour cost covered under manufacturer's warranty terms for 12 months from date of purchase


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Product Description

Product Description

WD's My Book Live Duo personal cloud storage provides dual-drive shared storage on your wireless home network. Share data with all your computers, stream media to your entertainment centre, and get to your files from anywhere with remote access and mobile apps. And with RAID 1 technology, you have double-safe backup for your data.

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RAID 1 technology makes two copies of your data to make sure it's double-safe. Click here to see a larger image.
Double-safe backup with RAID 1 technology

Set this system to data protection mode (also known as mirrored mode or RAID 1) and the capacity is divided in half. Half of the capacity is used to store your data and half is used for a second copy. In the unlikely event that one drive fails, your data is protected because it's duplicated on the other drive.

Maximum storage capacity with drive spanning

Out of the box, this two-drive system combines both drives into one big volume so they act like one drive for maximum capacity.

Complete out-of-the-box solution

WD's My Book Live Duo comes complete with two desktop hard drives offering high-capacity, low power consumption, and cool, quiet operation. The drives are factory tested within the enclosure for optimised performance and WD quality you can count on.

It's so easy, everyone in the house will use it, whether they're on a Mac or PC. And set up is a breeze, too.
It's so easy, everyone in the house will use it, whether they're on a Mac or PC. And set up is a breeze, too.
Shared storage for all your computers

The perfect dual-drive solution for centralising and sharing data on your wired or wireless network. Connect the My Book Live Duo to your wireless router to share and access files with any PC or Mac computer on your network.

Speed without compromise

Built with an 800 MHz CPU for maximum performance to power all your applications from streaming to remote access. Designed around the most recent advances in Ethernet chip technology, this product delivers best-in-class read speeds faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives.

It's so easy, everyone in the house will use it, whether they're on a Mac or PC. And set up is a breeze, too.
Stream music, photos and movies to any DLNA certified device such as an Internet connected TV.
Now streaming to your HDTV

Watch your daughter's birthday party video or show off your vacation slideshow on your TV. The built-in media server streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live network media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and connected TV. DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certified.

Automatic, wireless backup for all your computers

Protect your precious memories and wirelessly back up all the PC and Mac computers on your network to one reliable location. Windows users can use the included WD SmartWare software and every time you save something, it's instantly backed up. Mac users can utilise all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data.

Serve up your music with iTunes

The drive includes iTunes server support so you can centralise your music and stream it any Mac or PC with iTunes.

Backup the files on all your computers, access and share files inside and outside your home, and stream media.
You don't need to be a network expert. The WD My Book Live Duo is easy to set up and easy to find on your network.
Easy to set up, easy to find on your network

Set up is a snap. In just a few minutes, you're up and running. Mac, Windows 7, and Windows Vista computers will automatically find your My Book Live drive in seconds. If you're running Windows XP, our simple discovery software makes it easy to set up the drive.

User serviceable

Want to upgrade a drive? Simply open the case and replace the existing drive – no screwdriver needed. *Drives must be equal in size to utilise the full capacity (e.g., Two 2 TB drives or two 3 TB drives).

Add an extra layer of protection for your files

You can automatically make a second copy, or safepoint, of your My Book Live Duo on another My Book Live Duo or NAS drive on your home network. Now you've got extra safe protection for all your media and ultimate peace of mind.

USB expansion port

Turn any USB 2.0 drive into an instant network drive for extra capacity on your My Book Live Duo. Just connect the drive to the USB port and it will automatically be shared on your network.

Backup the files on all your computers, access and share files inside and outside your home, and stream media.
Backup the files on all your computers, access and share files inside and outside your home, and stream media.

WD 2go: The Pathway to Your Personal Cloud

What is a Personal Cloud?

A personal cloud is your content secure at home and under your control. Unlike public clouds, a personal cloud allows you to keep all your content in one safe place on your home network. Share files, stream media, and access your content anywhere. No monthly fees. No mysterious location of your data. Keep your media and files safe at home and always with you.

WD 2go web access provides fee-free remote access to your My Book Live personal cloud storage
WD 2go web access provides fee-free remote access to your My Book Live Duo personal cloud storage.
Get to Your Content from Anywhere with WD 2go Web Access

If you can access the Internet from a computer, you can securely access your media and files anywhere in the world. WD 2go web access provides fee-free remote access to your My Book Live personal cloud storage. Once you log in, WD 2go mounts My Book Live to your computer like a local drive and your remote folders are available on your Mac or PC. Seamlessly open, save as, and attach files to emails from this virtual drive.

view your photos anywhere
Free your photos from your computer, view them anywhere, for free.

Show Off Your Photos with Your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android Smartphone

Get quick access to all the photos stored on your My Book Live, My Book World Edition, or WD ShareSpace network drive using your iPad, iPhone, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android smartphone. Your photos are private, safe and secure on your home network drive. No need to spend time and money on an online photo service.

Your Smartphone Just Become Brilliant

Show off your entire photo collection, up to 285,000 photos, without taking up tons of space on your smartphone. Download the free app from the Android Market or the Apple iTunes store and make your phone the centre of attention.

WD Photos is compatible with leading Apple mobile devices and the most popular Android smartphones including, but not limited to, the DROID by Motorola, DROID Incredible by HTC, Nexus One, and the HTC EVO 4G. Photos are automatically optimised for perfect viewing on your mobile device.

Turn Your iPad into the Ultimate Photo Album

Show off every detail of your favourite memories without compromise. When viewing your photos with your iPad, you have access to the highest available resolution - 1024 x 768. WD Photos allows for a large cache size on your iPad, so you can access more of your viewed photos even when you're offline. Display your photos vertically or view them horizontally and turn your iPad into the ultimate photo album.

Enjoy advanced search features
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All Your Photos at Your Fingertips

WD Photos offers a variety of features, including:

  • Instantly post photos to Facebook
  • Create a slideshow with transitions to create digital art
  • Access previously viewed photos even when you are offline
  • View your photos all at once or filter them by folder or album
  • Search by file name, folder name, or date using the built-in search options
  • E-mail a photo to friend, assign a photo to a contact, or add a photo to the Camera Roll

Box Contains

Network drive
Ethernet cable for network connection
AC power adapter
Installation and software CD
Quick Install Guide

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 2 Jun 2013
Size Name:6TB|Verified Purchase
After about 10 months of use the drive started cutting out and shutting down. On 16th May I contacted WD Support after investigation they asked me to restore the unit to the factory settings. I had several recent backups of the data (40 years of photography) and restored the init and rebuilt the RAID1 setting.

Much to my horror it started cutting out and shutting down again as I was restoring the data indeed it corrupted thee image files.

Whether WD eventually get it going again I cannot trust the unit to hold my data. So I have cut my losses and bought a small desktop machine to stream media around our home network. It was up and running in less than an hour!

I should have foreseen this -- I bought two units at the same time, the other one failed fatally during set up and went back to Amazon by return for a refund. I bought one from John Lewis which has just done exactly the same thing with our music library.

Very, very disappointing
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars do not buy this 20 July 2013
By lee
Size Name:4TB
this is an appalling piece of kit, it fails regularly and is almpost impossible to keep working, it constantly says it cant connect to the network even though everything else can, the western digital website is constantly unavailable so help isn't available. the WD Smart s/w that comes with it cannot access the drives.

I am currently in the process of rebuilding again (for the 3rd time) which means I lose my backup, and the shares arent available on the windows network so I cant even bypass the terrible software supplies

All in all this is the biggest waste of money I have ever found in 30 years of IT
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't buy it again 6 Feb 2013
By Tinny
Size Name:6TB
Being attracted by the excellent price related to the large capacity and the brand I believed to be trustworthy, I bought this NAS with the purpose of using it to back up my most important files, and to use it as a Time Machine combined with My Mac

I had two problems from the beginning: The unit is exasperatingly slow even when connected via ethernet cable to my router, especially when access to a folder. From the moment you enter a folder that has many files inside to the moment they are listed, you wait for more than 1 minute.
Another problem: the hard disk suffers from insomnia. Despite the 'stand by' function activatecd, the unit continues to power up again and again every few minutes. The disc and the iMac are in the same room where I sleep and I assure you that you can hear it during the night.

But I come to the most serious problem. For months I have been using Time Machine for regular backups.
When I had to bring my iMac in for service to replace the hard drive, I was serene. I started one last Time Machine backup, I formatted the disk of the Mac and gave it to the assistance service.
Surprise ... Now I have a mac thant's reset and I can not restore the backup. neither with assisted migration nor with a full restore at boot.
From the Finder, I see the unit "-backup" of MyBookLive but I can not access, while on the other unit there is a folder "Time Machine" but has not the important file .Mdbackup inside, where there are all my documents, my pictures, my music.

I tried to contact support and described the problem in depth, the answer was in summary: "Try again, if you don't succeed, format it." Very useful.

I am very sorry for not having spent more and gone on the safe side with a Time Capsule.
Now I have an immaculate Mac and my most important files gone forever.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, after initial setup problems 26 Dec 2012
Size Name:4TB|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This "My Book Live Duo" network drive very nearly got one star from me. Whilst connecting up the hardware was trivial, the setup program failed every time I ran it, with a runtime error. I was just about to give up on the whole thing, when Google found me this link -[...]

After downloading the files referenced on that web page, I managed to complete the setup successfully. Really not a good start from Western Digital, who I have always had good experience of in the past (over many years). Having to restart my PC as part of the install did not give me a good feeling either - having developed many installers myself, I am always dubious when somebody else's installer requires a restart, as it's the minority of cases where it is truly required.

I was not impressed by the Quick Install Guide either - any device that encourages the user to store all his/her data on it should make it abundantly clear how to set up security sensibly. It's not difficult to do, but I would expect the printed install guide to explain that.

Once setup, the initial backup process is very slow. That's not altogether surprising, although quite how slow it was did surprise me. The analysis of the nature of your files is slow and of dubious value - I'm not convinced that it's necessary before the backup starts - more something that should be done on the fly whilst the user is doing other things.

In later use, the backup and streaming processes are pretty good. I have the device set up to backup the entire household's data in encrypted form onto secure shares, with a public share for things that do not need to be secured, including any music, and public photos or video for streaming to our Smart TV or to our smartphones (using the WD Photos and WD 2go applications).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of space and it has a very cool app that allows you to access...
Beast of a unit. It is a bit slow though in accessing the files online even with a fibre optic fast internet connection. Read more
Published 20 days ago by JW_1979
1.0 out of 5 stars A VERY costly mistake
I have run this for almost two years and it seemed OK, I was comfortable that ALL my photos, video, music etc was safe as it was in RAID 1, WRONG. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Gordon White
4.0 out of 5 stars Good experience on the whole
Have had this unit for 2 years now, using Windows 7 on a high spec desktop pc. The only niggle is that it fails to connect to my network every now and again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr David C Knight
1.0 out of 5 stars OSX Mavericks problem
Do not buy if you have a Mac running OSX Mavericks - or plan to upgrade. Many cases of data loss - just look at the many online discussions around this issue. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hard drive
easy to set up, reliable, works well with my network and mac. Highly recommended piece of hardware. It is great that I can access my files anywhere in the world!
Published 4 months ago by JP 79
3.0 out of 5 stars Great NAS Drive with Raid. Not the Cloud Drive I expected.
Great NAS Drive with Raid. Not the Cloud Drive I expected. Much slower than I expected as a Cloud Drive. Easy access over iPhone application.
Published 5 months ago by VASS
5.0 out of 5 stars Best low cost NAS with raid
The NAS runs next to my Internet router and holds all music / videos for the house for almost a year now.
All files are backed up for a couple of PCs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Oliver Vogt
5.0 out of 5 stars no problems
easy set up easy to use only had it 2 weeks and had no problems at all works perfect with the wd tv live media player cant fault it
Published 5 months ago by Ian F.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Brilliant ... But becareful you have the right size
I have had this for a while and I love it.

You basically use it as a hard drive and plug it into your wireless router ... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Andrew Simmonite
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy
If your looking a personal cloud storage drive this has to be one of the best or indeed the best you can get. I found it very easy to set up. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Barryiow
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