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WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage 2 TB Network Attached Storage

by Western Digital
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (467 customer reviews)

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  • Western Digital My Book Live network hard drive
  • Centralise and share media on your home network
  • Back up all your PC and Mac computers
  • View your photo collection with your iPhone
  • Stream media to your entertainment center
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1.4 Kg
Product Dimensions13.9 x 5 x 16.7 cm
Item model numberWDBACG0020HCH-EESN
Hard Drive Size2000 GB
Hardware PlatformPC
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 3,822 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available12 Jan 2010
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Product Description

Centralise the scattered data from CDs, DVDs, and USB sticks to one location for the whole family to access from any computer.
Centralise the scattered data from CDs, DVDs, and USB sticks to one location for the whole family to access from any computer.

My Book Live - Centralise Your Media. Simplify Your Life

Simplify your digital life by consolidating your movies, music, photos, and files in one location for everyone on your wired or wireless network to share. Back up all your PC and Mac computers to one safe place, access files securely over the internet, stream media to your entertainment centre, and show off all your photos with your iPhone.

Simplify Your Digital Life

Why have your media and important files scattered across multiple machines and storage mediums? Reduce the clutter of all those USB sticks, CDs, and DVDs by storing and backing up your entire family's movies, music, photos, and important files to one safe place.

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 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.

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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

Storage and Backup for all Your Computers in Your Network

Share Your Media Collection on Your Network

With the My Book Live you can share any of its files with any of the computers on your home network. Just plug the drive into your router, and any PC or Mac on your wired or wireless network can access the data.

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 expet. The WD My Book Live 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.

Leading-Edge Performance

Designed around the most recent advances in Ethernet chip technology, this product delivers read speeds up to 100 MBps. That's 4 times faster than most consumer network drives in this category today. Imagine what you could do with those speeds - stream music and movies to multiple PCs or compatible TVs, transfer large files in a flash. The possibilities are yours to explore.

Automatic Backup with WD SmartWare for Windows

Back up the data on all your home computers to a single, reliable place. Every time you save something, it's instantly backed up. You can even back up Windows computers wirelessly over your WiFi network. Restore lost, damaged or older files to their original location with a just a few clicks.

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.
Compatible with Apple Time Machine

Mac computer users can utilise all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data. Back up all your Macs wirelessly to one location over your WiFi network.

Play Your Music on Any Computer in Your Home

The drive includes iTunes server support so you can centralise your music collection and stream to a Mac or PC.

Stream Digital Media Anywhere in Your Home

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

Ideal for
  • Centralising your digital media collection on your wired or wireless network
  • Sharing movies, music, and photos with all the computers on your network
  • Backing up data from all the PC and Mac computers in your home
  • Viewing your photo collection with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Streaming media to your Blu-ray Disc players, game consoles, media players, or other DNLA/UPnP devices on your home network

Backup Your Backup

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

Box Contains

Users Manual
Power Lead
DVI-D Lead
VGA Lead
USB Lead
DisplayPort Lead

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
202 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! (And somewhat Linux friendly too!) 25 Jan 2011
By J. Scott TOP 500 REVIEWER
Size Name:2TB|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Believe me, as an old and jaded computer user, it's a LONG time since I said 'WOW' about anything computer-related.

But this product really is great. Basically it's a 2000 Gigabyte hard drive, but instead of plugging it into your computer, you plug it into your router. Then every computer on your home network can use it. It can be a place to store your music, films, photos - or absolutely anything you want to access from multiple PCs.

Since a couple of my home PCs are quite elderly with not-so-large hard drives, this has freed up a lot of their space and given them a new lease of life.

When I opened the box, I was slightly concerned by the lack of detailed instructions - just one flimsy sheet of paper, showing how to plug things in - which was already perfectly obvious. I foresaw difficulties, since I have so many PCs on my network. There were bound to be conflicts of some sort...

But not a bit of it! I plugged it in to my only windows machine, since the accompanying CD is Windows/Mac only (all my other computers run Linux). Before I even ran the setup software I decided (without much hope) to see if my Linux computers could see and use the drive. And they could. I was able to start transferring files right away.

Likewise, the Windows computer could start using the drive immediately.

So why the software? Well, it adds all sorts of other bells and whistles, most of which are actually useful! You can adjust the settings (if you know what you're doing and want to set up a static IP address, you can do that, for instance). You can create users and shares with different levels of access permission. You can automate backups of your computer data. You can set it up to stream media to various other sources. Etc.
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very quiet, polished NAS, BUT A WARNING! 20 Sep 2011
Size Name:1TB|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have a Buffalo Linkstation and LG NAS for storage and backup, so will compare this drive to those two. My first impression is with how quiet this is compared to the other two. It is sitting in my lounge now and is inaudible.

What the average user wants is something that is easy to set up. This needs to sit near your router, or at least an ethernet socket, as it is directly wired into your network, and supports megabit ethernet. My network is only 100Mbps and I have used Homeplug/Powerline to connect it to the router.

The device runs Linux, like all other such devices. By default, it has a publicly accessible share on your network. By creating users, you can allow those users their own private storage for backup, etc. This is all done easily via a straightforward web interface, one of the clearest I have ever seen.

The media server is TwonkyMedia. If you enable this, you can stream video and audio files to any network-enabled TVs, blu-ray players, HDRs, PCs, etc, in your house, or even to your iPod or Android devices. Your whole collection of pictures, music and video is then available anywhere in the house.

You can backup your PC manually, using network sharing or a program like Allway Sync, or backup the WD My Book Live to other media.

One curious feature of the device is that there is no power toggle. As you need to shut down a NAS before powering it off, this could cause problems with incompletely written files.

Overall, at this price, though, this drive is a bargain. You get a large drive that can be used on your network and shared by all users, at home or in the office. Recommended.

WARNING! If you have one of these, DO NOT install the enclosed software!
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106 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Works 3 Feb 2011
Size Name:2TB
I purchased this drive to store all my media, it was delivered from Amazon UK within a couple of days.

I plugged it into the back of my router using the supplied Ethernet cable and it appeared instantly on my iMac. I moved some iTunes m4v files over to the drive then started up my xBox. The drive shows up on the xBox under the media tab as Twonky media server, select Movies and away you go.

For backups start Time Machine select mybooklive and go.

No more to say really as the title says it just works, really easy to configure and use. I would recommend this to anyone on a budget, if you need more security or redundancy then you probably need a far more expensive raid device but for an inexpensive and easy to use NAS or media server its perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Intuitive than My Older WD NAS 5 Oct 2011
Size Name:1TB|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Having used an older iteration of the WD My Book Live, I was pleasantly surprised by how much simpler this is to setup. The software instals without fuss, and once you have setup a device name, drive letter and password, it needs little attention and is so far less intrusive and more reliable and stable than the versions that ran on the idiosyncratic Mionet. If you are able to connect it to a Gigabit Ethernet port on your router then you should see very respectable transfer speeds. Files transfer easily using the familiar drag and drop techniques, and if you are transferring large batches of files or folders, then a third party application like ViceVersa (not included) might make the work even easier for you. From an aesthetic point of view, this shiny black plastic device will likely not impress, but it does perform its job reliably enough.

Addendum: Over time, wireless media streaming has proven to be frustratingly slow. It works, but, when trying to watch a streaming video file, I find I can be waiting around ten minutes just looking at a blank screen. Also, I often have to reboot the drive to make sure all the latest files are successfully detected across the network.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent
Seems to do exactly what I want, I can even pull up pics from it on my phone when I am away from home. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY IT DOESN'T WORK.
This product is not fit for purpose. It routinely refuses to connect away from my home network. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Nick Assinder
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feeling
fairly easy to set up, but transferring photos takes ages, and the biggest dislike is that when viewing the photos later there are no thumb nails, its makes finding the photo you... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Hard Drive
Very easy to use Network Atached Storage (NAS). Basic configuration aquires you to just pug it in, but you can also do lots of conf if you're pro
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3.0 out of 5 stars We ended up replacing this with the next version
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish don't buy
The software is dreadful, it doesn't work. I should have checked online and read the forums first. Loads of people have had connection problems. Read more
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