6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent as far as it goes.,
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This review is from: Western Digital My Book World Edition 2TB Home Network Storage (Personal Computers)
I wanted simple network storage that the entire family's PCs could access, and not a back-up system; I like WD hardware; I've had experience of WD's dreadful back-up software, and I detest their rubbish manuals; so I went into buying this with my eyes open.
It does what I wanted perfectly: and you don't have to use any of the supplied software! The WD Discovery software didn't work, but I don't blame them for this. Discovery is almost always down to the settings of your network router (normally the UPnP Advertisement Time to Live): I avoid messing with my settings as much as possible, and I've never been able to see a lot of my network devices. However, it mapped to a drive letter manually without problem, and I can access it by UNC name as well in software, so no problem.
All in all a great product if 1) you know what you want it to do, 2) you can cope if things don't go well (eg, know about basic networking), or 3) experience tells you that your PC copes with new hardware without problem.
I was a bit worried reading reviews that it might be a bit slow, however, I transferred 350GB of data from my local HDD and 350 Gb from a USB WD Passport drive and the whole lot took a little more than 12 hours. Normal file access in everyday use is indistinguishable from accessing my local HDD.