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3.0 out of 5 stars Personal Cloud Storage NAS, 21 Jun. 2014
This review is from: WD My Cloud Mirror 4 TB 2-bay Personal Cloud Storage NAS (Accessory)
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A design that affords the user Dual-bay hard drive slots with tool-less serviceability. It has top-facing drive bays - by pressing on the front part of its top gives access to the drive bays. Then it is relatively easy to replace or install internal drives in less than a minute. The NAS works with all standard 3.5-inch internal hard drives - from any Hard Drive vendor. On the front, the NAS comes with a few small LED lights that show the status of the power and two internal drives. On the back there is Gigabit network port and two USB 3.0 ports. The USB ports are there to host external hard drives to be either the backup destination of the NAS or to expand the NAS's storage space. You can populate with hard drives of your choice, however, the unit does come with two 2TB drives to give you 4TB total. For the very best configuration you are best off using RAID 1. This is because for a dual-bay NAS, RAID 1 is the only option that offers data redundancy – this means your data remains intact in the event one of the internal hard drives fails. The NAS is ideal for a household with five users or less. The built-in media server (DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certified) streams music, photos and videos to any DLNA-certified multimedia device. Once you are set up, which should take a few minutes; you get a web-based graphical interface for the user, so that you able to manage and tweak your NAS device the way you want it.

WD My Cloud mobile apps

WD My Cloud mobile apps are available for Android (although they are few of them as yet). Just download the app on your mobile device from the Google Play or App Store. Now when you run the app, it will immediately connect to the NAS, the mobile app on your device will maintain access to the NAS via the Internet.

My thoughts

This NAS is pretty good – but has teething problems - as it has two internal hard drives; the NAS offers data redundancy as a safeguard if one of the drives fails. You get reasonable performance if not mixed at times; it is rationally priced, robust, and it is targeted at the entry-level user. If, however, you're looking for a dual-bay server that offers similar performance– and without some of the hassle then the dual-bay NAS from Synology, such as the DS713+ is really worth a look.
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