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- All your files are automatically saved twice with Mirror Mode (RAID 1); once on each drive
- Centralise and organise your family's media in one safe place at home
- Access and save your photos and videos anywhere with computers, tablets and smartphones
- Automatically back up files from all your PC and Mac computers
- Stream to your DLNA/UPnP-certified connected TVs, media players and gaming consoles
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|Data Transfer Rate||5,000 Mb per second||625 Mb per second||—||5,120 MB per second||5,120 MB per second||180 MB per second|
|RPM||0 rpm||1||0 rpm||5,400 rpm||5,400 rpm||5,900 rpm|
|Hard Disk Size||4,000 GB||4,000 GB||4,000 GB||4,000 GB||4 TB||8,000 GB|
|Item Dimensions||17.1 x 15.5 x 9.9 cm||14 x 5.3 x 17.55 cm||16 x 10 x 18 cm||4.8 x 13.5 x 16.58 cm||4.9 x 13.93 x 17.06 cm||4.1 x 19.81 x 11.8 cm|
|Item Weight||1.6 kg||1.05 kg||2.29 kg||0.91 kg||1.03 kg||1.03 kg|
|Memory Storage Capacity||4||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||8,000 GB|
|Size||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||4 TB||8 TB|
|Special Feature||DLNA certified^External power adapter^LED indicators^Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^RAID support||—||—||External power adapter^Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^Plug and Play^USB powered^Yes||—||—|
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My Cloud Mirror Personal Cloud Storage
A Cloud of Your Own
Save everything in one place with twice the protection and access it from anywhere with your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Protect your files with automatic file back-up for all your PC and Mac computers. And with direct file uploads from your mobile devices, all your important data is safely stored on your dual-drive personal cloud, freeing up valuable space for your tablets and smartphones.
A Cloud of Your Own
Keep your content safe at home. Get abundant storage and blazing-fast performance without paying monthly fees.
Double-safe, Shared Storage and Back-up
Store, organise and back-up your photos, videos, music and important documents all in one place.
Use WD's free apps to upload, access and share from anywhere with your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone.
Centralised, Dual-drive Storage Your Family's Media Collection -- Store and organise all your family's photos, videos, music and important documents in one secure place on your home network.
Access from Anywhere -- Enjoy your photos, videos, music and more from anywhere on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. With WD's free apps, your personal cloud is always with you.
Mirrored Data Protection -- With Mirror Mode (RAID 1) as the default setting, one drive is used to store your data and the other is used for a duplicate copy. Your data is twice as safe, giving you twice the peace of mind.
Automatic File Back-up for All Your Computers -- Easily back-up the files from all the PC and Mac computers in your home. PC users, WD SmartWare Pro offers options for how, when and where you back-up your files. Mac users, utilise all the features of Apple Time Machine back-up software to protect your data.
Remote Back-up -- Protect your data with remote back-up to another My Cloud Mirror, integrated cloud or local LAN/WAN back-up.
Drive Management and Data Protection -- With multiple options to secure your data, it's easy to choose what's right for you. Use the default Mirror Mode (RAID 1) for twice the protection, or choose RAID 0, spanning or JBOD modes for maximum capacity.
Expand Your Tablet and Phone Storage -- Upload photos and videos directly to your personal cloud from anywhere.
Connect to Dropbox -- Easily transfer files between your personal cloud, Dropbox and other public cloud accounts using WD's free My Cloud mobile app.
Increase Your Personal Cloud Capacity -- Attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drive directly to one of the two USB expansion ports on the My Cloud Mirror drive and instantly expand your storage capacity.
Transfer and Stream Faster -- Gigabit Ethernet and 1.2 GHz processor deliver fast file transfers and high-speed streaming.
Unleash Your Media -- Seamlessly stream your videos, photos and music to your connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA-certified devices. With My Cloud Mirror's iTunes server, you can easily stream your music collection to any PC or Mac computer with iTunes.
Password Protection for Privacy -- Your data is always safe and completely under your control. Protect your personal cloud from unauthorised access with password protection available for every user.
Set Up in Minutes -- Get up and running in minutes with WD's rich web-based user interface for seamless web-guided set-up. WD's software will auto-detect your drive to make it easy.
My Cloud personal cloud storage products work concurrently with multiple operating systems including Mac OS, Win 8, iOS and Android with mobile apps.
At a Glance
- Two-bay enclosure
- Gigabit Ethernet
- PC/Mac compatible
- Mirror Mode (RAID 1 - default mode), RAID 0, JBOD, spanning
- Free desktop and mobile apps
- DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certified
- 1.2 GHz processor; 512 MB memory
- Dual USB 3.0 expansion ports
- iTunes support
- Centralising and organising your family's media in one secure location
- Saving your files with twice the protection using Mirror Mode (RAID 1)
- Backing up files automatically from all the PC and Mac computers on your network
- Accessing and saving photos and videos securely from any computer, tablet and smartphone
- Uploading photos and videos directly to your personal cloud from your mobile devices
- Streaming media to your connected TVs, media players and gaming consoles
- Connecting to your Dropbox and other cloud accounts
Windows 8.1 or earlier, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (32-bit) SP 3 operating systems
Mac OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard operating systems
DLNA/UPnP devices for streaming
Router with Internet connection
Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
Safari 6.0 or higher
Firefox 21 or higher
Google Chrome 27 and later on supported Windows and Mac OS platforms
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
WD Personal Cloud Storage Comparison Chart
My Cloud Mirror
|Description||Save everything. Access anywhere||Save everything. Access anywhere |
Twice the protection
|Number of bays||1||2|
|Interface||10/100/1000 MB/s compatible Gigabit Ethernet||10/100/1000 MB/s compatible Gigabit Ethernet|
|Capacity range||2 TB - 4 TB||4 TB - 8 TB|
|WD Smartware Pro||✔||✔|
|USB 3.0 expansion port||1x||2x|
|Gigabit Ethernet port||✔||✔|
|Secure remote access||✔||✔|
|RAID 1, 0 JBOD and spanning||✔|
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I was constantly having access issues with these drives, it kept assigning itself a new IP and so I then couldn't access it. I had to contact WD Customer Support Many Many times over these drives and the best they could come up with was that the drives were faulty (Four faulty version of this drive - really??)
Even when I could access the drives (using WD Red internal HDDs) they were constantly slow and made my system hand all the time.
I now have a SYNOLOGY DiskStation DS215j 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage system and the interface and general operation is streets ahead of WD. The dashboard is better. The operation is better and quieter and they stay a lot cooler. I actually put my original Seagate 4TB HDDs in this and they work a dream. They're quite old drives and they operate way faster than the WD system did and the Synology DashHboard isjust so much better.
I recommend the Synology DiskStation DS215j Instead!!
I've managed to complete 2 back-ups of my 1TB MacBook Pro and both of these had to be done with a direct, wired connection.
I completed the first of over 700GB before leaving on an extended business trip. When I returned, the updated back-up was about 65GB. After several HOURS, all of 100MB had been completed! I cancelled the back-up, connected with a wire and the device commenced a new, full back-up, which lasted around a day. Not so much Thunderbolt as Trickle.
To be honest, the wired back-up operates at about the speed I'd expect wirelessly. (The problem isn't my internet connection as, with the latest wireless back-up running, I've just downloaded a 1GB file in 8 minutes). The current back-up is under 26GB, which should take under 3.5 hours at the speed I can obtain in the example above. It's been running for over 8 hours and has completed under 168MB!
The support from WD is woeful as are the videos ( the handful there are ) but its an underpowered, underperforming bit of kit. Yes NAS is a sod to set up but this one doesn't give you many options in the first place. When it comes to apps, most don't work on Android and funnily enough a friend has the same unit ( he is a tech geek ) and can't figure it out either.
It requires a full reboot on some occasions once changes are made and mentally, it has no on or off switch! Power has to be done via the ( limited ) control panel. Also if you delete a user, it doesn't erase the folders that the user had set up in place. Lack of automation for many things, it won't run IP cameras if you are looking for that. I was aware of this by the way, its just the some people miss that and all in all, very sub standard.
For an out of the box solution, put it straight back in the box and leave it on the shelf. If you are delving into NAS world, go elsewhere as this one comes nowhere near as close to providing a good solution. I struggled with the Synology and have settled and am very very happy with the QNAP 251 +. Like most its tricky to set up but once running, a staggering piece of kit.
In terms of how it looks, it looks good, seems reasonably solid but the grid at the top is very flimsy plastic.
WD customer service were terrible in helping out in time, I had no choice but to return it as I needed storage... yesterday. Amazon however were fantastic and handled the return really well (thanks guys!). The next week I bought a Synology for around £20 more than this (buy empty and the HDDs separate!), hoping it wasn't going to be a repeat but it worked perfectly straight away!
I thoroughly read and followed the instruction and was happy to find that setting it up was a breeze and it all worked perfectly.
The only problem I had and it was nothing to do with this item was that part of the software failed to work. I eventually tracked the problem down to ZONE ALARM anti virus. I removed that and everything was hunky dory.
My 3 kids are in their 20's now and I was able to load all the pics on the cloud mirror since their birth (thousands). They are now able to view all their pics from their smart phones.
This purchase was worth every penny and I'm so glad I got it.
I was also able to access all my files from my iPhone whilst on holiday in Egypt.