Western Digital My Cloud 4TB
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Western Digital My Cloud 4TB Review
The Western Digital My Cloud 4TB version supports traditional NAS features via browser-based dashboard along with DLNA support. Apps allow you access of drive remotely through PCs, tablets and Smartphone devices, just as do popular cloud services. It implies you have larger allowance of storage than is offered by standard cloud services. As well, your data is not shared with a third party and you only require uploading what you need without incurring subscriptions on monthly basis.
Roots of WD My Cloud originate from the existing back-up hard-drive My Book range by the manufacturer. Western Digital has refined My Book design, translating well to My Cloud and featuring a number of rounded corners, plus a minimalist, clean finish. The 4TB My Cloud product undertakes multiple functions and is quite compact too. It has dimensions of 170.6 x 49 x 139.3mm, weighing 960g. NAS products mostly have twice this size and weight. The mock-metal rear and top is vented well, keeping the hard drive fairly quiet and cool. The chassis, however, might not be rigid in particular. This device is unlikely to move, which is not a significant issue.
In general, Western Digital has imparted spectacular looks on this back-up device. This 4TB version is relatively spacious, just as any single solution of drive backup on offer and supports automatic Windows backups via its unique SmartWare software, along with TimeMachine for Macs. The hard drive supports backups on automatic Windows backups via individual Smartware software, plus TimeMachine for Macs. As well, USB 3.0 port connects additional storage or initiates direct downloads from cameras. Surprisingly, this does not support network- or printer-connectivity, which is done by Gigabit Ethernet.
My Cloud is relatively in terms of its NAS aspirations, abandoning features which are more advanced and concentrating on core functionality such as support for iTunes and DLNA servers, FTP and uPnP, along with multi-user support for setting folder permissions and access. It gains Cloud Storage meanwhile, owing to remote access of files via Android, PC, iOS and Mac apps. These support the download of files, media streaming and edits. The restriction here is that apps do not have integrated media player, implying playback gets limited to formats supported by your device only. This challenge does not affect Android or Windows, but marks a significant iOS drawback.
Mobile apps offer support for Google Drive, SkyDrive and Dropbox, allowing users to transfer as well as sync content in-between personal Cloud and other cloud storage services existing and already in use. This is helpful in particular for any content which one might want to access offline, because all the My Cloud data gets accessed on demand. Backup limitations exist with this device, the one most obvious being single drive system allowing My Cloud to back up data only, not itself. This redundancy lack implies extra expense for individuals with critical data.
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- The Western Digital My Cloud 4TB is manufactured by Western Digital and was added in December 2014 in the NAS Storage section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Western Digital My Cloud 4TB in Canada is $0.00 at Amazon Canada
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
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