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June 15, 2016

My Book Live 2TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS Share Files and Photos

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Beautiful image of Book My Cloud Perfect photos taken last month We should crowd source 2TB Live Book pictures Took me 2 hours to figure out how to use WDBACG0020HCH-NESN Personal, but it was so worth it


WDBACG0020HCH-NESN review and price:

WD My Book Live features:

  • View your photo collection with your iPhone
  • Stream media to your entertainment center
  • Automatic backup with WD SmartWare for Windows
  • Centralize and share media on your home network
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Play your music on any computer in your home
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  • Leading-edge performance
  • Secure remote access
Other Info for this deal:

Warranty: standard manufacturer’s warranty
S&H: Free shipping if ordered online
WD My’s dimensions and weight: check our reviews
Coupon: n/a

General WD WDBACG0020HCH-NESN description
Change your digital life by consolidating your movies, music, photos, and files in one place for everyone on your wired or wireless network to share with a Western Digital My Book Live Network-Attached Storage drive.

Recent reviews:

I will not re-hash what others have said, however the drive I/O performance (or lack thereof) is a real problem – particularly with Time Machine. I have the device hard-wired into my router (Gb connection) and my MacBook Pro is hard-wired into the same router. My initial Time Machine backup went with reasonable speed, however successive, incremental updates to the drive started dragging. I found that if I reboot the WD MyBook Live, it works better for a time period, however then slows down. With wired, Gb networking end-to-end the Time Machine performance should be on par with my 800Mb Firewire movable drive, however it is not close. Just copying files via the Mac Finder over the (wired) network to the drive is agonizingly slow. That said, but, their iPhone app and web-established access tools are some of the best I have seen from this product group, so I’ll keep the device and see if things improve with a future software update; hence the 3 stars. , I was hoping to use the DLNA server to stream high-resolution FLAC files to my network receiver (Denon DNP-720AE).. Do not think about doing that. The WD MyBook Live comes with an old variant of Twonky Media Server that’s very buggy. Really, one of the most frustrating experiences I have had with a gadget in recent memory. There are information on the web to let you to hack your drive and update the Twonky server, however I just do not have the time for that – particularly since I have little faith that an updated variant of the atrocious (and properly named) Twonky Media Server will be any better. UPDATE: Well, two weeks afterward.. I have decided to attempt manually upgrading the Twonky Media Server to 7. 0. 9 Special (variant particular to NAS devices).

I found the product I got to be way better than the reviews indicated. The major reason looks to be software updates. You may want to really ignore any complaints you read about the device from 2010, and lots of them from 2011. The physical hardware is just a basic drive with a processor and a network connection. What makes a difference is the software – both on the drive, and the mybooklive web site/iphone apps. Most of the complaints I was worried about turned out to have been fixed in the new software. As an example: A review complained about iTunes media sharing being broken by the new iTunes update – I had no problem doing iTunes media sharing with the new iTunes. A review complained about the Mio-net connectivity – This device not uses Mio-net. The mybooklive web site allows you to map your home mybook live drive as a network drive from any computer away from home. Its like at work where you have a network drive, however this is your home drive. You do have to think about the data speeds are restricted by the speed of your home internet connection. I also use the iphone apps. They have some cool features like caching fitted. So when I pull down some pictures, they get stored on my iphone so that looking at them many times is fast. And the cache has a configurable bound. Setup is super easy. With nearly no configuration I got iTunes media streaming, sharing of videos and pictures on my PS3, mapping this as a network drive to a relative’s computer, and mapping this drive to computers in my house. Consolidating data to a central spot is something everyone wants to do, and there are lots of network drives out there. But the sofware that comes with this device that makes everything so easy is what really makes the difference.

Yesterday I bought one of these drives to use as a Network Attached Storage drive for my Sonos music system. This drive is perfect for that setup and exceeded my expectations. The setup for this drive is a snap. My PC and Sonos system recognized it with zero issues. The drive throughput is about 70Mb/s which is plenty for my reasons. Also (and a key feature for Sonos), this drive will turn down after inactivity and will let you set how long it waits before spinning down (haven’t seen any other drive in this price range which will do that). Also, this drive comes pre-formatted with an NTFS file system so no reformatting is required like with most external drives. Having a drive with NAS potential is excellent because you need less hardware to make the drive available to Sonos. Lastly, because the drive does not have an on/off switch, you will not have to worry if you lose power that you will have to turn this back on (like with the old Linksys NSLU2). The only reason I do not give this five stars is because the “access over the web” part of the feature set is misleading. What you may expect is that this drive is available over the web through some sort of login and without the need of a PC to help. Unfortunately you need all of those things to make this drive available over the web. The software WD gives to enable this, “MioNet”, looks dated and rickety- not to talk about NOT free. If leaving your PC on is satisfactory for you, may I recommend downloading the Opera web browser and using their “join” service which will supply many of the same services as MioNet- but for free . In general a strong buy and a nice product. If you have a Sonos system and want your music available, then this is the drive you need.

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Live Book 2TB technical ratings and MSRP
  • Play your music on any computer in your home
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Centralize and share media on your home network
  • Enter your model number above to make sure this fits.
  • Secure remote access
  • Stream media to your entertainment center
  • Leading-edge performance
  • Automatic backup with WD SmartWare for Windows
  • View your photo collection with your iPhone

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  5. WD 2TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBFJK0020HBK-NESN
  6. NETGEAR ProSAFE GS108 8-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (GS108-400NAS)


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