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June 15, 2016

My Cloud EX4 Diskless: High-performance NAS, Ultimate reliability


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WDBWWD0000NBK-NESN review and price:


WD My Cloud EX4 features:

  • Award-winning desktop and mobile apps
  • Reliable, high-performance, four-bay NAS for your home or small office
  • Diskless enclosure for ultimate flexibility or a populated system that works out of the box
  • Get up and running quickly with easy drive installation or buy a populated version that works right out of the box
  • Easy to manage with a powerful dashboard, LCD display and drive status alerts
  • Industry-leading third-party apps, including aMule and Icecast
  • Advanced serving options including an integrated file server
  • User-selectable drive management with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 as well as spanning and JBOD modes
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 WDBWWD0000NBK-NESN description
My Cloud EX4 Personal Cloud Storage – final dependability from the reliable name in storage. Built from the ground up with the quality and dependability you have come to expect from WD, My Cloud EX4 is a high-performance, four-bay NAS for your home or small office. It offers a robust all-metal enclosure, many RAID volumes, easy drive installation, and a full suite of apps for the power and flexibility to develop your NAS features.

Recent reviews:

I have been researching SAN devices for a while. This one looked like a great choice. I loaded (3) 1TB WD RED NAS drives into this and powered it on. It formatted the drives ( default RAID 5 ) and I had 1. 9TB of space. So far so good. I set up iSCSI with 1TB of the RAID 5 volume. Worked great. I Migrated a virtual machine from local storage on my esxi 5. 1 box over to the iSCSI drive. Worked wonderfully. Went to bed. In the Morning the device informed me that the RAID was degraded. :(I attempted to use the control panel to fix the RAID, it just got stuck in some loop. I was able to migrate the VM back onto the esxi box. But I couls not fix the RAID. So.. I just started over. Turned off machine, popped out the drives, moved them to different slots so that the NAS could reformatt/ re partition the drives. It acknowledged the drives, showed them as 1TB each. Unlike the 1st time, it did not automagically start formatting. So I followed the directions online and changed the RAID to RAID 5. The web page control panel said it was in the procedure of partitioning the drives, be patient. I was patient all night long, woke up in morning the page was stuck again. The LCD on front was just in it is default displays. Like it has no idea what was going on. Clearly the web page control panel was attached, as it knew the position of the drives.. And it’s hosted on the ip address of the WD device. I have turned the machine off and given up till after Thanksgiving. I used thee WD RED NAS drives. I’m hopeful that I’m just overlooking something really easy, as the information are sparse and FAQ’s are restricted. I’m not dissapointed still, as I think this machine will be awesome once I get it up and running.



As of the December 16th firmware V1. 05. 30 the Dropbox Sync app is back and performance looks to have returned to pre-Aug update speeds (about 30MB/s in my testing for writing). This update took a long time to install on my EX4 after a reboot – FYI. More detail on this update at the end of this review. Read on.. As of the Aug 21, 2014 firmware V1. 04. 05 the same copy test I used in the initial review slowed by 2/3 from 30+MBs to 10MBs Detail in the updates at the end. Read on.. The original review is below. Update detail at the end. I have been using and installing some number of NAS servers recently, so I was excited to see what Western Digital had to offer with their “expert” EX4. I was both impressed and disappointed. It is well made, has a nice user interface but is slower than the competition. If you want to have more details on how it compares with the entry-level Buffalo LS420 and the professional Synology DS214 read on. The WD My Cloud EX4 8TB is a considerable part of hardware. It comes with four 2TB WD NAS drives. I like these and in my previous testing the “NAS particular firmware” looks to make them a bit better in NAS applications than WD Black or RE series drives. I have used them in Synology and FreeNAS established home-built devices with excellent results. The EX4 unit itself weighs about 12 to 15 lbs with the drives installed.



I had high hopes for this product after installing 4 x 3Tb drives in Raid 5 and starting to move different files and backups that I kept on 4-5 external USB drives and Time machine backups. After just a week of use and filling approx 3 TB of data I noticed the web admin interface was unresponsive. After repeated tries to login and load I realized that a wdphotodbmerger procedure was consuming 70-80% of cpu trying to produce thumbnails for pictures across all my time machine backups and different resources. I attempted to disable Media player support to no avail. File move speeds had crawled to a stall (<1mb/sec). I left the procedure run for 3 days with no luck and had to create an ssh account to login and remove execute permissions on these non essential processes to recover access to my files. This is an operation I have had to do twice more – I do not know why my changes got overwritten. Another issue was trying to use the Web and FTP file move processes and auto backups. A big issue was when I popped one of the drives out to test the RAID rebuild before I could start removing files from my resources. The Auto rebuild starting now rebuilding the RAID which took 22 days to finish You read that right – this was for approx 3Tb of data. I could have projected 8-12 hours at most. 22 days is a long window throughout which any other failure could have meant the loss of all data. This wasn’t with a new, blank drive but from one of the 4 live drives. I have contacted WD support about these, asking for some explicit solutions (firmware update that decreases the procedure priority or thumbnails, etc.. ) and got told that the product works as advertised. I can not return it as I’m past the 30 days.




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Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo 2-Bay 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) RAID High Performance Network Attached Storage (NAS) – LS-WV4.0TL/R1

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  • High performance 1.6 GHz processor
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Seagate Personal Cloud 2-bay Home Media Storage Device 8TB NAS  STCS8000100

  • The 2-bay model automatically stores files twice, once on each drive, for double protection.
  • One central, secure place to store all of your photos, video, and documents – with no recurring fees
  • Access your movies, music and photos at home or on-the-road
  • Enjoy your content on the big screen with Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, devices running Plex, LG and Samsung Smart TV’s and other connected devices
  • Upload photos and video from mobile devices with Seagate Media App to back up your memories or free up space on your mobile device
  • Back up multiple PC and Mac computers and mobile devices with free apps
  • Control who has access to files with secure user accounts

QNAP TS-421U 4-bay 1U iSCSI NAS, Hot-swappable (TS-421U)

  • Marvell 2.0GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, USB3.0
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  • Back up business data with encrypted remote replication, Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR), and cloud-based storage backup
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Drobo 5N 20TB: Network Attached Storage – 5 bay array with mSATA SSD acceleration, 20TB storage included with 5 x 4TB hard drives – Gigabit Ethernet p

  • Includes 5 x 4TB HDD’s
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  • Power protecting your critical data
  • High-speed connectivity
  • Data protection and expandability made simple
  • Capacity AND performance

QNAP TVS-863+-US 8-Bay AMD x86-based NAS, Quad Core 2.4GHz, 8GB RAM, Pre-installed 1 Port 10GbE, 2 x 1GbE (TVS-863+-US)

  • Enhanced data security with a high-performance hardware-accelerated encryption engine with AES 256-bit full NAS volume encryption and anti-virus
  • NAS and iSCSI-SAN unified storage solution for server virtualization
  • 10GbE-ready, highly-efficient storage solution for HD video editing and sharing
  • Supports VMware , Citrix , and Microsoft Hyper-V and advanced virtualization features. Expand the total raw storage capacity up to 192TB with the economical UX-800P QNAP expansion enclosures
  • Run multiple Windows/Linux/Android-based virtual machines with the Virtualization Station
  • Manage, share, and back up business data with Real-time Remote Replication (RTRR)
  • Use the TVS-863+ as a PC with exclusive QvPC Technology and 4K display support
  • AMD 2.4GHz Dual Core, 8GB DDR3L RAM (max 16GB), SATA 6Gb/s, 2 x GbE LAN, pre-installed 1-port 10GbE NIC, hardware encryption, hardware transcoding, Virtualization Station, QvPC, HDMI out with XBMC, Surveillance Station, max 2 UX-800P/UX-500P expansion units

Seagate Business Storage NAS 8-Bay Rackmount 8TB Network Attached Storage (STDP8000100)

  • Centralized back up for PCs, plus Time Machine support for Mac computers
  • A powerful 2.3GHz dual-core Intel processor delivers incredible file transfer performance of up to 200MB/s
  • The only 1U rack with eight hot-swappable 3.5-inch drives doubles your storage capacity in the same footprint
  • Included Wuala cloud service and apps for seamless, secure collaboration and anywhere access from your PC, Mac or mobile device
  • Built-in support for iSCSI enables maximum performance and compatibility for virtualized environments. Seagate Business Storage 8-bay Rackmount NAS 8TB includes 4 x 2TB HDD and is a “half-populated” drive and ships with 4 empty bays.

Synology RackStation 12-Bay Diskless Network Attached Storage (RS2414RP+)

  • Dual Core CPU with Floating-Point Unit.
  • Easy Installation with Screw-less Rail Kit (optional).
  • Scale up to 96TB with Synology RX1214/RX1214RP.
  • 2GB RAM for Boosting Multitasking Power.
  • 4 LAN with Failover and Link Aggregation Support.
  • Redundant Power Supplies Ensure Service Uptime.
  • Running on Synology Disk Station Manager (DSM).


EX4 Cloud Diskless: technical ratings and MSRP
  • Diskless enclosure for ultimate flexibility or a populated system that works out of the box
  • Get up and running quickly with easy drive installation or buy a populated version that works right out of the box
  • Reliable, high-performance, four-bay NAS for your home or small office
  • Industry-leading third-party apps, including aMule and Icecast
  • User-selectable drive management with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 as well as spanning and JBOD modes
  • Award-winning desktop and mobile apps
  • Easy to manage with a powerful dashboard, LCD display and drive status alerts
  • Advanced serving options including an integrated file server



What people considered before buying WDBWWD0000NBKNESN:
  1. WD Red 4TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive – Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD40EFRX
  2. WD Red 3TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive – Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD30EFRX
  3. WD Red 2TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive – Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD20EFRX
  4. WD My Cloud EX2 Diskless Network Attached Storage – NAS – WDBVKW0000NCH-NESN
  5. WD Red 6TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive – Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD60EFRX
  6. WD Red 5TB NAS Desktop Hard Disk Drive – Intellipower SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD50EFRX

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