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Summary What a joke this website turns out to be. Search for NAS and it says this drive is in stock and on sale. Click on the item for details and it says 'sorry' you cant buy it anymore at the sale price but hey, you can buy it at regular price or these other items at a higher price. Typical bait and switch techniques.
Pros Works great with the WD live and other computers on the network
Cons Doesn't stream to my DLNA certified TV. If you are buying it for this, I wouldn't. Has something to do with outdated software that WD will not update.
Summary Generally a good purchase but disappointing after I added my Sharp 70" TV. Fortunately I have a media server PC hooked up to my TV so I use it to stream to my TV, I was hoping to get rig of it with the WD Live. Lots of chatter about this problem but to date no work around. Better to buy a proper NAS if this is your intention.
Summary I have a few of these on my home network for music and video. They were easy to setup without the software, even for a networking noobie like myself.
The user interface is a bit sluggish but for as often as I access the UI it's not a big deal. I had to flash both of my units twice in order to upgrade to the latest firmware but both flashed without any problems.
I get average speed of 65 MB/sec read and 35 MB/sec write on my gigabit network. A nice thing is how quiet these things run, almost silent with virtually no vibration.
Pros -pretty easy to setup if you know what you are doing, does not require to install software -decent transfer rate with a gigabit connection -price -remote access feature is convenient -easy to manage multiple accounts with various access restrictions
Cons -has problems with Windows 7 64 bit when trying to access from a wireless connection
Summary This drive works as advertised and is pretty easy to setup if you are more or less familiar with computers (and can setup your home network).
I keep my movies, music and photos on it and it serves the purpose well.
Unfortunately I cannot give it five stars because one of my computers runs 64-bit Windows 7 and when I try to access the drive while my laptop is connected to my wireless network - I simply cannot access the files. Looks like other people have similar problem and there is no known solution. Streaming to my laptop works fine though. Thankfully I have 32-bit Ubuntu running on my laptop as well, and I can access the drive from there.
Pros So many pros with this unit, this autodetects instantly with USB, it 100% Wii compatable for doing 'you know what', I own three, upon disassembly I found these have WD caviar green SATA II drives inside, for mounting into a tower as an internal drive.. This also did not void warrenty.. Bought at 129.99, shipped, came cheaper than regular or sale prices..
Cons Only one complaint, but I don't really care about becasue I would never personally use it for that purpose, its a slow USB device, but we didn't use it for that anyway, did we?
Summary Bottom line is, if you didn't buy this drive you should becasue it will save you money. Its a realiable drive for a reasonable price if you find it.
Pros Great value Speed is decent Size is good for Dec 2011 (when I got it) Runs Debian Linux, which means you can install all sorts of awesome stuff on it
Cons Web UI is slow, good thing you don't really need it much
Summary This little box is very impressive. What you get is a 2TB external hard drive and a small linux based computer. You can ssh into it and do a lot if you have the know how. I got Transmission up and running and it has no problem handling a bunch of torrents while streaming content to an ATV2 running XBMC.
It has a bunch of other features like an iTunes server and DLNA server which I'm sure would be useful to some people but I can't comment on those features because I have yet to use them. I've seen transfer speeds as high as 55MB/sec to this device.
For the price, this box is awesome, I'm sure a year or two from now when/if they come out with bigger ones, I'll get another.
Summary I bought this hard drive to store my movies and games and absolutely the most reliable device. It was the best bang for the bucks and I was able to keep my games straight to the drive for storage rather than relying on my small SSD space.
Pros Very fast file transfers. Shared volumes are accessible from virtually any OS (Windows, Mac, Linux). Quiet, fans and drive spin down after designated time of idle.
Cons Web interface for settings is slow. No external port to add more storage or backup the unit to.
Summary I initially was skeptical about purchasing a NAS for my home network, but I decided to try one of these drives when the price was nearly the same as a desktop 2TB drive. I also upgraded my home network to gigabit at the same time. File transfer speeds over wired gigabit connections reach 40-80 MB/sec (megaBYTE, not megabit)!
From my MacBook pro over it's wireless N I can get speeds of about 10MB/sec read/write, which is fast enough for most things.
After playing around with this drive I have determined it was perfect for a home network and for work. I purchased several more for my work, to sit on the network in a secure location and to act as an "off-site" backup server for my Linux server machines (you can access the WDLive by IP address). This proved simple and easy to setup with a script to ensure the drive is mounted and I backup the entire server hourly off-site.
Recently I decided to upgrade my Popcorn Hour setup to include these network drives on my home network so that I could have more videos available to each TV in my house. These drives work better than the internal storage on the Popcorn Hour C200's I have at home. I've decided to upgrade my many 2TB drives into these units, and keep the "internal" 3.5 inch drives in a safe for backup. It's a lot easier and faster to access these WDLive 2TB volumes than any other file sharing method I have tried (for speed, ease of connection, power consumption, and noise/fan spindown).
Overall, I highly recommend these devices, but like other reviewers comment, there really is no way to automatically backup the unit itself. Better keep a spare 2TB drive and manually back it up regularly.
Summary Huge amount of storage for the price, but accessing ALL the files is tough. If you have a few computers backed up to the nas, you can't access those files from another computer through WD's GUI. I'm sure there is a way, I just figured simple would have been best.
Pros Easy to set up No software install required Fast
Cons No USB port
Summary A NAS device is something I don't know how I've lived without, and wish I had bought years ago. I built a new computer with a 120GB SSD and decided I wanted more storage space without the noise of a mechanical hard drive.
Apparently this drive has lots of features but I've never used most of them. I just access the drive via Samba using Windows Explorer. The only setup I did was to set a password, assign an IP address and set the drive to go into sleep mode after some time of unuse.
I chose this drive because reviews stated it was particularly fast, and especially so for the price. The only downside is it has no USB port to attach additional hard drives, for backing up the NAS or adding more space. I just keep an older USB drive on top of my tower, and turn it on when I'm making backups.
Cons Software inteface seems kludgy. Web interface can lag.
Summary From looking at the cons you may think that being saddled with Western Digital's drive interface software on each client is a negative, but the truth is that the basic feature set of network-accessible storage can be configured with a web interface that doesn’t require any software installation at all. For those of us looking for basic storage, this drive handles admirably, provided you remember that this is not a high-end NAS. It packs a great many features for its size, such as remote access and support for various streaming services, but I doubt I’ll explore them as I have little need for that at the moment. The only quibble I’ve had so far is that the WD unit takes its sweet time when accessing the unit’s configuration pages via the web, but for those looking for simple network storage, this isn’t a bad unit at all. I do wonder what will happen when the drive fails—as it will, since it’s a mechanical device—and it becomes necessary to evacuate the data from it, but hopefully that happens far in the future.
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