Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Live Duo (WDBVHT0040JCH/WDBVHT0060JCH/WDBVHT0080JCH)
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Western Digital My Book Live Duo review
3 December 2013
Excerpt: Our My Book Live Duo test unit came preloaded with dual 2TB hard drives (4TB total) though you can also get a 6TB or 8TB version. The drives are also removable so you can upgrade or change them yourself if desired. The specs are lower than many of its competitors however with an Applied Micro APM82181 CPU running at 800MHz and 256MB of RAM. On the plus side this means it uses very little juice drawing just 13W in use.
The Western Digital Live duo is a capable little network storage device with plenty of room for all your data. I would highly recommend running it in RAID1 mode – even if you have to sacrifice half your storage space, you can sleep soundly knowing that you’ve always got a backup of everything you’re storing. For a no-fuss network storage solution with whisper-quite operation that won’t break the bank, the Live Duo is the easiest choice to make.
Excerpt: The competitively priced Western Digital My Book Live Duo is a two-drive network attached storage (NAS) device that offers an astounding 4TB of storage capacity. It's very easy to use and offers speedy file read times, but it does lack some features and the latest USB 3.0 connectivity.
Pros: Inexpensive, Attractive design, Fast file read times
Excerpt: Western Digital’s “My Book” brand has been critically lauded for good looks and a commitment to innovation from launch. It was one of the first external, consumer drives that looked like it belonged on a desk, instead of in a rack with a bunch of other hardware. The Live Duo model doesn’t mess with that trend.
Familiar style, up to 8TB storage, good budget choice
Excerpt: Western Digital 's My Book Live Duo is the two-disk version of the company's My Book Live network storage solution. Western Digital calls these drives "personal cloud storage" because they offer an easy way for users to access their own data (which could be stored at home or in the office) from anywhere on the Internet. As far as ease of use is concerned, the Duo can be set up without any fuss, even if you have very little knowledge of networking.
Conclusion: Six terabytes for $800 isn’t the cheapest storage solution out there, but WD more than makes up for it with the addition of remote access and redundant backups through a RAID setup. Speed of remote video streaming is an issue, though.
Pros: Easy setup; simple setting controls; versatility with remote access via DLNA and iOS apps; quiet operation
Summary: Western Digital's MyBook Live Duo is a good entry point into the world of NAS. The lack of active cooling is a concern, though — make sure that it's in a position where it can vent its heat easily.
Pros: Affordable for the storage involved, Decent speed for the price, Attractive interface and features, iOS and Android support, User-serviceable drives
Cons: Mobile applications need more work, No active cooling: make sure to leave it upright, Doesn't handle switching networks particularly well
Excerpt: Firms like Western Digital are always telling us not to wait until a drive fails to invest in some backup solutions. And people like us are always ignoring them, assuming that it will never happen to us. Well, it did happen to us, and it was only once our 3TB drive started to fail that we thought to get the data off it as quickly as humanly possible.
Pros: Pleasant user interface, terrific mobile apps,
Cons: Costly, proper RAID protection means you lose 50% capacity, copying data can be arduous