Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Live Duo (WDBVHT0040JCH/WDBVHT0060JCH/WDBVHT0080JCH)
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Eric Dalrymple, Amazon
14 August 2014
Summary: Unbearably slow. I bought this so that I can set up RAID to protect all my images, videos, and audio. I bought this a few weeks ago and the thing is still trying to index my files. The light on the front will not stop blinking. Using with MAC OSX is so slow it blows up finder. The only way I can successfully do ANYTHING with this thing is to FTP to and from it which is relatively fast.
Summary: It's on me because I didn't read all the fine print. Instead of being impressed by this device's technology, I feel hoodwinked by some marketing spin. I thought something called "Cloud Storage" would be wireless. This thing has to be wired. If you don't have your own cloud, it is just storage.
Summary: I purchased this product like most people, as backup device and storage area for my media files. The transfer rate of large 4G files is less then advertised. I had to directly connect the WD Duo to my laptop which is a strait 1 Gps connection. With antivirus turned off (or on, it didn't make a difference)the max transfer rate is 30MB/s Oddly trying to transfer wma/mp3 files using the same direct cable method only allowed for 3 MB/s!!!!
Summary: As a simple NAS, it gets the job done. On my Gigabit network I can treat these drives as local drives. However, a lot of the special features don't work well: --The Media Server on the duo systems is a proprietary DLNA server (on the single drive systems they use Twonky). I have not been able to get it to be recognized by any of my systems (PS3 and Windows). I plan on changing over to Twonky, it's just extra work and probably voids the warranty.
Summary: After trying this and finally returning it for the reasons below, and trying several other similar boxes, I discovered something the world apparently doesn't know yet: On a Mac system, don't use the RAID setup included in any of these multi-drive external hard drive/RAID boxes. Set up AS ONLY JBOD. Then USE ONLY YOUR MAC OS DISK UTILITY TO SET UP THE RAID. All problems are solved that way!
It was exchanged promptly and the replacement was easy to set up although difficult to access on the ...
25 December 2014
Summary: I had to return the first drive as it was clearly second hand and was defective, although had been advertised as new. It was exchanged promptly and the replacement was easy to set up although difficult to access on the network on occasion due to a change in the Mac protocols. WD have been very slow to upgrade their software and acknowledge that there is a problem when Apple upgrade their operating systems.
Summary: For the money that you'll spend on this NAS, there are much more capable units for sale. This unit is really a dud on arrival for me, it works and has some good features but the execution just falls short. First there's the lack of RAM, just 256MB soldered on board. This is only made a problem by the choice of software put onto the device, the framework to run the UI uses Apache + CakePHP.
Summary: I was looking to upgrade my current NAS to allow further music and films to be added in the coming months and probably years and decided to go with this as i have never had problems with WD equipment and have about 6 external hard drives made by them. This comes with some great little add ons and the web based dashboard looks slick. Thats where the good ends.