Summary: I really loved this Network Attached Storage (NAS) device for the first six months. It worked beautifully during that time. I had the 6 TB unit and it backed up all my files, I could access DLNA Media throughout the house. It was the perfect solution; until it wasn't. Sporadically, Windows 7 and later Windows 8.1 could not find the device. Some days it would find it and could access it, other days it could not.
Excerpt: I was tired of using small external drives to back up each individual computer. I needed a way to back them all up that are on the router. This was the easiest way to back everything up. It was so simple. I plugged it in, hooked up the wires, when to a website address, and it did everything else for me. Now, everything is backed up, and if we have any issues, I can restore the data. Lot cheaper than the Geek Squad!
Pros: easy to set up., no loading cd into computer, set up in less than 30 minutes
Excerpt: Drive was available for a few days and then became inaccessible. Nothing could be done to resurrect it. I tried my Linux desktop and laptop as well as my Windows7 laptop and not one of them could access the hard drive after a short time. Completely and totally D-E-A-D!!!
Summary: I thought I buy a product which gives me a personal cloud and has data protection in case the drives fails. Here my comments: 1. Cloud? Can you remember when you dialed into the net with a 14k modem? That's how fast "the cloud" works. In my Apple wifi home network. 2. Data backup? Drive failed (the unit not the HDD's) under warranty. WD sent me a replacement. So my simple mind told me: take the old HDD's out and insert into new unit and you are ready to go.
Summary: A prior WB NAS device has built-in utilities to move data to and from a USB hard drive plugged into the NAS device. This item worked, but didn't have that capability, even though the product literature implied that it did. I need that feature, so had to return the device.