Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Live Series (WDBACG0010HCH / WDBACG0020HCH / WDBACG0030HCH)
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22 February 2014
Summary: I HAVE PURCHASED TWO OF THESE MACHINES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS AND THEY BOTH FAIL. ONE DAY THEY WORK, THE NEXT I CAN'T GET INTO IT TO ACCESS MY FILES. THEY NEED TO FIX THIS PROBLEM. THEY ARE ALSO DIFFICULT TO GET A HOLD OF.
Inherent problems that Western Digital will not fix
2 February 2014
Summary: Pros: Works--Mostly. Striping and Mirroring RAID options work. Plays well with Mac and PC at the same time. Very easy to set up. Sleep mode does not work on many (see below). Consider yourself lucky if yours does. Cost- Cheaper than other NAS Cloud storage.
Summary: I think people buy it, because the previous hard drive is nearly full. But it really takes ages of transfering the files to this product. Before I found WD SmartWare, I almost decide to return it. My advice: Buy the white "MY CLOUD" with USB port!.
Pros: Big, for sure with 3T
Cons: No USB port!!! Slow upload speed, 5mb/s with cable. Slower upload speed with wireless. WB cloud software can not upload multiple folders.
Summary: Loading files on this drive is painfully slow. Once files are loaded access is fine. It will stream 3 separate 1080p movie simultaneously w/o a problem. Remote access (you have to go through WDs site to access drive.
Summary: Would not suggest for a Small or Medium Business, this NAS is best left in a home.
Pros: For the money this will be decent for small homes just wanting to get a device that will do media streaming, and basic file storage tasks.
Cons: Safepoint operation is a large issue. Troubleshooted for a few weeks trying to figure out why it would hang. Found that if the Safepoint operation tries to copy a file that is in use, or that has changed before the operation had completed it would hang and fail.
Summary: I bought a WD Mybook Live Duo 3TB x 2 a few months ago and have it running in a RAID 1 array. It works marginally well when it is working. Throughput rate is about 30-40 MB/sec for large files and much slower for lots of small files.
Summary: Let's be frank, you're not going to get a good local cloud on today's technology. Personal ISP service isn't there, wd2go.com isn't there.. WD itself, I don't think, really knows how to best implement this.
Pros: The MyBookLive is small, quiet, and can be easy to set up, IF you follow the directions. The problem is there are more than one set of directions. There are the directions in the quick start guide, the directions on the software installer and the directions in the user guide. All of them take you...
Cons: Sloooooooooooooow. Very slow. Even on LAN. Just to play a video, I usually copy it locally to the machine I want to watch it on first before I play it. I've never gotten much milage out of this as a streaming server. This is not a cloud. WD's lying to you. Remotely, over the web, it's PAINFULLY s...
Underpowered CPU (56 mbit/sec), poorly designed "Green" drive
Luke D., Newegg
18 December 2012
Summary: Runs on a PowerPC 44x platform. I don't know the current state of mainline Linux support for the device.
Pros: This came pretty much ready-to-use with ordinary standards-compliant software. It runs an embedded fork of Debian and seems to respect my privacy, so I didn't see a need to modify it.
Cons: Embedded CPU can only handle receiving rsync around 56 mbit/sec. Kinda makes the gigabit connection pointless if you're actually talking about mere storage. Runs with the drive around 56-58 C, which is a bit hot but within reason. The actual OS is contained on the 3 TB hard drive itself, using up...