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. THEY SAY 7 DAYS A WEEK ON THEIR SITE BUT WHEN YOU CALL THEIR 800 NUMBER THEY ARE CLOSED ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.
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. Cons: Lack of Speed- This is NOT a matter of sleep mode. In fact, in the year and a half that I have owned this drive, it has yet to go to sleep (see next Con).
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.(slow)) via PC is fine for small files but it will not allow you to download a movie from a remote location. WD will always blame this on your system.
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. This probably isn't that bad though considering they are lower performance "green" drives. I have had a few times where I could not access the files which scares me, but have managed to restore functionality by power cycling.
Summary: Was surprised how noisy and hot this ran, even when no computers on the network were on. Decided to switch it to RAID mode because the noise and heat caused me to wonder about reliability, and the software started the restructuring at the rate of 2% per day. Yep it would take almost 2 months and the access dropped to a crawl in the meantime. WD support said something was wrong and is sending another but in the meantime, I've wasted hours on this thing.
Summary: This drive does come with a lot of usable space (don't forget the 1024 rule when purchasing hard drives.) GOOD: --Quiet - I have it sitting in the entertainment unit in my bedroom, and never even noticed that it was there. --Small, and compact, especially when you consider how much storage it has --Initial setup was fairly easy to use. I would like to see more of a Wizard type of set up for those that are not too tech savvy.
Summary: I bougth this product because I have the WD MyBook World Edition 2Tb White with Blue Ring (firts of this product line). I have to say that the older model was very nice. I had it in my room because it didn't make noise (no fan). I never had problem with it. The new models is noisy. The fan is often working. Also it reboots every 5 or 6 hours without a reason. (I'm waiting for a answer from WDC). The case was better finished in the old model (better quality materials).
Summary: Pros: 1. Excellent user interface 2. Easy to get working 3. Works well with Linux 4. ssh is included & easy to turn on Cons: 1. Firmware upgrade stopped it working. Luckily ssh could be re-enabled by jumping through hoops, so I had no data loss. 2. Slow. Very, very slow. Copying 1TB of files took the best part of 2 weeks, at around 1MB/s. 3. Mobile apps for accessing it are even slower, to the point of near uselessness 4.
Summary: I've used these drives on corporate networks and at home, and yes it is reasonably stable, and yes it's secure. But my goodness is it slow! Even on a Gigabit network you'll be waiting an age for everything!