Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Live Series (WDBACG0010HCH / WDBACG0020HCH / WDBACG0030HCH)
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Works well when Drives are good
Cedric F., Newegg
27 September 2014
Summary: When I first setup this drive, I used Mirroring which is RAID 1 so 6GB was only 3GB. Issued started right after I copied 2.5GB of important files to the drive. It kept disconnecting. I ran system test and Drive B failed. RMA to replace just that drive wasn't available.
Pros: - Easy to connect to router and setup - Smallish footprint - Large capacity
Cons: - Unreliable HDD failed after 24 hours - Mirroring did not work to save Data from bad HDD - Lack of technical documentation - RMA will be the whole unit, not just the bad HDD.
Summary: When I initial brought this it was to provide ample storage for my ever growing digital collection of pictures, music and videos. Initial intention was to house my 1.5 TB of videos and accessfor streaming. The transfer rate was horrible. Even for moving pictures for back-up storage.
Pros: Large amount of storage space and easy initial setup.
Cons: Slow transfer rates, MAC permission issues, No backup Disks or images of OS
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.
Cons: very slow, difficult to access, if you have multiple users. I know how to assign rights etc. in much higher level on real NAS and Windows but still couldn't figure out why one user can't access his folder from Win7 but was OK from XP or Mac OS. Ended up assigning the same user/pw as the admin to ...
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: 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...