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WD My Cloud EX2 Diskless: Pre-configured Network Attached Storage

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  • Two-bay NAS for your home or small office with advanced features and a full suite of apps for a truly customized experience
  • Diskless enclosure with easy drive installation and hot swap
  • Multiple drive management options, including RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and spanning
  • Multiple data protection options, including RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup
  • Automatically backup via WD Smart Ware Pro for PC users and Apple Time Machine compatible for Mac users
  • Advanced software suite including FTP and P2P torrent servers, WordPress, Transmission and many others
  • Anywhere access from computers, tablets and smartphones with My Cloud desktop and mobile apps
  • Twonky 7.2 DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified media server
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Technical Details

Capacity: Diskless
  • RAM: 0.5 GB
  • Hard Drive: 0 TB
  • Bundled Software: Automatic Backup Software Included
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Product Details

Capacity: Diskless
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 3.9 x 6.8 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00I2P53NY
  • Item model number: WDBVKW0000NCH-NESN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 4, 2014

Product Description

Capacity: Diskless

My Cloud EX2 Diskless Personal Cloud Storage – Ultimate reliability from the trusted name in storage.

Build your own NAS with WD's two-bay diskless enclosure which allows you to add up to two drives and grow as your needs expand. Keep your photos, videos, music and files safe at home or your small office with access from anywhere. Choose from multiple backup options, stream large files to any screen and customize your NAS with a full suite of apps.

Build your own NAS
Diskless enclosure with easy drive installation and hot swap allows you to add up to two drives and grow as your needs expand.

My Cloud EX2

Easy to set up, easy to manage
Effortlessly install drives or hot swap with ease. WD's powerful dashboard means you are always in control.

My Cloud EX2

Extensive data protection
Manage your data with RAID 0, 1; JBOD and spanning drive modes. Then, protect it with RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup options.

My Cloud EX2
My Cloud EX2

Diskless enclosure with easy drive installation - Build your own NAS with the drives of your choice. Works with the top industry hard drives available - visit wd.com/ex2 for a list of compatible drives. Certified WD Red hard drives are recommended for optimized performance.

High-performance NAS - 512 MB memory and 1.2 GHz processor deliver reliable, fast performance for your home or small office.

Drive management - Control your data with multiple drive management options including RAID 0, 1; JBOD and spanning modes.

Data protection at its best - You're armed with multiple options to secure your data from loss. Choose from RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup depending upon your data security needs.

Easy to manage - A powerful dashboard means your system is always under your control. Monitor your drives, manage users and utilize energy-saving features. Email and mobile alerts keep you informed on My Cloud EX2 status.

Award-winning mobile and desktop apps - With WD's My Cloud apps, you can upload, access and share your documents from anywhere. Conveniently transfer files from your public cloud accounts to My Cloud EX2 using the mobile app.

Powerful apps to customize your NAS - Featuring industry-leading apps, including aMule, Transmission, Icecast, Joomla!, phpBB, phpMyAdmin, SqueezeCenter and more. For the most recent apps available, visit wd.com/ex2.

Advanced serving options - Integrated file server, FTP server, backup server and P2P torrent download server.

Stream media to your connected devices - Stream videos and photos to connected TVs, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA/UPnP devices. Features a Twonky DLNA-certified media server. And with My Cloud EX2 iTunes support, you can easily stream your music collection.

Back up, your way - Protect your data via remote backup to another My Cloud EX2 or My Cloud EX4, integrated cloud backup or local LAN/WAN backup. Enjoy peace of mind with WD SmartWare Pro for PC users and Apple Time Machine compatibility for Mac users.

Expand your capacity - Simply attach a compatible USB hard drive directly to one of the two USB 3.0 expansion ports on My Cloud EX2 and instantly expand your storage capacity.

Energy-saving features - Save energy with disk spin-down and scheduled power on/off.

Advanced features - A full suite of advanced features to power your home or office including: iSCSI target, full-featured FTP services, jumbo frame support, iPv4/iPv6 ready, UPS support (USB and network), real-time resource monitor, volume encryption with boot-up password, SNMP and virtual volumes.

Your own personal cloud - Unlike public clouds, My Cloud EX2 allows you to keep all your content in one safe place at home or your office and access it from anywhere with computers, tablets and smartphones. No monthly fees. No limits.

My Cloud personal cloud storage products work concurrently with multiple operating systems including Mac OS, Windows 8, iOS and Android with mobile apps.

Ideal for

  • Centralizing and organizing your important documents, photos, videos and music in one secure location
  • Securing your data from loss with RAID 1, USB, cloud or local LAN/WAN backup
  • Streaming media to connected TVs, media players and gaming consoles
  • Saving and managing files securely from any computer, tablet and smartphone
  • Backing up files automatically from all the PC and Mac computers on your network
  • Installing or replacing drives with ease
  • Saving, backing up and sharing your stored documents, photos, videos and music from anywhere
  • Uploading photos and videos directly to your personal cloud to free up space on your mobile devices
  • Transferring files between your public cloud accounts and My Cloud EX2

What's in the box
Two-bay personal cloud storage, Ethernet cable, AC adater, Quick Install Guide, assembly kit.

System Requirements

  • Windows 8.1 or earlier, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (32 bit) SP 3 operating systems
  • Mac OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard operating systems
  • DLNA/UPnP devices for streaming
  • Router with Internet connection

Supported Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Safari 6 or higher
  • Firefox 21 or higher
  • Google Chrome 27 and later on supported Windows and Mac OS platforms

Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Features at a glance

  • Two-bay, 0 TB/diskless, trayless enclosure design
  • Multiple drive management options, including RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and spanning
  • Multiple data protection options, including RAID 1, USB, cloud or LAN/WAN backup
  • Includes WD SmartWare Pro for PC users and is Apple Time Machine compatible for Mac users
  • Twonky 7.2 DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified media server
  • iTunes support
  • Anywhere access from computers, tablets and smartphones with My Cloud desktop and mobile apps
  • Advanced software suite including FTP and P2P torrent download servers, Transmission, Icecast, WordPress and many others
  • Optimized for WD Red drives with WD's exclusive NASware technology
  • Dual USB 3.0 expansion ports

My Cloud EX2


Personal Cloud Storage
Comparison Chart
My Cloud My Cloud EX2 My Cloud EX4
Single-bay Two-bay Four-bay
Ideal For Consumers
Creative professionals
Prosumers
Creative professionals
Small office - home office
Prosumers
Creative professionals
Small office - home office
Capacity 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB 0 TB / Diskless, 4 TB, 6 TB, 8 TB 0 TB / Diskless, 8 TB, 12 TB, 16 TB
Processor Dual-Core 1.2 GHz 2.0 GHz
RAM 256 MB 512 MB 512 MB
Gigabit Ethernet Interface / NICs 1X 1X 2X
Power port 1X 1X 2X
USB 3.0 expansion port 1X 2X 2X
Mac and PC compatible
DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified for media streaming
Free apps for anywhere access My Cloud desktop app
My Cloud mobile app
WD Photos mobile app
My Cloud desktop app
My Cloud mobile app
WD Photos mobile app
My Cloud desktop app
My Cloud mobile app
WD Photos mobile app
Automatic backup PC:
WD SmartWare Pro
(up to 3 users)

Mac:
Apple Time Machine compatible
PC:
WD SmartWare Pro
(up to 10 users)

Mac:
Apple Time Machine compatible
PC:
WD SmartWare Pro
(up to 10 users)

Mac:
Apple Time Machine compatible
Secure file sharing with unlimited users
Easy drive installation & hot swap
LCD display
Disk management RAID 0, 1; JBOD & spanning RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; JBOD & spanning
iSCSI, volume virtualization
Volume encryption
iPV4/iPV6
Active directory
Integrated serving options File server
FTP server
Backup server
P2P download server
File server
FTP server
Backup server
P2P download server
Integrated third-party apps

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The NAS is very easy to set up.
Brian A. Wolters
So, I will be pulling the drives out of this unit and buying a diskless something else to try.
James Jernigan
Searching WD's support forum I learned that many have had this problem and reported it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

230 of 236 people found the following review helpful By knitting ninja TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2014
Size Name: 4 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
For this review, I am comparing 4 NAS I personally use:

1. This WD My Cloud EX2 4TB
2. Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage (DS213j)
3. NETGEAR ReadyNAS 100 Series 102 4TB (2 x 2TB) 2-Bay Network Attached Storage (RN10222D-100NAS)
4. Buffalo LinkStation 420 4 TB 2-Drive 2 x 2 TB High Performance NAS Personal Cloud Storage and Media Server (LS420D0402)

The Western Digital My Cloud EX 2 I was shipped sports a pair of WD Red NAS drives. TheNetgear ReadyNAS came with a pair of Toshiba DT01ACA100 drives - 7,200 RPM drives Toshiba touts as being engineered for high performance and low power for cooler operation. I installed in my Synology Diskstation DS-213j two Seagate NAS drives (ST3000VN000). My Buffalo LinkStation also shipped with a pair of TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Drives. As for price, the WD, Netgear and Synology are within a few bucks of each other if you buy them diskless. The Buffalo is by far the cheapest - as it should be.

HARDWARE COMPARISON:

As for processors and memory, they all have 1.2 GHz processors and 512 MB DDR3 RAM. They use different chip manufacturers (ARM, Marvel etc.) but for home use I did not notice any significant speed differences that would make me want to choose one over the other.

In all other hardware aspects Netgear leads the pack. The ReadyNAS sports two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Personne VINE VOICE on March 26, 2014
Size Name: 4 TB Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I've owned a large number of Western Digital network devices. A pair of network RAIDs serve as my small company backup system. A pair of their TV Live settop boxes have supported my in-home streaming for a while. After one of my old MyCloud drives bit the dust (it happens) I set up a NAS from another company. It worked, but was always a little clunky. This new drive means I can get my home system back onto WD.

This is my first experience with the EX2 series, and it's only taken a few days to appreciate how much WD has added. I should say at the outset that a device like this is not for a network beginner, no matter how strongly it might be pitched in that direction. Still, it's simple to manage if you're over the threshold of basic network knowledge. There's the potential for confusion at the outset: the first thing you see is a MyCloud application. It gives you file access to the device, but that's not where the action is. You'll need to log into the browser interface. First you'll need to find the IP address of the device (I just look at the DHCP log of my router) and type that address into your browser. That will give you full access to the device and its many capabilities.

The browser interface is clean and informative. The home page shows basic device status (a nice live graph of network, cpu and disk usage) and presents other pages for setup and utilities. The drive is quite configurable and you can easily change the RAID model, add AFP/Samba support, iSCSI, VLAN. You can change the IP address to a fixed value (my usual approach with a very large home network). DLNA users (that's me) will be happy to see that the Twonky software package is built-in. That's the cleanest and most powerful DLNA server and is an extra-cost item on many other servers.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By DJC on March 10, 2014
Size Name: 8 TB Verified Purchase
I have 2 WD duo's for use at a non-profit. No problems thus far. They needed SMB2 so I wasn't sure the EX 2 would work. Bought an EX 2 for home and found I can configure SMB for 1, 2 or 3.

Unlike the WD duo, the EX 2 can be easily set to include a recycle bin. Big improvement on the dashboard interface. Also has twonky server which works far better than the media server on the duo.

Attached a USB drive and backed up 59 MB of data in just a few minutes (for the non profit, we also keep a backup in another building). So much faster than any other means we have tried. Will be buying an EX 2 for the non-profit as well.

Only negative so far is the auto-update of the OS which is flashed. I will leave mine off and check the WD EX2 forum first to see if there are problems. I had no problem with the first, but others did.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PKS on April 4, 2014
Size Name: 4 TB Verified Purchase
It's been over 3 weeks. I am not a big technical person like other reviewers. The cloud drive is certainly very fast and easy to transfer file and setups. While within the home network, it works really good. There's a free trial on the Smartware for backups but I upgraded to full version. The only disappointment with software is not able to do multiple different backups to the drive. The music streaming is ok. I wish there is a better music library built in to retrieve the music easier. The mobile apps works really fast and able to retrieve files easily. I wish it is similar to POGOPLUG where it builds the media library for you (photo, music and video) instead of going into each files to retrieve music.
The "wd2go.com" is pathetic and useless. I have called the technical support 3-4 times and not really able to help. The last one says something had to do with the JAVA software. I have done what the technical support asked and no result.The main reason I purchased this is that I can access files from a public desktop or office desktop computer without having to install any WD Desktop access software. Totally disappointed.
As far as for home network, it a great network drive. It's a great backup and NAS drive. As soon as you want to access from remote, I am very disappointed.
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