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Western Digital My Book World Edition II - 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) Network Attached Storage


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4 TB (2 x 2 TB)
  • Automatic and continuous backup for all the computers on your network
  • Centralize all your family¿s digital content
  • Best-in-class performance cutting-edge technologies to deliver high performance read
  • Built-in media server for streaming music, photos and movies to any DLNA certified multimedia device such as Playstation 3
  • iTunes server support Centralize your music collection and stream to a Mac or Windows PC using iTunes software.
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Power Consideration: This desktop class hard drive requires the use of a power adapter (included) to operate. It cannot be powered by a USB cable alone.

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Technical Details

Capacity: 4 TB (2 x 2 TB)
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WDH2NC40000N
  • Hard Disk Size: 4000 GB
  • Warranty: 3 - Year limited warranty
  • Weight: 6.75 pounds

Product Details

Capacity: 4 TB (2 x 2 TB)
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.9 x 6.7 inches ; 4.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001UHOR7Y
  • Item model number: WDH2NC40000N
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 16, 2009

Product Description

Capacity: 4 TB (2 x 2 TB)

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

My Book World Edition Home Network Storage

It's easy to set up a central storage location in your home that is compatible with both Mac and Windows files. Simply connect the drive to your network router and you’re up and running in just a few minutes. Use the included back up software to protect your family’s PCs with automatic and continuous backup plans. Store all your digital media in one central location so everyone in the family can have access to it. Remote access technology lets you securely access files from anywhere, anytime.

 My Book World Edition

Keep your family’s data safe.

Relax

If you’re the family Chief Technology Officer, you understand the importance of backing up photos, music, video and all the other files that are so important to your family, right? And maybe you’re the only one in the house that gets it. Now you don’t have to nag the rest of the family to back up, or chase down their computers to do it yourself. In just a few simple steps, you can set up automatic and continuous back up to the World Edition drive for all your family’s computers. Whew, okay, that’s done and now you don’t have nag anymore.

Keep the files on your laptop backed up without even thinking about it.

You’ve been out at Joe’s Coffee Shop writing your novel and now you’re home and you know you should back up your work. Sigh. With the My Book World Edition drive it’s no longer a chore, in fact, it’s easy. Just turn on your laptop and log into the home network. That’s it. Your files will be backed up automatically. It’s not hard to set it up, and once you’re done it’s always automatic and you can stop thinking about it.

Enjoy

ConnectionsPlay music and video files on your TV.

Your epic trip-to-Africa movie is here on the computer in the den. Your big, beautiful new plasma TV is there in the family room. How do you get that movie from here to there? My Book World Edition can be your home's central media hub. From it you can stream photos, music, and videos to your home entertainment center. All you need is the My Book World Edition drive and a digital media adapter or a game console like X-Box 360 or Playstation 3, and your masterpiece is there on the big screen.

 

Play all your iTunes music on any computer in the house.

You use iTunes to manage your music and so does the rest of the family, so there are music files on all of your family’s computers. With the My Book World Edition drive, you can put that music all in one place so that everyone can listen. Store all your family’s iTunes music on the drive. Find the drive on any computer on the network. Open iTunes, and, ta-da, there’s the music.

Escape

Get to your data no matter where you are.

You’re out of town, interviewing for a new job. You need a new copy of your resume and it’s only on your home computer…which is turned off. Yikes! But you’re OK, because you stored the resume on your My Book World Edition drive. The drive is always on, and you can get to it through the Internet, any time, anywhere. Excellent! Now you can knock ‘em dead in the interview.

Features:

Automatic and continuous backup for all the computers on your network – Now you can easily back up data from all your home computers with the included continuous backup software. Set it and forget it; every time you save something it's instantly and automatically backed up.

Simple file recovery – Restore lost, damaged or older files back to their original location with a couple of clicks. Backup files are stored in the same file structure that you originally saved them, so it’s easy and intuitive to find files.

Centralize all your family’s digital content – Store or backup all your digital files and media in one central location so everyone can access and enjoy your collection from any computer in the home.

Stream digital media anywhere in your home – Built-in media server for streaming music, photos and movies to any DLNA certified multimedia device such as Playstation® 3, Xbox 360®, wireless digital picture frames, and connected audio receivers. DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified.

iTunes® server support – Centralize your music collection and stream to a Mac® or Windows® PC using iTunes software.

Remote access – Access your files anywhere, anytime using MioNet® remote access technology from WD.

Works seamlessly with both Windows and Mac computers – Access and save files seamlessly from both your Mac and your Windows computers.

Best-in-class performance – My Book World Edition uses cutting-edge technologies to deliver high performance read and write speeds ideal for the most demanding users.

Easy to set up, easy to find on your network – Set up is a snap; in just a few minutes you’re up and running. Mac and Windows Vista computers will automatically find your My Book drive in seconds. Our simple discovery software makes it easy to find the drive with Windows XP systems.

Share your personal content – MioNet remote access technology makes it easy for you to securely share photos and documents with friends and family.

USB 2.0 utility port – Turn any USB drive into an instant network drive or extra capacity for your World Edition.

Cooler, quieter, eco-friendlier – Equipped with WD drives using WD GreenPower™ technology, this system consumes significantly less power and delivers performance on par with power hungry network storage devices using 7200 RPM hard drives.

Capacity gauge – See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.

High-speed data transfer with Gigabit Ethernet - Gigabit networking and transfer rates are up to five to six times faster than other standard 10/100 Ethernet network storage systems. This performance is comparable to USB 2.0 direct-attached storage. Your results will vary based on the file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

My Book World Edition Home Network Storage

Features at a glance:

  • Automatic, continuous backup for all the computers in your home
  • Stream digital media anywhere in your home
  • Centralize all your family's digital content
  • Remote access
  • Works seamlessly with both Windows and Mac computers.



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1 terybyte version pictured, 2 TB and 4 TB capacities feature a wider base and width.


Product Description

Simplified set up and best-in-class performance make My Book World Edition II Home Network Storage the easy choice for centralizing data and backing up your home computers. Connect the drive to your network router and you¿re up and running in minutes. Use the included back up software to protect your family¿s PCs with automatic and continuous backup plans. Store all your digital media in one central location so everyone in the family can have access to it. Compatible with both Mac and Windows files.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I am running Windows 7 64 bit.
Josh Knaack
I sure did wast a lot of time working on this thing, do not trust this product with any valuable data.
C. REAKA
All in all I think this is a great product and am happy with my decision with this device.
Michael Mueller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

180 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Peter Beckley on December 21, 2009
Size Name: 4 TB (2 x 2 TB) Verified Purchase
Let me start off by saying, I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit and only know of how the device works on my setup. The NAS itself is quite nice. It's quiet, energy efficient and very simple to install. You just plug in a network cable and power, and wait until the light stops moving. Then browse to the admin web page and presto you got 3.8TB (RAID0) or 1.8TB(RAID1) to fill up.

Windows 7 instantly saw this thing as a network resource and I was able to browse to it. I didn't know what IP it had taken from my DHCP server, but the index.html file that I saw on the drive redirected me to it without a problem. Overall a nice little NAS that serves up music, movies and stores backups for my whole household.

I use the included Media Center and my wife uses XBMC on her WinXP laptop for movies, and we share a common library for music via iTunes. We can both be accessing different songs and/or movies without a single issue or skip...very nice!

Now the problem...IT IS SLOOOOOOOOW!

Forget what WD says about a 10/100/1000 connection because it just isn't going to happen. Everything I've read on every forum I can find says it's due to the weak processor that WD chose to use to run the Linux OS driving the whole thing. I get 11MB/s max, and that is using TerraCopy and not the even slower included windows explorer copy function. Moving my 130GB music collection (yes, all legal!) took hours. I manage that collection with iTunes and I've made the mistake of trying to update the ID3 tags on an entire genre of music...sloooooooow.

Summary: Don't expect the speed of an external USB or FireWire drive...it just isn't going to happen, but it will serve up music and movies at the same time without missing a beat. The only thing to clear your schedule for is making large data transfers or updates. I recommend getting your music and movies the way you want them locally, and then moving them to this NAS.
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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Chris in St. Pete VINE VOICE on July 28, 2009
Size Name: 2 TB (2 x 1 TB)
I purchased this to have safe backups of all of my photos and music. Having lost a hard drive (not backed up) last year and my external drive being at capacity, and a bit finicky lately I was concerned about the safety of my data. I purchased this as an insurance policy against losing the treasured images of my family, friends and travel I have accumulated over the years.

I researched options and found this unit to be the best value to meet my needs. My needs (and wants) included:

Double back up of data (RAID)
Enough space to back up current drives (600GB)
Network-able so I can share to laptop

Out of the box this feels like a quality piece. At about 6 pounds it feels solid in your hands. Case is simple and attractive but would have preferred a black case over white. It comes with a wall-wart power supply and an ethernet cable. There is USB port but no cable is provided. One simple vertical white light is the only physical user interface. Aside from the color a very handsome package. My only issue is that the light NEVER goes out completely and is relatively bright. Consider that when deciding where to position it. Id prefer that the light have a sleep mode that would shut it off after a period of inactivity.

Set up is as simple as plugging it in and patching the network cable to your router. The included software does the rest. It finds the drives and maps them to your machine. The software must be loaded onto any machine on your network that you want to have access to the drive or to backup. A simple and pain free process.

Moving data to the drive is time consuming. Transfer speeds are slower than both my external and internal drives (not unexpected).
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Hinzman on July 30, 2009
Size Name: 2 TB (2 x 1 TB)
I just installed this on my home network with the intention of centralizing my media storage. I was immediately impressed and surprised with just how easy it was to set up media sharing across my whole network. The included twonky media server works as expected (in fact better, I like the firmware version more than I like the PC), and comes with options for streaming internet Radio.

To give you an idea how it works, when you install the system it creates two mapped drives on your PC. One of these, the "public" folder, contains additional folders for songs, pictures, and video. You simply copy over your media to the appropriate folder. I was then able to immediately play them on my DNLA enabled devices (a Denon AVR 4308 CI, and a Sony KDL-W-5100 series TV). Set up honestly couldn't have been easier.

The out-of-the box RAID configuration was also a plus, and I've also had good luck with WD's backup program.

MIOnet itself seems to work as advertised. Yes, it can be slow, but I use direct mapping of drives vs. mio.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R.Glover on November 17, 2009
Size Name: 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) Verified Purchase
I received my World Edition II 2 TB NAS on 11/13! Opened the box, connected it to my router, powered it up and presto, my network discovered the new drive. Very shortly afterwards, I was transferring files! (I am running Windows Vista for reference).

The web setup was amazingly simple... One point of caution, the basic setup flyer that comes with the drive does not mention the username and password which are admin, admin(You can of course change these once you are logged in)... Once I logged in I was able to establish a static IP address (you have the option of DHCP but I prefer to use static IPs). The drive also comes pre-configured for RAID 1 (Mirroring) which is exactly what I wanted for secure data protection/back-up. However, if you prefer to establish RAID 0 (Striping), then it's very easy to configure (just make sure that you do this before transferring any data to the drive). RAID 1 provides a total of 1TB of effective storage and RAID 0 provides a total of 2TB of effective storage.

With regard to transfer speed, I was seeing on average respectable transfer speeds of about 5 MB/sec(40 Mbps). The intitial data transfer will take a while but for ongoing access, no problem.

I then loaded the backup software to my Work laptop, established a shared folder and then mapped that folder to my laptop. I then initiated the backup and a few hours later, my laptop was securely backed up to my new drive! Just for testing purposes, I disconnected this laptop from the network and updated one of my files. I then reconnected the laptop to the network and the backup software immediately recognized that a file had been changed and updated the file on the NAS!!!! How's that for secure backup!
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