WD My Book World Edition II - 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) Network Attached Storage
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- Offers 2 TB storage capacity in an elegant, small footprint design
- Easy access allows you to open the case and replace a drive
- UPnP enabled, makes network configuration easy and convenient
- 2TB = 2000GB Hard Drive Capacity
- Configurable to RAID 1 (Mirrored)
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Western Digital presents the WD My Book World II 2TB Network Hard Drive Storage Device - WDG2NC20000N, a superior STORAGE product. Designed for home users, creative professionals, workgroups, and anyone looking for shared storage, WD's My Book World Edition II offers a surprisingly simple and secure way to access and share your data, presentations, and photos at home, in the office and anywhere in the world, even when your local computer is turned off. The dualdrive network storage system combines 2.0 TB of storage, versatile RAID capability, backup software, user-serviceability, and remote access software to make it the most versatile and powerful remote access storage system in its class
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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.
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! And if that wasn't enough, the backup software kept a copy of my original file along with the updated file (you can configure the software to keep multiple versions of the files when you setup your back-up plan).
One other feature that is not widely advertised is the ability to setup alerts. You can configure the NAS to send an email if there are issues with the NAS (e.g drive failure, errors, etc...)! I thought that this was a pretty slick advanced feature that honestly I hope I never see in action (-:
The World Edition II (WDH2NC20000N)performed very well in the following areas:
- Ease Of Setup
- Transfer Speed
- Backup Software
- Pre-Configured For RAID 1
- Web Enabled Setup/Configuration
I have not explored the DLNA or Remote Web Access features but will update my review once I've explored these options. If my initial experience is any indication, I'm sure that these features will perform just as flawlessly...
Overall, I'm completely happy with my purchase and very impressed. I would definitely recommend this NAS for anyone looking to provide centralized storage and security for their home network!
Good luck with your purchase.
I've recently purchased a Playstation 3 and I'm using it as a media server. DLNA works flawlessly and I've been able to successfully stream music and video from my NAS to the PS3 wirelessly. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Twonky Media Server provided by Western Digital was automatically and immediately discovered by the PS3 - no additional setup or configuration on my part. Again, very satisfied!!!
The remote access feature(via MioNet)which allows you to access your files from anywhere in the world works reliably. However, it is slow. As long as you don't expect local network speeds you should be fine. Once logged into MioNet, it takes on average about 15-20 seconds to open a file. Also, the setup was again very easy and intuitive. Sharing files with friends is as easy as selecting the folder you want to share and entering their email address within Mionet. It also has built in security - it limits user access to "read-only"(unless you specify read/write access). Overall, another great feature!
My debug cannot be complete not set up for this debug. Looks like poor error handling. Armature get it out the door with a label that says it can do something (my guess). This type of unit is intended to work in environments that have a bad flue or cold. Robust error handling is essential. The idea is to "Recover". The software here still presents same errors even after disk wipe and new system installation. So I sprung for Acronis. Mush faster and hangs nearly gone. Acronis is harder to setup. Acronis is not optimized for "WorldBook II".
Fewer network hangs.
Acronis is not the real solution as it is awkward to use, What it does, it does so much better. Showing this is mainly a software issue.
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- Nice looking and energy efficient
- Pretty good price
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