Western Digital’s My Cloud: Is it the perfect storage solution?

mycloudHow many devices do you currently own? Nowadays, people own more than one gadget. Besides a smartphone, you  may also have a tablet and a laptop. And this means one thing: you’ve got tons of content! Photos. Documents. Ebooks. Movies. This content can quickly add up and eat your phone’s internal storage and your laptop’s hard drive.

Sure, you can save it on the cloud like Google Drive and Dropbox. Or get an external hard drive. But the problem with using a cloud service is that it is quite limited. And of course, there are all sorts of security risks. Now, you can use an external hard drive. But you need to connect it to your computer, transfer files from your phone, and then save it to the external hard drive?

What if you could have your own personal cloud? And what if you could save any content from your mobile gadgets wirelessly?

That’s exactly what Western Digital’s My Cloud is for. It promises to be the ultimate data storage.

Thanks to my friends at Western Digital, I got the opportunity to try out Western Digita’s My Cloud (3 TB) for a few weeks.

What’s Awesome

  • Great Design
    Easy to Install and Use
    Compatible with almost all devices

Hiccups

  • Not all video file types are recognized

Specs

  • AC Input Voltage100-240 VAC
  • Compatibility: Windows/MAC
  • Dual-Core processor

How Is It Different from the Cloud?

Unlike Dropbox or Google Drive where data is saved on its own server, My Cloud is like your own Dropbox service. You set it up, so that you can store data from anywhere and from any device. Plus, it gives you a whopping 3 TB of storage. Most cloud services only give you 1 or 2 GB.

My Experience

It is my first time to use a wireless external hard drive. Although I’ve wanted one ever since the wireless models came out from Western Digital and Seagate. At home, we own a couple of external hard drives. But these ones need to be connected to the computer.

So, using My Cloud was such a huge leap. Not only it is wireless, but it is compatible with practically any device. If you want to save photos from your iPhone. You can do it! If you want to save documents from your MAC, no problem.

I was even surprised when the PS3 recognized it as an external storage!

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MyCloud on PS3

Installation

Installing it is quite easy. All you have to do is connect the ethernet cable to your modem. Usually, your modem would have three or four empty slots. Once connected, my MAC already recognized it as an external hard drive. You can start creating your folders and start saving right away. The same thing with Windows. It was immediately recognized as an external hard drive the way it recognizes a flash drive or a wired external hard drive.

When you want to save photos from your smartphone or tablet, it is fairly easy to set up. First, you need to download the My Cloud app. Once you have this app, you’ll be able to transfer files from any device.

Screenshot of the My Cloud App

During the time that I had the review unit, I mainly used it to transfer movies from my MAC to My Cloud. I don’t watch a lot of local shows, but I consume tons of movies and TV sitcoms. The setup we have at home is I connect my MAC to the TV through an HDMI adapter. But with My Cloud, once I transferred an entire season of my favorite video game turned to Anime, I can access the folders and play the videos on my iPhone or the iPad. Basically, it streams the content, so it isn’t save on your device. It doesn’t eat up your storage space. Plus, you don’t have to go to the hassle of transferring the video to your tablet through a computer.

Transferring 5 GB worth of data took approximately 20 minutes. If you use an external hard drive with a USB 3.0 connection, this might be a bit slow. Keep in mind, however, that it’s a wireless transfer, so 20 minutes is actually pretty fast.

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USB 3.0 at the back

It is such a convenient set up for someone who access a lot of content from multiple devices.

Be warned, however, that some video file types may not play. But common file types should have no problem playing.

What Else You Can with My Cloud

There are so many things that you can do with My Cloud. Honestly, I wasn’t able to explore its many features. Some of the other features that you might be interested in:

  • Utilize all the features of MAC’s Time Machine. I was planning to use it for Time Machine, but since it is only a temporary visitor in my home, I opted not to go through the process.
  • Transfer data from My Cloud to Dropbox and other cloud services
  • Password protection for each user
  • USe 3.0 USB port to transfer photos from your camera

 

All in all, Western Digital’s My Cloud is the ultimate data storage. It is wireless. It is compatible with Windows, MAC, and practically any mobile gadget. With 3 TB storage, you have plenty of space and don’t have to worry of running out. More importantly, you don’t have to pay any monthly or yearly fee.

It is perfect for people who create a lot of content like photographers, graphic artists, and writers. It is also a good companion for students, teachers, and people who own multiple devices.

WD My Cloud is availble in 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB and 6 TB. The 3 TB is retailed at P8,990.

What is your current storage solution?

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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