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WD My Cloud Home

WD My Cloud Home

Most of the internet users today prefer having their data backed up to some or the other cloud storage. However, what if that cloud service is hacked or your account gets deleted? Well, you would not be left with any backup whatsover of the files you had uploaded to cloud. One solution here is to keep a copy of the uploaded file. This is where My Cloud Home by Western Digital comes into the picture by acting as your personal cloud. Keep it at home and sync it with your cloud-stored data. So now, you have the access and control to your very own cloud. We got a chance to play around with the WD My Cloud Home 2TB and it indeed turned out to be pretty handy device to keep at home.

Design

WD My Cloud Home: Back

As soon as it was unboxed, WD My Cloud Home gave out its impressive looks. With the dual-tone styling, the device looks more like a document-storage box rather than the conventional book like look. Enclosed in a plastic tube, there are vents on the top and the bottom for keeping the airflow managed. There is a NAS drive inside the My Cloud Home combined with the ARM SoC technology. The whole of the hardware is driven by a custom Linux distro.

Looking at the back of the device, there is a USB 3.0 port along with a 100/1000 Ethernet port. The WD My Cloud Home is runs on the continuous power supply through the power inlet on the back. Keeping the design minimal is an LED strip which runs across the middle of the front side. There is absolutely no button on the entire device, not even for power on/off. And you got it right, there is no way to check on the single-drive system inside when it fails. So yes, it gets a little tough to swap it then.

Features and Performance

WD My Cloud Home is a powerful device in the sense that you can control the storage using both your laptop and the smartphone. As first steps, you need to download the My Cloud app by Western Digital on your iOS or Android device and set up the My Cloud Home. Coming on to your laptop, you would not really find the usual web interface for the access. Instead, there’s a website that reflects any changes made to the local hardware. So you need an internet connection up and running 24×7. In case of an outage, there is absolutely no way you can access the My Cloud Home.

Looking at a big advantage, you can access your My Cloud Home even remotely using the link home.mycloud.com and manage any files on the device, browse photos, add/remove users and even activate a limited set of services like Plex DLNA functionality, Social and Cloud Import, Amazon Alexa skills, Network import and IFTTT. The very useful Plex functionality allows any DLNA client device to find your files. However, you would need to take a monthly, yearly or lifetime subscription if multiple users are to access the content using the Plex client app.

Let’s take a case of the My Cloud app on an Android device. I uploaded some MP3 files to My Cloud Home and then tried accessing the same using the app on my phone. As soon as I tapped on the MP3 file, it showed me a list of apps that I could use to share the file and not stream it. My expectation here was that the music file would stream right in the app. In order to overcome this situation, you can opt to download the free Plex app to stream the media from your WD My Cloud Home.

If you want to share a folder with the other users using your My Cloud Home, all you got to do is share the folder link via email or sms. Opening that particular link will allow the user to access the folder content remotely. WD has also implemented a Social and Cloud import system wherein you could synchronise each of Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Facebook or Google Photos accounts in a separate folder on the My Cloud Home.

Talking about the important read and write speeds, we tried with a 1GB file. While the read speed seemed decent at about 60-65 MB/s, the write speed turned out to be on the lower side at 25-30 MB/s. However, the speeds turned out to be a lot better when connected to the WD My Cloud Home using the local IP address.

WD My Cloud Home

WD My Cloud Home using USB port to copy data from an external device

The USB port on the back can be used to copy files from the external device to the My Cloud Home but it still cannot be used to back up the data to the external device. So if the only internal drive inside fails, you’re left with nothing at all.

WD My Cloud Home: Specifications

Interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet, Power Supply (DC in), USB 3.0 port, LED indicator light
Capacity: 2TB – 8TB for single-drive, 4TB – 20TB for dual-drive
Height: 6.91 in (175.5 mm)
Depth: 5.51 in (140 mm)
Width: 2.09 in (53 mm)
Weight: 2.28 LBS (1.03 KG)
System Requirements: Windows 7 (64-bit only) or later and Mac OS X v10.10 or later. For mobile, compatible with iOS 9+ and Android 4.4+. Requires a router and internet connection.

The Cost

The 2TB variant of the WD My Cloud Home can be bought online at Rs. 11,999 on Amazon and Flipkart. The pricing for the other storage variants on the online ecom stores is as follows:
My Cloud Home 3TB– Rs. 13,049
My Cloud Home 4TB– Rs. 14,899
My Cloud Home 8TB– Rs. 24,999

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GA Verdict

With an impressive design on the outset and a good overall hardware, WD My Cloud Home counts good to be your personal cloud right there at the home. The storage options range from 2TB to 8TB for the single-drive My Cloud Home, and 4TB to 16TB (in mirrored RAID) for the larger My Cloud Home Duo. Only the latter can be opened for the drives to be swapped out when required. A little more improvements to the software can make the device even more handy.

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