We bought this Wireless Network Hard drive some months ago to relieve the pressure off of our computer and laptop drives, we've managed to move over all of our music, films, photos and documents and have been able to tidy up and clean our much over used hard drives!
The Western Digital My Book World Edition (1TB) has been a great addition to the household, with our laptop we are able to access our files, watch a film, upload data to it from anywhere in the house. The transfer speed is the fastest I've seen (although it is now even faster on newer versions) and, in our opinions, 1TB is plenty of room!
We have it sitting in our lounge with our internet router but can access it from upstair no problem, the connection can often depend on the PC you are using to stream/upload but my computer is approximately 4 years old now and pretty rigged, so not exactly amazing, but it works fine!
We bought this from Amazon for a reasonable price but you can also obtain this from Dabs, Misco, Argos and other reputable retailers.
TH WD My Book World Edition (1TB) cost us just over £100 last year which we think is a great deal. I would recommend the 1TB drive for the 'average' household as we find this is enough to store plenty on. If you really wanted 2TB then I believe the average increase in price would be an additional £75.
I particularly like minimal amount of wires needs in comparison to ordinary hard drives. Just one for the plug and one to connect to the internet.
We have no problems with this whatsoever, on an o2 wireless network, which isn't the best.
Bought this some years ago. It has been running fine but intermittently went down. I would switch it off and it would reboot and work fine. However, now I find that when it reboots it does not show up as a drive any more! That's a real pain as transferring files, syncing etc. using File Manager is not possible. I can now only access the drive via the online network address which is sloooow compared to the direct connection using firewire. So now it is almost impossible to sync the whole drive with my other drive to create a backup copy. Over 1Tb syncing over a network takes forever, kills my internet.
Basically these drives are flakey in terms of software and hardware (another WD drive had to be replaced after it died. Lost all my data).
Challenge I have is where to store original files of my photo collection of terabytes???
Finally it does not allow me to share my music files that I have created and own the rights to as WD decided that they should police transfer of such files and not permit it. Thanks but no thanks.
Finally, the impression is that you can use this across networks.. reality is that you get a cut back copy of Mionet and if you want to use it as a network drive have to pay to get the added features. I feel that is a Con.
I bought the My Book World 1TB because I was running out of space on my old 500GB drive, and this was a first look the best value for money.
The My Book World is quite simple to set up, and to be honest you don't really need the included software apart from backup, and there are other better alternatives for this.
The problem with the software is that last time I checked doesn't fully work with Windows 7. It's not that it doesn't do it's job but it messes with the computer going to sleep, and you can't wake it up, so you need to force shutdown it. This may have changed but I've got no reason to reinstall it, if you need backup software it's not hard to find.
The MioNet (use away from home) is a good idea, but i've found it a bit problematic and hard to set up, but I haven't really put any effort into it as I don't need it.
The 1 TB is way more than most people will need, but it's good to have that little bit more in case. The one thing that I think would make it absolutely is a MioNet mobile app so that you can access the hard drive away from home, but in life you can't have everything!
This is one of those devices that I would happily say any home should own. We bought one a bit over a year ago to use as a Network Accessible Storage device. On it we store all of our movies and TV programs we've converted from our DVD collection in order to use on our AppleTV and iPod's.
The beauty of a NAS system, which is essentially what this is, is that you can connect it to your wireless router using a single ethernet cable, and then you can access the contents on any PC on your network. The appeal of this to us is that we can have all of our media, in all of our iTunes libraries, whereas had we gone with a normal USB HDD we would have to have a central computer on to serve the media to the others which would in turn suck more electricity.
The system works fairly stabley for the most part and rarely gives us any trouble, it serves 1200kbps mp4 files to any machine quite happily in more than real time allowing for smooth viewing across a Network.
The drive also comes with an array of automatic backup tools allowing you to safeguard data if you so choose. There is also software included that allows you to access the contents of the drive from any computer connected to the internet in the world, a nice idea in theory but one I've never followed up due to my lack of need for such a feature.
Finally as a useful feature there's a USB port on the back of the drive that allows for the addition of a second hard drive if you want to allowing you to give the device an even larger storage capacity than it comes with. Useful in case you don't have quite enough space otherwise.