The WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage from Western Dynamics is a monstrous 4 TB NAS (Network Attached Storage) hard drive that can handle thousands of video, music, image, document and archive files. No longer are all of your files spread out over different hard drives. You can keep every file in one place and make them accessible to any Web-enabled device in your home.

Multiple Device Access

Personal computers, Macs, iPhones and Android-based devices can all access the files on My Cloud. The unit has DLNA 1.5 and is certified UPnP. These are file-sharing protocols that give it the power to stream movies and music to game consoles as well as TVs.

It is a standalone unit that has dashboard access via dedicated apps on each operating system. However, there is no cross-platform media player, so playback is limited to the file formats supported on the specific devices. This is more of a hassle for iOS users as they cannot play Windows and Android files.

Mobile devices can also use apps to sync to online cloud storage solutions such as SkyDrive and Google Drive. This system makes it simpler for users to work offline if desired.

Fast Transfer Rates

One of the challenges of adding files to new storage units is the amount of time it takes to copy or move them. My Cloud comes with a 1GB Ethernet port that provides high-speed transfers. You can also expand storage by connecting an additional hard drive using the USB 3.0 port. The powerful dual core processor keeps files moving a good clip.

Privacy and Security

My Cloud is a great alternative for users who do not want to access file-sharing companies such as Dropbox or back-up services like CrashPlan. One of the major advantages of My Cloud is it provides significantly more storage than most online cloud backup services.

In addition, because your data stays in-house, you have more security and privacy. You don’t have to worry about a storage company selling your data or hackers stealing your information.

Modern Design

My Cloud is a direct descendent of the My Book line of backup hard drives from WD. They share the same rounded design and clean look. It is an attractive unit that will fit well into many home decor themes. Reasonably compact at 5.5 x 1.9 x 6.7 inches, it weighs in at just over 2 pounds.

Summary

My Cloud’s benefits include being able to organize all of your files in one place, back up data from every computer device in the house, and share photos and videos with family and friends anywhere in the home. In addition, you can stream movies or music directly to your television, media player or other device that offers DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) or UPnP (Universal Plug and Play). Both are popular Internet protocols that enable fast file sharing between PCs, intelligent appliances, mobile devices and peripherals.

The WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage unit provides lightning-fast performance in an attractive package that will be a welcome addition to any home computing set-up.

WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage
Access single unit from multiple computers using different operating systems.Stream movies and music to TVs, game consoles and media players.Huge 4 TB storage capacity is enough for most households to store all of their digital files.
No redundancy: As a standalone unit, it represents a single point of failure.Cannot stream directly from unit to the cloud.No printer support.
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