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WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB)

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Product Highlights
  • 2TB Capacity Network Drive
  • Centralize Your Data
  • iTunes Server Support
  • WD Photos iOS App
  • WD SmartWare Backup Software
  • Supports Apple Time Machine

WD makes it easy for you to simplify your digital life, with the My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive. Consolidate your movies, music, photos and files in one location, all while letting everyone on your wired or wireless network share access. Back up all your PC and Mac computers to one safe place, access files securely over the Internet, stream media to your entertainment center and even show off all your photos with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Simplify Your Digital Life
Store and back up your entire library of movies, music, photos and important files to one safe place.
Share Your Media Over Your Network
Plug the drive into your router so that any PC or Mac on your wired or wireless network can access the data.
High Capacity Storage
Your media libraries will take up only a sliver of storage space on this immensely spacious 2TB drive, leaving you plenty of room to backup your files as well.
Easy To Set Up
In just a few minutes, you're up and running. Mac, Windows 7 and Windows Vista systems will automatically find your My Book Live drive in seconds. If you're running Windows XP, our simple discovery software makes it easy to set up the drive, too.
Cutting-Edge Performance
Designed around the most recent advances in Ethernet chip technology, this product delivers read speeds up to 100Mb/s.
Compatible with Apple Time Machine
Mac computer users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data. Back up all your Macs wirelessly to one location over your WiFi network.
Secure Remote Access
Access your files over the Internet from anywhere, using WD's remote access technology. It's easy to securely access and share photos and documents with friends and family while you're on the go.
Play Your Music on Any Computer in Your Home
The drive includes iTunes server support so you can centralize your music collection and stream to a Mac or PC.
Show Off Your Photos
Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to get quick access to all the photos stored on your home network drive. Download the free WD Photos photo viewer app and show off your entire photo collection without taking up tons of space on your iPhone.
Stream Digital Media Anywhere in Your Home
The built-in media server streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live HD media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3.
Interface Gigabit Ethernet
Capacity 2TB
Data Transfer Rate 10/100/1000Mb/s
Power 100-240VAC, 47-63Hz
Operating Temperature 41-95°F (5-35°C)
Storage Temperature -4-149°F (-20-65°C)
Supported Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, or Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Dimensions 5.5 x 6.6 x 2.0" (13.9 x 16.7 x 5.0 cm)
WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    WDMy Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB)
     
    4.2

    (based on 56 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    87%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (28)
    • Highly compatible (25)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Fast (19)
    • Compact (18)

    Cons

    • Slow (10)

    Best Uses

    • Home (21)
    • Small networks (17)
    • High volume (8)
    • High-end multimedia (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (20), Casual user (16), Heavy duty user (7), Frequent user (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (43), Business (6)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (27), Mac (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Glad I purchased this

    I needed a Network Drive for backups around the office. This seemed to fit the bill perfectly and was at a great price. I purchased this unit based on the great deal from...Read complete review

    I needed a Network Drive for backups around the office. This seemed to fit the bill perfectly and was at a great price. I purchased this unit based on the great deal from B&H. I later did my homework and found this drive is one of the fastest NAS units on the market. I transfer files to it and it feels I'm just moving between another local folder.Setup was a snap. Just plug into the network and run the software to automatically detect it and set it up. Once you set it up with an IP address, you can log in to a web interface via that IP in a web browser. Web Interface includes options to setup various folders, users, and permissions.I simply set up username for each person and their own folder that only they can access. So initially they connect to the IP, sign in, and map their specific folder. It is fast and works great. B&H had it for a GREAT price [...]. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a simple network HDD.Cons (kinda)This HDD doesn't offer any bloat like Torrent apps or facebook, twitter, or the likes. It is a simple network HDD. From what I read on most of other NAS units, those online solutions didn't work very well anyway.It does have 3rd party online file sharing utility so you can access it remotely, but I disabled it via the online management site.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Does It's Job

    Set the drive up per WD specs. Relatively easy and performs as advertised for backups. Backup software that comes with it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of options, however.Read complete review

    Set the drive up per WD specs. Relatively easy and performs as advertised for backups. Backup software that comes with it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of options, however.

    For media sharing I have not totally explored this - seems to work OK.

    One drawback is the drive is slow to write large files - could be my network router.

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    1.0

    Not Loving it

    By Marcelo

    from New York

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

    • Slow

    Best Uses

      Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

      Connected to a Fios router. Wanted to host my iTunes liabary externally so it could be accessed by both iTunes and my new Sonos speaker. For whatever reason it is too slow on the network for my macbook pro to access the files and use it as an external iTunes drive. It works to the Sonos.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Great item

      By Little Midnight

      from SW Florida

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Small Networks

        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

        Got this for a friend to make it easy to share videos and pictures. Great item, great price

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        I would recomend to my friends

        By Ravi

        from NJ

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • High Volume
        • Small Networks

        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

        Nice product for the price

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        decent cloud solution for small business

        By allen chen

        from fremont, ca

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Manage
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Slow

        Best Uses

        • Small Networks

        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

        I got it for my home office which needs a place for a lot of data. The setting is fairly easy, need to download some apps from the WD site, it provides stable solution for network storage and data sharing among the devices.

        Pro: handy, easy to config, stable.
        Con: a little slow while backup large data, fixed hard drive.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        5 star hardware, 1 star software

        By Snotnose

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Manage
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High Volume
          • Home

          Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

          System is a laptop with WinXP.Setup was pretty easy, just go to a website and download some software. Copied my music to the drive via drag and drop, got a 6 gig per hour transfer. Let it run overnight.Then I tried to do a backup. Couldn't find the drive. It wanted me to backup to dropbox. Finally rebooted the laptop, reran the backup, and it saw the drive. Kicked off a backup. Getting less than 1Mbps per second. Hmmm, that can't be right. Let it go overnight, after 12 hours it had transferred 1 gig of data. Keep in mind, with drag and drop I got 6 gig per hour.So I killed the backup, drug and dropped My_Documents to the drive. Back to my 6 gig/hour. I should mention my laptop maxes out at 6 gig/hour, no matter the destination nor connection method.So, buy the drive because it works like a champ and is a bargain for the storage you get. Dump the software and find another backup solution.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Benny

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Manage
          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

              I use my My Book to back up my PC, my wife's laptop, and my cell phone. Simple to set up and easy to use.

              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Great home Network Drive - Easy to use

              By MarkNJ1

              from Morristown, NJ

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Manage
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Small Networks

                Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                I had this drive set up in about 15 minutes and loaded with my backup data without a hitch.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                4.0

                Great Personal Cloud solution

                By Z

                from West Palm Beach

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Manage
                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                • Ui Needs Improvement

                Best Uses

                  Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                  I purchased this storage device to save and share family DVDs. Set-up was easy and fast. Now all our movies are accessible from PC, Mac and iPads. The reason i only rated for 4 stars is that the interface could be improved.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  Works exactly as described.

                  By George

                  from OHIO

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Manage
                  • Easy To Set Up

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High Volume
                    • Sensitive Materials

                    Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                    I followed the simple directions and had it working in only a few minutes right out of the box. Moved all of our files and setup users in no time at all. Works great and gives me easy access from anywhere with my smart phone, laptop and desktop from virtually anywhere without having to manage an ftp server.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    3.0

                    Fine network drive, media server lacking

                    By Picky Shopper

                    from NV

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Highly Compatible

                    Cons

                    • Media Server Lacking

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                      I use it for a network drive and was hoping to use it for a media server to a Sony Smart HDTV.
                      As a network drive, works great, easy to setup. As a media server to the Sony HDTV, the quality is very poor on even though the same data looks great when using a computer.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      Like my My Book Live

                      By Rick

                      from NE Indiana

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Manage
                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Small Networks

                        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                        I'm using the My Book as a central repository for the computers on my home network. The drive was easy to initially set up and get working. The only issue I had was I had to go through several iterative updates to get the drive to the most current software. Other than that, works great.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        4.0

                        Does exactly what I need.

                        By Rfoto

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                              Easy to set up, easy to manage. Data transfer is a bit slow, but nothing unexpected. Does exactly what I need.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              Just what I was looking for

                              By Billieve

                              from East Northport, NY

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home

                                Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                I bought this to use as a backup device for my home PC which only has a 300 GB drive. I installed SyncToy to do a one way sync to the WD drive. Simple and cheap solution for me. I also bought a USB drive and set up a sync between the WD and the USB drive. USB will be taken off-site and I'll probably do a secondary backup yearly. I repeatedly got network-related error messages doing that sync, but after running it a number of times it eventually synced up both drives. Not sure if this was due to the WD drive or my home network. One other note is my Mac laptop connected effortlessly. Didin't try any syncs or backups from the Mac.Before installing SyncToy I tried to set up a backup using included software but it failed with error messages. Didn't pursue any further, maybe a simple setup issue, if I recall the errors had to do with access/permissions.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                5.0

                                perfect fit

                                By Rcastro

                                from São Paulo, Brazil

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Small Networks

                                  Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                  Full access of all my files from every device.
                                  Apps for smart and tablet just great and easy setup.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  4.0

                                  Great device for home

                                  By Renato

                                  from Australia

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Manage
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • good value

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Small Networks

                                    Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                    I use this device at home and I knew its limitations and what to expect

                                    I think it would be great for a small office / home

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    2.0

                                    Extrtemely difficult to use!

                                    By SgtJoe

                                    from Ventura County, Ca

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • None

                                    Cons

                                    • Complicated To Set Up
                                    • Slow

                                    Best Uses

                                    • High Volume

                                    Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                    It took the better part of 3 days to up load 63GB from my PC. While the entire "C" was backed up and safe, it is difficult to retrieve the information from other sources.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    4.0

                                    A fine Home Networking NAS Solution

                                    By Joey Knuckles

                                    from Plano, TX

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Manage
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Highly Compatible

                                    Cons

                                    • No USB port on the back

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Small Networks

                                    Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                    I use this on a home network. It performs as advertised. I don't need to move 205 GB of backups in the blink of an eye - if you need to - don't buy this. But if you are buying for a home network, for backup and disaster recovery, or for serving iTunes... You'll be happy. I also like the WD2GO app (Android in my case) for getting stuff off the cloud. Works fine. Been reliable so far and very easy to set up and recognize.

                                    I do wish it had a USB port on the back - it would have been convenient when first setting up the server with my initial data. But I survived, you will too.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    4.0

                                    Seems to work

                                    By Backup Man

                                    from Pennsylvania

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Manage
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Highly Compatible

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                        All I wanted was simple NAS. I have no interest in the media sharing and remote access features, and have no comment on them other than they are, for my purposes, unnecessary complications.Setup was simple, the device is effectively silent, it seems to work, it has a decent amount of storage for the price. So, it is essentially everything I wanted.One enhancement I would like to see is an easy way to limit the size of Time Machine backup files or otherwise create partitions with hard size limits. The MBL presents a "special" interface to Time Machine, so I don't know that any "ordinary" partitioning would to the trick - it needs to individually limit Time Machine from multiple Macs to address this issue.This is really a way to overcome an egregious omission in Time Machine - the ability to control the size [and frequency] of it's backups. Nevertheless, if Apple won't fix the problem, it would be nice if Western Digital would.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Mac

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                                        5.0

                                        Just what I wanted

                                        By Who Dat

                                        from Madisonville, La

                                        About Me Casual User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Highly Compatible

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Small Networks

                                          Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                          I have been looking for a new PC since my desktop died. I wanted to get a laptop and not have to use a desktop with external hard drives plugged into it, as I have done for years.So, this drive was the answer. Allows me to copy all my files over from my USB connected hard drives and save documents and photos wirelessly to the new My Book Live. Cool part is accessing my files from anywhere using my iPhone and WD's iphone apps. The apps are cool, however, I wish I could see photo thumbnails of the photos I want to open when I use the iPhone app. Setup was very simple using the provided CD.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • PC

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                                          2.0

                                          WAY to SLOW to use on a daily basis.

                                          By Andrew

                                          from Tampa, FL

                                          About Me Casual User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Highly Compatible

                                          Cons

                                          • Slow

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Backups

                                          Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (2TB):

                                          I was trying to use this as the advertised "personal cloud." The product was so slow that I could barely use it while I was at home on the same network, much less outside in a mobile environment. Now I know why it was so cheap. (Paid [$]) I just returned it.I would only recommend this as a backup drive, and then only if you rarely use it.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal
                                          • Computer Platform:
                                          • Mac

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