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WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB)

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Product Highlights

  • 1TB Capacity Network Drive
  • Centralize Your Data
  • iTunes Server Support
  • WD Photos iOS App
  • WD SmartWare Backup Software
  • Supports Apple Time Machine
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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 1TB 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.
UPC: 718037767864
Interface Gigabit Ethernet
Capacity 1TB
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)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 7.0 x 5.4"
WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    WDMy Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB)
     
    4.1

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (7)
    • Easy to set up (7)
    • Quiet (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Fast (5)

    Cons

    • Slow (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home (6)
    • High-end multimedia (3)
    • Small networks (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (6), Frequent user (4), Power user (4), Heavy duty user (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (13), Business (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works great for Mac Time Machine backups

    This drive is working perfectly for a multi-mac and PC household. File shares between platforms is flawless. Each mac is using the same drive for individual Time Machine backups, and the setup couldn't...Read complete review

    This drive is working perfectly for a multi-mac and PC household. File shares between platforms is flawless. Each mac is using the same drive for individual Time Machine backups, and the setup couldn't have been easier. The drive was instantly available in the Finder without installing any software. I did install the bundled WD Quick View on one computer but will uninstall it shortly as it doesn't really add anything to the usability. Once you've bookmarked [@] in your web browser, you can access all of the same settings directly on the built in server without the need for the bundled software installed. I haven't had any problems with the drive going into standby, and it seems to wake within a few seconds when needed. I'm looking forward to setting up the remote web access and PS3 media server, but so far everything has been simple and as advertised.One thing that I really like about this drive compared to other external drives that I own is that the LED on the front is small and unobtrusive. So many of my devices have crazy bright blue indicator lights, its nice to have a drive that gets the job done without blinding you all the time. Just a small detail that I appreciated.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very slow for data transfer and backup

    How you use the product
    - Backup and Storage
    Things that are great about it
    - Easy installation and setup
    - WDPhoto interface with iPhone
    Things that aren't so...Read complete review

    How you use the product
    - Backup and Storage
    Things that are great about it
    - Easy installation and setup
    - WDPhoto interface with iPhone
    Things that aren't so great about it
    - Very slow for data transfer

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    5.0

    Easy to use.

    By Madly

    from New York, NY

    About Me Casual User

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

        I know two people that were using the WD Mybook Live so I'd figure on getting one for myself. Every website I looked at I saw people having problems with it.

        This is the first site where most people seemed happy and the price was right. Orderered and it was very simple to install. Moved my photos over to the external HD immediately then followed the iTunes instructions and everything works perfectly.

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

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        1.0

        Not User Friendly

        By waldoh

        from Avon, Ct

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Complicated To Set Up
          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • none

          Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

          I use a number of external hard drives to hold my digital work. This one looked like a good value and I was in the market for a wireless version. But, I would not recommend this My Book. I have two computers, only one would recognize it which immediately became a problem. But, the really large issue was when I tried to transfer to the My book, it just kept loading, and loading and never actually moved the material. After two day of reading manuels, downloading additional software and total frustration.. I sent it back.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Good storag, fast&easy,love mobile app

          By Reza

          from San Jose

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • More Mobile Apps Needs
          • Sync With External Clouds

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Small Networks

          Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

          I use it for personal photos, movies and work backup. It is nice looking and easy to use. Speed is decent, not business grade, but handles all home applications. I wish they could add a backup feature so HD can sync some folders with internet cloud storage in case itself fails.

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

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          4.0

          MyBook Live 1TB

          By MS

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Manage
          • Easy To Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Small Networks

            Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

            Works as advertised. Got it to serve as secondary backup location for my pc backups and to be the photoserver of sorts for our iPad.

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

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just what I expected

            By Gilbert AZ Mike

            from Gilbert, AZ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                This is a network external drive that I use to back up some files. I also keep music on the drive and it's great to be able to access and play the music files with my iPad and iPhone.

                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                So far good product

                By Comu

                from Larchmont, NY

                About Me Power user

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Small Networks

                    Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                    I had this product for a month and it works great.
                    I hope WD did some improvements on NAS products because I had ugly experiences in the past.

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

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                    4.0

                    Great home NAS!

                    By Dan

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                      I've been using this for about two weeks now. Didnt bother using the install discs and just hooked it up and connected to it. It works relatively easily and most of what I have used is intuitive. However, I'm not asking it to do much. This is just going to store movies.

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

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                      5.0

                      Everything I Expected + more

                      By Paul the designer

                      from New Haven, CT

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Sensitive Materials

                        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                        Very easy to set up - you can create public drives that are available whenever anyone links into your network, and/or you can create private drives with passwords to keep important files unavailable to guests. Want to connect via a web address when you're out of town? You can do that. How about an app on your iPhone that connects directly to all your files? Yep, you can do that too.
                        I'm impressed with the ease of use, and with the quality of streaming data. The drive has even sent me emails to alert me of a network data error in the middle of the night. Very cool.
                        Our drive is holding data and backing up 2 macs and 2 PCs without any problems.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        My Book Live

                        By JR

                        from San Antonio, Texas

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                              This is a pretty neat network drive. After you load the software disk to your desktop and/or laptop you're you can backup multiple computers. The drive plugs directly into your home router, which makes it easily accessible from any computer.

                              PROs:
                              1) The backups are automatically done for you.
                              2) You're able to add folders and files and share with any of your home computers.
                              3) For the average person, 1TB should be more than enough disk space.
                              4) Provides you a personal cloud.
                              5) Free smartphone app WD Photos, works perfectly. This app allows you to see photos on My Book Live and also provides both downloads and uploads to your cloud, smartphone. It also allows you to email a photo right off your cloud.
                              6) Pro & Con app: WD 2go Pro. This app opens up WI-FI and downloads faster with 4G phones.

                              CONs: First two CONs pertain specially to smartphone interfacing apps.
                              1) The free app WD 2go is not WI-FI capable and is extremely slow even on 4G smartphones. You can only view, no emailing or high speed downloads.
                              2) The paid for app WD 2go PRO allows WI-FI and access to documents, pictures, videos, and music folders off your cloud. HOWEVER, unlike the WD photo app none of your pictures or videos show a thumb pics, but rather the pic name and extension (which stinks). You can email documents and pics from your cloud, but you're unable to send anything directly to your cloud off your smartphone. I have a financial spreadsheet that's password protected and this app won't open it unless the password is removed first.
                              3) It's hard to figure out how you would recover your backup if your backed up computer goes belly up. Right now I would have to go to customer support, since the only thing the Dashboard (WD website) shows is reloading a backup directly to the original computer. There should be an option to download to any computer.

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

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                              4.0

                              So Far So Good

                              By okcgolf

                              from Wilmington, DE

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Manage
                              • Easy To Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home

                                Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                I have a PC and MAC and both knows the drive is there. Better than the WD World where the MAC just see me as a guest. The IPhone app is an extra cost however.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                Fast Setup

                                By Toocooldg

                                from Hickory, NC

                                About Me Casual User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                      I hooked up this up this NAS as a personal server. I was able to set it up not using the provided software but I linked it to my IP address and gave it a password. This was fairly difficult to do but I had a friend help. The only thing I don't like about it is there is no expandability.

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

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                                      4.0

                                      Good for all types

                                      By BHPhoto

                                      from New York, NY

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                      • Slow

                                      Best Uses

                                      • High-End Multimedia

                                      Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                      For pro usage I would not suggest this product. But for everyday usage with non professional users. It is a good product. I put it to the challange with the work I do. It is a bit sluggish but I understand that I am maxing out. So therefore I deal with it.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      4.0

                                      Product works great

                                      By Nogata

                                      from Sao Paulo - Brazil

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                      • Slow

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Back-up

                                      Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                      - Backup and Storage

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      4.0

                                      Product works great so far

                                      By Sylvia

                                      from Santa Fe, NM

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • High-End Multimedia

                                        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                        I installed this network drive so I could move my music to a common location used by all the computers in the house as well as our new Sonos system. Easy to install, to move our music from various computers and to manage. Took a bit to figure out the management utilities as they reside on the network as opposed to my computer, but you just open the interface for the utility and away you go. So far, so good.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        Works great for Mac Time Machine backups

                                        By Adam

                                        from Bellingham, WA

                                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Fast
                                        • Quiet
                                        • Stylish

                                        Cons

                                        • None

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup storage
                                        • Cross platform file share
                                        • Time Machine

                                        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                        This drive is working perfectly for a multi-mac and PC household. File shares between platforms is flawless. Each mac is using the same drive for individual Time Machine backups, and the setup couldn't have been easier. The drive was instantly available in the Finder without installing any software. I did install the bundled WD Quick View on one computer but will uninstall it shortly as it doesn't really add anything to the usability. Once you've bookmarked [@] in your web browser, you can access all of the same settings directly on the built in server without the need for the bundled software installed. I haven't had any problems with the drive going into standby, and it seems to wake within a few seconds when needed. I'm looking forward to setting up the remote web access and PS3 media server, but so far everything has been simple and as advertised.One thing that I really like about this drive compared to other external drives that I own is that the LED on the front is small and unobtrusive. So many of my devices have crazy bright blue indicator lights, its nice to have a drive that gets the job done without blinding you all the time. Just a small detail that I appreciated.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

                                        Share this review

                                         
                                        2.0

                                        Very slow for data transfer and backup

                                        By Macie

                                        from Jersey City,NJ

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Quiet
                                        • WDPhotos

                                        Cons

                                        • Slow

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup and Storage
                                        • High-End Multimedia

                                        Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                        How you use the product
                                        - Backup and Storage
                                        Things that are great about it
                                        - Easy installation and setup
                                        - WDPhoto interface with iPhone
                                        Things that aren't so great about it
                                        - Very slow for data transfer

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        4.0

                                        good product

                                        By Clevelandmike

                                        from Cle Ohio

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                            Remote location software not free.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            Absolutely Painless

                                            By oldrace

                                            from Minneapolis

                                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Quiet

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Drive (1TB):

                                                Installed like a dream, silent, backup software works as advertised.

                                                The only issue is that it doesn't seem to ever go into standby mode even though it is set to do so after 15 minutes of inactivity. Possibly the "continuous" backup running on my wife's machine is keeping it awake. But overnight?

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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