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WD 4TB My Book Live Duo

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Product Highlights
  • Dual Drives for Storage of 4TB
  • Functions as Personal Cloud Storage
  • Stream Content to Computers on Network
  • Supports RAID 1
  • Streams to DLNA-Certified Devices
  • Remote Access via Tablet or Smartphone
  • iTunes Server
  • Windows and Mac Compatible

The 4TB My Book Live Duo from WD is a versatile home or small office storage device that can act as your personal cloud storage, network attached storage, as well as a multimedia server. Designed to give you the power and capacity needed for saving and streaming large amounts of data and media files, this My Book Live Duo runs on an 800MHz CPU and features dual hard drives. With these hard drives, you can store up to 4TB of data and you can also save that data in a RAID 1 configuration if you want added data protection.

With a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, you can connect the My Book Live Duo to your network router and wirelessly access data saved on it via any computer in your house. You can also configure the My Book Live Duo to automatically back up content from all the computers connected on your network. In addition, you can remotely access content on the My Book Live Duo over the Internet with your computer or do so via your smartphone or tablet, using WD's mobile apps.

In terms of multimedia, the My Book Live Duo can stream content to DLNA-certified multimedia devices, such as a WD TV Live network media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or a connected HDTV. It can also function as an iTunes server so that you can centralize your music and stream it to any Mac or PC with iTunes. A built-in USB 2.0 port allows you to connect a USB external drive if you want added storage or need to access files already on the drive. Compatible with Mac and Windows computers, the My Book Live Duo is a superb way to store and stream data or multimedia content to your computer, smartphone, tablet, or DLNA-certified device.

Your Media and Files on Your Own Personal Cloud
Create your own personal cloud, without the monthly fees and mysterious location of your data. Store your media and files on the drive and access them securely over the Internet. Or, use WD's mobile apps for easy access with your tablet or smartphone. It's like having up to 3TB of extra storage for your mobile device.
Double-safe Backup with RAID 1 Technology
Set this system to data protection mode (also known as mirrored mode or RAID 1) and the capacity is divided in half. Half of the capacity is used to store your data and half is used for a second copy. In the unlikely event that one drive fails, your data is protected because it's duplicated on the other drive.
Maximum Storage Capacity with Drive Spanning
Out of the box, this two-drive system comes preformatted RAID 0 combining both drives into one big volume so they act like one drive for maximum capacity.
Complete Out-of-the-box Solution
WD's My Book Live Duo comes complete with two desktop hard drives offering high-capacity, low power consumption, and cool, quiet operation. The drives are factory tested within the enclosure for optimized performance.
Shared Storage for All Your Computers
This storage drive is a great way to centralize and share data on your wired or wireless network. Connect the My Book Live Duo to your wireless router to share and access files with any PC or Mac computer on your network.
Speed
This dual drive array is built with an 800MHz CPU so as to power all its applications such as streaming to remote access at speeds faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives.
Stream to Your HDTV
Watch your daughter's birthday party video or show off your vacation slideshow on your TV. The built-in media server streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live network media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and connected TV. DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certified.
Automatic, Wireless Backup for All Your Computers
Protect your precious memories and wirelessly back up all the PC and Mac computers on your network to one reliable location. Windows users can use the included WD SmartWare software and every time you save something, it's instantly backed up. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data.
Serve Up Your Music with iTunes
The drive includes iTunes server support so you can centralize your music and stream it to any Mac or PC with iTunes.
Easy to Set Up, Easy to Find on Your Network
Set up is a snap. In just a few minutes, you're up and running. Mac, Windows 7, and Windows Vista computers will automatically find your My Book Live drive in seconds. If you're running Windows XP, WD's simple discovery software makes it easy to set up the drive.
User Serviceable
If you want to change out the drives, simply open the case and replace the existing drive - no screwdriver needed.
Add an Extra Layer of Protection for Your Files
You can automatically make a second copy, or safepoint, of your My Book Live Duo on another My Book Live Duo or NAS drive on your home network. Now you've got extra safe protection for all your media and ultimate peace of mind.
USB Expansion Port
Turn any USB 2.0 drive into an instant network drive for extra capacity on your My Book Live Duo. Just connect the drive to the USB port and it will automatically be shared on your network.
Performance
Capacity 4TB
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Processor 800MHz
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
RAID RAID 0, RAID 1
Input/Output Connectors
Interface 1x Gigabit Ethernet
Ports 1x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
1x USB 2.0
General
Compatibility ·Windows XP (SP 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7
·Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion
·DLNA/UPnP enabled devices
·Internet connection for remote access

Supported Browsers:

Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
Safari 4.0 or higher
Firefox 3.6 or higher
Google Chrome 14.0 and later on supported Windows and Mac OS platforms
Mounting Orientation Desktop
Power Requirements AC: 100 to 240VAC, 47 to 63Hz
Environmental Requirements Temperature
Operating: 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Non-operating: -4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
Dimensions (HxDxW) 6.5 x 6.2 x 3.9" / 16.5 x 15.7 x 9.9cm
Weight 4.73 lb / 2.15kg
WD 4TB My Book Live Duo
  • Ethernet Cable for Network Connection
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Installation and Software CD
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    WD4TB My Book Live Duo
     
    3.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    64%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (9)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (5)
    • Fast (3)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

    • Slow (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home (6)
    • Small networks (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (5), Casual user (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7), Business (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (5), Mac (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Easy Set-up to RAID 1, but costly

    Deducted one star for high price.

    Bought this from B&H even before WD had information about it on their own website. I knew that it had to be the same...Read complete review

    Deducted one star for high price.

    Bought this from B&H even before WD had information about it on their own website. I knew that it had to be the same software and setup as the existing My Book Live drives, but with the added ability to make it a RAID 1 drive.
    I have had WD drives crash in the past, so I will only trust my data to something that is redundant.

    Set-up was easy, I went to the WD site after they put up product info and downloaded the full user manual. It was easy to install on my home network and to set up on a windows PC running Windows 7 home premium.

    It took the drive about an hour to convert itself to RAID 1, once I started the set up process.

    Initial data transfer took quite some time as expected, (30 hours for 500 GB). I really could not care less if that was efficient or not, it is what it is. That was taking data off a USB 2.0 external drive, connected through an old PC running XP and onto the networked Live drive.

    Had it running for 2 days, so too early to tell if has any issues.

    Have not attempted to set-up or use the remote access software yet.

    Overall, I hope it stands up. Other WD drives I have owned in the past have had issues with power supplies (cords), faulty on-off switches, and catastrophic drive failures. The only drive that has really held up is a WD worldbook studio drive that I have for work that is also RAID 1.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Beware of the Public Folder

    I purchased this hardrive to use as a Cloud storage system with RAID 1. After setting up the drive it worked well. However, the public folder could not be deleted or changed. I...Read complete review

    I purchased this hardrive to use as a Cloud storage system with RAID 1. After setting up the drive it worked well. However, the public folder could not be deleted or changed. I was unable to restrict access or the size of the folder. In effect, anyone within the network could upload files filling the entire hard drive with whatever they want. I understand why they did this to make it easy to have a shared folder. But in practice, having the freedom to decide whether a public folder is present or not should be left to the consumer. I returned the drive and purchased a Seagate NAS. Do not purchase this drive if you plan to use it at a business due to the public folder being present as a permanent fixture.

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    4.0

    Good Bang for the Buck

    By BBCdq

    from DeQuincy, LA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

        Fast delivery, easy set up, and compact design. It takes a little while to wake up if you set it to sleep for power conservation, but as network drives go, it's not too slow. Once it's running, speed isn't an issue. Mainly purchased this because of the RAID configuation capability.

        Note: The first one I received went down and never came back up while installing required firmware updates. Turns out it was a known problem and I had no problem returning it. Apparently there was a bad batch, but the second one I received accepted the firmware just fine.

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

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        3.0

        easy configure the device is a problem

        By Chinpc

        from Vancouver, WA

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Discreet
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Bad Software Writing
        • Custom Setting Not Easy

        Best Uses

          Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

          I purchased this device for the purpose of saving an extra copy of files for the individual computers and users. However, I found the software/interface that came with the device was not users friendly as WD stated. I have setup and connected the device on my wireless server, and could only use the default setting. That blocked me from using of my own setting. I will have to find a friend who is an expert to help me to dig into much more complicated network setting. Hopefully, that will be help me to gain the control of this new device.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          1.0

          Software is SLOW!

          By Bucky02

          from East Texas

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Complicated To Set Up
            • Slow

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

            Seems well built. I like the idea of RAID storage for security. However, software is not easy to use and is very SLOW on my older system (Dell Dimension 8300, Windows XP Pro, maximum memory). Purchased before Christmas and still have issues getting it up and running.

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

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            4.0

            Easy installation for the non-tech savy.

            By Don

            from Allentown, PA

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Manage
            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

            • Slow

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Small Networks

            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

            I successfuly installed it on my home network in 30 minutes. And I still can't use all the controls on my tv remote. Backup of first laptop did take longer than expected.

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

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            3.0

            Quite Good with a few hiccups

            By denbomoser

            from Perth, Australia

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Manage
            • Highly Compatible

            Cons

            • Complicated To Set Up
            • Slow

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Sensitive Materials

            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

            The system has a good interface and handy mobile apps for remote access which is fantastic. The unit is compact and stylish.
            Set up wasn't entirely simple, as things went wrong along the way. Just trying to switch to RAID1 was a 1/2 day exercise.
            Transfer of an existing HD onto the MBL Duo was very time consuming, however one the system was all set up, it works fantastically with no issues.

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

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            1.0

            Beware of the Public Folder

            By Professor

            from Clemson, South Carolina

            About Me Power user

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

            • Public folder

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

            I purchased this hardrive to use as a Cloud storage system with RAID 1. After setting up the drive it worked well. However, the public folder could not be deleted or changed. I was unable to restrict access or the size of the folder. In effect, anyone within the network could upload files filling the entire hard drive with whatever they want. I understand why they did this to make it easy to have a shared folder. But in practice, having the freedom to decide whether a public folder is present or not should be left to the consumer. I returned the drive and purchased a Seagate NAS. Do not purchase this drive if you plan to use it at a business due to the public folder being present as a permanent fixture.

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

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            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By Lalit

            from Santacruz

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Networks

              Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

              Hi I am the network Admin and using the product for my mail backup solution and the speed is superb.Price is reasonable with Raid funtionality

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

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              5.0

              Worth every penny

              By AppleGUY

              from San diego

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • High Volume
                • Home
                • Sensitive Materials
                • Small Networks

                Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

                I use this product for some extra storage for my computer, it can stand heavy use and has so much functionality!

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

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                5.0

                Great NAS drive.

                By gordon87

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High Volume
                  • Home
                  • Small Networks

                  Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

                  I needed a NAS drive to connect my computer and music to my home AV system. The drive was easy to set up and start using. Unfortunately, the software interface provided by WD is not compatible with the Control4 home AV system, so the Control4 system could not read the NAS drive. I believe that this is a Control4 issue, not a WD issue. I solved the problem by using the NAS drive USB connection to connect my WD HDD to my home network. Since the WD HDD doesn't have the WD software interface, the Control4 system could find my music on the WD HDD so it worked out. I will still use the NAS drive for back-ups and other sharing on my home network. One feature I like was that I could set up the NAS to be RAID 1, so that I don't need to worry about a failed hard drive in the future. I'll always be covered with this drive and can replace a failed hard drive (they all fail at some point) and continue using the system. It is a very compact unit.

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

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                  3.0

                  It takes it time.

                  By dabva

                  from virginia beach

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

                  So far my experience with this product is so-so. It is a very slow process to get all my info on the drive, which is kind of expected. Also, it is not as user-friendly as they say it is to get up and running. I had to call tech support one and need to again today. If the product does what it says it can do it will be a great addition to my work process.

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                  2.0

                  Great product, but slow.

                  By Born4TheSky

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Value Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Power
                  • Slow

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

                    Slow transfer speed.
                    Constantly loose it's connectivity.

                    Returning it for refund.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Easy Set-up to RAID 1, but costly

                    By RandyWoodsman

                    from Omaha, NE

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about WD 4TB My Book Live Duo:

                        Deducted one star for high price.

                        Bought this from B&H even before WD had information about it on their own website. I knew that it had to be the same software and setup as the existing My Book Live drives, but with the added ability to make it a RAID 1 drive.
                        I have had WD drives crash in the past, so I will only trust my data to something that is redundant.

                        Set-up was easy, I went to the WD site after they put up product info and downloaded the full user manual. It was easy to install on my home network and to set up on a windows PC running Windows 7 home premium.

                        It took the drive about an hour to convert itself to RAID 1, once I started the set up process.

                        Initial data transfer took quite some time as expected, (30 hours for 500 GB). I really could not care less if that was efficient or not, it is what it is. That was taking data off a USB 2.0 external drive, connected through an old PC running XP and onto the networked Live drive.

                        Had it running for 2 days, so too early to tell if has any issues.

                        Have not attempted to set-up or use the remote access software yet.

                        Overall, I hope it stands up. Other WD drives I have owned in the past have had issues with power supplies (cords), faulty on-off switches, and catastrophic drive failures. The only drive that has really held up is a WD worldbook studio drive that I have for work that is also RAID 1.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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