WD My Cloud Expert Series 8TB EX2 Ultra 2-Bay NAS Server (2 x 4TB)

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WD My Cloud Expert Series 8TB EX2 Ultra 2-Bay NAS Server (2 x 4TB)
Key Features
  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • Includes 2 x 4TB Hard Drives
  • 1.3 GHz Marvell ARMADA 385 Dual-Core
  • 1GB of DDR3 RAM
With a 1.3 GHz Marvell ARMADA 385 Dual-Core processor, the My Cloud Expert Series 8TB EX2 Ultra 2-Bay NAS Server from WD has the processing power necessary to manage and distribute files across a variety of platforms. Accompanying the enhanced dual-core processor is 1GB of DDR3 RAM to ensure multiple tasks can be carried out without causing the system to lag. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra comes pre-populated with two WD 4TB RED 5400 rpm SATA III 3,5" hard drives for a total storage capacity of 8TB. This storage can be configured RAID 0 for enhanced performance, RAID 1 for redundancy, or JBOD and SPAN to suit your specific storage needs. To connect to your network and host system, there is one Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB 3.0 Type-A ports.
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WD EX2 Ultra External HDD Overview

With a 1.3 GHz Marvell ARMADA 385 Dual-Core processor, the My Cloud Expert Series 8TB EX2 Ultra 2-Bay NAS Server from WD has the processing power necessary to manage and distribute files across a variety of platforms. Accompanying the enhanced dual-core processor is 1GB of DDR3 RAM to ensure multiple tasks can be carried out without causing the system to lag. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra comes pre-populated with two WD 4TB RED 5400 rpm SATA III 3,5" hard drives for a total storage capacity of 8TB. This storage can be configured RAID 0 for enhanced performance, RAID 1 for redundancy, or JBOD and SPAN to suit your specific storage needs. To connect to your network and host system, there is one Gigabit Ethernet port and two USB 3.0 Type-A ports.

Once configured, WD offers a variety of features to make it easier to manage and stream your content directly from the My Cloud EX2 Ultra. With the My Cloud app and MyCloud.com, users can access and manage files from virtually anywhere via a computer, Android, or iOS device. WD Sync simplifies the process of syncing media across different devices to ensure data is constantly backed up. The EX2 Ultra can even stream content to mobile devices, game consoles, and more as it supports the Plex Media Server application. The capabilities of this storage server don't stop there thanks to third-party app support complete with a full suite of applications to suit the needs of a wide variety of users. Included with this My Cloud EX2 is an Ethernet cable, an AC adapter, and Milestone ARCUS Surveillance software with two free camera licenses.

General Features
Centralized Network Storage
Organize your entire media collection, photos, and files in one central, network location.
Access from Anywhere
Save, access, and stream your content anywhere you have a network connection with the My Cloud mobile app or from the My Cloud website.
Robust Data Protection
Multiple RAID and backup options to help protect all your valuable media, photos, and important files.
Powered By My Cloud OS 3
WD's My Cloud OS 3 comes with a variety of tools and apps to give you complete control of your media. Create a custom folder to share your favorite content. Automatically sync your data between all your computers, so you know your content is always up-to-date. And easily transfer content between your NAS and a supported cloud service like Dropbox, or Google Drive.
Designed For Smooth Streaming
Upgraded with a powerful 1.3 GHz Marvell ARMADA 385 Dual-Core processor, you'll get fast transfer rates for high performance streaming. It also comes with 1GB of DDR3 memory, so you can multitask with ease.
Simplified File And Folder Sharing
Easily customize how you share by using public or private links. With a public link, you can share your content so anyone can see it. Using a private link, you can grant a user limited or full access and securely collaborate with anyone.
Centralize, Organize, and Stream With Plex
The Plex Media Server keeps all your photos, videos, and music beautifully organized and prepared for streaming to your PC, mobile device, game console, or other certified media player. Enrich your media with plot summaries, posters, and album covers, and enjoy it from home or on the go.
Sync Your Content
With WD Sync, you can automatically synchronize your media and files across your computers and your My Cloud device, so you can be confident your content is up to date and accessible with all your devices.
Auto Backup For All Your Computers
With WD SmartWare Pro backup software, you can customize when and where the content on all the PCs on your network is saved, while Mac users have full access to Apple Time Machine for personalized backup. You can even automatically back up your data to a separate My Cloud NAS device, or any supported cloud service.
Featuring Reliable WD Red NAS Drives
The My Cloud EX2 Ultra comes pre-configured with WD Red hard drives, specifically built for NAS systems to provide improved performance within 24/7 environments. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra is also available in a diskless version, so you can create a custom NAS with compatible hard drives.
Volume Encryption
Equipped with 256-bit AES volume encryption, it helps to secure your stored files across your entire network. Whether you're using a Windows or Mac system, your content is protected.
Multiple RAID Options
With the RAID settings of the My Cloud EX2 Ultra, you can customize your system with the configuration that's best for you. Use RAID 0 for enhanced performance, RAID 1 for mirrored data protection, or a JBOD / spanning structure for non-RAID configurations.
Third-Party App Support
The My Cloud EX2 Ultra supports a full suite of popular applications for a personalized experience. Using apps like Plex, Dropbox, WordPress and more, you can customize your NAS for your own specific needs.
Compatibility
System Requirements
  • Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista
  • macOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, or Mountain Lion
  • DLNA/UPnP devices for streaming
  • Router for network connection
  • Supported Browsers
  • Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Safari 6 or higher
  • Firefox 30 or higher
  • Google Chrome 31 or higher on supported Windows and macOS platforms
  • UPC: 718037843797

    WD EX2 Ultra External HDD Specs

    Computing
    CPU1.3 GHz Cortex A9 Dual-Core
    ProcessorMarvell ARMADA385
    Total Installed Memory1 GB DDR3
    Drives
    Storage Capacity8 TB
    Included Drives2 x 4 TB 3.5" HDD
    Cache Memory per Drive64 MB
    InterfaceSATA III
    Rotational Speed5400 rpm
    General
    Number of Bays2 x 3.5"
    I/O1 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
    2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gb/s))
    Compatible Drive InterfaceSATA III
    Media Card SlotsNone
    Form FactorDesktop
    RAIDRAID 0, 1, JBOD, SPAN
    Networking
    Supported ProtocolsAFP
    Bonjour
    CIFS/SMB
    DHCP
    DLNA
    FTP
    IPv4
    IPv6
    NFS
    SMB
    SNMP
    SSH
    SSL
    UPnP
    WebDAV
    iSCSI
    Max Groups200
    Max User Accounts800
    Software
    Supported File SystemsEXT2, EXT3, EXT4, FAT, FAT32, HFS+, NTFS
    Supported BrowsersChrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
    Security
    Encryption256-Bit AES
    Electrical
    AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Power SourceAC Adapter
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
    Storage Temperature-4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
    CertificationsRoHS
    *as per Manufacturer
    Physical
    Status MonitoringLED Indicator
    Built-In SpeakersNone
    IR SensorNone
    Dimensions6.75 x 6.1 x 3.9" / 17.14 x 15.49 x 9.91 cm
    Weight5.0 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight6.345 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.05 x 9.4 x 7"

    WD EX2 Ultra External HDD Reviews

    Awesome NAS

    By Scotty Cameron
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-09-20

    Nice set up , easy to use, the server apps are a great feature. Looks like is very easy to upgrade drive size.

    A 4k video daily backup solution

    By Russell
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-08-23

    I could no longer tolerate the time it took to backup my SSD video capture cards to a USB Raid Enclosure. I have use WD RAID cabinets for many years and know the software. So I decided to get the empty box and put a pair of 16TB drives in it. The 10TB RAID 1 array I have in my editing computer was at capacity. The transfer speed over a network more than tripled what I was getting across USB 3. On location I carry a router so USB is not a limitation, I can run 1000GB ethernet with a power cord and a few cables. One drawback. this is not a hot swap system. In fact, it does not like to have the disks changed. The good news, it works, the bad news, you better know what you are doing. There is no on/off switch. You must unplug it, swap in a new drive pair, then plug it back in. It takes some time for it to recognize the new drives. You must wait until the power light goes solid blue and the drive lights go red. About 5 minutes. Then with the administration software tell it the drives are ok to use. Then your back in business. The real beauty, it has two USB 3 ports. I plugged in an Atomos drive dock and transferred the dailies directly to the server. it took 1 hour to copy 450 GB from an SSD to the server. Depending on your production requirements, and your passion for backup files, I can see having one of these for each camera on the shoot.

    Unhappy

    By Jessie
    Rated 1 out of 5
    Date: 2022-08-12

    Unable to use. Could not connect to my network. I am attempting to get a refund and that is difficult to do since my account has not been updated to delivered it wouldn’t allow me to request a refund. Don’t know how long I’ll have to wait on IT to fix that.

    my cloud

    By Thomas
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-07-27

    Great service - very fast.

    Disappointed

    By Esther
    Rated 2 out of 5
    Date: 2022-07-10

    It’s not compatible with the os 3 and I can’t open files without using another app. Some don’t open at all.

    Possibly I got a Lemon?!

    By QueenofSpades
    Rated 1 out of 5
    Date: 2022-06-29

    I have tried repeatedly to set this drive up however I cannot get it to mount either with ethernet or USB cables. I am moving across the country right now so once that’s done I will try again….!

    Unforced Error

    By Disappointed 2.0
    Rated 1 out of 5
    Date: 2022-09-19

    After being told I needed to upgrade to a newer supported NAS, I spent three days trying to transfer files from old to new with the new drive repeatedly going off line. Moving on from WD.

    Security for backups

    By David
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-08-29

    This is the sixth of these that I have installed and find it reliable and easy to maintain. When a drive wore out, the indicator lights identified which one to extract and swap for a new drive. The system automatically reconstructed the mirror.

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