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

    Key Specs
    Storage Capacity
    8 TB
    Included Drives
    2x 4 TB 3.5" HDD
    Interface
    SATA III
    Number of Bays
    2x 3.5"
    Inputs/Outputs
    1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
    2x USB-A 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1
    RAID
    RAID 0/1/JBOD
    Computing
    CPU
    Dual-Core: Up to 1.3 GHz Cortex A9
    Processor
    Marvell ARMADA385
    Total Installed Memory
    1 GB DDR3
    Drives
    Storage Capacity
    8 TB
    Included Drives
    2x 4 TB 3.5" HDD
    Cache Memory per Drive
    64 MB
    Interface
    SATA III
    Rotational Speed
    5400 rpm
    General
    Number of Bays
    2x 3.5"
    Inputs/Outputs
    1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
    2x USB-A 3.0 / 3.1/3.2 Gen 1
    Compatible Drive Interface
    SATA III
    Media Card Slots
    No
    Form Factor
    Desktop
    RAID
    RAID 0/1/JBOD
    Networking
    Supported Protocols
    AFP
    Bonjour
    CIFS/SMB
    DHCP
    DLNA
    FTP
    IPv4
    IPv6
    NFS
    SMB
    SNMP
    SSH
    SSL
    UPnP
    WebDAV
    iSCSI
    Max Groups
    200
    Max User Accounts
    800
    Software
    Supported File Systems
    EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, FAT, FAT32, HFS+, NTFS
    Supported Browsers
    Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
    Security
    Encryption
    256-Bit AES
    Electrical
    AC Input Power
    100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Power Source
    AC Adapter
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature
    41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
    Storage Temperature
    -4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
    Certifications
    RoHS
    Physical
    Status Monitoring
    LED Indicator
    Built-In Speakers
    No
    Dimensions
    6.75 x 6.1 x 3.9" / 17.14 x 15.49 x 9.91 cm
    Weight
    5.0 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight
    6.345 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
    12.05 x 9.4 x 7"

    WD EX2 Ultra External HDD Reviews

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    Can I add hard drives myself?

    Can I add hard drives myself?
    Asked by: Ly
    Yes you can, the WD My Cloud Expert Series 8TB EX2 Ultra 2-Bay NAS Server (2 x 4TB) has a screw on top that when removed, allows users to access the drive bays.
    Answered by: Paige K
    Date published: 2023-02-03

    Can I use this to back up photos from my iPad to ...

    Can I use this to back up photos from my iPad to my home computer via internet while traveling overseas?
    Asked by: Ron
    You can add the media into your Cloud and then keep it on the drive. You can do so on the iOS app that is free.
    Answered by: David
    Date published: 2019-07-28

    What is the access time?

    What is the access time?
    Asked by: Monte
    The access time of the WD My Cloud Expert Series 8TB EX2 Ultra 2-Bay NAS Server (2 x 4TB) is going to depend on your network system configuration and internet connection when you are trying to access it remotely.
    Answered by: Nachmen
    Date published: 2021-02-04

    Is this a true server in the sense that you can ...

    Is this a true server in the sense that you can install QuicksBooks on it and use for 5 user application? We have the 5 user license. Currently we have QBs installed on the computer of one of the users and is shared that way. We would like to it off the user's computer if possible and have it in a place of it's own.
    Asked by: Tim
    Thanks. So, sounds like this is just a glorified network storage drive? I'm not an a IT guy per se`, but I thought with "server" in the name, it might work.
    Answered by: Tim
    Date published: 2021-11-03

    Is the WD My Cloud Expert Series suitable for ...

    Is the WD My Cloud Expert Series suitable for transferring very large files across the internet? Like a 200 Gig file in Los Angeles being downloaded by someone in New York, for example?
    Asked by: Russo
    Transfer speeds are determined mostly by the upload speed of the internet connection the unit is attached to. Just about all internet services delivered by cable are asynchronous, meaning upload speeds are much slower than download speeds.Transferring large files on these connections take much longer. Internet delivered by fiber optic connections are usually fast up and fast down. Check with your ISP to find out.
    Answered by: Robert
    Date published: 2022-08-06

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    Is 2.5 hard drive compatible with it?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    It has 2 slots for 3.5 drives.
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    What Kind of drives come on this setup?

    What Kind of drives come on this setup?
    Asked by: michael
    This is not something that the manufacturer would publish as it can change from unit to unit. But they would be using WD, Hitachi (HGST) drives.
    Answered by: Moe
    Date published: 2019-11-01

    Whats the maximum capacity of drives i can put in ...

    Whats the maximum capacity of drives i can put in this? I am looking to add 2 x 14tb or 2 x 20tb
    Asked by: Aditya
    The WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Server (Diskless) can support up to two 36TB hard drives.
    Answered by: Paige K
    Date published: 2023-08-16
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