While cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box.net, SpiderOak, and more offer decent ways to store a few gigabytes of data for free, once a user passes that free mark, the price for storage increases significantly. Rather than pay a monthly fee, someone smart thought, why not use a user’s existing home network for storage instead? The WD MyCloud isn’t the first home network-attached storage device, but it is certainly among the easiest to set up that I’ve encountered. The MyCloud offers a unified access method – wd2go.com – to mount the storage and make it usable like a network drive no matter where in the world you are. With Time Machine-compatible backup and media playback servers, the MyCloud promises to be as useful remote as it is when you are sitting next to it. ThinkComputers takes a look at this promising cloud device and finds it not quite to be as clear skies as we’d like. Here’s the review.
When it comes down to it many people have to choose between hard drive speed or hard drive capacity, especially when it comes to laptops or small form factor systems. While solid state drives offer great speeds, they are quite expensive per GB. On the other hand typical mechanical hard drives offer a better value per GB, but are not as fast. Western Digital saw this problem and has come up with a solution in their WD Black2 Dual Drive. This drive features a 120 GB solid state drive along with a 1 TB mechanical hard drive. Now you may think that this is a hybrid drive where the SSD portion acts as cache, but this is actually two separate drives in one. This way you have the 120 GB portion for your OS and important programs and the 1 TB can be used for media and other files. More importantly this drive only takes up a single hard drive spot! Let’s check it out!
We are expecting that Western Digital is going to put a rest to the shipments of the parallel-ATA (PATA or legacy ATA) hard drives and this stoppage will be effective since the 29th of this month. The lineup of PATA hard drives was a small one in the company’s extensive product portfolio and this was solely to help the people who were still using the older laptops and wanted some upgrades for their hard drives.
The new hard drives for NAS, namely the WD Red, are available in two different capacities of 750 GB and 1 TB. The standard device being 2.5 inches is designed to work with the NAS system and offers an expansion of 3.5 inches allowing the storage capacity to boost up to 4 TB.
WD has announced today that they are shipping the world’s first ultra-slim 2.5-inch, 5 mm hard drives and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD). These new drives are designed for slim devices like tablets where there is not much space available. With their 500 GB capacity these drives are aimed to increase storage capacity while enabling them to fit in smaller device slots.
Did you see our review yesterday of the WD My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive? It really is a great drive that is easy to take with you and makes it extremely simple to backup you data. WD was nice enough to give us one to give away to you, our readers! This contest will run like many of the other contests we have run in the past. To qualify for the My Passport drive all you have to do is “like” ThinkComputers on Facebook, “like” WD on Facebook and fill out our entry form. It really is that easy! The contest will run for two weeks starting today and the winner will be selected on March 13th. Good luck everyone!
The WD My Passport drives have been around for quite sometime now. They provide fast and easy backup and storage whether you are on the go or at your desk. Just about two years ago we took a look at the My Passport Essential SE 1TB drive. WD is back with a new My Passport drive that offers a new enclosure design, backup and encryption software, 5 color choices and capacities up to 2TB. The My Passport Essential SE has been a fixture in my mobile computing setup, but will it soon be replaced by the newer My Passport? Read on as we take a look…
WD, a Western Digital company, and a world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced My Book AV-TV, allowing customers to instantly enable their TV recording features to store and playback hundreds of hours of entertainment by simply connecting the My Book AV-TV drive directly to a compatible TV. Additionally, customers watching live TV with the My Book AV-TV connected can press pause and rewind, or fast-forward afterward, to control and enjoy live TV at their convenience.
Western Digital company, and a world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today unveils WD TV Play, a versatile media player that streams popular Internet channels, as well as personal photos, music and movies from other networked devices in the home, directly to an HDTV. Priced at just $69.99 USD, WD TV Play expands upon the existing WD TV family of products, offering an engaging new app-based user interface to allow customers to easily personalize their entertainment experience.
There was a time when a wireless router did little more than, well, route. It took bits from the airwaves and put them on a wire, destined for the Internet or perhaps the local network. As the technology matured, product designers started adding things. At first, it was software like firewalls, quality of service controls, and port tunneling and forwarding controls. Then came the advanced things such as VPN and jffs-based file storage – sufficient for a small, static HTML site stored on a cordoned-off part of the router’s unused flash ROM. Then came the hardware changes, most relevant to this review being the advent of USB ports. This opened a whole new world of possibilities, generally USB Mass Storage devices and printers. Then Western Digital joined the fray. It added a hard drive to the router. Thus, we have the My Net N900 Central, a 450Mbps x2 high-end wireless router ready act not only as a shuffler of bits, but also as a storer of bits; a router and simple NAS all in one compact device.
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