Western Digital My Book Live 1 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive
Cons: Cannot set up initially without router
I bought this for a pure network backup at work.<br />Nothing fancy, just automatically backup some files daily.<br />There is NO setup function where you can assign this thing an IP address initially. Tech support couldn't figure it out and told me that it should work without a router assigning it an IP address. Then they told me it was defective and to send it back. I borrowed a router and was able to get to the web page and assign it an IP address. Works fine. You just need a router to initially get to the config web page.
Pros: Easy To Manage, Easy To Set Up, Fast
I absolutely love this product and JR Electronics for their low prices and great service! Everything about MyBookLive is easy to use! The only con is that Windows 7 (not Western Digital's fault) only allows auto-backup to Professional or higher (ie my Windows 7 Home Premium won't auto backup to MyBookLive). However, MyBookLive backs up all data "LIVE" so it's not a huge issue.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Manage, Highly Compatible
Just remember to update the book's firmware after you get into setup. Latest version is much easier to configure. For Mac the drive is compatible with the Apple Time Capsule and works well for Windows. Use the setup disk for both. For Linux, you can open the drive as a window by using places>>connect to server>>ftp with login. Be sure to enable ftp in the book's setup. <br ><br >Setup for Linux through the browser. Very easy to setup and use.
Pros: Convenient, easy access of files
Cons: Instructions could be more detailed
Great personal "cloud" storage unit allows you to avoid storing your files on someone else's server. Easily accessible where ever you are even on my iPhone/iPad (3G)
Pros: Able to network with this drive
Thank goodness I had hired to geek squad to set up my system because it took 2 geeks to set up this drive and have it stop saying that it was over heating and thatit was at 900% capacity. Then in a couple if weeks the same error msgs started all over again! That's when I decidedbasba non-geek that I needed to replace it. Was liking the part where I could access shared items from my phone, but wasnt worth the hassle of having its problems
I spent the best part of two weeks working on this and it still did not work.<br />Don't even think about asking for help they are so slow to respond you could go away on vacation and back before getting a reply. When they do reply it will not help you.<br />Good Luck to anyone buying this product.
Pros: it;s looks
Cons: poor design
I purchased this unit in sept. it worked fine out of the box until i did a firmware update then user interface which was web browser based would not appear and it is the only safe way to shut it down so i had to unplug the thing to turn it off and the the only way to turn it on is to plug it in no on off switch the only access is the nic jack the unit was nice to use as a personal cloud at first. sadly powering off by pulling plug i lost all my media so i took it apart happily i reformatted the one terabyte drive and ordered a nas enclosure 160 dollars wasted.
i buy this drive 2 years for not crash and work fine. network not reliable. u can not access 2 or 3 computer to a drive at the same time so easy disconected. storage is great to hold music, software and movies.<br />easy setup and install . set static IP met the IP of the router I would recommend. don use back up software
I purchased this device to use as NAS for wireless backups from a laptop. I did not use the provided software. Instead I located the device IP address through a router inquiry and then connected using the web interface. Set a static address, gave it a network name, set up users and shares. I am running Vista 64 Home Premium so I connected using Connect Network Drive. I then used Vista's Backup and Restore to perform an initial full backup. Backup and Restore now performs an incremental backup on a weekly basis. This drive is now doing exactly what I purchased it for.
Pros: Looks nice, low-ish price
Cons: Poor performance
Bought this six months ago. Software isn't intuitive, performance is slow, and the other day it stopped working. When it came back to life the front LED had given out. I stopped using it but keep an eye on it and it's on and off all the time. Too late to return to BB, so I have to live with it. I'm not a happy camper. Hopefully WD will replace it since there's a 3-year warranty. I'll update on that part.<br />Note: I'm on a gigabit network with new Cisco wireless router, new Belkin switch, new-ish Samsung TV, PS3, and new MacBook Pro, so this should not be slow at all. It never performed well from the start. I can't even do a Time Machine backup to it as it hangs every time. Bought a FireWire G Drive since Thunderbolt is still too pricey for my taste. No troubles yet. Wish I would have taken this WD back a long time ago.<br />BOO!
Pros: Nothing that i saw
Cons: Smartware is no good
Installed on system (Windows 7 home premium) Smartware corrupted windows. Took tech support and remote access to remove. Drive was never recognized. a buggy product at best.
Cons: The firmward/software conflict must be resolved before it gets to the consumer.
I had three long conversations with tech support, including having them take over my screen, to get the unit installed properly as I kept getting a notice that the unit was overheating when it was not. Now that the conflict between the new firmware and the new software has been resolved, the problem has gone away. The tech reps were pretty good, especially the last one, who finally solved the problem.
Pros: Price for teh capacity
Cons: no issues
I was looking for a 1TB network drive for streaming media to various devices in my home after my 2nd Le Cie drive poopped out. I've had no problem with WD internal drives, so I figured I'd give this product a try. Went in easy, and has been running fine ever since.
Cons: Worked for 10 minutes?
Initially, when hooked up the drive, the network detected it. Installed the software and ran the diagnostics that came with it. All is good. When trying to add files, it would not work. Checked all operating lights on unit..ok. Checked the network and the drive is not there.. Tried to reset, re-install, and reinstall software. Drive still not recognized. Returning today. Price and idea behind a network drive is good, but not worth the aggravation.
Cons: Reliabilty, speed
I've bought this product in May, 2011. Today, only 5 months later, it's dead.<br />This unit never had a fair performance. It was always slow, leading constantly to a "rainbow ball", for Macs, or "hourglass" to Windows. After the third or forth firmware update (why so many?), it remained corrupted. I suggest people to read the reviews, before taking the risk of buying this. Please, please, read the posts in WDC Community Boards and you will see what I mean.