Western Digital My Book Live review | TechRadarWestern Digital has latched on to the network-attached storage NAS market with the introduction of three simple-to-use products. The My Book Live range is the most consumer-focused range, aimed at users who need centralised file access for their computers, tablets and smartphones. Looking like a regular external drive, the Live's Gigabit Ethernet port is the only overt indication it's a NAS product. Build quality is good and the drive is backed by a three-year warranty. WD feels comfortable not adding a fan to the tight-fitting enclosure. Plugged in and set to seek, the Live draws between W, which is standard for a one-drive offering, dropping down to around 7W when idling.
Western Digital MY BOOK LIVE 1TB
It's no secret that Western Digital has jumped on the "cloud" bandwagon, releasing their first line-up of network routers, the MyNet series. With the proven success of the My Book from WD, it was only a matter of time before they would take the next step and add network functionality, effectively taking the My Book into the NAS world. Western Digital chose to simplify things taking their My Book chassis, throwing in a Gigabit powered Ethernet port and developing their own backup software called WD "SmartWare". Essentially this backup solution pulls all the traditional confusing clutter out of a NAS, making it simple and straight forward to use, even for the novice. Being a NAS device, an Ethernet connection is required. The My Book Live was delivered in a blue box with clouds in the background, depicting its "cloud" capabilities. You will find a photo of the My Book to the right, with its features listed across the bottom.
Network Attached Storage NAS devices are excellent for backing up your important digital files and folders, as well as sharing media between all computers and other media playing devices on your home network. Western Digital has a great reputation for creating hard drives, both internal and external. And with the My Book Live it has made attaching a hard drive to a home network of Macs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, games consoles and media players — rather than just one computer — as simple as possible. This is an excellent NAS device for beginners. It is simple to get up and running, and with 1TB of hard drive space on the model we tested, there is plenty of room for storing files.
Elias Plastiras. The WD My Book Live is more than a typical network storage device; it can also be used to share your locally-stored files through the Internet. Anything stored on the drive can be accessed remotely from other computers, or even from a smartphone, and the best part is that you don't need to know anything about how it all works to make it all work. It's a simple device to use and while it offers plenty of storage space for your files, it also gives you an easy way to access them remotely. Once the WD My Book Live is connected t your network router, it can be set up in many ways, but the most simple is with the supplied CD.