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WD - My Cloud EX2 Ultra 0TB 2-Bay External Network Storage (NAS) - Charcoal-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 39 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good entry level NAS

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    Yamen
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    This is a very good option if you're looking to have a network-based storage drive or (Network Accessible Storage). This unit allows you to add one or two hard drives to be configured either as total storage for maximum capacity (JBOD) or in RAID configuration where one drive continuously backs up the other for data backup and redundancy. The drives are accessible through your network and, once configured, will show up as network drives. The WD software gives you many configuration options and also allows for remote access to your data from outside your wifi network, similar to what you get with services like Dropbox. Keep in mind this unit cannot be connected straight to your computer through USB. It can only be connected to and accessed through your network. It has a 1 gigabit lan network connection and 2x USB ports for connecting additional USB hard drives to expand storage even further. The connected USB drives will also be accessible through your network and can also be configured to back up the internal drives in this unit. This is however a "diskless" unit, meaning it doesn't come with any drives. You need to purchase compatible drives and install them yourself. Installation is very simple and takes 5 minutes. You only need a Phillips head screw driver to install the included mounting screws and the drives simply slide right in. It is recommended however that the drives be WD Red drives, but it will work with other models. Read/write speeds when connecting through 1-gigabit LAN are 115 MB/s for read and 76 MB/s write. Read/write speeds when connecting through 5GHz Wi-Fi are about 50 MB/s for read and 40 MB/s write. These read/write speeds maybe different for each person depending on network equipment and setup being used. This is a very good starter solution that is of good quality and good performance and is much more affordable than other expensive models.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Backup Device

    Posted
    Doug
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    I purchased the WD - My Cloud EX2 Ultra 0TB version after upgrading to a new desktop PC that didn't have room for two Western Digital high performance disks that I was previously using in a RAID configuration for backups. The fact you can buy the My Cloud EX2 with no disks (e.g. 0TB) is awesome as you can either use existing disks you have or decide which disks make sense for you. The setup was mostly quite easy aside from the fact that the Microsoft Edge browser wasn't supported and I had to download Chrome. This might not be an issue for many but I personally like Edge and the fact it's included with Windows 10 and therefore on hundreds of millions of PC's, would make me think it should be supported by Western Digital. This won't be an issue shortly as Edge is being updated to use the Chromium engine from Google Chrome. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone wanting onsite local backups. If you use OneDrive on your PC you may see warnings in the backups for files on OneDrive that you don't have locally. This is because the Western Digital software cannot back those up. Hopefully they will work with the Microsoft OneDrive team to fix this or imprve the experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Helping me organize my stuff!

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    JimF
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    Looked at this item for a while, finally bought June '18. It requires a drive in the socket to set up, I couldn't get away with running it empty with USB attached drives. Interesting features. Plex is working for me, Twonky seems to be the default browser, seems like they are still supported by WD. Plex was recognized by my Samsung Blue Ray player but need to figure out server permissions. Allows network access to my USB drives but the applications aren't supported on JBOD drives, just the one installed in the server.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Own your data

    Posted
    Mark
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    If you don’t like the idea of another entity having storage control over your personal documents and media but also want the ability to access and store that data from anywhere in the world, this NAS is perfect for you. It is a handsome little setup, very easy to get up and running, and works as advertised. I purchased two 6TB Western Digital Red NAS hard drives and configured them to Raid 1 for redundancy. No problems at all. Buy with confidence!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works very well

    Posted
    Jrh1194

    I bought the diskless model and added two 4tb WD red drives. I currently have approxiamately 280 movies and 6000 photos stored on it. It streams flawlessly to our Apple TV and iPads. This is a very capable network storage device. I have set mine up in a raid 1 configuration so everything is "mirrored" onto both drives. A good value for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    Posted
    NYRangers79
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    I happened to get my hands on two 3 terabyte drives and needed a NAS device. I was using an older one drive seagate one which was extremely slow. This thing was super simple to configure. Plugged in both drives, configured raid 0 array and formatted drive. Thats it. Both my mac and pc devices found the unit as soon as they booted. As long as it last me I have 0 complaints.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent NAS

    Posted
    WiFiMax
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    I had a Buffalo Linkstation but it was getting too small so decided to shop for larger size. Buffalo was slightly cheaper but they didn't have the ideal size I needed. Purchased this unit and selected my own drive size. It met my budget and need for space. The GUI was very intuitive. The Cloud access feature was very cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked as expected

    Posted
    HarleyGuy1550
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    I got this device after my home server had a hardware crash. I garbed this so I could save may data. I like this device as I can access my data from any ware. I chucked in two 6TB drives. It's really easy to setup and makes no real nose. At some point I am going to rebuild my server but for now this works for most of my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product

    Posted
    Heshamrocklin
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    I liked this product. It was originally to have a good size storage for my mac air book but it turned to be good for that plus good backup storage. My only reason to give it 4 stars that it was hard to set up and it is still hard to know how to use all it's features

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love the WD cloud

    Posted
    Jack
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    Love these drives, not the new version though. This allows whole family to see all photos and videos from any device. Dripped in 2 3TB drives and bam 6TB of storage that doesn't cost me $200 a year. Using the Amazon cloud to backup photos and unraid for everything else.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tough initial setup

    Posted
    Kekoa
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    Uses online setup tools. No printed manual. If you know what you are doing and are familiar with networking basics, no problem. If you aren't, either do some research, or get help setting this product up. Once I had it up and running, it works great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good entry into a 2 drive setup

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    Trent
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    I upgraded to this unit as I was worried my Apple time capsule was about to fail. I like the raid configuration that allows for mirrored storage. Interface is ok, was a little tricky to setup after buying the disk less version and adding my own drives. So far so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works amazing!

    Posted
    ghrayfahx
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    I picked this up mostly as a storage device for tv recordings but I’ve found it useful in all sorts of things. I’ve since relocated my iTunes library to it and actually am using as part of smart home control. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for home office

    Posted
    808Golf
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    I purchased this NAS for use as a mini server for all of the computers in my home. It makes it convenient to access files from any computer connected to my network. Setup was simple and has been easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy

    Posted
    TMack
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    Got this WD EX2 and added 2 Seagate NAS drives. Thought I might have issue as it's a WD NAS box. No issues!!!! Works great and does everything it's supposed to do. Setup was super easy and took less than 1 hour with adding the drives and all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good but short lived

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    VoIPTeK
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    This worked great for fast file transfers and hosting VM's remotely with NAS. However, after just 5 months of use, the fans in the unit stopped working forcing shutdowns and became unusable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Second purchase

    Posted
    Kekoa
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    First one worked great, so got a second. This is a great cheap entry level solution to home networked drives. Lucky enough to get it on sale, so even better. Never had any trouble accessing drives remotely either.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple to use

    Posted
    PaMaNi
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    I previously used WD Cloud home device. Recently upgraded to My Cloud EX2 and it is so simple to setup. UI is very neat and able to manage my files within and outside network without any issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Mid Level NAS

    Posted
    rmagar
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    Great speeds, consistently 100+MB/s. Easy to setup shares. I don't use the cloud features. The apps are pretty sparse. Drives sleep and wake as needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not the best NAS

    Posted
    luadrian
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    After a 1bay my cloud nas hardware failure, I bought this and returned it after 3 days. Operating system is very limited. It does the job for an amateur.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend