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WD - My Cloud EX2 Ultra 8TB 2-Bay External Network Storage (NAS) - Charcoal

Keep valuable data safe with this My Cloud EX2 Ultra external hard drive. Custom backup options through WD SmartWare Pro, 256 AES volume encryption, and multiple RAID options provide enhanced performance and protection. This 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra provides high transfer speeds, and its Plex Media Server keeps your data ready at all times.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 8TB 2-Bay External Network Storage (NAS)
    • Ethernet cable
    • Power supply
    • Owner's Manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (53 out of 55)

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    Features


    8TB storage capacity

    Provides ample space for your music, movies and other files. Featuring ultra-reliable WD Red™ NAS drives.

    Gigabit Ethernet interface

    Lets you store data to a personal Cloud.

    Multiple RAID options

    Provide the ability to create RAID 0, RAID 1 or a JBOD / spanning structure for non-RAID configurations.

    Custom backup at any time

    Safe your data with WD SmartWare Pro backup software or Apple Time Machine.

    256 AES volume encryption

    Provides securely store files across your entire network.

    Upgraded for high-performance

    Dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory helps to get ultra-fast transfer rates for high performance streaming.

    Simple to install, easy to manage

    With a tray-less bay design, installation is effortless and tool-free.

    Compatible with Mac and PC

    For flexible installation options.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 55 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      QUIET AND FAST

      Posted
      joanne
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      An HP tech put me on the path to storing my large number of photos on a NAS. He recommended a different brand, but since I already had a WD MY BOOK I stayed with WD. I read a lot of reviews and recommendations before finalizing my decision and opting for the WD. In the process I learned the value and advantage of a 2-bay system. The price was great compared to other NAS options and I chose the 8TB EX2 ULTRA. In all honesty the first one died in 4 days. The second one has some idiosyncrasies which I had to understand and get used to, namely it gets "tired" when uploading many large files. Rebooting solves that problem. I also initially misunderstood that it really is only for storage. It is complicated to "share" anything on the ULTRA with anyone else: they cannot print what you are sending. The main reason I bought an NAS was because the huge number of photos had nearly used up my computer space. Since I cannot readily access a photo or document to reprint it or send it I downloaded everything to DVDs, carefully itemizing the contents of the DVD. I chose not to sync everything, since I was deleting the saved photos from my computer to gain space. You can only sync what remains on the computer. In spite of the "shortcomings" for my purpose, I really love the ULTRA. It is incredibly fast and quiet.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very useful and easy to use RAID

      Posted
      Veritas
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I've always been a backup freak after losing 2 computers' worth of data many years ago. Finally, RAID backup is simple and this device makes it very simple. It has replaced 4 separate hard drives used as semi-manual backups. A standard weekend chore was moving backups from 1 drive to the larger drives. Now, with this RAID set up, it is done with the first system backup. Done, nothing to manually copy. Easy to set up, with only certain areas needing further explanation in the manual. Instructions are easy to follow. Any ambiguities were quickly cleared up with online help. This has WD Red drives, which I have in a 4TB x 2 configuration. I didn't buy it for maximum storage but for the RAID capability. It can also be configured as 2 separate 4TB drives for 8TB of storage total. In RAID mode, you have 4TB of duplicated storage. RAID was the out of box config one the one I received, but changing that is as simple as checking a box in the browser based config panel. Not a necessary item if all you are after is 8TB of storage, but if you're searching for RAID, this makes it simple.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      easy to use personal cloud

      Posted
      syncytium
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Set up was easy. We had two laptops and two smartphones hooked up in about 30 minutes. There was a bit of a security scare in that we were getting into our cloud without passwords, but then we realized that this is a default setting: users sharing the wireless network have access. If you share your wifi password, you share access to your personal cloud when those users are on your wireless network. Outside the wireless network, access is protected (i.e. requiring log on credentials). We stored all our photos from many trips and can now access them from anywhere we have internet access. The smartphone app is fairly simple, no frills but easy to use. Overall, our first experience with a personal cloud with no worries of filling it up any time soon, like my stuffed dropbox and google drive.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Network Storage for a good price

      Posted
      hb861
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I upgraded my old WD My Cloud which I purchased a few years ago and "only" had 2 TB of storage. After years of storing pictures, files, backups from various computers around the house and scans for work I decided to get more space as well as protection as I realized after a power failure that if my drive failed I basically had no backup. This device has a 2 drives with one for data and the other as a backup. Problem solved! In addition WD My Cloud has an app for our iPhones, iPads and Android phones that automatically backups photos when we are on home WiFi and I can access files through a web interface when away from home. It does require a gigabit home network as 10/100 speeds are slow.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      MyCloud EX2 Ultra NAS

      Posted
      Bruce
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased the external storage device (NAS) listed above due to its large capability of holding data and more specifically for its ability to have redundant drives. I never had to back up any files. It backs them up in real time and I always have 2 complete copies of all my files. Should one drive fail, I have the 2nd drive that has the exact information. I also have the ability to access my files remotely, which I absolutely love. To date, I haven't had any problems with this drive. It was easy to set up and tech support was wonderful at helping and answering all of my questions.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent except no share quota!

      Posted
      Mark
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Only negative--a BIG negative--is there is no size limit that can be set on shares. A user can use up the total volume with all their media without thought, care, or concern for other users. Extremely short sighted for a function that should be standard for NAS volumes. If you don't care about share quotas, then this product is hard to beat. For this reason alone, in today's media-rich environment, I cannot recommend this product unless WD addresses this significant shortcoming.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Provides Whole House Sharing

      Posted
      MichaelClarence
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Microsoft discontinued their Home Server so we needed a new place to share and backup data on the network. After doing reviews the WD - My Cloud EX2 Ultra was the best choice. It took a little time to figure out how we wanted the storage configured (striped or mirrored), but once this was set it was smooth sailing. We mapped a drive letter on all of the computers to the public folder for sharing of files and mapped a drive to a user directory for each user for backup of the computers. We have a gigabyte network and accessing and copying files is extremely fast. We highly recommend this product.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good for home network and cloud access and storage

      Posted
      MrFixit
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this to have access to devices on my home network. I used the default Raid 1 setup for for backup and to archive files. Initial setup was easy as described in numerous reviews, and I mapped the drive to Windows 8, Windows 7 and Win XP computers without any problems. I can access it with my Tablets & phones using a file manager app. Since I only keep photos on the cloud I haven't set up on line access, but It looks like it would be easy to do. So far, so good with it. It got good reviews, and I agree. Only gave it 4 stars because you have to use browser to shut it down.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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