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WD My Cloud EX2 NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

Code: A63QB

  • Centralise your music, photos, videos into one location, which you can access from anywhere
  • Diskless model, with no hard drives installed within this two bay enclosure
  • Back up files automatically from your PC and Mac computers

Product details

WD My Cloud EX2 NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

• Centralise your music, photos, videos into one location, which you can access from anywhere
• Diskless model, with no hard drives installed within this two bay enclosure
• Back up files automatically from your PC and Mac computers
• Secure any data stored on the NAS drive with RAID configurations, USB or cloud backups available
• DLNA and UPnP compatible means you can stream media files to TVs and gaming consoles on the same network
• Manage your files remotely on your Apple iOS or Android phone via the My Cloud and WD Photos apps
• Seamlessly link content between your Dropbox and this NAS drive, also compatible with Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive

Hard drives compatible and future scalability
If you're looking for a Networked Attached Storage (NAS) drive that you can add your own hard drives to, then this My Cloud EX2 (manufacture's code: WDBVKW0000NCH-EESN) is a great option. The two bay design lets you add up hard drive of up to 6TB in each slot*, for a maximum storage capacity of 12TB. To instantly expand your storage even further, you can add an external USB drive into one of the USB3.0 ports. This provides you with potentially a vast amount of storage space, which can be expanded even further if needed.

*A list of compatible hard drives can be found here

What are the backup options I can use with this NAS drive?
Backing up computers couldn’t be easier with WD SmartWare Pro for Window computers and compatibility with Apple Time Machine for Apple Mac computers. You can schedule backups to happen on a regularly basis for your most important files or for your whole computer. You can also have the NAS to backup only when a folder or your computer has made a recent change, speeding up the backup process.

An added external USB device doesn’t just have to be used to expand the amount of storage you have, you can dedicate the connected USB device as a backup location too. Similarly, integration with Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive cloud services allows you to backup data stored on the My Cloud EX2 to the cloud. If you own another My Cloud EX2 or an EX4 you can also remotely backup your data to it, no matter where it is in the world. This gives you a number of backup options to choose from, which is essential for businesses and anyone who does not want to lose important data.

What apps can I use with this NAS drive?
For Apple iOS or Android devices, WD photos and My Cloud apps are available, providing you with access to the NAS drive from anywhere. You can greatly customise the My Cloud EX2 with a number of apps compatible, such as iTunes or Plex. Plex is an app that can be used to organise your media files, with the dedicated app being downloadable on a number of different devices such as Smart TVs, computers, tablets and more, you can stream your content to them. As a default, http downloader, FTP, P2P and web file viewer are already installed. These apps allow you to automate and schedule downloads/backups to happen through a web link, share files and view the content of the NAS via the dashboard.

Can I stream with this NAS drive?
Aside from using Plex to stream content to devices, the My Cloud EX2 uses TwonkyMedia as its DLNA media server. This lets you stream your music, photos and videos to DLNA compatible devices, such as media players, games consoles, speakers and more, which are connected to the same network as the My Cloud EX2. And with iTunes support you can stream your music collection too.

What are some of the other features?
Users can be created and then given access to the My Cloud EX2 and portions of the drive can be assigned to individuals or groups, this makes it perfect for small business which want to use the My Cloud EX2 as a server for their employees. An UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) can be connected to this NAS drive via USB or network, which provides you with a temporary power source for your server should the main power source ever go out.

Support for iSCSI gives you the ability to make a virtual storage location for your computer (your computer believes the drive created is a local hard drive). This allows you to manage storage over long distances and transfer data over a network rather than locally.

Specification table
Capacity 0
Maximum capacity 12 TB
Number of hard drives 0
Maximum number of hard drives 2 x 3.5-inch drives (6 TB in 2 bays)
Expandable storage Yes - USB
Backup Options Hot swappable drives, WD SmartWare Pro, Apple Time Machine
Integration with cloud services Dropbox, Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive
Connections 1 x Ethernet port (10/100/1000 Mb/s), 2 x USB 3.0
Operating systems compatibility Windows / Mac OS X
Remote access via web Yes
UPnP Yes
AirPlay No
Smart device app? My Cloud and WD Photos
Compatibility with third party applications/devices iTunes, Plex, Dropbox, Icecast, aMule, abFiles, Z-Wave, Joomla!, phpMyAdmin, phpBB, Transmission, SqueezeCenter, WordPress
Wi-Fi No
Protocols SSL/TLS/OAUTH 2.0
Encryption 256 Bit AES Encryption
Password protection Yes
Read speed 110 MB/s
Write speed 58 MB/s
Processor 1.2 Ghz Single Core Processor
Memory 512 MB
Dimensions 99.06 mm x 154.94 mm x 171.45 mm
Colour Black
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Package contents
My Cloud EX 2
Ethernet cable
Power adapter
Quick install guide
Aseembly kit

Can I install 2 WD green 2Tb drives that are already formatted?

Asked by: Matthew
This may sound a little mad, but for good legacy reasons that my previous WorldBook NAS drive enclosure burned out, but to huge relief the drive itself survived completely intact. It's not clear if it will operate internally disk-less, relying solely on the TWO external USB3.0 drives to a rack of old laptop drives eg StarTech USB 3.0 8 Bay Hot Swap SATA III Hard Drive Enclosure (that in my case includes the original hard drive from a prior broken WorldBook NAS)? Which appears to have two tiny Lynux partitions and EXT-2 formatted main partician. Pretty important to know any newly inserted drive will be reformatted. The box here does explicitly says 0T to 12GB (suggesting hope it will operare in an internally diskeless mode). Failing that, I'd need to know what's the tiniest size of drive it will take, so I'm not tempter to fidn myself dealing with yet another proprietary internal formatted drive, having to remove it and find new home as a slave drive to another new NAS in a few years time.
Answered by: Colin
Date published: 2016-10-05

What is the maximum TBs of hard discs this can take?

Asked by: Cat1
4TB max total capacity.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-03-27
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A63QB WD My Cloud EX2 NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure (1+) £136.99

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