• Centralise your music, photos, videos into one location, which you can access from anywhere
• Two 4TB WD red hard drives provides you with a total of 8TB storage space
• Back up files automatically from your PC and Mac computers
• Secure any data stored on the NAS drive with RAID1, 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 ElephantDriveExpand your capacity beyond the 8TB offered
This My Cloud EX2 Networked Attached Storage (NAS) drive (manufacturer’s code: WDBVKW0080JCH-EESN) is great for small businesses or homes where a central storage location for important files, media or documents is need. Two 4TB WD red hard drives are supplied for a combined storage space of 8TB. These WD red drives have been specially designed for NAS drive use, for greater reliability during 24/7 operations and demanding environments.
You can easily expand your space even further by replacing your hard drives with higher capacity ones. Alternatively, you can add an external USB drive into one of the USB 3.0 ports, to instantly expand your storage. This provides you with a great amount of storage space for your files and gives you the ability to increase the storage even further to suit your needs.
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.
Nobody likes to lose files and it is even worse when the backup you have made turns out to have failed as well. To avoid such a situation as the My Cloud EX2 has been set at RAID 1 as a default. Under this setting, one of your hard drives installed is used to store the data sent to this NAS. The second one then copies the data stored on the first one. This supplies you with a contingency, so if any data is lost you have a backup ready. Since one of the drives is used as a mirror of the other, this reduces the stock storage space you have to just 4TB.
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.