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Western Digital My Cloud EX2 NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

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About this product


  • Two hard disk drive bays accept up to 12TB total storage
  • DLNA and UPnP compatible for single network media streaming
  • Manage files on iOS and Android devices via y Cloud and WD Photos apps

Product overview

• 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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic little NAS, albeit a basic model I have two of these one for music and one for video. The music one is a 3TB mirror and the other is a 4TB Mirror. Configuring these is simple enough by just logging into the built in web interface on the drive, normally 192.168.1.x (x being the ip address given to the drive. You can from here, set up a WD Cloud account so you can access your data across the world, set up who can see the drive by the way of multiple users, you can even give these multiple users restrictions of how much space they can use of the drive. I preferred to go for a Raid Mirror arrangement so that if one of the drives fail, I can easily replace the faulty drive and the internal OS of the enclosure will re-build the array and re-copy the files over to the new drive. I have installed on the drive one of the many apps that are easy to select from the APPS tab on the drive OS. I chose plex, because my Smart TV can use Plex to stream the music or video's from the drive and play them very easily on my TV. The only downside I've really found on these drives is it's ability to transcode video via the internet. It can do it, but it is pretty basic at doing so, you need to try to set the Plex app on your tablet/phone so that it direct streams the video at original quality to get the best, but be warned, you will have issues with "free" internet access at hotels/bars/retail places, due to their limiting of download speeds. I only get around 1.2mbs at most "guest" and "free" internet places, and this is far from adequate to stream movies properly, but it has no issues with streaming music from the MyCloud. Also initial transfers to the drives are SLOW, if you have lots to put on the drive, you might have to leave the computer on doing so, remember that 1gbps (gigabit per second) ethernet is only 100MBps (Megabytes per second)! I also love the way you can have more of these enclosures with more drives, backup across the drives. Yes, you can have say 2 of these enclosures, have personal data on them, have the second one stored somewhere else, and get the remote one to backup or sync with the other drive enclosure. "Remote Backup" it is called, and that way if you are really needing to be secure about your data, you can have a copy outside your home in a relatives that is a complete backup of the drive you have in your home! You just need a free WD Cloud account log in, and get the drives to log into the same account, and they can see each other whether they are next to each other in your office, or somewhere miles apart. Overall an excellent basic NAS with lots of features!
Date published: 2017-06-09
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PC Connection Type:


Technical Specifications


1.2 Ghz Single Core Processor



Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure

Operating Specifications

Maximum Capacity:


Ethernet Speed:

10/100/1000 Mb/s



Dimensions & Weight







Product Specifications

RAID Options:







256 Bit AES Encryption



Password Protection:


Backup Software:

Hot swappable drives
WD SmartWare Pro
Apple Time Machine


Package Contents:

1 x My Cloud EX 2
1 x Ethernet cable
1 x Power adapter
1 x Quick install guide
1 x Assembly kit




System Requirements & Software

Compatible Smart Device App:

My Cloud and WD Photos

Power Specifications

Power Supply:


Technical Specification


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

Asked by: Matthew
Matthew - Green drives are not advisable with NAS operations as the NAS will use these drives 24/7, Green drives are not up to the job. The enclosure will complain at you for doing so, asking you to install WD Red drives. Colin - your answer for running diskless, this enclosure cannot run diskless, before you can even log into the enclosure to update the firmware, it will have to have drives installed. The smallest drives you can put in is 1TB x 2 Red Drives. You can format them exactly as you wish, individual, Raid span, Raid Stripe or Raid Mirror. EXT-2 format is common for NAS set ups as most NAS drives use an OS similar to Linux as it is very light and cannot support read and write to NTFS natively.
Answered by: JohnCMaplin
Date published: 2017-06-09

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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