These days digital storage is main concern for small business and start ups. There is cloud storage as well as physical storage devices. Each of these two options as its own pros and cons. The biggest advantage of cloud storage is that it is available everywhere and of a physical storage device is security as well as a bit more reliability.
There are now a couple of devices which aim to a hybrid of the above two functions. One such device is the WD My Book Live Duo which combines the best of the two. We tried the device for a few days and here are our thoughts.
The device is quite feature-rich. One of the highlights as to be its Double-Safe Back up feature which allows you to continuously maintain a second copy of all your files for real-time data backup in mirrored mode (RAID 1). With this feature you can be sure that your files are all safe. Using this reduces the capacity of the drive by half but is very reliable. The device is available in 4 TB and 6 TB capacities. One can either set up the device for maximum capacity or maximum protection which spits the storage into two.
There is also the WD SmartWare software for Windows users and Mac users can utilize Apple Time Machine to backup and protect data.
Being a hybrid device one can easily set up a personal cloud storage solution. The My Book Live Duo then connects to the home network to create shared storage that users can access within the network or anywhere in the world through secure remote access.
Remote access to the device is available on any computer through www.WD2go.com and with WD mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, or Android devices. Users can also stream movies, photos and music to their tablet or smartphone directly from My Book Live Duo through the mobile application.
The My Book Live Duo can also serve as a home entertainment hub and the built-in media server streams movies, photos and music to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as smart TVs, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360s.
My Book Live Duo comes complete with two WD Caviar Green hard drives which offer low power and the operations is quiet and you can hardly hear the drives spinning.
Setting up the device is simple, and following the manual we had no issues but one would have to set aside at least half hour to completely customize the device for your needs. This time would also include updating the firmware on the device. One would require the installation CD to set it up. The My Book Live Duo Dashboard lets you easily detect, setup, customize and map the drive.
The device has a MHz RISC processor that offers a pretty great performance. When we tested the device transfer speeds were above normal. The device unfortunately comes with support for only USB 2.0 so cannot take advantage of the faster transfer speeds offered by the USB 3.0 standard. There is also no support for eSATA which makes the process of backing longer.
As we mentioned before, the WD SmartWare software to back up files on Windows. You can set how much space of the hard drive you want dedicated to the back up and what type of files you want saved also. Once it is set up, the whole process is automated and files can easily be restored to their original locations on the computer or copied to a special retrieve folder. Users can also specify the number of backup versions that they want to keep for each file. Super useful in case you save a wrong file and can go back to a previous version.
One can set up accounts for users using the My Book Live Duo software and give access to certain folders and files. Using the software one can also give Remote Access to the drive which can be accessed by users when they go to WD2go.com website. We tried this and setting up the accounts was easy and when we tried to access files, we were able to do so without any hiccups. The web interface was simple and easy to navigate and it opened up a new explorer window on Windows which we able to continue just like it was a drive attached to the computer.
We tested and the Android and iOS apps and found it easy to set up and use. We were able to comfortably stream a movie from the hard drive to an iPhone and Galaxy Nexus without facing any issues.
While we did not face any issues either while using the Web WD2go.com website or the apps, performance will be based upon your net connection. Do remember that you need to have an always on Internet connection to access your files on the go.
We found the device to perform all its advertised features well. It’s easy to configure, provides all of the sharing features one need, streams media very well, has strong backup capabilities, and provides access to files from mobile devices with a wide variety of apps and the web interface.
There is a lot more which will cater to all small business and start ups. If you in the need for a cloud storage device which offers the added level of security we definitely recommend the WD My Book Live Duo. Though it is a bit more pricey when compared to similar devices, the added features like mirror backup and cloud storage, justifies the premium.
The My Book Live Duo personal cloud storage is available at Rs. 24,499 plus taxes for 4 TB, and Rs. 29,999 plus taxes for the 6 TB version. The drives are protected by a 3 year limited on-site warranty.
- Able to expand storage with USB support
- Can swap corrupted drives easily
- Broad support for devices
- Supports RAID1 and Spanned Drives
- Very easy to setup, works out of the box
- No on/off button
- No support for USB 3.0