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Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive

Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive

Simplify your digital life by consolidating your movies, music, photos, and files in one location for everyone on your wired or wireless network to share with a Western Digital My Book Live Network-Attached Storage drive.

  • Centralize and share media on your home network
  • View your photo collection with your iPhone
  • Stream media to your entertainment center
  • Automatic backup with WD SmartWare for Windows
  • Compatible with Apple Time Machine
  • Leading-edge performance
  • Play your music on any computer in your home
  • Secure remote access

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Question by Johnny C: How do I use a spare PC for media/data storage in a wireless network ?
I have 2 PC’s and a laptop (all XP) using a Linksys Wireless Router. I also have a spare PC with a lot of hard disk space that I’d like to use for media/data storage. Is this possible ? If so, what else would I need (hargware/software) ? How would I go about setting this up ?

Any info or reference is appreciated

Best answer:

Answer by count_don
Yes, this is very possible. Just set the PC up with XP, then make a folder called something like ‘storage’ and share it. Be sure to allow network users to change the files so the other computers can add stuff to the folder. I have mine set up with several folders, one for music, one for videos and so on. I also use the backup utility that comes with windows to backup my C: drive on my storage computer, so in the event of a crash I can recover everything.

If you need more in depth help drop me an e-mail…

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What customers say about Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive?

  1. The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    182 of 196 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Works great for Sonos.., October 28, 2010
    Thomas B Goodloe “Berkeley Goodloe” (Richmond, VA United States) –

    Yesterday I purchased one of these drives to use as a Network Attached Storage drive for my Sonos music system. This drive is perfect for that setup and exceeded my expectations. The setup for this drive is a snap. My PC and Sonos system recognized it with zero issues. The drive throughput is about 70Mb/s which is plenty for my purposes. Also (and a key feature for Sonos), this drive will spin down after inactivity and will even let you set how long it waits before spinning down (have not seen any other drive in this price range which will do that). Also, this drive comes pre-formatted with an NTFS file system so no reformatting is needed like with most external drives. Having a drive with NAS capabilities is excellent because you need less hardware to make the drive available to Sonos. Lastly, because the drive doesn’t have an on/off switch, you won’t have to worry if you lose power that you’ll have to turn this back on (like with the old Linksys NSLU2).

    The only reason I don’t give this five stars is because the “access over the web” part of the feature set is misleading. What you might expect is that this drive is available over the web through some sort of login and without the need of a PC to facilitate. Unfortunately you need all of those things to make this drive accessible over the web. The software WD provides to enable this, “MioNet”, seems dated and rickety- not to mention NOT free. If leaving your PC on is acceptable for you, might I recommend downloading the Opera web browser and using their “Unite” service which will provide many of the same services as MioNet- but for *free*.

    Overall a strong purchase and a nice product. If you have a Sonos system and want your music available, then this is the drive you need.

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    Nov 7, 2010 11:27:27 AM PST

    Hello Thomas –

    Glad to hear you are enjoying your new My Book Live as a companion for your Sonos system.

    For remote access, you can actually set up a free Mionet account that lets you access your My Book Live from any Web browser.

    To set up the account, simply type “MybookLive” into your browser and you will open up the Dashboard for the device. Within the Dashboard, select Settings / Remote Access / Mionet and click on “Create new account” to set up a free username and password. This free Mionet account will then let you access the contents of your drive from any Internet Connected PC or Mac.

    Simply go to Mionet.com, type in your user name and password and you can access . You can also share specific folders or the entire drive secure. If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android phone, you can also access all your photos in a cool viewer app (also for free) called WD Photos.

    The PC application that you discovered on mionet.com lets you access your PC as well as the drive, but that does involve an annual fee. Thanks for your feedback. We will try to make this clearer so other users will not be confused about how to use our free remote access service.

    WD Branded Products Team

  4. 94 of 101 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Storage solutions -A Mac perspective, November 25, 2010
    G. Ware Cornell Jr. “anotherlawyer” (Weston FL) –
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    Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices mimic file servers on a network. However instead of a big computer, the NAS is roughly the size of a trade paperback. They are preferable to portable hard drives because multiple computers can access and save to them.

    This WD device is easy to set up, and you can be registered, configured, and otherwise up and running in just a few minutes. I gave my assistant partial access to the drive, and password protected the rest. I also downloaded all the photos from my MacBook Pro onto it, which allowed me to use a free app for my iPhone and iPad to remotely access all of my pictures. Since those files are substantially more than carry around on either the phone or pad, this is a space savings bonanza.

    The drive also works with Time Machine, a Leopard and Snow Leopard application that protects your Mac’s data. Because I already have a Apple Time Capsule MC343LL/A 1TB Sim DualBand, it is a feature I am not using (Time Machine) only automatically synchs to one source).

    The price is right and this NAS will not disappoint.

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  5. 131 of 146 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Reliable and fast, November 16, 2010
    Richard C. Drew “Anaal Nathra/Uthe vas Bethod… (Oak Lawn, IL USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

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    These devices are one of the “must-haves” for the modern home entertainment center or home networks. They can perform multiple tasks – from backups to media streaming. If you have a network, and just want a common place to store files, this will do it. Need a streaming media server for your new TV or networked media player? Ditto. Automatic network backup? Check.

    I’m using it for storing photos and videos. Since digital photos are only virtual (no more negatives for safety!), backups are a must. I keep several backups, as photography is a hobby and a job. I also have media streaming devices hooked up to my TV’s, and they can play video, audio and show photos from the web and attached network devices. This device shows up on the list of network devices, and it’s a few clicks to navigate to the media desired. Streaming works perfectly.

    Everything you need is in the box. A short networking cable, power supply, the network drive and installation CD. Installation is easy and straight forward. Attach the power and network cables, sit down at your PC, drop in the install CD, and follow the steps. You can’t just plug in and go – you need to run the install CD. This is not just a drive – it’s also a mini file server. You need to set up permissions and user accounts.

    The first thing the installer did was check for an update. One was available, so I let it install it. This took about 25 minutes. This step can be skipped, but it’s always a good idea to install updates. After that was completed I created a couple of user accounts – quick and easy. You can create private storage accounts, public, and pick who has access to what accounts. So little Billy can’t see his sister’s stuff, or each employee can have a private and public storage area. Really handy and well executed.

    Also included is backup software – PC, Mac and automatic network. I did not install the software. I’ve used it in the past, and prefer manual backups.

    Case: If you know WD products, you’ll notice that they all have the same look. Their media streamer looks like a miniature version of this unit. It’s identical to their external drives.

    The user interface is browser based, so is accessible to anyone on the network with admin access.

    I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and have not encountered any issues. Only one caveat – when the drive arrives, you have 900 gig of storage. It may be a one TB drive, but only 900 gig is available.


    1) When you setup the drive, make a note of the IP address. The instructions for accessing via the network in “My Computer” in the manual don’t work in Windows 7. You need to use the browser and enter the IP address. The shortcut also works differently in different OS. Windows 7 – double clicking on the icon opens the shared folder. On XP it opens the dashboard / control panel for the mybook.

    2) The only interface is the network port. Don’t expect to attach anything to the device except the network cable and power.

    Comments: The interface, although web based, is a little clunky. For the price, you can’t go wrong – great bang for the buck.

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