WD My Book Live 2TB Network Hard Drive - £99.99 with code WDCODE @ PC World - HotUKDeals
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Cracking price for a great bit of kit. Use the code when you get to the last stage of the checkout to discount the normal price by £20.

Put all your digital media in one place with the Western Digital My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Network Hard Drive, to give you easy access to any file, song or photo from any computer in your home!

Massive home storage

Combining the best of cloud storage with home computer security , this 2TB hard drive helps you create a single storage space for the entire family, while remaining completely accessible and easy to use for anyone at any time.

The WD My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Network Hard Drive is compatible with both Mac and PC operating systems, and has an Ethernet interface.

Performance home networking

Developed with high-performing Ethernet chip technology, this drive boasts read speeds of up to 100 MB/s.

It is easy to set up, and can also be hooked up to various other devices in your wired or wireless network. This makes sure that your data is available on your desktop, laptop, mobile phones and other devices at all times!

What's more, you will never have to worry about lost data or files with WD SmartWare which automatically backs up every time you save.

Hook it all up

Mobile apps allow easy access from your tablet or smartphone while iTunes server support means you can use the drive as a hub for all your family's music.

Photos, music, movies, home videos, data and more can now be grouped together on one device and made accessible or transferred to any other device in your home. The My Book Live can stream these to any DLNA certified multimedia device.

Make your digital life simpler and easier with the Western Digital My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage Network Hard Drive!

General Information
Capacity 2TB
Interface Ethernet
Transfer Rate 10/100/1000 Mb/s capable
Size 167 x 139 x 50.0 mm (H x D x W)
Weight 1.9kg
Required Configuration Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard, DLNA/UPnP enabled devices
Content Home network drive, Ethernet cable, AC power adapter, Installation and software CD, Quick Install Guide
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#1
Quality Kit, got one from Best Buys closing down sale for a bit less but £99 is still a good price, also hackable into a SqueezeCentre (logitech Media centre or what ever it is called theses days...) :-)
#2
is this usb3?
#3
dwl99
is this usb3?

There's no USB connectivity on this drive, RJ45 (Ethernet) connector only ..

I've already got one of these ... Brilliant bit of kit!
#4
I'm using a Buffalo Linkstation Live (the original model) but the transfer speeds are very slow over a 200MBPS homeplug. Squeezebox Server takes forever to respond and the web-based GUI can easily take 30 seconds to respond to clicks. How does this NAS compare in terms of transfer speeds? Is it fast enough to use for Acronis backups?
1 Like #5
If you are using 100Mbps ethernet you'll only get about a third of the speed you'd get from usb2. If you have gigabit ethernet it should be nearly as fast as an internal hard drive and great for backup.
#6
Tempted by this I have nothing supporting USB 3.0, but many devices with Gigabit ports which it seems you can direct connect to.
#7
dwl99
I'm using a Buffalo Linkstation Live (the original model) but the transfer speeds are very slow over a 200MBPS homeplug. Squeezebox Server takes forever to respond and the web-based GUI can easily take 30 seconds to respond to clicks. How does this NAS compare in terms of transfer speeds? Is it fast enough to use for Acronis backups?

I'd try it without the Homeplugs first and eliminate them from the equation. 200Mbps (Mega bits per second) is the peak theoretical for both channels (i.e. up and down), real world you'll usually get 45-50Mbit. ~5-6MBytes/S

The Buffalo's lives max out at about 12MBytes/S. Due to the processor and ram.

I would guess this is in the same ballpark, if performance is what you need, I'd look at a HP Microserver.
#8
Don't WD's have some quirky DRM crap on them?
#9
annodomini2
Don't WD's have some quirky DRM crap on them?

Nope, their USB drives have that SmartWare partition that can be removed which isn't DRM.
#10
Hack it to add features like torrent client and VPN
#11
Hot. Good price. Got one of these at £120 and been very happy with it.
#12
Excuse me for sounding a bit of a gonk here.

If I bought one of these and plugged into my router will it automatically back up my PC files and allow me to access them elsewhere in the world?

Not the most technical person!
#13
Cant see how you can get it for £99.99 as the code only allows 10% off which brings it down to £107
#14
pieman790
Cant see how you can get it for £99.99 as the code only allows 10% off which brings it down to £107

Use code WDCODE

Can't use the code for store pickups though :(
#15
Hi, can anyone answer the follow question, thanks in advance.

Does anyone use this plugged into a virgin media superhub ? How does it perform

Can it be accessed remotely (over the internet)

and can it be used with Apple TV through Firecore with a PC running itunes ?

Thanks
#16
Ordered and code worked a treat. Nearly ordered this from Amazon this morning for £119 so £20 saved which will take the kids out for a treat.
1 Like #17
Word of warning........
if you plan on keeping any IMPORTANT data on these units, make sure you create backups....
If you dont, you may find out the hard way.....
1 Like #18
StuartUK35
Word of warning........
if you plan on keeping any IMPORTANT data on these units, make sure you create backups....
If you dont, you may find out the hard way.....

Yes, "piece of ****" is too kind to these things. Two of them (bought a couple of months apart) have given up on us after about 18 months of use.

Wouldn't touch them again!
#19
looks promising - can i plug this into my router and then the smart tv can access all files? (i assume this will need also need power?)
can anything on the network access it?
is through the router how my pc would access it to upload or delete files from the drive?
#20
For anyone using these, how noisy are they? I also have an old Buffalo 500GB linkstation but it sits off most of the time because the incessant clicking of the hard drive drove the missus insane.

Would it be feasible - albeit slower - to have it in another room and run it to the router via a 200mbps powerline?
#21
reviews aren't all that great, I bought the usb only version the other month for £80 which is brilliant though. avoid WD bloatware at all costs though.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00499DMRQ/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
#22
Going to be slowwwwwww, unless you've got gigabit.
#23
I have the 3tb and there are issues with viewing directly with Sony and Samsung TV`s. Saying that the Samsung BD- D5300 plays the files perfectly. Transfer speeds are not a problem.
The more knowledgeable techies can change Twonky to play most files on most machines and TV`s.
1 Like #24
Simba92
Going to be slowwwwwww, unless you've got gigabit.

Quite frankly, you're wrong. I've got this and it works great, stream HD over megabit ethernet fine. It's plenty fast and the backup system works well. My missus has a Windows laptop so uses the WD software you get, I use Time Machine on my Mac and it picks up the WD Live as a backup server out of the box.

Twonky media server built-in is great and serves content to my Xbox quite nicely. I've also got a jailbroken Apple TV connected via SMB and access times are great.

As someone who actually *has* one, I can't fault it. It's quiet, runs cool and is fast enough for everything you want to do with it.
#25
jads
Simba92
Going to be slowwwwwww, unless you've got gigabit.

Quite frankly, you're wrong. I've got this and it works great, stream HD over megabit ethernet fine. It's plenty fast and the backup system works well. My missus has a Windows laptop so uses the WD software you get, I use Time Machine on my Mac and it picks up the WD Live as a backup server out of the box.

Twonky media server built-in is great and serves content to my Xbox quite nicely. I've also got a jailbroken Apple TV connected via SMB and access times are great.

As someone who actually *has* one, I can't fault it. It's quiet, runs cool and is fast enough for everything you want to do with it.

Can you explain how you have the apple tv set up, I have a Apple TV2, do I just need Firecore (i had this on my apple tv1 ? and if so what app play the files ? native movies or nito or XBMC, and does it plays all files or just mp4.

If this aspect works well I could be very tempted.

Thanks
#26
jads
Simba92
Going to be slowwwwwww, unless you've got gigabit.

Quite frankly, you're wrong. I've got this and it works great, stream HD over megabit ethernet fine. It's plenty fast and the backup system works well. My missus has a Windows laptop so uses the WD software you get, I use Time Machine on my Mac and it picks up the WD Live as a backup server out of the box.

Twonky media server built-in is great and serves content to my Xbox quite nicely. I've also got a jailbroken Apple TV connected via SMB and access times are great.

As someone who actually *has* one, I can't fault it. It's quiet, runs cool and is fast enough for everything you want to do with it.

All a matter of perspective, for most 12-15MB/s is fine, for others, they want higher.
#27
steer clear, had 2 pack in on me within 6 months. Got my money back eventually. Got a Buffalo linkstation now, purring away nicely.
#28
Seems to be a numbers game with devices like this there is a review on amazon which says the same about the Buffalo Linkstation Live 2TB.

Edited By: Klyken on Aug 24, 2012 22:22
#29
Mine has been great. Xbox 360 and ATV2 stream HD content from it with no issues and it is completely silent.

Yes it's quite slow to transfer files to it, especially wirelessly, however you just drag and drop and let your PC/Laptop do the rest, it's no problem.

There are iOS apps which allow you remote access too, however if your internet is as slow as mine (0.6 Mbps U/L) then this is only useful for small docs or images.
#30
Back in-stock again, and the code still works.
#31
lhurren
Mine has been great. Xbox 360 and ATV2 stream HD content from it with no issues and it is completely silent.

Yes it's quite slow to transfer files to it, especially wirelessly, however you just drag and drop and let your PC/Laptop do the rest, it's no problem.

There are iOS apps which allow you remote access too, however if your internet is as slow as mine (0.6 Mbps U/L) then this is only useful for small docs or images.

What are you running on your ATV2?
#32
lhurren
Mine has been great. Xbox 360 and ATV2 stream HD content from it with no issues and it is completely silent.

Yes it's quite slow to transfer files to it, especially wirelessly, however you just drag and drop and let your PC/Laptop do the rest, it's no problem.

There are iOS apps which allow you remote access too, however if your internet is as slow as mine (0.6 Mbps U/L) then this is only useful for small docs or images.

What are you running on your ATV2?
#33
I've jailbroken my ATV2 and used XBMC but it won't handle the 1080p WMVs which I watch via my Xbox 360s. Therefore I have a selection of films in MP4 format and some in WMV. Not ideal but there's plenty of space on the MyBookLive and I tend to just use the ATC2 as an iPad mirror these days anyway.
#34
t3rm3y
looks promising - can i plug this into my router and then the smart tv can access all files? (i assume this will need also need power?)
can anything on the network access it?
is through the router how my pc would access it to upload or delete files from the drive?

I've mine connected into a BT Infinity router, and the router is connected to a PS3 in another room via powerline adapters. The PS3 picked up the video files from the hard drive automatically so I can stream films seamlessly to them. If your TV is DLNA then you can connect it via the ethernet connection and watch films from the hard drive.
I have set up 2 folders on the hard drive. One public, and one that is password protected.

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