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Western Digital 2TB External Hard Drive NAS Gigabit Ethernet - My Book World Edition

Been looking for one of these for about 2 months, and this is by far the cheapest

Specification Value
Product Description My Book World Edition WDH1NC20000 - NAS server
Device Type NAS server
Host Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet
Total Storage Capacity 2 TB
Dimensions (WxDxH) 5.8 cm x 14.7 cm x 17.3 cm
Weight 1.09 kg
Localisation Middle East, Africa, Europe
Hard Drive 1 x 2 TB standard
Networking Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
System Requirements Apple MacOS X 10.4, Microsoft Windows Vista / XP, Apple MacOS X 10.5
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty
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#1
I think that's good, considering the 2TB bare drive posted earlier was dearer than this.
#2
Great deal considering the 1gb version is £127.90.
#3
adgloride;5563783
Great deal considering the 1gb version is £127.90.

Nuts, I was looking for the 1TB version last week - when the Amazon price was the best value at £140. Never a good time to buy tech... :x
#4
Who expired this? it's still available.
#5
jamesdew
Who expired this? it's still available.


356 still in stock as of 6:15am today
#6
Bowler_man
356 still in stock as of 6:15am today


And yet still expired.
#7
why on earth would anyone need 2TB of storage? what you using it for? mp3's?
#8
I have reported this to unexpire :)
#9
madturbs
why on earth would anyone need 2TB of storage? what you using it for? mp3's?


High quality video still takes up a lot of space!
#10
The ethernet connection means it'll have a much faster rate than that of usb 2.0, yes?
#11
byjimini
The ethernet connection means it'll have a much faster rate than that of usb 2.0, yes?


Ethernet in theroey should be faster yes, this nas is ok but don't expect it to be fast see this:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/component/option,com_nas/Itemid,190/
it is one of the worst performing NAS's you can buy:

At a Glance
Product Western Digital My Book World Edition (WDG1NC5000)
Summary Single drive NAS bundled with remote access service
Pros • Simple Setup
• Quiet operation
• Built-in remote access host software (Mionet)

Cons
• Poor performance
• No alerting or logging
• Added subscription required for “premium” WD Access Anywhere (Mionet) features
• Reliability issues with WD Access Anywhere during testing

This one is only 1TB but its about 5 times faster...
#12
In Theory yes it will be faster however that all depends on the speed of the drives.
#13
madturbs
why on earth would anyone need 2TB of storage? what you using it for? mp3's?


Me I just want to download the internet :-D
#14
Bowler_man
Me I just want to download the internet :-D


all of it??
#15
Drive space is getting insane! I mean I D/L a fair amount and would hate to fill 2TB only for it to pack up and loose all that data!

I've been tempted with the 1TB deals that have been going around but not sure I would bother with anything larger than that.

I know how painfull it is to have a HDD go down with important photo's and documents, so loosing all that would turn me to suicide I think?! LOL

Good price though and I've added heat, I'd just be nervous to fill it all...
#16
d_dixon50
Drive space is getting insane! I mean I D/L a fair amount and would hate to fill 2TB only for it to pack up and loose all that data!

Good price though and I've added heat, I'd just be nervous to fill it all...


This is why you need to backup / replicate your data. Sounds difficult - its not!

Get yourself the HP Media Smart server. You can add hdds to the device as your storage needs grow, and there is an inbuilt replication facility to back up your data across the drives. Yes - it halves your space - but atleast if a drive goes down - you dont lose everything.....

It can also store up to 4 internal drive, 4 USB drives, and one SATA drive - so 9 in total - potential 18TB on the current hdd availability market! Even replicated this is 9TB.

Also sits on your home network - so accessible across the house. Can 'backup' your PCs on your network too - so if one goes down - it can recover it.

Not cheap - ~£350 when I bought it 9 months or so ago - but worth every penny. Comes with a measily 500GB drive as standard.

Works well with front end media players too such as Popcorn hour, etc.
#17
I had the 1TB one and it died, also the Mionet software that you need to run it is terrible.
Good price but i won't be buying another one... :x
#18
byjimini
The ethernet connection means it'll have a much faster rate than that of usb 2.0, yes?



esata/sata II - 3.0Gbs
esata/sata - 1.5Gbs
usb2 - 480Mbs
fast ethernet - 100Mbs



So no, 100Mbs ethernet is not quicker than USB2.

Some real world numbers I get from my drives

On a Dell SC440 server running MS Server 2003

WD 1.0TB Green WD10EACS - esata around 65MBs, 65 megabytes per second
WD 1.0TB Green WD10EACS - USB2 around 35MBs, 35 megabytes per second

WD 1.0TB Green WD10EACS - via 1000Mbs ethernet, 55 MBs, 55 megabytes per second
WD 1.0TB Green WD10EACS - via 1000Mbs ethernet USB2 around 35 Mbs, 35 megabytes per second

WD 1.0TB Green WD10EACS - via 100Mbs ethernet, 9.8 MBs, 9.8 megabytes per second
WD 1.0TB Green WD10EACS - via 100Mbs ethernet USB2 around 9.8Mbs, 9.8 megabytes per second

I know the WD10EACS isn't a fast HD by any means, but it illustrates nicely where the bottlenecks are and they are not reached till you are using SATA.

I would use esata/sata if you intend moving large files or lots of files around.
#19
d_dixon50
Drive space is getting insane! I mean I D/L a fair amount and would hate to fill 2TB only for it to pack up and loose all that data!

I've been tempted with the 1TB deals that have been going around but not sure I would bother with anything larger than that.

I know how painfull it is to have a HDD go down with important photo's and documents, so loosing all that would turn me to suicide I think?! LOL

Good price though and I've added heat, I'd just be nervous to fill it all...


Easy, for every HD you buy, you get another.
#20
Get a raid 5 nas, buy 3 drives and you use the capacity of 2 which you don't lose any data if one drive dies!
#21
Ive got the two of these and they come with some good backup software to for upto 5 pcs, very easy and runs in background as files change. Also another good feature is twonky media server built in, means you can stream movies/music to your xbox or ps3 and just drap and drop, that easy. I give this 5 out of 5.
#22
madturbs;5564861
why on earth would anyone need 2TB of storage? what you using it for? mp3's?


I have one of these and it's nearly full - waiting for the 3 or 4tb to come down in price.

Mine is attached to the living room media centre and we use it for everything (videos including HD ones of course, mp3s, pictures, storage, backing up all laptops in the house, personal HD videos from camcorder,...etc).

Also, this runs Linux and with a little bit of hacking you can gain ssh access and use it for other things if you want to (web server, ftp server,...etc - it's linux so endless possibilities)
1 Like #23
slinkydonkey
Ethernet in theroey should be faster yes, this nas is ok but don't expect it to be fast see this:
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/component/option,com_nas/Itemid,190/
it is one of the worst performing NAS's you can buy:

At a Glance
Product Western Digital My Book World Edition (WDG1NC5000)
Summary Single drive NAS bundled with remote access service
Pros • Simple Setup
• Quiet operation
• Built-in remote access host software (Mionet)

Cons
• Poor performance
• No alerting or logging
• Added subscription required for “premium” WD Access Anywhere (Mionet) features
• Reliability issues with WD Access Anywhere during testing

This one is only 1TB but its about 5 times faster...


That's the old model that couldn't attain gigabit ethernet speeds. This is the new MK2 version that resolves that problem. Still not the greatest NAS but 6 times faster than the first version. This deal is for the MK2 version, the same as in the link you provided at Amazon, but the 2tb version.

Also, it's 1 drive if I remember correctly so no RAID5. Worth mentioning.

Review

If you do buy one this wiki has all the info you could need about setting up for your personal requirements. Disable Mionet too, first port of call.
#24
pinkstacey
Get a raid 5 nas ... you don't lose any data if one drive dies ...


... until the RAID controller throws a wobbly when you try and reinstate a failed drive - been there done it!!!

Keep things simple - always buy several drives and replicate data on another drive - and try not to use the same model. I know it costs and is a pain - but I've NEVER lost data despite several HDD failures. In fact I EXPECT HDDS TO FAIL - PERIOD !!!!

As for anyone paying a near 200% premium for 2TB drives - they must be nuts - Juxt buy the £50 1TB drives and be satisfied with those.
#25
dougiec;5565297
I had the 1TB one and it died, also the Mionet software that you need to run it is terrible.
Good price but i won't be buying another one... :x


I agree the Mionet software is such a pain in the butt but it's not required - you don't have to use it - the NAS is 100% functional without it ;-)

I use a hack that gave me ssh access to the drive so I can access data from anywhere in the world (without Mionet) using standard protocols (ftp, sftp, putty,...etc).
#26
Pricy147;5565232
This is why you need to backup / replicate your data. Sounds difficult - its not!

Not cheap - ~£350 when I bought it 9 months or so ago - but worth every penny. Comes with a measily 500GB drive as standard.


An expensive way to do a very simple thing!
Alternatively,. for most domestic or very small business use, buy a USB external drive for about 50 to 80 quid for 500Gb to 1Tb depending on what you want, and there are any number of cheap software options that will back it up with the great effort of one mouse click. After the initial copying over of all the data (which will take a while whatever you are using, wether it is cheap or expensive) have it set to backup all changed files either manually or at a set time. So, making a cup of tea? Click backup and when you come back it will be done, and you have saved a few hundred quid too.
#27
I agree wioth Refaey, the Mionet software is hopeless.

Refaey I have sent you a PM
#28
I just realised a potential big selling point for this drive, perhaps someone can confirm if you can do this or not.

According to the extended specs this has USB and Ethernet, but can it do both at the same time?

If yes you could connect it via USB to your Xbox or PS3 then connect it to your PC for torrent/other totally legal download method so save video files too. This would allow the Xbox/PS3 to play directly from the hard drive via USB and your computers to save video files to the drive. That way your PC would not need to be on all the time.

Thoughts.....
#29
refaey
I have one of these and it's nearly full - waiting for the 3 or 4tb to come down in price.

Mine is attached to the living room media centre and we use it for everything (videos including HD ones of course, mp3s, pictures, storage, backing up all laptops in the house, personal HD videos from camcorder,...etc).

Also, this runs Linux and with a little bit of hacking you can gain ssh access and use it for other things if you want to (web server, ftp server,...etc - it's linux so endless possibilities)


Hmm can you make it run ushare?
#30
jamesdew
I just realised a potential big selling point for this drive, perhaps someone can confirm if you can do this or not.

According to the extended specs this has USB and Ethernet, but can it do both at the same time?

If yes you could connect it via USB to your Xbox or PS3 then connect it to your PC for torrent/other totally legal download method so save video files too. This would allow the Xbox/PS3 to play directly from the hard drive via USB and your computers to save video files to the drive. That way your PC would not need to be on all the time.

Thoughts.....


I have the 1TB version and the USB can only be used to add more storage. I chained a 500GB portable to it and it works fine. I was surprised how flexible it was as my 360 sees it without being prompted (no need for pc on as connected to router) and can play all video, music and images I have placed on it. My experience of copying a 700mb movie file from my laptop to it wirelessly takes about 7 minutes, not a clue if this is good or bad. It also streams music through itunes/airtunes flawlessly too.

From what I have read you can hack it to download straight from the net

Not tried hooking up to it over the net but have read that it restricts types of files such as avi/mp3 in an attempt to counter sharing.
#31
sandman
I have the 1TB version and the USB can only be used to add more storage. I chained a 500GB portable to it and it works fine. I was surprised how flexible it was as my 360 sees it without being prompted (no need for pc on as connected to router) and can play all video, music and images I have placed on it. My experience of copying a 700mb movie file from my laptop to it wirelessly takes about 7 minutes, not a clue if this is good or bad. It also streams music through itunes/airtunes flawlessly too.

From what I have read you can hack it to download straight from the net

Not tried hooking up to it over the net but have read that it restricts types of files such as avi/mp3 in an attempt to counter sharing.


Thanks for the response, are you saying your Xbox can play directly from this drive? What does it appear as? Is it a portable device? Does this drive have some kind of uPnP software built into it?
1 Like #32
jamesdew
Thanks for the response, are you saying your Xbox can play directly from this drive? What does it appear as? Is it a portable device? Does this drive have some kind of uPnP software built into it?


No problems. I have a wireless modem router which connects to my BT/talktalk line. I then have both the 360 and WD NAS drive hard wired (ethernet) to it.

When I turn on the 360 I go to play video and I get a list of devices....one of them being WD World Home. I'd have to look to see what the specifics are when I get home, I'll take a photo of whats on screen if you are interested.
#33
sandman
No problems. I have a wireless modem router which connects to my BT/talktalk line. I then have both the 360 and WD NAS drive hard wired (ethernet) to it.

When I turn on the 360 I go to play video and I get a list of devices....one of them being WD World Home. I'd have to look to see what the specifics are when I get home, I'll take a photo of whats on screen if you are interested.


Thanks for the reply, I managed to do some research and found this

"My Book World Edition’s massive capacities are available from any computer in the home. Combined with high performance, this makes it easy to build a shared digital media library. Music, photos and videos can be streamed directly from the My Book World Edition drive to any PC, Mac or connected DLNA® media player (such as Microsoft® Xbox 360 and Sony® PlayStation®3 game consoles, wireless digital pictures frames or TVs) using the integrated UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) media server and iTunes® Music server software. Families can also securely access and share their centralized files from anywhere in the world where they have access to the Internet, using the My Book World Edition drive’s Web remote access service. "

So it does indeed have a built in media server, nice. Thats a big + for this device in my book (hehe) Just to be clear to anyone else reading this not all NAS devices can stream directly to an Xbox but aparently this one can. Thanks for the reply!
#34
£206.64 with free super saver delivery!

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