WD My Cloud 2TB NAS drive (recertified) from WD - £64.99
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WD My Cloud 2TB NAS drive (recertified) from WD - £64.99

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Edited by:"rmax1"Found 20th Nov
I just bought this last week for £74,99 and it arrived today. Fantastic device and a steal now it's dropped to just £64.99. Although it's recertified it was as new with not a mark on it. Appear to be around £125 elsewhere.

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I wish I had posted this, I bought this one a couple hours ago at this price ( almost bit at £74 99 last week also)

Well done my friend.

It's re-certified hence the lower price

mhoneyghan8 m ago

I wish I had posted this, I bought this one a couple hours ago at this …I wish I had posted this, I bought this one a couple hours ago at this price ( almost bit at £74 99 last week also)Well done my friend.It's re-certified hence the lower price


...said the disciple to the master

can you run plex from this?

I’ve had to many hard drives fail on me to risk it for a biscuit

I bought 1 now. 1 left at 23:48

Thanks OP

Does it have twonky /dlna server?

Are these any good?
I'm not really tech minded but I'm guessing you upload to your personal cloud and have a unique access to download what u want from your HDD (cloud storage) whenever you want or where u want ?
Edited by: "mazabits" 21st Nov

snappyfish1 h, 37 m ago

can you run plex from this?



No.

The firmware update just bricked mine, 6 weeks using their slow customer services, having to point out over and over that I'd tried that as stated in my first message. They're refusing to help despite CAB saying they should be. So I've gone back again, otherwise it's small claims court.

meistic1 h, 10 m ago

Does it have twonky /dlna server?


Yes, includes Twonky.


snappyfish2 h, 8 m ago

can you run plex from this?



It comes with Twonky media server, which basically does the same thing, although you can install Plex manually or, if you run Plex on another device such as PC or Raspberry Pi, it will be able to access files on this drive.


mazabits57 m ago

Are these any good?I'm not really tech minded but I'm guessing you upload …Are these any good?I'm not really tech minded but I'm guessing you upload to your personal cloud and have a unique access to download what u want from your HDD (cloud storage) whenever you want or where u want ?



Well it's a NAS drive, which is a hard drive that you access over a network (it's Network Attached Storage). It's basically a server/mini computer - there's a hard drive in there but there's also a motherboard with a CPU and RAM that's running a stripped down version of Linux. You connect it to your router and it boots up and connects to your network and then any other device on your home network can access it. PCs can see it just like any other external hard drive, so it's great for sharing files between computers. Other devices such as games consoles or smart TVs might only be able to see media files shared through a media server, but it has media server software included on it, as well as an iTunes server.

The 'cloud' feature of this particular drive is that you can sign up for an account at MyCloud.com which will enable you to securely access the drive over the internet - so you can get files from it even when you're not at home, as long as it's switched on and connected to the internet.

Personally, I wouldn't be without one. I first bought a NAS drive 10 years ago and it was a 1tb WD MyBook World edition. I've upgraded every time I've run out of space and now have the 4tb MyCloud - which I got recertified from WD two years ago and never had a problem with it.


carltonbp31 m ago

No.The firmware update just bricked mine, 6 weeks using their slow …No.The firmware update just bricked mine, 6 weeks using their slow customer services, having to point out over and over that I'd tried that as stated in my first message. They're refusing to help despite CAB saying they should be. So I've gone back again, otherwise it's small claims court.



There are lots of helpful posts and tutorials over on the WD Community that could get you up and running again. At the end of the day it's just a hard drive in a box so firmware problems can be solved by a fresh installation (in the worst case scenario). I've never had a brick caused by a firmware update, but I've messed at least one of my NAS drives up by trying to manually reconfigure it and install unsupported apps and had to format and start over.
Edited by: "reddragon105" 21st Nov

reddragon1057 m ago

Yes, includes Twonky.It comes with Twonky media server, which basically …Yes, includes Twonky.It comes with Twonky media server, which basically does the same thing, although you can install Plex manually or, if you run Plex on another device such as PC or Raspberry Pi, it will be able to access files on this drive.Well it's a NAS drive, which is a hard drive that you access over a network (it's Network Attached Storage). It's basically a server/mini computer - there's a hard drive in there but there's also a motherboard with a CPU and RAM that's running a stripped down version of Linux. You connect it to your router and it boots up and connects to your network and then any other device on your home network can access it. PCs can see it just like any other external hard drive, so it's great for sharing files between computers. Other devices such as games consoles or smart TVs might only be able to see media files shared through a media server, but it has media server software included on it, as well as an iTunes server.The 'cloud' feature of this particular drive is that you can sign up for an account at MyCloud.com which will enable you to securely access the drive over the internet - so you can get files from it even when you're not at home, as long as it's switched on and connected to the internet.Personally, I wouldn't be without one. I first bought a NAS drive 10 years ago and it was a 1tb WD MyBook World edition. I've upgraded every time I've run out of space and now have the 4tb MyCloud - which I got recertified from WD two years ago and never had a problem with it.There are lots of helpful posts and tutorials over on the WD Community that could get you up and running again. At the end of the day it's just a hard drive in a box so firmware problems can be solved by a fresh installation (in the worst case scenario). I've never had a brick caused by a firmware update, but I've messed at least one of my NAS drives up by trying to manually reconfigure it and install unsupported apps and had to format and start over.


My Sony bravia has a plex app, so guessing I can connect to this
Edited by: "snappyfish" 21st Nov

Are these a single 2gb wd red. Thinking of buying for cheap hard drives for my synology micro server.

99 for a 4 TB????
I might just do it

snappyfish17 m ago

My Sony bravia has a plex app, so guessing I can connect to this


Yep, should be fine. If my 6 year old Samsung TV that has barely any apps to speak of can play videos from it then you should have no problem!


barrel2415 m ago

Are these a single 2gb wd red. Thinking of buying for cheap hard drives …Are these a single 2gb wd red. Thinking of buying for cheap hard drives for my synology micro server.



It's definitely a single drive as it's a single bay case, and it should be a Red inside - that's what most people have found.

It works but only after 40mins of trying to load the software,after that I can access it via the mapped drive, but the software isn't loaded so it doesn't go quiet., I can't access the dashboard, or settings and I'm told I can't roll back or reload it without accessing the dashboard. I spent a month trying various things before contacting them, spent ages on the forum. I could still use it but it's noisy if I leave it on all the time or I have to plan ahead 40mins.

Wasn't impressed that their firmware update removed any option to turn off the unit from the dashboard

reddragon10545 m ago

Yep, should be fine. If my 6 year old Samsung TV that has barely any apps …Yep, should be fine. If my 6 year old Samsung TV that has barely any apps to speak of can play videos from it then you should have no problem!It's definitely a single drive as it's a single bay case, and it should be a Red inside - that's what most people have found.


Still cheaper than amazon just for the drive.

reddragon1056 h, 21 m ago

Yes, includes Twonky.It comes with Twonky media server, which basically …Yes, includes Twonky.It comes with Twonky media server, which basically does the same thing, although you can install Plex manually or, if you run Plex on another device such as PC or Raspberry Pi, it will be able to access files on this drive.Well it's a NAS drive, which is a hard drive that you access over a network (it's Network Attached Storage). It's basically a server/mini computer - there's a hard drive in there but there's also a motherboard with a CPU and RAM that's running a stripped down version of Linux. You connect it to your router and it boots up and connects to your network and then any other device on your home network can access it. PCs can see it just like any other external hard drive, so it's great for sharing files between computers. Other devices such as games consoles or smart TVs might only be able to see media files shared through a media server, but it has media server software included on it, as well as an iTunes server.The 'cloud' feature of this particular drive is that you can sign up for an account at MyCloud.com which will enable you to securely access the drive over the internet - so you can get files from it even when you're not at home, as long as it's switched on and connected to the internet.Personally, I wouldn't be without one. I first bought a NAS drive 10 years ago and it was a 1tb WD MyBook World edition. I've upgraded every time I've run out of space and now have the 4tb MyCloud - which I got recertified from WD two years ago and never had a problem with it.There are lots of helpful posts and tutorials over on the WD Community that could get you up and running again. At the end of the day it's just a hard drive in a box so firmware problems can be solved by a fresh installation (in the worst case scenario). I've never had a brick caused by a firmware update, but I've messed at least one of my NAS drives up by trying to manually reconfigure it and install unsupported apps and had to format and start over.

How do you actually put data on these? Is it via USB or over WAN? (Wifi Ethernet)

Still showing £74.99

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woldranger5 h, 55 m ago

Wasn't impressed that their firmware update removed any option to turn off …Wasn't impressed that their firmware update removed any option to turn off the unit from the dashboard


The V2 never had one, which is obviously ridiculous. I have to use one of their apps for Windows to safely shut it down.

Is there any easy way to get files off this drive as I used it manually to back up my PC photo's and I need to get 20+ folders off the drive each folder containing thousands of photos?

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steveieboy114 m ago

Is there any easy way to get files off this drive as I used it manually to …Is there any easy way to get files off this drive as I used it manually to back up my PC photo's and I need to get 20+ folders off the drive each folder containing thousands of photos?


If you install WD access you can easily map the drive and then just copy files to and from it like a regular hard drive in your computer.

I always see people complaining about these hard drives on here... has anyone had a positive experience?

Back to £74.99.

ZuuperMan44 m ago

I always see people complaining about these hard drives on here... has …I always see people complaining about these hard drives on here... has anyone had a positive experience?


Yes everyone who doesn't complain.

ZuuperMan1 h, 3 m ago

I always see people complaining about these hard drives on here... has …I always see people complaining about these hard drives on here... has anyone had a positive experience?


Yes, the people who got their refund when they sent the crap back.
Also, WD each time somebody else buys it.
Edited by: "ITMA" 21st Nov

These are pretty terrible TBH. Despite the gigabits connection the transfer is very slow. The web interface is frustrating to use and unresponsive and they disappear from the network intermittently when using the time machine option for Mac. The WD software on Windows works though which is its only saving grace for backing up stuff

Thanks for the input guys, is there a better option? Seems like there are WD recertified stuff which has bad reviews.. or those chunky NAS drives with costs £200+. Is there a good alternative that I'm not aware of? I do own a raspberry pi.

jameswalker4574 h, 52 m ago

How do you actually put data on these? Is it via USB or over WAN? (Wifi …How do you actually put data on these? Is it via USB or over WAN? (Wifi Ethernet)



steveieboy13 h, 59 m ago

Is there any easy way to get files off this drive as I used it manually to …Is there any easy way to get files off this drive as I used it manually to back up my PC photo's and I need to get 20+ folders off the drive each folder containing thousands of photos?


32495648-bSVHP.jpgIn Windows, all you have to do is go to My Computer and click 'Map Network Drive' at the top. Once done, it appears as another drive in My Computer, just like your internal hard drives or any USB drives you connect. (The WD icon you see at the bottom there is the media server running on the drive, the HD icon on the bottom right is the actual drive.)
Then you can browse it and copy files to/from it just like all the others.



carltonbp10 h, 38 m ago

It works but only after 40mins of trying to load the software,after that I …It works but only after 40mins of trying to load the software,after that I can access it via the mapped drive, but the software isn't loaded so it doesn't go quiet., I can't access the dashboard, or settings and I'm told I can't roll back or reload it without accessing the dashboard. I spent a month trying various things before contacting them, spent ages on the forum. I could still use it but it's noisy if I leave it on all the time or I have to plan ahead 40mins.



How are you trying to access the dash? Through the software or just through a web browser? Have you tried a hard reset using the button on the back? That can reset the firmware.


bobbler1 h, 33 m ago

These are pretty terrible TBH. Despite the gigabits connection the …These are pretty terrible TBH. Despite the gigabits connection the transfer is very slow. The web interface is frustrating to use and unresponsive and they disappear from the network intermittently when using the time machine option for Mac. The WD software on Windows works though which is its only saving grace for backing up stuff



I get lightning fast transfer over my gigabit ethernet connection. It's not bad over wi-fi either. Perhaps your router is the bottleneck? And I find the web interface pretty clean, although I don't have to use it often because I've just mapped the drive as above and use it that way.


ZuuperMan3 h, 1 m ago

I always see people complaining about these hard drives on here... has …I always see people complaining about these hard drives on here... has anyone had a positive experience?



Yeah, me - read my first post above. Over the last 10 years I've had a 1tb MyBook World, 2tb MyBook World II, 3tb MyBook Live and now a 4tb MyCloud (which I bought recertified 2 years ago) and they've all been brilliant for my purposes, which is mainly sharing files between computers, backing up some important files and serving media to my TV.

I don't see the problem with recertified - either it doesn't work and you send it back and get a refund or replacement or it works and you've saved some money. The same could be said for any drive you buy, except perhaps for the saving money part. If you have files that are that important to you, you shouldn't be trusting them to just one drive anyway - any drive could fail, and no amount of warranty or customer service is going to guarantee you'll get your data back, so the only difference I see recertified making is the saving money part.

As NAS drives, they're perfectly fine. I think the biggest problem I've had with them is that they tend to slow down when they get nearly full, which is mainly the media server struggling to index all your files, so my solution has always been to reduce the number of shared files or upgrade to the next generation of drive. If you buy one that costs £200+, that would have higher specs, so perhaps it wouldn't slow down when it was full, and they should be able to run more apps, such as Sonarr and/or a torrent client, which is something that is possible on the WD drives but not officially supported and they might not be fast enough to run everything. But for what you do get, they're great value for money.

As for the Raspberry Pi - I've tried creating a NAS drive with one and it's just not as fast as the WD drives. I don't know the MyCloud's specs off the top of my head, they're probably not as fast as the Pi, but the problem with using a Pi for a NAS drive is that the ethernet port isn't gigabit, so that's a huge bottleneck. You might be able to live with that though, depending on what you need it for. My setup is the MyCloud stores my files and serves my media, then I've got a Pi in the living room that's mostly used for RetroPie but also has Kodi to play files from the NAS drive that my TV can't (like x265) and run the media organising apps (like Sonarr) to take the load off the NAS drive.

Via IP address, via PC app, via Android app, via web address. The software isn't loading so there's no access. However after it's given up (40mins) I can access it via mapped drive, I can sync, stream, everything. It's the 40mins and that it never winds down when not in use that's the issue.

Another idiot question sorry. Would this work with my Sonos - can I put music on this that the Sonos can access?

Seems like they are back in stock
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