WD (recertified) My Cloud 2TB NAS Drive £54.99
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WD (recertified) My Cloud 2TB NAS Drive £54.99

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Found 2nd May 2017
Looks the best price for some time. 30 day Money back and free postage. £55 for a 2TB NAS Drive is quite tempting...

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Original Poster
Best other price I can find is an ebay seller (98.6% rating) at £99.95 but sold as new
Yep I keep looking at these on the outlet it's the lowest I've seen it. I would prefer to buy the mirror one tho for dual backup.
cheaper than the one posted a week or so ago. heated from me. good starter nas and you can pull the drive if you upgrade to another model as well.
Great price, have some heat OP. For me, I'm thinking of holding out for the mirror version, just want that extra security.
Update. Went for it, too good to miss at this price. Good spot op. Thanks
Edited by: "MickyD" 3rd May 2017
Good for the average home, not for me unfortunately. Heat anyway
Recertified​ is that another word for reconditioned? So hard disk has been reused? Don't want to put my data on reused hard disk, in case it fails!
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NS5GTi

Recertified​ is that another word for reconditioned? So hard disk has b … Recertified​ is that another word for reconditioned? So hard disk has been reused? Don't want to put my data on reused hard disk, in case it fails!



​It has been "recertified" to run within WD's specifications and would be as good as new. Although I hear your view. I have a pc with back up on hard drive and NAS, yet still worry
I bought one a few weeks ago. The single drives are severely restricted in what additional apps you can run i.e. none, whereas the dual drives options allow installation of things like IceCast. Certainly works fine as basic NAS, and even though I paid a tenner more, I'm still happy with the £/TB for what it is. At £55 it isn't much more than a plain external drive. As for reconditioned - I've bought half a dozen drives from the outlet and haven't had a problem yet. External drives that have failed on me, it has been the caddy rather than the actual disk, so I just hoik the drive out and use a cradle, but the key is to always back everything up at least once.
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stearn

I bought one a few weeks ago. The single drives are severely restricted … I bought one a few weeks ago. The single drives are severely restricted in what additional apps you can run i.e. none, whereas the dual drives options allow installation of things like IceCast. Certainly works fine as basic NAS, and even though I paid a tenner more, I'm still happy with the £/TB for what it is. At £55 it isn't much more than a plain external drive. As for reconditioned - I've bought half a dozen drives from the outlet and haven't had a problem yet. External drives that have failed on me, it has been the caddy rather than the actual disk, so I just hoik the drive out and use a cradle, but the key is to always back everything up at least once.



​Thank you for your comments. I've bought one and am reassured by your words and experience
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stearn

I bought one a few weeks ago. The single drives are severely restricted … I bought one a few weeks ago. The single drives are severely restricted in what additional apps you can run i.e. none, whereas the dual drives options allow installation of things like IceCast. Certainly works fine as basic NAS, and even though I paid a tenner more, I'm still happy with the £/TB for what it is. At £55 it isn't much more than a plain external drive. As for reconditioned - I've bought half a dozen drives from the outlet and haven't had a problem yet. External drives that have failed on me, it has been the caddy rather than the actual disk, so I just hoik the drive out and use a cradle, but the key is to always back everything up at least once.



​Can you recommend a caddy? They do vary in price. My old NAS isn't making any untoward noises so hopefully I can use it again via a caddy
Can someone explain if this would be good to store business documents, pictures and videos as a only back up as i use usb at the moment and im looking for something to ensure none of the work will get lost..... So confused with it all... I just want a stable back up incase my computer ever goes down
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terrimai1

Can someone explain if this would be good to store business documents, … Can someone explain if this would be good to store business documents, pictures and videos as a only back up as i use usb at the moment and im looking for something to ensure none of the work will get lost..... So confused with it all... I just want a stable back up incase my computer ever goes down



​As this is a network drive it backs up via wifi and not via USB as you currently use. For the business user I think that because you can access the drive when travelling (your own cloud) it makes it a good choice. Everything on your laptop you can access via an app on your phone.
nokiafusion

Yep I keep looking at these on the outlet it's the lowest I've seen it. I … Yep I keep looking at these on the outlet it's the lowest I've seen it. I would prefer to buy the mirror one tho for dual backup.



Not sure if they are still in stock but I picked up a 4TB MyCloud EX2 Ultra around 3/4 months ago, I'll have a look and edit if I can see it in stock
Edited by: "penguinman93" 3rd May 2017
arthurly

​As this is a network drive it backs up via wifi and not via USB as you c … ​As this is a network drive it backs up via wifi and not via USB as you currently use. For the business user I think that because you can access the drive when travelling (your own cloud) it makes it a good choice. Everything on your laptop you can access via an app on your phone.



I wouldn't still use it as the only way you backup your data, especially for a business. I would probably opt for one of the mirror devices since they have two hard drives installed, so if one drive fails the other is there will all your data still stored, all you have to do is replace the failed drive.

I'd use this in conjunction with some sort of offsite backup e.g google drive, Crashplan. With something like this in place the likely hood of you ever loosing data is slim.
I picked up one to run as cloud at home, I just hope there wont be problems with rectified drive. Thanks OP
can this run plex ??
Would never put my data on one of these again after 2 separate drives failed. I'd avoid like the plague especially if they are reconditioned. No heat voted.
arthurly

Best other price I can find is an ebay seller (98.6% rating) at £99.95 … Best other price I can find is an ebay seller (98.6% rating) at £99.95 but sold as new


well,that's brand new,this is used/repaired.
not really relevant to each other.
purswani

can this run plex ??



no it can't. you need a synology nas for that

holroyd1605

Would never put my data on one of these again after 2 separate drives … Would never put my data on one of these again after 2 separate drives failed. I'd avoid like the plague especially if they are reconditioned. No heat voted.



i had one and used it for 2 years without a single issue before i upgraded. i guess you were just unlucky
Edited by: "HankHandsome" 3rd May 2017
Have never used a NAS drive before. When accessing it via DNLA does it appear as a normal drive, or must proprietary WD apps need to be used to access files?

Secondly alot of my backups include log files, my LG Smart TV is able to play these via USB but will it play streaming from the NAS drive?
HankHandsome

i had one and used it for 2 years without a single issue before i … i had one and used it for 2 years without a single issue before i upgraded. i guess you were just unlucky


or you were lucky?
many people complain about these WD refurbished drives failing soon..they are returned faulty drives that they have repaired after all.
pretty hard to find on that site what recertified actually entails - it has 90 days warrantee but no mention of how long it can use WD's cloud apps. anyone know what drive it has inside ? seems a decent deal just for the drive
Currently I share my hard drive to my network and in turn view the files on my nvidia shield. Will this drive come up on the network as a drive so I can stream of it?
Badatch

Good for the average home, not for me unfortunately. Heat anyway




Are you below or above average?
tawse57

Are you below or above average?



​This is about as basic as you can get next to network attached storage through your router.
Their OS includes services like php, Plex, transmission and others but looking through the product specifications there is zero mention of this for this specific one. But they are still lacking some applications compared to other brands which have more which is where this just falls short.
Still a great one for the home user especially with transmission and Plex on it.
Badatch

This is about as basic as you can get next to network attached storage … This is about as basic as you can get next to network attached storage through your router.Their OS includes services like php, Plex, transmission and others but looking through the product specifications there is zero mention of this for this specific one. But they are still lacking some applications compared to other brands which have more which is where this just falls short.Still a great one for the home user especially with transmission and Plex on it.



so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i want at this price is a locally networked drive as anything i'd be playing files through (phone, tablet, pc, shield TV box) are smart, but lot of reviews seem to state it isn't a full NAS and has to use android/windows apps to manage files
format

so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i … so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i want at this price is a locally networked drive as anything i'd be playing files through (phone, tablet, pc, shield TV box) are smart, but lot of reviews seem to state it isn't a full NAS and has to use android/windows apps to manage files


Actually this is a deal breaker in the (unlikely?) Event it's true. Surely it does basic NFS/CIFS/SMB/iSCSI etc?
format

so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i … so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i want at this price is a locally networked drive as anything i'd be playing files through (phone, tablet, pc, shield TV box) are smart, but lot of reviews seem to state it isn't a full NAS and has to use android/windows apps to manage files



​​That's where I'm not sure. On their website they show the apps you can run on this thing, but on this specific models page and the firmware documents for this there is no mention of the applications, only the storage and sync capabilities.
The firmware docs say you can set up shares so you shouldn't have to use any application to manage files once you set up share folders.
I wouldn't trust these recertified drives. I used to work for an IT services company, but we used to build PC's too, and we used WD drives pretty much exclusively. We used to get a certain amount of failures as you would with any brand, but we had too many issues with WD recertified drives that we could not trust them. You cannot assume these drives are as good as new, because they clearly are not.

It may be that the bad sectors have been remapped and replaced by the spare good sectors at the end of the drive, but this means that as more bad sectors develop, you have less spare sectors available to fix future issues. And as the drive has already had issues, it is that much more likely that future problems will also occur.

Don't use these for any mission-critical data would be my advice.
Personally wouldn't recommend anything other than dual bay NAS. People are quick to forget that storing any data on this will also need a backup. If you want a NAS drive, save your pennies and get one with RAID mirroring across the disks.

Single bay drives should only be used as a backup drive, never primary.
Badatch

That's where I'm not sure. On their website they show the apps you can … That's where I'm not sure. On their website they show the apps you can run on this thing, but on this specific models page and the firmware documents for this there is no mention of the applications, only the storage and sync capabilities.The firmware docs say you can set up shares so you shouldn't have to use any application to manage files once you set up share folders.



All the Apps are for the dual bay version. The single bay version is very basic in terms of Apps/features (basic network sharing and cloud access).

I made the mistake of buying one as a google showed it did user quotas (important for CCTV and other "dumb" services). Only to find out that quite basic feature is only on the dual bays. Lots of complaining on their forums which they've ignored for 3 years
b_nar

Personally wouldn't recommend anything other than dual bay NAS. People … Personally wouldn't recommend anything other than dual bay NAS. People are quick to forget that storing any data on this will also need a backup. If you want a NAS drive, save your pennies and get one with RAID mirroring across the disks. Single bay drives should only be used as a backup drive, never primary.



​You can attach an external drive and run a backup to that drive
good find op, heat added
Arthurly: I've got a cheap Chinese sata/ide caddy that comes out every now and then to access an old drive. Works well and is still working long after a more expensive branded model died and took a drive with it.
Purswani: Out of the box, not, it can't run plex. You can change the OS and invalidate warranty, but there is a high chance of bricking it. I was very disappointed that WD were not more explicit with the details about the single bay Cloud as all their documentation is written with the dual bays in mind, so suggests you can do a lot more.

Dual drives are all fine and dandy, but with two drives in the one case and, in my experience at least, the case being the weak point, I'd rather have two single externals and mirror the data for backups. Not as automated, but once you get into a routine I think far safer.
umm...OP you might want to state in the title that is from the Western Digital site? Also is it free P+P?
format

so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i … so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i want at this price is a locally networked drive as anything i'd be playing files through (phone, tablet, pc, shield TV box) are smart, but lot of reviews seem to state it isn't a full NAS and has to use android/windows apps to manage files



as i said above, this particular model does not run plex - i had one. if you want a nas to run plex, get a synology nas - DS114 and above. it'll be more money but it'll be worth it as the range of applications and what you can generally do on it (remote torrenting for example..).
Just to let you guys know that I received mine yesterday (I posted this deal a couple of weeks ago) and all it did was flash a red light. So DOA.
Support were not much help, I've raised an RMA request but I'm still waiting to hear whether I need to pay for P&P to return it. Not happy and unless they pay for my postage and provide me with a new replacement I'm going to steer well clear of WDC in the future.:(
HankHandsome

as i said above, this particular model does not run plex - i had one. if … as i said above, this particular model does not run plex - i had one. if you want a nas to run plex, get a synology nas - DS114 and above. it'll be more money but it'll be worth it as the range of applications and what you can generally do on it (remote torrenting for example..).


Get a QNAP NAS - i did my research and have never regretted it. I ended up buying the TS-453a - its an absolute beaut, the read and write speeds are incredible. Worth the premium.
Mentos

All the Apps are for the dual bay version. The single bay version is very … All the Apps are for the dual bay version. The single bay version is very basic in terms of Apps/features (basic network sharing and cloud access).I made the mistake of buying one as a google showed it did user quotas (important for CCTV and other "dumb" services). Only to find out that quite basic feature is only on the dual bays. Lots of complaining on their forums which they've ignored for 3 years


Just to reiterate what's been said above.
This particular model is very basic. The OS version does not allow any apps. And the functionality of offers is very basic.
You can root the NAS apparently to extend functionality. But it's a lot of hassle for very little gain.
Still performance is actually quite good. So if connecting via weird Ethernet it would make for a cheap online backup drive. With cloud access to sweeten the deal.
aj_GB

Get a QNAP NAS - i did my research and have never regretted it. I ended … Get a QNAP NAS - i did my research and have never regretted it. I ended up buying the TS-453a - its an absolute beaut, the read and write speeds are incredible. Worth the premium.



I've looked in to the QNAP drives as well but Synology's OS won out for me personally. I do like the QNAP hybrid android drive though that can plug directly in to your TV.
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