Pros Being a dual platform user (Mac and Win) I need a NAS solution that's solid. Thanks to Western Digital - you're about 90% there but you really need to go the next step as if this had worked you would have had a Great Home Media Server Solution.
Cons Mac's won't mount after (1st few days) the WD MyBook II World Edition 4TB NAS
Summary Unfortunate Outcome:
Mac's won't mount after (1st few days) the WD MyBook II World Edition 4TB NAS
Well - I did not receive any responses via the forum, I realize these take some time, so I called Western Digital Support Directly today and though they had to accellerate me to 3 different support levels over 60minutes - they were very helpful.
The Senior Technician in Calif. stated that the WD MyBook II has a problem with APPLE AIRPORT EXTREME wireless basestations (router).
Still seems weird that Everything worked flawlessly for 3 days - but then after that, NO Mac would mount the drive, the only way was to connect via smb:\\ IP which is not what you want to see as you loose all of your 'mac' like look and feel and every file now looks like a unix file (like MS word doc without the .doc)
Unfortunately - the Sr. Tech stated that they have nor will be working on a solution for this - which is a Sad statement as the drive showed great potential at first, I had been surprised that it was so cross-platform compatible initially.
Luckily - I purchased it from BUYDIG and they have a wonderful return policy - so I'm sending it back! I think I'll just bit the bullet and go with the more expensive QNAP product. Sometimes saving money and buying the 'deal' is just not the ticket.
Oh well - best wishes to everyone, but being a dual platform user (Mac and Win) I need a NAS solution that's solid.
Thanks to Western Digital - you're about 90% there but you really need to go the next step as if this had worked you would have had a Great Home Media Server Solution.
See you in the QNAP forums...
Pros Multi shared virtual drives, works great as a media server, fairly fast compared to older versions.
Cons White case (sux), setup not quite right for Win 7, poor remote access software (from what I hear).
Summary Was looking for a network storage drive/media server for my PS3. I picked up the 1TB white Vertical-LED version of this drive locally for $174 CDN plus tax.I have upgraded my system to Gigabit speeds.
When I tried to install this drive from my Windows 7 Pro 64 system the computer saw the drive on the network right away, but I ran into a problem trying to use their install disc. The install software said it had to use the latest version of Active X and ran the Active X update software which reported that the system was already using a newer version than what the WD software wanted to install, so it just stopped. If I tried to cancel the Active X install myself, again it would just stop and not continue with the rest of the installation. To be fair the box did say Windows XP and Windows Vista. Strange incompatibility.
So, with the drive working perfectly on the network I went to WDs site to see what software should have been installed. It turns out the only software I was really interested in was the WD Discovery software for mapping the drives. I downloaded this software and mapped the drives with just a couple of clicks.
Another problem we found is that we couldn't locate the log-in credentials for the browser based settings. We actually had to do a search on the internet to find the default credentials.
At this point we logged into the configuration software and set up the drive with a Static IP Address and the correct Workgroup name, and changed the log-in credentials. Since the drive is not being accessed remotely we left the shared drives set up for Public access with no user credentials required to access the shared content.
I have never used a network drive before, and so these findings may apply to you if you are also new to this type of storage.
I found the default directories that are mapped as drives to your computer are: Configuration, Public and Download. Apparently these are the defaults for iTunes? I don't use iTunes and wanted to change these directories but the instructions say that if you change the directories is may affect performance as a media server. That sucks, I really wanted it set up my way. However, not being familiar I don't know if this is common for network media servers these days.
The Nitty Gritty:
With everything I wanted finally working I'm pretty happy. I turned on the PS3 and it found the server. Everything I copied to the drive was accessible. I did find that the PS3 seems incapable of waking up the My Book when it is in power save mode. I've had to disable power save on the drive and have to remember to shut it off at night.
I do not want to access this drive from other Internet addresses remotely so I did not install the MioNet software everyone is complaining about. I also have an external USB2 drive I use for backing up our computers so I don't use the backup software either.
Drive speeds are fair, but slow compared to SATA. I saw the review for the older version of this drive with the Ring LED and it was way slower than this drive. Using Inhousetek.com Diskbenchmark V1.2.6 I get the following results using my 100Mb LAN (100 Mb Hub plugged into a 100Mb router).
First for a SATA drive: (W) write (R) read.
Average W 93.24 Mbs, R 93.65 Mbs
Using a 4Mb write and read test: W 37.81 Mbs, R 76.89 Mbs
On the WD My Book
Average W 9.10 Mbs, R 8.53 Mbs
Using a 4Mb write and read test: W 10.55 Mbs, R 8.55 Mbs
For a little better perspective CNET reviewed the older Ring LED drive and found that copying a 5Gb assortment of files to the drive took about 30 minutes along with about the same to copy the files from the drive.
On this newer Vertical LED 1TB drive, on my 100Mb LAN it takes 8 minutes and 24 seconds to write 4.8GB to the drive and 8.04 minutes to read that same assortment of files from the drive.
We have been using the drive from three computers, 2 x Win 7 64 and 1 Win XP 32 and the PS3. The installation on the XP computer went smoothly without any problems. The streaming to the PS3 is flawless.
Plugging in a USB drive and then clicking on the mapping software again will map the USB drive to your computer. It will work just like any other mapped drive and can be shared with all systems on the network. Unfortunately if you turn the USB drive off, and later turn it back on the icon in My Computer (XP) or Computer (7) will not refresh until you double click it to access the drive. So the USB drive may look inaccessible when it's not.
Also, save yourself a head ache and use a static IP address instead of a dynamic IP. If the IP address of your mounted network drives changes you will have to remap them. Using the static IP address option in the browser-based settings software will alleviate this little problem.
Once getting everything set properly, this drive is giving me no problems for the use I'm putting it to. Media Server for the PS3 and shared network storage for three networked computers. I'll be keeping it.
Updated on Sep 15, 2010
This unit will not transfer data at gigabit speeds. From what I hear this is a limitation of the Arm processor it uses internally. So, although it will connect to a Gigabit LAN, it will not operate at Gigabit speeds.
This is very misleading, bordering on false advertising.
Although everything works the way I want it to with the exception of the directory structure, the speed is not as advertised (gigabit) and I would not recommend this drive to ANYONE except some one using a 10/100 LAN who has no intention of upgrading it.
Rreduced to 2 out of 5 stars.
I will NEVER purchase another Western Digital product again. Sorry WD, but by not making it clear on the box that this unit will not transfer data at gigabit speeds you have lost this customer for life. I consider your company to be a liar, lie to get my money. I only wish I had of upgraded my LAN before the 15 day return policy ran out.
DO NOT PURCHASE WD NETWORK DRIVES.
Updated on Dec 16, 2010Wow, this must be the longest user review in history. Yesterday, for the first time, I decided to use Windows backup to this drive. I'm using Win 7 Pro so backing up to a NAS is supported. Unfortunately, it kept getting network errors during the backup. To be fair I think this is a Windows 7 issue, but it only happens on this drive. First it said the network name was no longer available. Then it keept losing it's permission or access level in the middle of the backup. Tells me suddenly I no longer have permission to use this drive after doing 1/2 of a 200G backup. I stopped using it for anything except as a storage drive for video and audio files and a media player for my PS3. It works good for that at least.
Pros Nice features if they worked well
Cons Impossible to follow their installation instructions to get Time Machine working. They say to do this and that and that it is easy but it is impossible and you can see this by checking out on Google. Forget using Time Machine full stop
Summary Go get yourself something better
Pros easy to hook up, very fast
Cons mionet software
Summary People are too relient on mionet. There are other ways to use it. I have 3 computers mapping to the harddrive via my gigabit network. I also have a the WD live media player on my network which is also attached to my tv. Essentially i have a media library straight from my world book straight to my tv without the computer.
Pros Central storage
Cons you cant always get to the storage
Summary Purchased to assis in family setting with 2 wired PC and 4 wifi devices ( 2 laptops, TV-with media treasming, Xbox), I guess also 2 phones.
I had hoped this would allow everyone in the family to set up a folder and have access to their info from any device. Unfortunately connectivity is so poor no one will use it. I know how to manually re-run the discovery software (which is pretty poorly designed - if give little info on the problems and graphical design is so poor it looks like it is malfunctioning- but from the laptops ( wifi & win 7) even this will not connect to the device - even though the wired ones will. I travel for work and can not be an on call IT guy to the family.
Perhaps for a single computer networking proficient user - looking for bulk storage OK - but the multiple devices / and users - not worth it. I am looking to replace this item now.