Western Digital MyBook World Edition NAS server review:

Western Digital MyBook World Edition NAS server

When it comes to sharing the contents of your MyBook World Edition drive, the process is also simple, but there are limitations. To share, simply click the Share tab and pick the folders or files you want others to access. If the person is a MioNet user, she'll receive an alert of a new share. Non-MioNet users will get an e-mail with a URL. You can set read/write permissions, as well. Unfortunately, you can't share every type of file, and the list of unsupported file types is rather long.

A couple of features that the MyBook World Edition is missing are a print server and a media server. These two features are increasingly common on NAS drives and allow users to print across a network or stream media files that are stored centrally. After all, a NAS drive that lets all users store media files (among other file types) should allow for easy playback to a digital media adapter and television.

Despite the ease with which you can access and share files remotely, the Western Digital MyBook World Edition unfortunately falls a bit short with data transfer speeds. Over a local network, the drive took 31 minutes, 30 seconds to write a 5GB folder of mixed file types, and 30 minutes, 13 seconds to read it back. The next slowest drive to write the folder--the Buffalo TeraStation Home Server--was still five minutes faster with that task. If the easy remote access is important to you and you can live with the slow transfer speeds, this drive is a good choice. But if you need faster transfers, check out the HP Media Vault.

Transfer speed tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
5GB read test (min:sec)  
5GB write test (min:sec)  
HP Media Vault MV2020
Iomega StorCenter Pro 150d
Western Digital NetCenter

*Tested in RAID 0 mode
**Tested in RAID 5 mode

Service and support
Western Digital backs the MyBook World Edition with a generous three-year warranty. Toll-free phone support is available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT, Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Western Digital's site also offers e-mail to tech support, FAQs, a searchable knowledgebase, and downloads.

What you'll pay

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