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Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are excellent for backing up your important digital files and folders, as well as sharing media between all computers and other media playing devices on your home network. Western Digital has a great reputation for creating hard drives, both internal and external. And with the My Book Live it has made attaching a hard drive to a home network of Macs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, games consoles and media players – rather than just one computer – as simple as possible.This is an excellent NAS device for beginners. It is simple to get up and running, and with 1TB of hard drive space on the model we tested, there is plenty of room for storing files. If you want to be greedier with your memory hoarding, there are also 2TB and 3TB versions, for £169.99 and £229.99, respectively.It comes with some well-made software that enables us to keep an eye on how well the device is performing, and set up automatic backups of our test computer. Sure, there are more in-depth and powerful back-up tools out there, but as a free bonus the software did the job, and makes backing up a simple process for those who have never done it before.
Western Digital's My Book series of consumer network-attached storage boxes has a new variant, the My Book Live. With new sharing features--including a file-sharing portal--and great performance, it brings the My Book line up-to-date. Offering 2TB of storage, the My Book Live costs $229 (as of October 28, 2010), about half what you'd pay for similarly performing NAS competitors. (A 1TB version sells for just $169, also a deal.) WD claims performance up to 100 megabytes per second for the My Book Live; and in both our testing and our hands-on evaluations, the drive proved to be an excellent performer. We didn't see 100 MBps, but we did see 30-MBps writes and 47-MBps reads. That's the kind of performance we've encountered only from the Synology DS1010+ and the LaCie 2Big Network 2TB (our top performer, the QNAP TS-859 Pro, is far faster). Those are the three speediest NAS boxes we've tested to date, so the My Book Live is in heady company. Western Digital provides an app called WD Photos for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that lets you view pictures stored on the My Book Live.
The WD My Book Live NAS server isn't able to do what its predecessor, the My Book World Edition, did a year ago. The World Edition made a huge splash in the pond of NAS servers' throughput performance, proving itself to be by far the fastest single-volume NAS of the time. This only means that NAS servers have gone very far since, as the new My Book Live, though not the fastest, is still very fast in our test. The new server, while lacking many features found in other NAS servers, also remains one of the simplest and most easy-to-use NAS servers for the home environment. At the street price of just around $150 for 1TB or $200 for the 2TB version, home and novice users just can't go wrong with it. Similar to the My Book World Edition, the My Book Live is as easy to set up as plugging it into the power socket and the router. After that the NAS will appear in Windows' network browser or in Mac OX 10's Finder. The server also supports Time Machine, which is a feature not present in the My Book World Edition. For those who are really unfamiliar with networking, the My Book Live comes with a CD that helps discover the NAS server in the network, set it up, and map the network drives.
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