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Western Digital My Book Live Duo 4TB review

Can this drive bring network storage to the masses?

Our Verdict

For

  • Comprehensive feature set
  • Easy to set up
  • Large storage capacity

Against

  • Could be more intuitive

Network attached storage (NAS) drives used to require the skills of network administrators to get them up and running. Thankfully, those dark days are behind us. NAS drives such as Western Digital's My Book Live Duo still take a little getting used to, but can be set up with no advanced networking knowledge required.

My Book Live Duo is ideal for media streaming. It's UPnP, and can stream to any DLNA-compliant device such as a games console, TV or media player. Our smart TV picked it up without difficulty.

You can also access your media through iOS or Android mobile devices using downloadable apps. It's easy to do, and puts your media right in your hand.

There's an iTunes server for music streaming, but due to changes in the way iTunes works, it can't stream movies to recent versions. After signing up for a WD 2go account, you can access your files over the internet.

The drive's two 2TB drives are pre-configured as a spanned volume, but you can reformat in a mirrored array if you wish, halving the storage space but protecting your data against drive failure. It's Time Machine and FTP compatible too.

Managing the drive through its browser interface is reasonably straightforward, but one or two features could be more intuitive. Creating volumes to share with other users is a little cumbersome, especially if you want to give them internet access, and it can be a little sluggish at times.

Even so, it strikes a good overall balance between ease of use and flexibility of features.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Storage Server
Total Hard Drive Capacity4 TB
Product FamilyMy Book Live Duo
Brand NameWD
Processor Speed800 MHz
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR
Number of Processors Installed1
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Bays2
Hard Drive Configuration2 x 2 TB
Total Number of USB Ports1
Height165.1 mm
Width99.1 mm
Depth157.5 mm
ManufacturerWestern Digital Corporation
Product ModelWDBVHT0040JCH
Product NameMy Book Live Duo WDBVHT0040JCH Network Storage Server
Product LineMy Book Live Duo
Manufacturer Part NumberWDBVHT0040JCH-EESN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wdc.com
Marketing Information

Connect this powerful drive to your wireless router for shared storage on your home network. Share data with all your computers, stream media to your entertainment center, and get to your files from anywhere with remote access and mobile apps. And with RAID 1 technology, you have double-safe backup for your data.

Package Contents
  • My Book Live Duo WDBVHT0040JCH Network Storage Server
  • Ethernet Cable for Network Connection
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Installation and Software CD
  • Quick Install Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year
Software Included

WD SmartWare

Weight (Approximate)2.26 kg