Aug 14

I want to be able to access my data (images, videos, movies, music and documents) from all my different computers and devices. I have two laptops, a stationary computer, mobile phones and a receiver. I want these units to be able to use and store data to a centralized storage area. After doing some research I decided to buy the Western Digital My Book World Edition 2 with 4 TB storage capacity.

The WD My Book World Edition comes with two separate disks and I configured it to mirror these two disk. That way I have 2 TB of storage capacity and if one of the disks fails I still have the data on the other disk. Securing my data was also one of the reasons that I bought this external disk. It would be a shame to for example loose all my images if my laptop was stolen. In this post I will write about how I use the disk and what configurations I have made to it.

This NAS (Network Attached Disk) is connected to my router at home and can be reached by all devices connected to my wireless network. Configuring the disk is very easy and most of the simple configurations can be done via the WD Discovery software that follows the disk. There you can name the disk, create folders and map network drives to your computer. I have mapped the most used drives to all my devices this way I don’t really notice that I am working on the NAS and not on my local disk.

Screenshot from the WD Discovery software

One really nice thing for my use is that my Pioneer LX71 receiver can connect to the NAS and use the stored media. The receiver is connected to my TV and surround system so I can now directly browse the media content from my receiver, playing music, displaying images and watching movies. Perfect :)

The NAS has a simple web interface were you can log in and perform configurations or view status. You can also reboot the NAS remotely if needed.

Web interfacefor configuring the NAS

The NAS can be accessed remotely (outside my network) by using MioNet. You can register a MioNet account for free, but if you want the more advanced features you need to pay. Your MioNet account can be used from web or you can download the MioNet software to get a more smooth user experience. Very nice if I am away from home and need a document or want to show some pictures. I must add that I was not impressed by the MioNet functionality. It works, but I wish that there was a better and more functional way to stream media.

MioNet web access

I really like my WD My Book World Edtition 2 and it’s great to know that I now have backup for my data and that I can access my data on all kind of devices from anywhere in the world!

If I were to say one bad thing about this NAS is that the fan makes some noise and also the disk make noise when it’s in use (reading or writing data). If you are being distracted by the fancy LED on the front flashing and indicating the storage capacity left you can simply turn this off from the advanced configuration options found on the web interface.

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4 Comments to “Centralizing my data storage with Western Digital My Book World Edition II”

  1. Yamiya says:

    Why do you say the fan make noise when there’s no fan in the enclosure?

  2. Hi Yamiya, hmm there might not be a fan in the enclosure. My point is that the NAS makes some noise. It sounds like a fan noise… If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck 😉

  3. 4G Phones says:

    I didn’t knew you can mirror the two disks, thanks for the tip. Do you think this can be made with two separate WD internal disks?

  4. I’m not sure if you can mirror two separate WD internal disks, but I think you can. You might need to install some software to do so.

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