Could a personal cloud compete with public services like Dropbox and Google Drive? That might just be the case with WD’s My Cloud line of drives, which offer huge amounts of storage for the price of a regular external hard drive. And yes, you’ll be able to access your files from anywhere.
That certainly sounds a lot better than paying every month. WD’s My Cloud is basically an external hard drive that comes in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB models. If that’s not enough, it’s also possible to hook up another external hard drive to My Drive via the USB 3.0 port, making everything on that drive available wirelessly, as well.
You’ll be able to use My Cloud as a home-based cloud storage device or a media center. My Cloud is DLNA-certified, so you can stream content to some televisions wirelessly. Otherwise, you can just access files by using the My Cloud app, which is available for iOS and Android. That app also includes integration with Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive, so you can move files from one to the other easily.
Initially, you’ll need to connect My Drive to the Internet. Once you install the My Cloud software on your PC or Mac, it’ll auto-detect the My Cloud drive to take care of that connection for you. After that, you’ll be able to use a browser to explore the drive on a PC or Mac, or use the app for mobile devices. For the initial heavy job of loading all your files onto My Cloud, My Cloud is powered by a dual-core processor and has a Gigabit Internet connection. There’s also software included to help out with automatically backing up your PC or Mac to My Cloud.
My Cloud is a one-time expense, and you’re going to get tons of storage out of it. And, with the integration of major cloud services into the mobile app, transferring files to others outside of your home should be easy enough, too. Seems like it’ll be a pretty good alternative to monthly cloud services, especially because the prices here aren’t too bad. My Cloud is available now in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB models for $150, $180, and $250, respectively.