Western Digital has long been in the personal cloud storage space with the WD My Book Live. Western Digital's approach to solving the media file overload problem with the My Book Live is to make everything simple. The My Book Live shares much of the same physical design WD has been using with their external desktop drives for some time. The body is black plastic, not nearly as nice as the aluminum used in the My Studio line, but it gets the job done and keeps cost down. The back of the drive contains the Ethernet port, power input, Kensington lock and recessed reset pin. The My Book Live contains a Caviar Green inside with the capacity varying depending on which model is purchased.
WD includes a quick start guide with the drive that pretty much says plug it in and run the included CD. The mobile apps provided by Western Digital provide a rich content experience, with easy access to files no matter where you are (as long as you have an internet connection).
When it comes to performance, the WD My Book Live is no slouch in terms of read or write speed. The Western Digital My Book Live fits the market segment for buyers who want network accessible media, but don't want to go through the hassle of setting up an entire NAS. Overall the My Book Live has a lot to offer to a network newbie who just wants to plug in the device and have it working. Network attached storage units have started becoming popular with the rise of powerful home networking solutions. The My Book Live lineup consists of 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB Western Digital hard disks in an external enclosure with a GbE port and a power adapter port.
I remember costly multi-drive NAS costing more than this without including any HDDs and performing much worse.
Thanks for review!But you should note - this device can work as a decent DLNA server and provide all your media content library to all your DLNA-certified devices (TVs, notebooks, set-top boxes, smartphones, etc.). Venya, Thanks for your informative posts (which, I am sure, lot of readers will appreciate).I did mention Twonky in the second page of the review.
I have over 1 TB (yes, terabyte) of music, 600 GB of movies, and 900 GB of TV shows, and two desktops and two laptops that want access.I use RipIt and Handbrake for movies and XLD for music.
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After lunch we drove along the picturesque riverside parkway, stopping to check out the new golf course at A’SmugglerA•s Glen.A“ It had been carved out of the Pines and rock. We walked by and admired a casting of females in bronze, a tribute to the early leaders of the Canadian Suffragette movement.
Behind the Main Parliament building sits an elegant Library, circular in shape and faced in brown brick. From Parliament Hill, we walked along busy Rideau Street, passing another eye catcher in stone.
If you here the name A’RideauA“ mentioned several times, it is because it is on many named places in Ottawa.
Next to the VeteranA•s Monument is an architectural vision in steel, glass and gray granite. The Cathedral of Notre Dame and a seminary, both on the PLace De Armes, had been their earliest constructions. The business district has broad boulevards and many, many new glass-faced and towering office buildings. The huge complex of the Montreal hospital completes the crowded space on Rue Sherbrooke, just below the A’Mount,A“ for which Montreal is named. We walked along the busy River front street of Rue Commune, watching the horse drawn buggies and bicycles compete with congested people and auto traffic. We ventured into Simons and took the escalator down into the A’underground city.A“ It is a connected stretch, of all of the stores above ground, with many more food courts , coffee shops and shopping centers. La starbucks and then climbed up to the surface, like some latter day Eloi, from the movie Time Machine.
I asked the hotel concierge to book us reservations at the A’Auberge Vieux PortA“ on Rue Commune, for dinner. After the fireworks, like a huge receding tidal flow, the many thousands of visitors began to recede and exit the old port area.
Gboth had to figure out the French translation for the English idiom A’to each his own.A“ It was sunny and pleasant out.
The first floor contained 18th century French furnishings and a panoply of silver ware and Canadian tea services from the 1800A•s. We descended, by elevator, to the basement and walked across the street using the underground tunnel. We watched and enjoyed the street performers and the thousands of strollers as we finished lunch.
It was late afternoon as we walked back to the hotel, stopping by for wine and cheese in Suite #701. It's the cornerstone of WD's strategy to help consumers organize their content and access it anywhere from the new WD 2go mobile apps to the WD TV Live media streamers connected to a TV.
It's has a sleek, minimalist rounded face with a small WD badge and pinhole-sized green status light. If you don't have an optical drive, don't worry, once the My Book Live is conencted to the network it's easily found by both Macs and PCs.
To allow mobile users to log in, you can setup activation codes on a per-user basis to work with the WD 2go Mobile Apps. When tested from an iPhone or iPad outside of the office, the devices were quick to connect to the My Book Live and were able to access files immediately.
Even though it doesn't offer internal RAID, the My Book Live still allows users to backup files to a secondary location and helps mitigate file loss if a computer suffers from a hardware failure or succumbs to a virus. The software is easy to setup, the web interface is designed beautifully and looks great, and the mobile apps available for both iOS and Andriod are very well made. It's dead simple to set up and use, and with the nicely designed mobile apps, users can easily access their media and files on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
I had mentioned in one of the earlier NAS reviews that we have stopped seeing PowerPC based NAS platforms. Potential customers should realize that the My Book Live doesn't provide data redundancy or availability. The unboxing and setup impressions, benchmarking results and a walkthrough of WD's personal cloud features are the various aspects covered in the rest of the review. Software-wise this is based on Twonky Media server.Only this feature alone make this device worth to purchase!
The DLNA server it runs is TwonkyServer, which I couldn't make work in HD with my Samsung 650 LCD TV. It exists just to make up for the deficiencies of the products involved.The My Book Live is pretty neat and does its job of exposing the available files via a SMB share. The rascally Americans had burned the place, during the War of 1812, to shut the British military supply line down. He was the unlucky British Subaltern who had been routed from town by the rascally Americans, before they torched everything. We enjoyed the meal and our surroundings, counting ourselves lucky to be here hale and healthy, sipping wine and enjoying a meal at a nice resort.
We walked along the River for a bit then sat in front of our rooms, admiring the visage of the River and the comings and goings along it. Check-in was a bit hectic, as the beleaguered valet scurried to the hotel lot to retrieve exiting cars and park incoming. It sits strategically on the Ottawa River, astride the border of Ontario and Quebec Provinces. In 1867, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick had been merged into the New Nation of Canada. Then we wandered a bit enjoying the spectacle of a NationA•s Capitol in Summer, tourist throngs enjoying their heritage.
The Chateau Fairmont Laurier is a turreted fairy style castle in the grand manner of the Canadian Rail Road mega hotels.


The British had originally constructed the canal as a system for military transport from 1826-1832. Canada is self sufficient in its oil needs, getting most of its supply from the oil fields in Alberta.
A’ (Darcy had beena founder of the Candian Republic but was assiassinated near Parliament Hill in 1867.) It sits at the end of the Sparks St. They marched, wheeled and stood at arms in synchronized movement to the delight of the crowd. Finally, the pipers wailed out the stirring melody of A’Oh Canada,A“ the Canadian National Anthem.
For $6, we entered this stone and glass pyramid, marveling at the size and grandeur of the facility. It is an interesting portrait of native Canadian life on the far shores of the Arctic Ocean. Throngs of tourists were already headed up to Parliament Hill to watch the nightly sound and light show projected onto parliament Building. We walked back along Elgin to our hotel, where we settled in with our books and waited for Morpheus to claim us. A party of 39 French Missionaries, Sulpician Fathers from Paris, under the direction of Monsignor Maisoneauve comprised the entourage. It is a single-story collection of pricey artistA•s shops, featuring hand-made pottery, jewelry, paintings and other items for the discerning shopper. It really is an A’underground cityA“ that frozen Montrealers can use during the harsh Winter. On etage quatre, we found an entire collection of Dutch and Italian painters from the 1600A•s and 1700A•s.
A monsoon rainstorm, the night before, had given us water in the basement, and that awful armpit smell of mold, as a return present.
That may seem obvious, but not every personal cloud device is created with the same attention to simplicity and ease of use.
From there you can access the software folder to install the included software, or not, it's not required once you know the IP address of the device. The beauty of this method is the My Book Live broadcasts itself past the local network onto the internet without needing to forward ports or change any settings on your router. While not as fast as some of the bigger NAS units, it offers plenty of speed for moving media files around and providing some backup space for home computers. Western Digital really hit all marks with this network device, offering an all-in-one media serving package for home and mobile devices. With the Intel Atom pushing out Marvell chipsets from the mid-to-high end NAS market, Marvell chipsets took over the low end market based on the PowerPC platforms.
Now, if only the TVs were good enough to just recognize and read from Samba shares, DLNA could have been rendered unnecessary.uPnP is pretty good by itself (It enables the Play To functionality in Windows), and all this DLNA standardization on top has only served to confuse consumers further.
Instead of having to keep my desktop machine running when I'm not using it, I have a 5W server and a connected USB drive that powers up and down as needed. It sits across the road from where we were staying for the evening, at A’The Glen House resort.A“ It is a small complex, of two story buildings, that sits along a quiet inlet of the St. We checked into our room, #147 of the Hickory Woods section, ($170 night) and then walked down to the water to sit and enjoy the bright sunshine on the river. We sipped a glass of Cabernet, as we read our books and then drifted off to sleep for a pleasant conversation with Ozzie nelson. It is a six-blocks long string of open air restaurants, tourist shops, street performers and office workers, lolling for lunch or a break. They are an eye catching combination of London and Paris in the 1600A•s, though constructed here in the 1860A•s. It had originally been founded by ex patriate Americans, fleeing the American Revolution in the 1770A•s. I wrote up my notes as we sipped a glass of cabernet and then drifted into a conversation with Ozzie Nelson. We settled into our room, read for a time and then drifted into the welcome abyss of sleep.
After coffee, we found the A’Canadian Hall.A“ It is an interesting collection of rural and Winter tableaus celebrating Beau Canada.
It is a two story , comfortable place with brick walls, wrought iron railings and lots of charm.
It thrived as a fur trading center between Europe and all of the interior of North America. The Casino, Dome and stadium stand against the skyline as markers of the cityA•s prominence. The temp was warm and in the 80A•s out now, but in the Winter, this place is frigid, with temps falling well below zero. We sat in dimly lit elegance in the 5 star basement restaurant.Obviously our hotel concierge had mistaken us for people of means instead of the casual types that we are. Hebert, Suzor-Cote, Paul Peel, Helen McNichols and others were represented in a delightful gallery of oils that pleases the eye. We cranked up the air conditioning and drove to a nearby Tim HortonA•s for soup and sandwiches, while the condo cooled off.
It is still able to limit access though through use of the activation codes so only registered users can access the files served. Note that since this model only includes a single drive, no data redundancy is offered in the event of a drive failure.
Many mainstream consumers also don't want the burden of configuring and running a NAS with multiple hard disks. Today, PowerPC platforms power network attached hard disks such as the My Book Live we are dealing with today. This is aimed at users who want to add centrally accessible storage to their home network without the cost burden or setup hassles of a full fledged NAS. There are some configuration XML files for Twonky where you can setup separate profile for your TV and change content type.
The end result is we pay less for electricity (important here in Hawai'i, given the rates we're charged) and it generates less heat (important on the days we run the AC). The fir trees, and the bucolic scenery of the area, much belie the horrendous snowfalls that blanket the area in Winter. Maybe that's why Indians and British soldiers, from the ButlerA•s Rangers, burned Buffalo to the ground a few months later.
We listened to a musical group, watched another street actor and then browsed a few shops, buying some postcards and stamps.
The 1867 Act of Confederation, by the British Parliament, had established Canada as a separate nation.
Roof lines, flourished in black wrought iron, and the cathedral shaped windows reflected the beauty of the French influence on the two flanking buildings. We looked out, from our perch on Parliament hill, and could see the twin silver spires of the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the beginnings of A’Embassy RowA“ along Sussex Street. We drove by the enormous Beau Arts Center, the huge War Museum and the much used Museum of Civilization.
Noting the the waterfall on the Ottawa River, he remarked that it looked like the curtains (Rideau) in his apartment in Paris. Americans had looked down the sights of their rifles at these men in two wars and fought alongside of them in a dozen others. It is carved from the Northwest Territories and is peopled by native Inuits along the Arctic shores of Canada. We found and entered the A’Blue Cactus Grille.A“ It is open and airy like Sloppy JoeA•s Grille in Key West. At Darcy Mc GeeA•s Irish Pub, we stood for a time and listened to the Sons of Scotland play some stirring music on their bag pipes. We got our tickets at the kiosk and boarded a delightful, open-air, double-decker bus for the ride.($35 each) it was 80 degrees, cloudy and comfortable out. From 1715 through 1815 the small settlement had been surrounded by a stone wall, like cities in medieval Europe.
In 1759, at the climactic battle of Montreal (fought in Quebec City) France lost all of Canada to the English.
To combat the harsh temperatures, the city had developed over 33 km of A’underground.A“ Two underground boulevards, paralleling busy Rue Ste. We climbed down from our lofty perch and sought out our chatty van driver for a ride back to the Hotel Place De Armes.


The Main altar is a series of gilded carvings, on three levels, depicting various religious themes. On this end of the waterfront, sits a distinctive tower clock, It rests on a point overlooking the Cartier Bridge and the St. We stopped at a Burger King, for bottles of Eau Dasani, and let our body temperatures cool down.
On Rue Francis Xavier, we found something promising called A’Cafe De Mateo.A“ It was hot and we were tiring.
It seemed that half of Montreal was in the old port area having dinner and getting ready for the fire works.
This massive Cathedral holds a smaller version of the enormous, four-collumned Throne of St. We sat for a time in the PLace de Armes, watching the interesting throngs wander to and fro. We chose the outside patio of A’Le Grande TerraceA“ and settled in for Caesar salads with Salmon.
We retreated to our room, where we had cheese, croissants and finished off the Mondavi Cabernet as we read our books and awaited sleep. Even though the unit doesn't provide NAS features, it does include features to create periodic backups of its contents.
This way, there would be no confusion about supported DLNA profiles and other such stuff (I believe on-the-fly transcoding by any media server program is just hiding the inefficiency of the renderer.. It lies on the East end of Lake Ontario and gets the same A’lake effectA“ snow fall that Buffalo gets from Lake Erie.
It is a marvelous Queen Anne style Inn, with rear porches, porticos and a steeply gabled roof line.
The surrounding countryside is rural, with conical silos, the odd brace of horses and farm houses dotting the countryside. The green copper roofs, waving Maple leaf flags and crowds of tourists gave it a holiday flavor.
He has little actual official power, but is the ceremonial representative of Queen Elizabeth in Canada. Then, the departing troops lifted their colors and marched off down Rideau and Elgin to their barracks, pipers piping and drums drumming. We walked back to the hotel, had coffee in the outdoor star bucks and then retreated to out air conditioned room for a glass of Cabernet and a conversation with Ozzie Nelson.
Historians say that at first neither knew what the land comprised, or indeed wanted to own it, but fate gave it to the English.
Catherine, have emerged as shopping centers, featuring bistros, cafes and all other forms of urban commerce. McGill University, founded in 1821, is the major presence here, with over 20,000 students. We sat there for a bit and then retired to our room, where I wrote up my notes, and enjoyed a glass of cabernet. Porno shops, strip joints and sleezy bars announced that this is the place to come and slum in Montreal. We wandered back to Rue Francis Xavier and stopped in the small Cafe De Mateo, that we had noticed earlier in the day. Today would be A’une beau jour.A“ We prepped for the day, enjoying the luxurious amenities of this grand suite. Even today many of the settlements, along the 120 miles canal, are peopled by descendants of the original diggers in distinctive irish conclaves.In Winter, the canal is drained to a depth of two feet.
Two of the A’toy soldiers,A“ with their red jackets and black bear helmets, stood guard at the gates of the home. The Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and the government complexes and embassies all create a tapestry of forested urban beauty.
It is spacious, airy and luxurious, befitting the arm and the leg that they charge you to stay here.
Much of the old Brownstone mansions, from those who had made it in Montreal, had been converted for college use. It looks like city officials allow A’Le BumsA“ to sleep and congregate on this far stretch of the waterfront.
Laurent and then walked up and into the small but distinctive area known as A’China Town.A“ The requisite signs, in neon red and yellow announcing the lord knows what in Chinese characters, caught our attention. A perusal of the menu, in French, told us that this was going to be a $300 dinner, with few choices for Vegetarians.
My desktop is where all of our photos first land, and I have a script that runs periodically to copy all the photos to the server. Far to the South, across the St.Lawrence, we could see the dim flashes of lightning illuminating the sky.
Only the dull, matte finish of the lethal looking M-16 rifle, that they carried, alerted you to the actual reason for their presence. They were to stand in pairs, in one hour shifts as guards, at the gate of the Governor GeneralA•s house on Sussex street.
Just across from the Cathedral sits the large VeteranA•s Monument, a tribute to CanadaA•s fallen. Tourists were already strolling the small pedestrian walkway, browsing the ducks and other things you usually find in the windows of Chinese restaurants. Eatons, Simons and a score of other big name Canadian retailers were drawing them in by the hundreds. It's all automated, so I never have to worry about making sure it's all backed up, other than checking the logs every now and again to make sure the copy's working OK.Similarly, my wife likes having a copy of all our photos on her laptop so she can have them to show people when she's away from home.
Nearby are the home of the Canadian Premier, Stephen Harper, at 24 Sussex, and several other magnificent mansions, housing various embassies and officials.
A film, depicting the early founding of Montreal and its religious history was projected upon the sheets. If youre was lucky enough to buy Samsung TV before reading forums about their problems ;)Actually, with my initial comment I just said that Ganesh skipped very important aspect in this review - DLNA.
In the past, I ran an rsync server on my desktop machine so she'd get copies that way, but making sure she was up to date required coordination - I'd have to make sure my desktop was on at the same time as her laptop.
It was a 30 minute version of A’La Belle Canada,A“ featuring, in light and sound, the considerable bounty of the Canadian Republic.
Actions in India, South Africa, and other venues of the British Raj, had been supported by Colonials from all members of her Common Wealth. An eccentric monk, Brother Anthony, had taken as his life's work, the task of raising money and building this huge complex in honor of St.
Our French wasnA•t good enough to understand much of the rapid fire patter on the French stations.
All features and problems should be in review itself but not in user comments, dont you think?
After the 30 minute film, the sheets dropped and we got to spend 15 minutes wandering around this beautiful edifice.
Because it's always on, I'm fairly certain that I have a good backup of all her stuff.Personally, I also like running backups to a volume that's not always mounted on the machine being backed up. I've always thought that USB drives as a backup solution invite disaster, as they're likely always mounted, and therefore fully accessible in the event that you catch some nasty virus that decides to delete all of your files. We sat for 90 minutes as they went through the whole extensive A’customs procedures.A“ We had grown up on the Canadian border and always resented the A’thorough look overA“ by overly officious knuckleheads.
A large and ornate complex, that now is a functioning gambling Casino, had been the French Pavilion at the WorldA•s Fair. For example, when we were out on holiday last month, as we filled the flash cards for our cameras, I'd pull the photos off to my little travel netbook and let it copy the photos back home overnight. If anything had happened to my laptop's drive while we were away, we wouldn't have lost our photos of our kids enjoying their holiday.Finally, the ultimate reason I run backups through my little low-power server is that it's basically just a cache.
It's set up to copy everything over to a machine at work during the wee hours of the morning, giving me physical separation of our data and the backup.
The little server then trickles data out at our miserable 1Mbit upload speed, taking as long as it needs to to get the job done.
That way, I don't have to leave my power-hungry desktop machine on for long periods of time while waiting for backups to complete, which is really useful.As to where our media files come from, we have a couple of hundred GB of photos, perhaps a little more in music (all ripped from our CDs, which lurk in the bottom of a cupboard these days) and maybe 700GB of movies and the likes (ripped from our DVDs which are the CDs' neighbours).




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