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WD My Cloud EX2 Personal Cloud Storage Review

Concurrently with the increasing demands on the Network Attached Storage (NAS) from small business offices and homes, the WD My Cloud EX2 is the technology answer to those demands of a fully featured 2 bay NAS devices.

WD My Cloud EX2The WD My Cloud EX2 is offered in several storage capacitates to fit the storage criteria for various businesses.

You can start by the diskless model, which comes without preinstalled internal storage, or choose 4TB, 6TB or 8TB model.

Features

  • It is 6.1 x 3.9 x 6.8 inches and 3.4 pounds
  • 2 USB ports, 2 Hard drives WD RED, 2 internal bays and 2 external bays
  • 0.5 GB RAM
  • Preinstalled automatic backup software

This storage device provides multiple drive management options to include spanning, RAID0 and RAID1.

It provides also the utmost data protection through the private cloud, LAN or WAN. In addition, it supports the automatic backup via WD Smart Ware Pro for PC users and Apple Time Machine compatible for Mac users.

The My Cloud NAS is designed to achieve fully compacted suite of protocols such as FTP, P2P torrent servers, Word Press, Transmission and many others. Best of all, it can be accessed from anywhere, external computers on the cloud, smart phones, tables and mobile phones. MyCloud EX2 is a low power device that targets low levels of powers and doesn’t need to attach huge fans for cooling.

My Cloud NAS has the advantage of being a fast access storage device with extremely easy and informative GUI. It doesn’t need deep level of network technicality to handle it. It can be simply accessed and shared through a conventional internet browser. Despite that, one issue of the device is that it doesn’t do multiple different backups to the drives.

MyCloud EX2 is available in two colors, Black and Gun metal. Those colors are perfect to make the device always appears as new one – like it doesn’t age.

It comes with Ethernet cable, power supplier (AC adapter) and the install manual guide. The cables are colored matched in order not have many cable colors. The power supplier inside the retail box supports up to 36 watts on 12 Voltage supply. Hence, it is considered to be energy efficient.

Other nice feature of the MyCloud drivers is that they are swappable, that when one drive fails, you can simply open the top plate with your fingers and just slide the drive out of the body. And to replace the failed drive, a screwdriver is needed to be tapped over the new drive. Some users prefer building full RAID 1 row backup drive from beginning in case of failure to achieve instantiations automatic backup.

The front end of the My loud EX2 has three led’s, one for power status and the remaining two to indicate internal hard drives status. No ventilation holes are included on any side of its body. It includes small fan for cooling.

In conclusion, this NAS device from WD is a compacted fully featured NAS solution that targets small businesses and homes.

If you think EX2 does not quite meet your needs, I suggest to check out these few models from Synology – the DS413 and DS213j.

It has several really nice features such as automatic backups, proficient levels of data protection, easy and informative internet GUI and fast data transfers. Also it is a very energy efficient device that consumes small power supplies hence it needs only small-sized fan for cooling. It is provided in different capacities to suit different usages and purposes. So all in all, let’s take a peak in your storage efficiency and get the WD My Cloud EX2.