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 Western Digital My Cloud EX2 from is offered with several different storage capacity options to fit the requirements of various users.

You can start with the diskless model, which comes without preinstalled internal HDD, or choose a 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 also provides the utmost data protection through the private cloud, LAN or WAN. Besides, it supports the automatic backup via WD Smart Ware Pro for PC users and Apple Time Machine compatible for Mac users.

The WD NAS is designed to achieve a 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, smartphones, tablets and mobile phones. MyCloud EX2 is a low power device that targets low levels of powers and doesn’t need to attach enormous fans for cooling.

The NAS has the advantage of being a fast access disc device with extremely easy and informative GUI. It doesn’t need a deep level of network technicality to handle it. It can be accessed merely 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 Gunmetal. Those colors are perfect to make the device always appears as a new one – like it doesn’t age.

It comes with Ethernet cable, power supplier (AC adapter) and the install manual guide. The wires 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.

Another nice feature of the MyCloud drivers is that they are swappable, that when one drive fails, you can just 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 contains a 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 DS418 and DS218j.

It has several really nice features such as automatic backups, proficient levels of data protection, accessible and informative internet GUI and fast data transfers. Also, it is a very energy efficient device that consumes small power supplies hence it only needs a 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.