Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Western Digital's My Book Live & Live Duo Personal Cloud Storage

Pictured above.  Western Digital's My Book Live Duo & My Book Live

DRIVES offers high capacity or double-safe file protection

Provides Anytime, Anywhere Access to Stored Media and Files from Computers, Tablets or

Released earlier this year. Western Digital, the world's leader in digital storage solution introduced two new line-up to their external hard-disk solutions : My Book Live & Live Duo, a personal cloud storage system that combines the benefits of shared storage and remote access with double-safe backup* or increased capacity of a dual-drive system with RAID* (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) technology.

*feature only available in My Book Live Duo

Available Models

My Book Live is available in 3 different sizes : 1 TB,2 TB and 3 TB
As for My Book Live Duo it is available in 2 sizes : 4 TB and 6 TB


Double-Safe Backup
Compatible with Mac® and PC operating systems, My Book Live Duo continuously
maintains a second copy of all your files for real-time data backup in mirrored mode (RAID
1). Half the capacity is used to store users’ data and half is used for a second copy. In the
unlikely event that one drive fails, data is protected because it's duplicated on the other drive.
For automatic backup Windows® users can use the included WD SmartWare® software and Mac
users can utilize all the features of Apple® Time Machine® backup software to protect their data.

Maximum Performance and Storage Capacity
In spanning mode the two-drive system combines both drives into one large volume acting as
one drive for maximum storage capacity, while its built-in 800 MHz CPU delivers the power and
performance needed for today’s most demanding applications. Designed around the most recent
advances in Ethernet chip technology, My Book Live Duo personal cloud delivers best-in-class
read speeds faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives. My Book Live Duo is currently available in 4
TB and 6 TB capacities.

The above two features is only available on the My Book Live Duo version. The feature below is available to both versions of My Book Live

WD’s Personal Cloud
As with WD’s My Book Live™ personal cloud storage solution, My Book Live Duo connects
to the home network to create shared storage that users can access within the home or anywhere
in the world through secure remote access. Remote access to My Book Live and My Book Live
Duo is available on any computer through and with WD mobile apps for
iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android™ smartphones and tablets.

Home Entertainment Hub
Additionally, the My Book Live Duo system’s built-in media server streams movies, photos
and music to any DLNA™-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV® Live™ streaming
media player, Blu-ray Disc™ player, PlayStation® 3, as well as Xbox® 360s and smart TVs.
Users can also stream movies, photos and music to their tablet or smartphone directly from My
Book Live Duo through the WD 2go™ mobile application.

My Book Live Duo is compatible with all the major platforms out there : Windows XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Mac OS®m X Leopard®, Snow Leopard®, or Lion™, as well as DLNA/UPnP® enabled devices.

inconjunction with the two new products by Western Digital (As mentioned in the personal cloud feature section). They also released a mobile app that is available on Android / Apple phones as well :

WD 2Go
Your stuff safe at home, and always with you.

WD 2go gives you secure mobile access to all the documents, photos, videos and music stored on your My Book® Live™ or My Book Live Duo products from Western Digital®.

The WD 2go app also expands your personal cloud by providing access to your Dropbox. View, stream, download and manage all the media and files stored on your WD personal cloud storage device or your Dropbox with your smartphone or tablet.
WD 2go has many powerful, yet easy to use features so you can get more out of your personal cloud. You can copy files between your WD personal cloud storage and Dropbox , download files for offline access, upload files to your My Book Live & My Book Live Duo and more.

• Access files, music, and photos stored on your WD personal cloud storage with your Android™ mobile device
• Full access to your Dropbox – use all of the new WD 2go features with your Dropbox
• Upload files from your mobile device to your WD personal cloud storage
• Download files to your smartphone or tablet for offline access
• Share one or more files from your personal cloud storage using email links
• File management: copy, move, rename and delete files
• Automatically discover and connect to WD personal cloud storage devices on the same Wi-Fi network as your smartphone or tablet
• Send files to and receive files from third party apps installed on your mobile device

Have more questions on the products? Good news, Western Digital will be having a demo starting on the 11th of this month till the 2nd of september at the following places :

Western Digital Demo Days

11th 12th 18th 19th August 2012

  • Plaza Lowyat: Viewnet, Thunder Match
  • Digital Mall: All IT
  • Mid Valley: Thunder Match
  • Penang: 1st Avenue, Gadget Zone

25th 26th August & 1st, 2nd September 2012

  • Plaza Lowyat: Viewnet, Sri Computers, All IT
  • Ikano Power Centre: Harvey Norman
  • Penang: 1st Avenue, Gadget Zone

Keep a lookout on my blog as I'll be doing a thorough review on the My Book Live in the coming weekend!

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