WD My Cloud (3TB) NAS drive
- Simple and attractive design
- Its desktop app works well
- Good overall performance on our Gigabit network
- We had some problems when initially trying to set up the drive's cloud feature
ConclusionWD's My Cloud drive is an easy drive to use when you want to store and share data on a home network. It's also meant to be easy to use when you want to access your data over the Internet. Depending on your home network, that last part might be a little fiddly to set up. Once we got it working as promised, it turned out to be a good drive, and we particularly liked its desktop app, which can be used for retrieving files off the drive remotely.
No gradeWD My Cloud 3 TB Network HDD Review
Hardware Secrets Silver Award
The WD My Cloud 3 TB is an excellent option if you are looking for an affordable, feature-rich NAS for home or small office use. It is simple to install and configure, which is an excellent characteristic for this kind of product. It can be accessed from outside your local network through the internet, and can be used as a media streaming server for multimedia devices in hour house, which is also excellent. And its price is fair, considering it is even cheaper than an external hard disk drive of the same capacity. The performance is good for a network drive, if used under optimal settings, i.e., with cabled network with Gigabit Ethernet router and Gigabit Ethernet interface on your PC. Our tests also showed that, if you use an entry-level Wi-Fi connection instead, the performance degrades dramatically. We can also conclude that a USB 3.0 external hard disk drive is still a better choice if you only intend to acess the storage by a single computer, as a backup unit, for example; USB 3.0 drives are faster. It could also have come with Wi-Fi capability, but we understand that this would dramatically increase its final price.