|My Book World Edition Home Network Storage makes it easy to set up a central storage location in your home that is compatible with both Mac and Windows files. Simply connect the drive to your network router and you're up and running in just a few minutes. Use the included back up software to protect your family's PCs with automatic and continuous backup plans. Store all your digital media in one central location so everyone in the family can have access to it. Remote access technology lets you securely access files from anywhere, anytime.|
Keeping your family's data safe
Keeping the files on your laptop backed up without even thinking about it
Playing music and video files on your TV
Playing all your iTunes music on any computer in the house
Getting to your data no matter where you are
Overall, this is a great small network storage. As long as you dont enable standby mode, you should have no problems accessing it after it has been mapped to your computer. I use it mainly as a video server so that I can watch movies on my big flatscreen, streaming from my xbox 360. As someone else said below, the access speed is great. The only qualm I have is with the transfer speed. it is very slow. Prior to purchasing this, I used an old desktop as a file/video server, and the transfer speeds were much faster. As a comparison,from my main pc to the old desktop (only about 1gb of RAM and 1.32ghz processor), I was able to transfer a 700mb file over the network, in about 15-30 secs. Transferring over the same network, from my main pc to the NAS, it takes roughly 1 and a half to 2 minutes. It may not seem like much, but when your trying to copy multiple files over the network...it takes forever! Regardless,If you can stand the slow transfer speeds, I definitely recommend this product.
Excellent product. Included setup software did not work properly on my Windows 7 Professional laptop. Fortunately, Windows has everything necessary without additional software. Once set up, the drive makes file sharing and media streaming within your local network a breeze. For the price, I highly recommend this product.
QUIET Drive with good speed!9/5/2010
I needed a place to share files in a small office, and this fits the bill nicely. I installed the software, which isn't really necessary if you know how to browse to the IP address or name of the drive on your network, and know how to map a drive. The web interface was as good as can be expected; if you already know what you're looking for, it's fairly easy to find. If in doubt, I always go right for the "advanced" button or tab. Once I turned OFF the power saver featured that spins down the HD when not in use, two wonderful things happened. First, it stopped making this annoying clicking noise every time someone accessed a file (important since the unit is sitting on my desk!). Most importantly, it stopped "dropping" the network connection (as seen by the red "x" through the drive letter) on my PCs with drives mapped to the HD. You could double click the drive letter and it would come back, but several users were thrown by that. Long winded review, but I've had ZERO issues with the unit since then. The file access speed is superb across my 100 MBps switch. Almost as good as a local drive! And I've had better luck with WD hard drives than any other brand in my 20+ years of geekdom.
Ok - but could be better8/4/2009
The unit works fine in a test setup with only a few computers but on a larger network it has a hard time with authentication of the clients. I wish it had a usb for a fail-safe method of connecting when the network method is difficult.
This product is very useful, it is quiet,fast, easy to use, and reliable. I use it in my home network connected with a 1 gigabit switch and it can deliver the information very fast. Transfered 7GB of information in 2 and half minutes. For the price it is the best you can buy. My only wishes is that I would have got the one that supported raid for faster I/O performance.
Great deal and product.4/29/2009
The WD Worldbook is an excellent flie share server. It was easy to setup and get everyone connected. We have both XP and Vista PC's in our group and everyone could access it. It has worked wonderfully since installing it. Overall I would give it an excellent rating. There is one draw back. If you want to access your files remotely, you should not purchase this unit. The software that allows you to do that is called Mionet and it is of very poor quality. I could never get it to work. I saw many reviews of Mionet and about 90% of people reviewing say it does not work. We do not find it vital to access files remotely but if you do look for another unit and read reviews.
What a great backup device4/12/2009
Connected it to the hub, the computers on the network found it with no problem.
This is more user friendly3/28/2009
I got this after buying the first world book and i have to say that they have step up their game at wd it is more user friendly then the first and dlna compatible with my xbox360 i can stream my movie to it and anything else that's connected to the network so if that's what you are looking for in this product then look no further and it souldnt make you your computer sluggish it a network drive and is not really connected to the computer and it still not so fast in uploads and downloads but is the fastest you can buy for the money
only good for manual backup3/20/2009
Automated backup software blue-screened my XP. Uninstalled and reinstalled web version of back up software - backs up most BUT NOT ALL files, therefore worthless. Also made my computer sluggish and unstable. WD tech support recommended just doing manual backups.