Western Digital Launches ‘My Cloud’ Hard Drives

A cloud of your own. That's what Western Digital (WD) is offering with its new line of My Cloud hard drives that provide terabytes of password-protected local storage in a Net-connected storage that acts, essentially, as one's private cloud.

A My Cloud personal cloud hard drive, connected to the Net, allows owners to have Net-based access to their own storage without concerns about files residing under someone else's control or having to pay monthly fees, as with public cloud storage services.

Jim Welsh, executive vice president and GM of the company's consumer electronics group, said in a statement that "there's no place like home for the cloud." He added that his company's personal cloud is "the easiest, most secure and most affordable way for customers to control" their files, with "anywhere, anytime" access.

Integration with Public Cloud Services

The MyCloud drive runs on Linux, but is compatible with PCs, Macs, and Android- or iOS-based tablets or smartphones via free desktop and mobile apps. And the drives allow users to share files, stream media and access their content through the Net. Setup is achieved through a Web-based interface, aided by WD software that auto-detects the drive's specs. WD SmartWare Pro software is available for setting up auto-backup; Mac users can employ Apple Time Machine software.

The drives feature a Gigabit Ethernet connection and dual-core processor, is available in 2, 3 and 4 terabyte capacities, and utilizes the 128-bit AES encryption algorithm. A compatible USB 3.0 hard drive can also be connected to the My Cloud drive's USB expansion port to add more storage. There's integration with such cloud storage services as Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive, for transferring files.

The 2 TB goes for $149, the 3 TB for $180 and the 4 TB for $250. A WD spokesperson has pointed out to news media that 2...

Comments are closed.