WD My Cloud Mirror Unboxing and First Impressions

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I have been blogging for more than 5 years already. I probably acquired over 1TB worth of data if I will compute for everything I culled, captured and created in half a decade.

As a blogger, most of my work is stored in hard drives, and it’s necessary for me to be able to access everything anywhere I am. This is where cloud storage comes in very handy.

Last year, WD announced the availability of their second generation consumer personal cloud storage solution. The WD My Cloud Mirror allows users to backup their desktop and mobile data to a 2TB + 2TB Mirror hard drive on the fly, and it’s just probably one of the best investments you can get so far this 2016.

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Our friends from WD sent us a unit for review. Lord knows how I badly want to keep this, but review items are mostly sent back after a week or two. Anyway, check out my interactive unboxing video below.

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Setting up the storage solution is pretty easy. I followed the instructions provided by WD and it took me less than 5 minutes to set it up. including the initialization process. You can re-watch the interactive video above, you can just simply check out the instructions below.

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  1. Using the provided Ethernet cable, connect one end of the cable directly into a router or network switch port.
  2. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port located on the back of the My Cloud device.
  3. Connect one end of the power adapter into the power supply socket on the back of the device.
  4. Plug the other end of the power adapter into a power outlet. The unit powers up automatically.

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What we have here is a 4TB My Cloud Mirror (Gen 2). It has 2 drives – 2 TB each –  in Raid 1 mirror mode. In this mode, the contents of its user-accessible 2TB hard drive has exact same copy of its contents in its other 2TB backup drive. Again, its ‘mirror’ moniker is based on the fact that the other 2TB hard drive is just mirror whatever you save on its main 2TB hard drive. This ensures that your files are securely saved and backed up accordingly.

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You can basically treat it as another computer. In fact, it is powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB memory. Both of these components allow the device to create protected backups of your files and to stream multimedia device.

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It also supports My Cloud Mobile app, which gives users seamless access to registered personal cloud storage devices. It also has the optional benefit of streaming multimedia you have like photos, music and videos. It can also backup your phone’s photos and videos on the fly for as long as My Cloud app is installed and such feature is enabled.

This variant – 4TB – is now available for only PhP15,990. Other variants are also available:

  • 6TB – PhP20,990
  • 8TB  – PhP25,990

We’ll test this in the next few days. Check out our full review soon. In the meantime, allow us to back up our entire Gadget Pilipinas collection, and pray to God that WD will forget that they lent me one last week. Teehee!

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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