Western Digital My Book Live Duo 4TB review

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Published 
18 Apr 2012
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Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
281
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An easy-to-use interface and massive storage capacity make this a great home NAS device

Basic Specifications

Price £281
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Storage

Capacity 2x 2TB
Default file system ext3
Price per gigabyte £0.07
Interface SATA2
3.5in drive bays 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 0
RAID modes JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

Interface

Ethernet ports 1
USB direct access ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear) 0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other ports none

Networking

Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play support yes
UPnP media server yes
iTunes yes
Print server no
USB disk server yes
Web server no
FTP server yes
Protocols supported TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP

Miscellaneous

Size 165x157x99mm
Weight 2.2kg
Vertical positioning yes
Ethernet cable included yes
Additional features remote access, personal cloud storage
Power consumption idle 9W
Power consumption active 15W

Buying Information

Price £281
Warranty three years RTB
Supplier http://www.play.com
Details www.wdc.com

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Although this review is about 2 years old, the drive is still on the market and I've recently acquired one.

Does anyone have any advice they can offer me on using the My Book Live Duo as a general server to work from?

To describe my situation a little, I have an office at home where my PC lives but am quite often working away from home on my laptop.
To avoid having to manage 2 sets of files on 2 separate computers I've decided to make the leap to installing a small server in my office that hooks up to my local network at home, which in turn makes it accessible remotely via the internet when working away from home.

My thinking is that by running the My Book in RAID 1 config I'll be killing 2 birds with 1 stone:
a) All computers I work from will access work files from 1 central location.
b) The server will continuously back itself up.

I kinda feel like I've answered my own question by typing it out but any comments more than welcome.

Thanks,

Phill