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Review : WD MyCloud Mirror Personal Cloud Storage

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Some would argue that, these days, it’s just as important to backup our mobile (camera) devices for the very reason we backup our regular digital photographs. Here’s my take on doing just that with my review of the My Cloud Mirror.

Even though I have my camera with me most of the time, I still have my iPhone (or your Android or Windows thing or heck, even your Blackberry) with me about 99.8% of the time. That’s maybe more than most people as my 9 to 5 is social media and photography, so I tend to have the phone near, and as a result, I take a lot of photographs with the thing.

It’s the iPhone 6 Plus, it has a half decent camera and as a result I take a lot of photos, videos, time lapse sequences, slow motion videos, etc. The bottom line is, I use it to create a LOT of content, and I know a lot of you guys do too. The theme with my other storage and backup related articles here on dPS has been “don’t lose stuff when you don’t need to!” and really, the same goes for your phone. You use it to create memories, even if you can’t print those memories out at A1 size (23.4 x 33.1″), they are still moments that you might like to remember. (Or they’re just photographs of every coffee you’ve ever had and really, you should just stop that!*)

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As ever, without slapping down a whole page of technical jargon that you really don’t understand, I shall explain the WD MyCloud Mirror in the easiest way I can. You unbox it, plug it into power and to your network, (Cat5 cable between your MyCloud and your internet modem / router) follow the configuration instructions, and within minutes (unless you really are very very bad at things with buttons and knobs) you will have a storage drive that is both connected to your computer on your home network / wireless, and you will have a storage “cloud” that is available to you on your phone (apps available in Google Play and iTunes app store) and via any internet connected browser.

Maybe the skeptic in you is saying, “but I still have to remember to actually backup my phone!” Actually, and you knew I’d say that, it does it automatically (make sure your app settings are right) so you can shoot on your phone, and have your photos automatically transferred to your MyCloud Mirror (you control if it does it all the time or only when you’re connected via Wifi to avoid crazy mobile data bills).

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My ultimate test of the WD MyCloud Mirror was on a recent trip to Fiji for a photography workshop. I was using a Fijian sim card in my iPhone and had wifi at random hours of the day. I set the MyCloud app to upload my iPhone content when on Wifi, and that’s exactly what it did – seamlessly! My wife could navigate to a website back in Melbourne and see what I’d photographed on my phone, and show my boys where I was – it was great. Now, you can do that using a camera, card reader, and a laptop with wifi (or a hundred other ways) but for those moments that I simply whipped out my phone and snapped a memory, they were preserved and immediately available for others to see (or to not see, depending on your security settings, obviously).

Some specs for you to wrap your head around

  • Keep your content in one, double-safe place
  • Get abundant, dual-drive storage with access from anywhere
  • Save everything with twice the protection using Mirror Mode (RAID 1-default)
  • Easily transfer to and from Dropbox™ and other cloud accounts

You can use the MyCloud Mirror with the following

  • Windows® 8.1 or earlier, Windows 7, Windows Vista® or Windows XP (32 bit) SP 3 operating systems
  • Mac® OS® X Mavericks, Mountain Lion™, Lion™ or Snow Leopard® operating systems
  • DLNA®/UPnP® devices for streaming
  • Router with Internet connection

Supported browsers:

  • Internet Explorer® 8 or higher
  • Safari® 6 or higher
  • Firefox® 21 or higher
  • Google Chrome™ 27 or later on supported Windows and Mac OS platforms

What’s that about a mirror?

You may also have picked up on the word mirror in the name of the MyCloud, it does indeed have two disks in it and it mirrors your data. While you’re backing it up from your phone, you’re also making a redundant copy of it onto the second drive, so if disk number #1 should fail, disk #2 will still have all of your duck-faced selfies (be honest, who doesn’t love a duck-faced selfie). Here’s a picture of that happening, just perchance I’ve confused you with my techno-babble.

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In summary, I totally love the WD MyCloud Mirror (I have the 4/2 (mirrored) TB version). I can’t recommend it enough for those of you that are half serious about your phone photography, or even just half serious about storage and content access while you’re anywhere with an internet connection.

The WD MyCloud Mirror has been online for three months to test its reliability. It’s been online, and available all of that time, without a hiccup. I was sent the unit for test and review purposes, and will always give an unbiased opinion of a product. I award the MyCloud Mirror Five stars for simplicity in setup and usage, as well as (three months) constant reliability.

*there’s a good chance that sentence was about, and directed at me 🙂 

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WD MyCloud Mirror Personal Cloud Storage
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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Billy Porter

    I have an ex2 and its a terrible experience. Windows can’t seem to every see it. mapped drives never connect. Don’t plan on using it for a plex server. The android app never connects remotely. I got an error that neither tier 1 nor tier 2 tech support knew how to resolve regarding adding my email to my profile. There have been so many times I’ve tried to login to the NAS’s IP address only for it to time out. All of this is with brand new device. Fresh firmware, multiple hard resets. This is not a good NAS, imo.

  • John G.

    These cloud storage devices are nice for some people. But for me, not so much. It takes an incredible long time to back up wirelessly. I will NEVER buy another one.

  • gtvone

    They’re certainly not for everyone all the time John. It does depend what you’re backing up, your connection (lan / wan) etc. cheers

  • gtvone

    Sounds like fun times Billy (not!) I’ve had trouble from time to time with my various NAS etc but have always sorted it out eventually. (I’m running Plex on mine too, it does pretty well via wifi into my Sony TV) cheers! Simon

  • Tommy He

    I recently bought a WD MyCloud 4TB (Single Slot, not the Mirror one reviewed here) and it works great!

    The best part is that it works with every gadgets my family has, even the Linux workstation and PS Vita.

    MyCloud and MyCloud Mirror has an external USB 3.0 port, which can be used to connect another USB disk for full disk backup, which they call as “Snapshot”.

  • Geekcr

    I had this thing’s ancestor, the WD Mybook World Edition II. Same features: twin drives, RAID configuration, only it didn’t have the USB ports. It was a horrible user experience, and unless WD has done something to seriously up its game, my $0.02 is, it’s not worth it.

    I’ll explain: the OS is an ARM-based, barebones version of linux. The internal processor has just enough computing power to read and write, blink the lights, and give you the web-based configuration interface. Real good during your day-to-day routine… but if something goes wrong, all hell breaks loose. There’s no real diagnostic information on what went wrong, how bad it is, or what to do about it… except call tech support and get your usual “yeah, send it in for replacement” routine. You can’t do manual console mounts, copy, or recovery procedures like you would on a regular linux system. There’s not even a darn system log you can check for information on what’s going on.

    You can’t pull the drives out and plug them into a regular computer without some serious tweaking and cursing, since they’re a RAID array.

    I had the internal drives fail on me, at a rate of one per year for 3 years. And I wasn’t doing anything unusual, just your regular every day home user file transfers. When they failed, I was left with a single drive, holding a lifetime’s worth of irreplaceable data… and no diagnostic information on whether that one was about to kick the bucket or not. When I got the replacement drive, I put it in, and the RAID wouldn’t rebuild. I had to offload all my data, factory reset, and copy everything back.

    In the end I was putting data on this thing, and having to back up to optical media just in case a drive went out again. The whole routine was clunky, hard to do, and hard to track.

    After the third failure I said no way, no more. I sold the thing and built a regular ubuntu-based NAS unit, which is a dream to run and has been my archive solution ever since.

    Forget about all these little “drives in a network box”. Use them to stream movies or music or something like that (don’t waste your money on a RAID unit though). But for your valuable data, use a real x86 system, with real hardware and a real OS.

    A couple posts detailing my nightmare experience and my NAS unit homebuild:

    http://geek.ticoblogger.com/2010/10/western-digital-mybook-world-edition-ii.html
    http://geek.ticoblogger.com/2010/10/wd-mybook-world-edition-ii-la-cagada.html
    http://geek.ticoblogger.com/2014/12/como-almacenar-fotografias-de-una.html

  • Jim Gilbert

    I have the 8TB drive in a 4×2 RAID configuration. Works great, but – be sure to choose RAID 1 because I had one drive fail within about 30 days. Amazon replaced it no problem. Choosing RAID 1 meant all my data was still there (the mirroring as the author talks about), and then adding in the replacement drive was as easy as can be.

  • Niagara

    Great review for the non-techie, however, the entire model is missing one critical component: OFFSITE storage. You can have any storage solution that you want, however, if you centralize your files in one place and don’t include offsite backup copies as part of the solution, your data is still highly vulnerable. If you are away and your house burns down, you still lose EVERYTHING even if you have a multi-drive RAID supported NAS. My recommendation: Purchase twice as many hard drives as the NAS will allow and rotate them through. Start with HD 1 & 2 running RAID in the NAS, 3&4 are offline. After a week, remove HD1, replace with HD3, then move HD1 OFFSITE IMMEDIATELY! (And not a shed near the house or your garage – it must be truly offsite – friend or family’s house, office desk, whatever.) After another week, do the same things but replace HD2 with HD4 and take HD2 offsite. You now have 2 hard drives offsite. A week later, rotate again, bring back HD 1 and replace HD4 with it. Etc,…. Industry standards are to have a minimum of 3 generations of data offsite. This might not be 3 gens, but it is reasonable and will result in an overall system of archiving and securing your valuable data.

  • gtvone

    Yep – I replicate offsite, but you nailed it with your first sentence in that the article is mostly aimed at the non-techie, starting out from nothing. I’m pushing to Glacier and a remote Synology 1515+ Cheers for the feedback. –S

  • Chris Bartsch

    How many days does it take for the NAS to re-establish the RAID array if you remove one drive on say a 3 GB storage?
    Just re-building the NAS on an almost empty storage (one drive was DOA when I started with my Synology) took ages. I shudder to think how long it would take to do that every week on a well-filled DiskStation?

  • gtvone

    3tb usually (normally) around 24-36hrs. Depends on smart errors and different stuff, but 24-36 is pretty normal.

  • surya

    Cloud storage device is useful.Thank you

  • Gadi Eidelheit

    A proper back is required to be in a remote place so whatever backup you have make sure to have another one on a simple 2/4/6/8 TB and keep it outside your house for a real disaster scenario. It can be updated once a month or so and not daily

  • Craig

    Same here. I had lots of issues with the EX2 and had to send it back. I’ve worked in IT for 20 years and this experience was terrible. I went with a device from OWC and could not be happier.

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