Western Digital My Book Live
Released October, 2010
The Pros:Most network devices recognize the drive immediately with little extra setup procedures. Drive throughput can support HD content streaming over the network. Can set how long it will wait before spinning down into standby mode from inactivity.
The Cons:Can't share contents over the Internet without a PC intermediary. Included software for sharing over the web seems dated and error-prone, and costs extra to use.
The Western Digital My Book Live is a mid-cost network storage device. This storage device allows file access at 100Mbps, which is three times the speed of standard USB 2.0 units. The DLNA-compatible media server of the My Book Live allows you to stream photos, music and video through devices such as your Blu-Ray player, XBox 360, and Playstation 3 (among others).
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The My Book Live can be used as an iTunes music server, meaning you can store and play your iTunes content on it (through one of the aforementioned external devices). When you plug the drive into your router, any PC or Mac on your wired or wireless network can access the data you have stored on the My Book Live. WD Smartware automatically backs up anything you save on your computer, so that you do not have to worry about making a special effort to back things up. The Western Digital My Book Live comes in a 1TB ($169.99) and 2TB ($229.99) version.
- 1TB/2TB option
- 100Mbps file access
- Apple Time Machine support
- DLNA-compatible media server
- iTuner music server
- Dimensions: 6.6" x 5.5" x 2"
- Weight: 2.41lbs.
- 47-63 Hz AC input frequency
- 100-240 VAC input voltage
- 10/100/1000 Mb/s capable
- Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 compatible
- WD Smartware
- Ethernet cable
- AC power adapter
- Installation and software CD
- Quick Install guide
User Reviews (3)
most network devices recognize the drive immediately with little extra setup procedures
drive throughput can support HD content streaming over the network
can set how long it will wait before spinning down into standby mode from inactivity
no on/off switch means it turns itself back on after a power outage
runs very quiet with a minimal footprint, can be placed anywhere on the network and forgotten
can't share contents over the Internet without a PC intermediary
included software for sharing over the web seems dated and error-prone, and costs extra to use
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