Western Digital WDBCTL0040HWT-BESN Network Attached Storage Review

Western Digital WDBCTL0040HWT-BESN Network Attached Storage Review

Network attached storage can make data sharing a whole lot easier. NAS devices are hard drives assembled inside a box that can be connected to your router along with a small CPU, motherboard and memory.

The main benefit of a NAS drive is that anyone connected to the internet can access it and view data. The NAS can be used as a local repository for media files and practically anything else that has to be shared for people on the same network.

About The Product

My Cloud is a handy personal attached storage unit that is slowly becoming popular. Customers can conveniently save everything in one place and access it from multiple devices, including tablets, computers and smartphones.

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The stored data can be accessed by people in your home or office network. Rest assured, the files cannot be accessed by anyone from a remote server so you don’t have to worry about mysterious activity or data theft. The device works as more than just a simple network storage unit: it acts as a personal cloud.

My Cloud is a personal, private storage unit that can be plugged to your home network. The device automatically backs up content. And since the device can be used online, your friends and family members can share and access whatever they want through any device. Some notable benefits of the WD 4TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage includes:

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    Centralize Data in One Place: Users can centralize videos, music, photos and files from one secure location in their home.
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    Access from Anywhere: All you need is an internet connection and you can access videos and photos at a single click. All you have to do is sign in and use the My Cloud app on your laptop, smart phone or tablet.
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    Sync Your Favorite Content: WD Sync allows users to automatically synchronize content using the My Cloud unit. This makes it possible for office users to keep track of important files and update them as per their convenience.
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    Video and Photo Backup: The NAS unit allows users to back up videos and photos automatically that you have captured. This means individuals can conveniently free up space on their phones and never worry about misplacing a shot.
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    Handy Backup for Your Computer: My cloud works as a handy backup and automatically saves all your important files from your PC and Mac Computers.
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    Mac and Windows Compatible: The Network Attached Storage unit is compatible with all Windows and Mac devices.
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    Stream to Multiple Devices: You can stream to your UPnP/DLNA certified connected media players, TVs and gaming consoles.
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    Package Includes: The package includes Ethernet cable, personal cloud storage, quick install guide, UPnP certified, AC adapter and personal cloud storage.
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    USB 3.0 Port: The device includes a USB 3.0 port that can be used for initiating direct downloads and connecting additional storage.

What Others Say

Customers agreed that the product is quiet, even if you set it up two feet away. When it comes to functionality, the NAS ditches complex and advanced features and focuses on core functionality, such as FTP, UPnP and iTunes servers. It also features multi-user support to set permission and set folder access.

While the device is easy to set up for both remote and local access, there are a couple of things you should know upfront.

First off, My Cloud cannot be directly plugged to the computer for convenient use. The NAS unit requires a hardwired Ethernet connection and cannot connect to your network wirelessly.

According to a customer, My Cloud has one of the best web-based configuration interfaces on the market. The device is easy to configure and you can easily mess around with the settings.

Additionally, if you don’t intend to use the drive remotely, you don’t have to worry about software installation.

The drive offers users the ability to restrict access to individuals, which means that you can conveniently hide folders and limit access to some users. The customer successfully streamed content they had recorded on their iPhone and transferred it to a Samsung TV.

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The drive serves media files at an incredibly high speed so you can also play Blu-Ray movies on devices, such as tablets, laptops and mobile phones, practically any compatible device. Users can access the drive from Android and iOS devices via a free app. The application works similarly to other cloud storage services in the market.

Customers were also pleased that the drive supports practically any file format out there. This includes Windows NTFS, FAT32, FAT and Mac Journaled HFS. Overall, the NAS device is packed with all sorts of convenient features that ensure easy running and set up.

However, on the downside, a customer complained the speed was less than 5 Mbps and that users should avoid the firmware version v04.00.00-607.

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Buying Advice

You can purchase the WD 4TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage at a price of around $170.Customers can select from a single or dual drive.

To save money, be on the lookout for promotional offers and discounts. You can find more details about the product including deals and offers on Western Digital’s website.


Overall, the WD 4TB My Cloud Personal Network Attached Storage is great unit. Not to mention, it is available at a reasonable price. The product could use some improvements and may not work as great for everybody.

While the drive itself works fine, users may have problems with the backup device. It’s a good idea that you browse through customer reviews before investing in the product.

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