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Western Digital My Book World Edition WDG1NC5000N 500GB Home Network Storage with Remote Access

  • 500GB
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
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Western Digital takes network storage to the next level with the My Book World Edition hard drives. This 500GB drive attaches to your network with a Gigabit Ethernet connection for fast data transfers. A capacity gauge on the front lets you know how much space you have left on the drive. For added network storage you can attach a USB hard drive to the drive.

The Data OnHand feature lets you use Windows Explorer on any PC anywhere to access, edit and save files. WD Anywhere Access ensures access to your data even when your local system is powered down. As long as the drive is powered up and attached to the network you can access your data.

  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The Western Digital My Book World Edition (model WDG1NC5000N) features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for office and home networks.
  • newegg 500GB Storage Capacity The Western Digital My Book World Edition (model WDG1NC5000N) provides an amazing 500GB storage capacity, so you can save your movies, music, applications and documents for easy sharing and even back up your system.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Support The Western Digital My Book World Edition (model WDG1NC5000N) features a built-in USB 2.0 port for convenient storage capacity expansion with external storage devices.
  • newegg Powerful Backup Software The bundled powerful backup software EMC Retrospect Express includes full system backup and recovery functions as well as easy scheduling and encryption.

Learn more about the Western Digital WDG1NC5000N


IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab


Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity


AC Input Voltage 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency 47-63 Hz


Backup Software
Data OnHand
WD Anywhere Access
Capacity gauge
Add additional external storage

Dimensions / Weight

6.8" x 5.6" x 2.2"
2.6 lbs


5°C - 35 °C

Package Contents

Package Contents
500GB Network Hard Drive
Driver Disk
1 x RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter and Power Cord

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/22/2009 3:02:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsOverall good drive

Pros: Nice look. Large drive. Easy to use. Reasonable price.

Cons: Slow. Included software does not support music or videos due to copyright laws.

Other Thoughts: To get around the media issue just compress the media into a WinRar or other type of archive file. The software does not block WinRar archive files so I can upload and download my music around town on my laptop and share with friends.

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  • Joshua W.
  • 12/19/2008 11:25:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy to setup, just plug into the router and wall. Works really well, and fast. I am able to steam music and even large video files across the network without lag issues. The white with blue LEDs look good. The fans are not loud, but could do a better job cooling.

Cons: The first time the device was turned on it had to update, which took a pretty long time (couple hours). The software likes to take over your PC a little bit and pop up every time the system is turned on, which is a little annoying, nothing to do with the device itself. However, this software does not need to be used unless you are accessing the drive from another network. With that said, the software is pretty powerful... just annoying sometimes

Other Thoughts: Gave it the full eggs because the drive does exactly what it is supposed to do. The only issues I have are with the bundled software, which can be circumvented.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/16/2008 6:18:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBig waste of time and money

Pros: The big round blue light that blinks to tell you it IS actually working. The concept is cool? Easy to figure out the interface and how to use settings and files/folders etc. Simply type in your internal IP address and you get to the settings page. That part I actually enjoyed. Don't even need the included software to get going.


Going to have to take a loss to RMA this. It works but not how I want it to. Who wants to wait 6 hours for 80GB of files to transfer??

Other Thoughts: I knew it was going to be slower than usb, but I guess I should have done my homework and found out exactly HOW much slower. From usb at about 20MB/s to this at 4MB/s?? When you have large amounts of files this is not what you want. After reading a few reviews online and confirming that the speeds I was getting were right around expected maximum for these drives I decided to RMA this one. I guess I should have paid attention to the bad reviews. The price was good and that's what got me. Too bad the performance didn't live up to my hopes. I think this will be my last WD product for a while. Been going with Seagate lately and I think I'll keep that trend going.

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  • Jonah M.
  • 12/15/2008 7:27:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsthinking about getting another.....

Pros: This device can be seen easily and accessed via network, and has easy to access webpage for administration. I agree with the other reviewers, the Mionet software (never tried it) seems like it sucks. I also agree that it's slow....however, most NAS drives are slow. (maybe 3-5 MBps ??) However, if you google this hard drive, you'll find out that it is based off of linux. Amazingly, you can set it up, SSH into it, set up your OWN webserver, iTunes music server (mt-daapd or firefly), media server via MediaTomb or Twonkymedia, database server, etc. It's actually pretty neat. What is also cool, is the USB port (have not used yet) in which you can attach another hard drive or a printer (with a software hack)

Cons: Slow as mentioned above....but its for network STORAGE, so it is forgivable....wish they didn't "advertise" it as 1 gigabit, though. the Mionet software....which is EASILY avoidable

Other Thoughts: I am seriously thinking about getting another one of these....just need to wait for the price to come down.....

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  • Ryan H.
  • 12/15/2008 11:47:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorst Product EVER!!!

Pros: This thing is probably the WORST product for my PC I have EVER baught. I baught it from Office Depot, and it is USELESS> Wanna save a quick small file, once? Locally also? Right product. Wanna back up your PC? WRONG. Wanna transfer a large file or file folder? WRONG. Wanna remotely login and retrieve files? PAY monthly and NO it is NOT a server. It is not even worth $10.00. Save your cash and buy a cheap computer make a file server. This thing gets 450 KB/sec on my gigabit home network. It sucks. It crashes my router all the time. It is so slow I am only able to use it for quick small files and thats it. Anything else and it crashes my router and I have to reboot it. Amazing that ANY company would try to sell such a piece of junk. I would be surprised if this comment gets posted, but from the heart, it is true. TERRIBLE device. Shame on Western Digital.

Cons: This thing is WORTHLESS. It is only good for small incremental file backup. I mean SMALL.

Other Thoughts: Dont buy it.

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  • Craig P.
  • 10/31/2008 8:45:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlug and play

Pros: Took it out of the box, plugged in Ethernet, plugged in power. Networked PCs were immediately able to find and read/write.

Cons: Would prefer a web interface for setting over installing software, but haven't needed to install the software yet.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/17/2008 1:13:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Waste Your Time

Pros: Looks nice

Cons: Froze up every 1-2 hours even when sitting idle. Power button only worked one time when it wasn't frozen, other times I had to unplug and plug it back in to have the drive active each time. Does it's own thing with numerous files as you transfer them (changed names, deleted details of the files - album, artist name on music) and transfers so slow that sometimes you feel like it isn't working (even with just a couple hundred megabytes.

Other Thoughts: It's hard to use an "access anywhere" drive when it is constantly frozen and falling offline. I have spent countless hours trying to configure this thing so that it worked properly. Now I've decided to send it back and I will end up spending more time cleaning up my files and fixing names and data that it changed (or lost in some cases)

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  • David T.
  • 10/9/2008 9:46:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsYeah, it's a Brick.

Pros: It is NAS.

Cons: The software is terrible, it died after about 6-Months most likely due to the heat of the thing. Wasn't reliable. Despite a Gigabit port, you definitely don't get gigabit speeds.

Other Thoughts: I own a Buffalo Netlink for my shop, I love it and it does what it is supposed to do. It's really a shame I thought WD would make an intuitive product like Buffalo. Shame on me.

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  • Tom R.
  • 9/25/2008 1:58:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPOC, would not buy!

Pros: The theory behind the product is nice....

Cons: Where to start, SLOW as molasses on transfers 3-5MB, why bother with a Gigabit connection the Chasis cant handle it and it Locks up if you try to transfer a large amount to it!!
With in 2 Days it locked up sending my data to it over 1Gb ethernet. I contacted support and they said it would lock up if you send more than 500MB at a time! I explained I was trasnfering 200+GB and it would take days to transfer at 500MB intervals! As it was it said 16 hours to transfer all at once, of course it would lock up way before finishing!

Other Thoughts: I bought it for a network storage solution and was interested in the remote access feature when I set it up, but since it was not dependable I returned it for another NAS device.

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  • Robert J.
  • 9/15/2008 7:22:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsmy book dead

Pros: nice little box cool spinning blue light when thinking

Cons: my book world up and dead in less then 6 months WD is sending me a new one but i was told to eat the data recovery cost witch are almost 5 times the cost of the unit runs very hot 60c just sitting there

Other Thoughts: too slow but at a 100m lan or 1000m lan it only maxs out at about maby 6 megs a sec...needs cooling fans

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