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Western Digital My Book World Edition II 2TB Dual-Drive Network Storage

  • WDH2NC20000N
  • Desktop
  • 2 x 1TB
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
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  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The Western Digital My Book World Edition II (model WDH2NC20000N) 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 Huge 2TB Storage Capacity The Western Digital My Book World Edition II (model WDH2NC20000N) provides an amazing 2TB storage capacity, so you can save your movies, music, applications and documents for easy sharing and even back up your system.
  • newegg RAID Mirroring Technology The built-in RAID mirroring technology, The Western Digital My Book World Edition II (model WDH2NC20000N) automatically and continuously maintains a second copy of your data, providing a double-safe space for your data.
  • newegg USB 2.0 Support The Western Digital My Book World Edition II (model WDH2NC20000N) features a built-in USB 2.0 port for convenient storage capacity expansion with external storage devices.
  • newegg Home Media Center with DLNA Support Connect the Western Digital My Book World Edition II (model WDH2NC20000N) to any of your digital multimedia appliances supporting DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and enjoy playback of digital files stored in your NAS effortlessly – watch movies, listen to music and view pictures without complicated setup!

Learn more about the Western Digital WDH2NC20000N

General

Brand
WD
Model
WDH2NC20000N

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
HDD Interface
2 x SATA (2 x Bay)

Configuration

Form Factor
Desktop
Operating System
Windows XP/Vista
Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
2 x 1TB
RAID
RAID 1, RAID 0

Features

Features
Automatic and continuous backup for all the computers on your network

RAID mirroring technology

Remote access

iTunes server support

Easy to set up, easy to find on your network

Simple file recovery

USB 2.0 utility port

Cooler, quieter, eco-friendlier

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
6.5" x 6.3" x 3.9"
Weight
5.51 lbs.

Environment

Temperature
5°C - 35 °C

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Sean H.
  • 6/30/2014 9:23:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked for 2 1/2 years

Pros: Easy to set-up and configure

Cons: Slow operation. Hardware failure after about 2 1/2 years of moderate use. Ironically, the hardware that failed was not the drives themselves (which were configured in a Raid 1 format), but the built-in nic

Other Thoughts: I thought I was saving money a couple of years back when I bought this, but all I ended up doing is costing myself money, time, frustration in trying to recover my important files. I really wish I'd gone elsewhere or just put together a mini-itx Linux machine.

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  • John A.
  • 9/5/2011 10:26:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what it's designed to do really well.

Pros: Purchased from NewEgg. Insanely easy to install, plugged into router and it showed up automagically on Win XP, Vista, 7, Ubuntu 8. Dual complexity, browser-based management is very clean. Email alerts work flawlessly. Built-in FTP server is useful for sharing. Works extremely well with my WDTV Live Plus ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136593 ) streaming audio and video without any issues.

If you're buying NAS because, once again, you've lost all your files, this is a very cost-effective way to make sure the stuff you're saving is stored twice. I've been working very hard at filling it up but am still only a third through the TB of storage space. Much better than the old "put two drives in some old computer I have and try to get RAID working" solution.

I haven't had either drive fail yet, but it looks as if it will be very easy to replace one if I do.

Cons: Some have thought the transfer rates are "slow." They are what I expected which is to say that it's not the same as writing from one hard drive to another on the same computer. But, it's not unreasonable by any stretch of the imagination.

I've had a rare occasion (3-4 times in 8 months) where it seems to lose its network connection and doesn't find its way back on without being rebooted.

The button on it is kinda odd, it feels weird (squishy with no real tactile indication of whether you're doing anything when you push it) and, quite honestly, I'm still not sure if it does anything.

Other Thoughts: Although listed as "2TB," the default configuration is really 1TB (on one drive) completely backed up (RAID) on another 1TB drive.

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  • Lance P.
  • 8/31/2011 6:47:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHDD 2 failed after 2 weeks

Pros: Large capacity, relatively low price for a NAS

Cons: Caviar Green HDD's are junk, and this thing has two of them inside. It also has no fan, and thus gets REALLY hot during normal operation.

Other Thoughts: After 2 weeks and very little usage (less than 3GB daily backups) HDD 2 has experienced multiple thermal alarms, SMART check failure, and the entire device as a whole is now operating in degraded mode (RAID 0). It'd be nice if this was well designed, but it's not. Mine came with hairline cracks in the nice white case, around the light, and as mentioned above, the Caviar Green drives inside it are prone to failure often. I've already contacted WD about this hunk of junk.

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  • Jason W.
  • 8/29/2011 9:58:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: I have owned this 2TB My Book for a few years now. I had it mirrored but I now have a few more 2TB hard drives to back up my data and have set it back to a 2TB drive. It has always worked decent a little slow but not bad. I had the WD 1TB quit working on me and lost all my data but WD gave me this 2TB My Book no problem to make up for their bad 1TB. If WD knows your not satisfied they actually look out for their customers I have dealt with them personally. This case has a SATA connsctor and USB 2.0 and two other connections not sure what they are.

Cons: It's a very big Hard drive case with 2 3.5 1TB hard drives. The new 2TB are one drive and alot smaller. This My Book I have to say has held up its end and I have even dropped this HD encloser and it still works awesome.

Other Thoughts: I would recomend this product WD is worth your money.

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  • Christian F.
  • 8/16/2011 11:16:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings after a year

Pros: Works right out the box.

Large amount of storage for the price

Web interface works ok not pretty but functional.

Twonky server is well Twonky, it works as well as can be expected for the product. Thought this product would have been more of a plus but UPnP is not intuitive at all with most players.

Cons: Slow transfer speeds, I felt it the most on the initial load.

Speeds are fine enough to handle many streams of HD media, we've had 5 1080p streams going through the house without an issue.

Mionet is useless, least from my perspective every time I'm out and try and use it, it says the folders are offline.
I did get Mionet to work once, had to use the remote desktop software, to use a web browser to login to the device and reboot. Transfer speed was abysmal over the internet and it was not my pipe or the receiving internet pipe.

Other Thoughts: I initially bought this product for my media storage and streaming. It works well for that. Between recorded media from my PC DVR and ripped movies as mp4's the device performs very very well.

I'm torn at this point with the product, the saving grace for it is price 200 bucks for 2 TB Mirrored = 1 TB is not bad compared to anything else on the market.

I have not yet played with the USB addon storage, I may try that next as I'm needing more space at this point and I'm not sure I want to invest in another device.

Also I initially thought it would be cheaper to upgrade the drives later, and you can, but WD itself wants to charge you more for new drives then it would cost for you to buy the 4 TB model.

I do not use the backup software so no opinion there, I prefer services like crashplan.com and carbonite for backing up units. So I have no opinion on the backup solution.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/30/2010 8:10:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPathetic effort by WD

Pros: Actually there are no Pros, I'd love to have my money back on this boat anchor.

Cons: With a fast PC, and a gigabit network, I get transfer rates of a whopping 10 MB/s. That's 80 Mb/s, my USB hard drive is twice that fast. I expected more from WD.

As stated before, the software is garbage and you cannot delete the two folders that are installed from the factory (downloads and public).

Other Thoughts: This thing might have been worth it at 50 bucks, but at $200 it is of no value.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/19/2010 6:18:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks better than expected

Pros: Received drive in less than 24 hours... usually takes 3 days??? The drive was VERY EASY to use and set up. Popped in the disk... followed instructions.... and we are up and running. Worked with XP, Vista and Windows 7. The speed seems just fine for what we are doing. We are using it as a central storage unit for our small business.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/24/2010 7:24:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWouldn't Buy

Pros: Stays online all of the time, but that is it.

Cons: Well this has a Gig network card, but since processor is too slow, doesn't transfer data that fast. I got max 13MB/s, which isn't bad, but I bought this for 1Gb/s transfer rates not 100Mb/s transfer rates.

Second, the web interface...isn't good. They need to do some HCI work on it. No way to get rid of "public" and "download" volumes, which I didn't want. And since processor is only 200Mhz, using more resources for dumb programs just isn't acceptable.

Third, since the processor is slow, I wanted to shutdown all of the processes that weren't necessary, but even after doing that my transfer speeds were only 12.1MB/s., which just isn't up to par.

Last, I bought another NAS case to put these drives in, and when I took them out they were set to 1.5Gb/s (with a jumper setting) which means that this NAS isn't really SATA II with 3Gb/s but rather SATA I with 1.5Gb/s. So Western Digital isn't telling the truth about their NAS specs.

Other Thoughts: WOULD NOT recommend this to anyone. See Cons above!!!

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/30/2010 11:00:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: RAID, physically small. only slightly larger than 2 hard drives stacked together. Which does bring about heat concerns. I had the device on it's side under a book cabinet and got some thermal warnings. I moved it and all is well.

Cons: Logging into the HTTP interface gave me some trouble. I was using the correct name/password combo, even typing it with one finger. Suddenly it let me in, I changed the password and haven't had any problems since. I've experienced one unexplained network disconnect just recently with nothing in the logs.

Other Thoughts: So far I am happy with the device. I think for the price, it's worth the money to save the time and trouble of building a NAS with RAID capability yourself. Why reinvent the wheel, unless you're poor and are using hardware you already own.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/27/2010 1:04:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI like it

Pros: Good price, Raid 1, intuitive user interface, provides ssh interface to its OS which is linux :-). Can be easily mounted to linux boxes via samba. Low power, low heat drives. Itunes finds it right away. Does what I want it to do for a home NAS.

Cons: Has too many apps loaded. Need to stop or remove some. The user interface, a web app, hung with a message about resources meaning the HTTP server was starved. Rebooted from a linux console via SSH and Putty and then stopped apps I did not need. No problems since.

Cannot turn off MIONET, the software for external access, using the web app. It turns itself back on a minute after you turn it off.

Other Thoughts: Bought it to replace a Lacie NAS that had bricked. Drive was OK so I hooked the Lacie drive to a linux netbook via a USB to SATA/PATA adapter. That adapter has saved my bacon on a couple of occasions. Got the adapter from newegg a while back for under $20. Copied the files from the Lacie drive to the WD NAS.

How you copy files to the NAS can affect the speed. For example, dragging and dropping large directories from Nautilus to the WD NAS was much slower than just copying via a console command. Would expect windows file manager to act slower than a dos copy.

I believe the small processor and memory are the main speed constraints. Its running a lot of stuff so turn off what you don't use.

Learn some basic linux so that you can logon to the NAS to see what is going on if you have a problem and so that you can reboot from the console if required. Also, change the root password ASAP in case someone hacks your network. All of the NASs of this genre run linux, so same for them.

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