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WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

  • Back up files from all your computers
  • Upload, access and save photos and videos from your mobile devices
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Learn more about the Western Digital WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

General

Brand
WD
Model
WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
1 x USB3.0

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
2TB

Power

Power
100-240V, 47-63Hz

Features

Features
Back up files from all your computers

Upload, access and save photos and videos from your mobile devices

Stream to your DLNA/UPnP-certified connected TVs, media players and gaming consoles

Free up space on your mobile device

High-performance media streaming

Blazing-fast file transfers

Expandable storage

Centralize your music collection and play it on any computer with iTunes

Easy to set up, easy to find on your network

System Requirements
-Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (SP3) operating systems
-Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard operating systems
-DLNA/UPnP devices for streaming
-Internet connection

Supported Browsers
-Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
-Safari 5.0 or higher
-Firefox 12 or higher
-Google Chrome 14.0 and later on supported Windows and Mac OS platforms

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
6.7"(H) x 5.5"(L) x 1.9"(W)
Weight
2.12 lbs.

Environment

Temperature
5°C - 35 °C

Package Contents

Package Contents
Personal cloud storage
Ethernet cable
AC adapter
Quick Install Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


Customer Reviews of the Western Digital WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

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  • Paul C.
  • 5/5/2014 6:02:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSooo Slooow...

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: Attractive
Very Low Price
Small Form Factor
Runs Cool
USB-3 Port can be used with a hub to control up to 6 hard drives.
Remote access over internet.

Cons: Everything happens so slowly as to render the device useless.
Software is lacking necessary features.

Other Thoughts: I can't say it often enough, this NAS is between 5 and 10 times slower than the 6 year old Maxtor Shared Storage 2 it was supposed to replace. When I right clicked a folder and clicked on properties, it took 10 minutes for the drive to report there was 40GB of data. Click on a folder and wait 20 seconds for it to open. Transfer rates crawl along at 500KB/S on my gigabit network with all new routers, switches, and cabling. Since the device is technically 'working', can I even send it back? Bummer

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,
Your feedback on the My Cloud experience is appreciated.
We have included a link below for ways to try and improve performance with the My Cloud by optimizing the connection between devices on your LAN.
“When transferring large files to or from a Personal Cloud drive, performance may be slower than expected”: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5736

We recommend verifying that you have the latest firmware update for the My Cloud installed as this may provide assistance in improving the performance of the unit. Please visit the following link on how to check your version and if need be update it.
“Product update for WD My Cloud”: http://www.wd.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdfmycloud_s

If the concerns persist you will want to consider backing up the configuration of your device through the Dashboard then perform a “System Restore” to rule out any possible software concerns related to the OS; this will not affect the data stored on the internal disk.
“How to reset a WD My Cloud, Mirror, EX2, or EX4 Personal Cloud drive”: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10432

If our support team can be of any assistance to you, please contact us via email or phone below and reference this Newegg review.
(855) 842-5370
http://support.wdc.com/contact/contact.asp?lang=en&ct=personalcloud

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  • Michael M.
  • 4/29/2014 8:29:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSeriously flawed connectability

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: Excellent features. Perfect size. Works great when is actually connects. WD drive inside

Cons: As Neil H indicates it seems to be incapable of staying connected to the network for more than a few hours or sometimes minutes.

Other Thoughts: Even on WD’s own forums there are dozens of complaints about this. WD has recommend in other review responses to set it a static IP. I tried that but it only works for a few hours at best. When it drops off the network not even WD discovery or the dashboard can find it again. Power cycling the device works about 75% of the time. I am rather disappointed as I have used WD products for years. I have a mybook world that has performed flawlessly for years but is simply too small for my current needs. That is a 5 egg product so I had high hopes for this new version. However, I would recommend avoiding this product until WD is able to correct the connection issue. If they are able to do that it will go to 4 or 5 eggs.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Mike,
We appreciate your feedback and understand your concerns relating to the loss of connectivity to the My Cloud.
Suggested troubleshooting for this type of issue would be to perform a “System Restore” of the OS, disable the power save feature, and then reassign a Static IP to the drive.
“How to reset a WD My Cloud, Mirror, EX2, or EX4 Personal Cloud drive”: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10432

“How to configure a WD My Cloud or WD My Cloud EX4 Personal Cloud drive with a Static IP”: http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/11384

We would like the opportunity to work with you directly to investigate these symptoms and determine the root cause of the issue you are experiencing. So we can follow-up with the outcome of the above recommendations, please contact us by phone or email below and reference this Newegg review when you speak with our My Cloud Staff.
(855) 842-5370
http://support.wdc.com/contact/contact.asp?lang=en&ct=personalcloud

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  • Michael G.
  • 4/8/2014 7:06:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery useful device

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: Ease of setup--plug it in to the LAN, navigate to the webpage in the instructions, and it just works. Backs up the data on the machines automatically, and sharing media is drag-and-drop simple.

It looks nice with the clean lines and minimal interruptions of the case.

Cons: There's only three licenses for the software. There should be 5 licenses for the modern family--we have three desktops and two laptops for five people in my house, and many families have at least four people. I can't find any way to get more licenses from WD. I'd have to buy another MyBook, and if I knew that was the case, I wouldn't have bought the 3TB unit, I'd have bought two 2TB units. For this, I'm dropping an egg.

Other Thoughts: If not for the stinginess with the software licensing, this would be a five egg review.

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  • Hugh F.
  • 3/26/2014 1:17:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: One on the best purchases I have made in a very…very long time. There is nothing I can really say bad about this device. when I first installed device it took me some time to understand. I would not see it as an external drive?.... but After I downloaded the software and installed it, I was able to see the drive using the software. It took me dragging and dropping my information to realize how user friendly this was. I let it run all night as the files were being saved. I am sure it did not take that long but I wanted to leave it up just in case. Now I am at work and I pull my phone out my pocket click my cloud app, enter my password and wow ….all my information is at my finger tips.
I forgot to mention I am a tech so I did allot of research and comparisons online and YouTube. I noticed this device and am happy I chose it. Now if my computer ever crashes (again) all my information is still accessible. I also like how it’s not configured like a USB drive but over the network. I keep it separate and even plug it into a different power strip than my computer setup. The only advice I would give is to take at least an hour to learn how the drive works and configure it to your liking. My wife doesn’t understand what it is but the next time our computer crashes and we still have all our information she will get it
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only reason this did not get 5 stars was its still only a week old.

Cons: NONE

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  • Colby W.
  • 3/24/2014 8:36:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of time and space

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: There is enough storage space to back up the information for my small business. Installation and setup were easy enough.

Cons: Remote access is advertised, but I can't connect unless I am on the same network. This defeats the purpose of getting the My Cloud for my business. I want to be able to back up employees' hard drives and be able to share files with clients without compromising the security of my network. The employees all work remotely and none of them can access the My Cloud device.

Other Thoughts: Stick with Dropbox.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Colby W.,
We appreciate your feedback regarding our WD My Cloud personal cloud storage. You can backup all your local computers to the NAS, unfortunately backup of remote computers is not possible. Please check that you have properly setup remote access for each user whom will be connecting to the data stored on the My Cloud drive from outside your local network.
How to create and delete a User account on a WD My Cloud, EX2, and EX4 Personal Cloud drives:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10423
How to access files on a WD My Cloud, EX2, or EX4 Personal Cloud drive using WD My Cloud Mobile App:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10624
Some routers may block HTTP and HTTPS ports to allow free access from the WD My Cloud to the Internet.
How to enable port forwarding on a network router for use with a WD My Cloud EX4 Personal Cloud drive:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/10637
We are more than happy to assist you further with any questions or issues you may have; and resolve those issues by providing world class customer service and support. Please call or Email us directly and refer to this Newegg review so we can direct you to one of our specialists.
(855) 556-5117
http://support.wdc.com/contact/contact.asp?lang=en&ct=sentinel

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  • Brandon S.
  • 3/22/2014 9:34:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Local and Remote Storage

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: After searching around, decided to try this one because of the reviews. Easy setup, updated firmware, and transferred 500 MB right away. Network took awhile to make the first upload (16 hours) but that was likely due to an older switch in the network and not the WD device. Can access remotely via WD website - great feature that I didn't fully appreciate until after I used it.

Cons: Wish the PC-side programs were lighter and faster. Depending on how you use it, you'll be installing a little or a lot. 99% of my use is as a local network drive, so quickly jumping to the drive in Explorer is most appreciated.

Other Thoughts: None.

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  • Thomas H.
  • 3/21/2014 6:53:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTorture

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: Worked great for one day.

Cons: After one day, the power went out. Why is that a problem? When installed I used their "dashboard"; it loaded a webpage from 193.168.0.107 -- OK, fine; that's the address. I was able to guess that I could access the device, using that address, from any computer in my LAN. After the power came back, the dashboard utility still links to 192.168.0.107 -- only it's not there. Dashboard utility is useless. What's the new address? Other computers in my LAN, set up with the 107 address cannot find "my cloud". I eventually found I could use the name WDMYCLOUD instead of the address -- mind you, WD's help didn't tell me that. I had to work for it. Dashboard utility is still useless. I just HOPE I can set my systems to locate the devise without a lot of work. Why does WD hate its customers?

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Tom H.,
We appreciate your feedback regarding our WD My Cloud NAS. Periodically the router will assign a new IP address as the DHCP lease expires on a particular device. Your router is the default DHCP server for your LAN (Local Area Network). The My Cloud Setup software will place three shortcuts on your desktop for the Dashboard (Web User Interface), the Public share, and our Learning Center. The Dashboard and Public share short cuts are configured by the IP address at the time the drive was setup. You may edit these short cuts by right mouse click on the particular shortcut and select Properties. Allow some time for the Properties window to open. Replace the IP address with the NAS drive name i.e. WDMyCloud for example. Save your changes. The shortcuts will now point to the drive name instead of a dynamic IP address. Another method would be to assign a static IP address or IP address reservation in your router.
How to configure a WD My Cloud or WD My Cloud EX4 Personal Cloud drive with a Static IP:
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/11384
Please call or Email us directly if you wish further assistance, at
(855) 556-5117
http://support.wdc.com/contact/contact.asp?lang=en&ct=sentinel

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  • Ralph L.
  • 3/21/2014 7:40:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Device Great Tech Service

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: Works as advertised. The software is very easy to use and is somewhat intuitive. The customer/ Tech Service is the best I have ever dealt with. They are truly customer focused.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Quick set up guide could use a little more detail.

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  • Brad B.
  • 1/26/2014 10:28:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat so far

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: Easy setup, easy automated backup options with smartware software. Plays all movies I've thrown at it and even had 6 household devices all watching the same movie off the device at the same time.

Cons: Not enough security as others have mentioned...if they get past your routers firewall then they can access all your network data and download it for themselves. Alot of people shouldnt have to worry about this though more security features/firewalls would of been expected with this type of device.

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  • NEIL H.
  • 1/3/2014 2:21:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsCaution

This review is from: WD My Cloud 2TB Personal Cloud Storage WDBCTL0020HWT-NESN

Pros: Looks good on paper; when they get the bugs worked out it might be very good.

Cons: Caution. Many problems, please visit the WD MyCloud forum before buying (in Google search "mycloud forum". In particular, look at the thread "My Cloud disconneted itself from network." [sic] For many users the drive disappears every a few hours and has to be unplugged to be used. There has been no acknowledgement, response or workaround from WD.

I tried two with the same problem. I bought a brand new router to see if it would solve the problem, no difference. Plugged it directly into a PC with ad-hoc Windows networking. Same problem. Tried fixed-ip and several other user suggested ideas from the forums. None worked, just has they haven't for people in that thread.

It works long enough for you to spend time configuring and copying files to it. Then it just won't stay on your network. I sincerely tried to make this thing work & in the end wasted a lot of time & money on this drive. The least I can say is that if you buy it and encounter the same problem of it disappearing from the network, return it immediately. There's no fix.

Other Thoughts: I can't watch this thing getting 4 stars without warning people about this drive.

WD will probably respond to this review with troubleshooting suggestions as if they don't know about the problem. In reality, it has been a problem for almost two months with no solution from WD. There are 127 messages in the "My Cloud disconneted itself from network." thread and NOT ONE PERSON has posted that WD helped them solve the problem.

The only users that have had success had to SSH into the drive and set up a shell script to force the drive to stay awake. If you're not that technical or comfortable having to hack a brand new product, you should probably wait until they solve this problem.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi zzzoinks, We apologize for the continued inconvenience you have experienced with the My Cloud and loss of connectivity. Western Digital is determined to address and resolve all issues relating to any customer concerns. If you have not already done so, we recommend assigning a Static IP to the drive through the Dashboard’s System Settings. This would isolate any possible issues related to DHCP and lease times for connected devices on your LAN. We see you have previously been in touch with our support team. We will forward your information to them for follow-up with your concerns directly, so we are able to further assess these symptoms and try to determine the root cause of the issue. You may also reach our My Cloud support at the below link if you prefer, and mention this Newegg review. http://support.wdc.com/contact/contact.asp?lang=en&ct=sentinel

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