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WD WDBACG0020HCH 2TB My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Works Well for My Needs 10/20/2013

This review is from: WD WDBACG0020HCH 2TB My Book Live Personal Cloud Storage

Pros: Transfer Speeds over a LAN connection for my system have been acceptable. Using a PC and an Ethernet connection the transfer speeds I get are usually between 7.0 to 8.75 MB/second. As far as I can tell there is not an option for a wireless connection between the router and the drive although you can access the drive by Wi-Fi with other devices once the drive is connected to the router with a cable. Getting files remotely is very slow with my setup, probably because of my internet connection. Downloading files on a good day I get speeds of about 375 Kb/Sec. With upload speeds typically being half of download speeds…

The software was easy to setup, use and provides the options I need. Remote data access is provided with the ability to create different accounts having defined access to the different directories (called shares). It is very easy to change the user rights for the different accounts during or after setup.

The drive comes in an attractive case, and runs coolly with little noise. After over 2 hours of transferring files the drive was warm to the touch and nowhere near what you would call hot. You can set the time interval for having the drive go into sleep mode, or just let it run.

Cons: It may be my computer, but the transfer speed drops below 5 and sometimes 4 MB/sec when several hundred 200 KB files are transferred in a row. This happens with 32 kbps MP3 audio book files when there are around 100 files per disc.

This drive’s only means of transferring data is by its network connection. It would be useful to have an eSATA or USB port on the drive. For me this is not terrible since: huge blocks of data are not being moved in and out of the drive, only one big block in; and my computer has a lot of idle time while I am sleeping or at work.

The only documentation is provided on the drive itself. There was not a CD or anything provided on paper to help with the installation. Not having a quick installation guide provided on what would only take a couple sheets of paper is not right. Just a slip of paper with an internet address would have been better than nothing. This may have been the fault of the people refurbishing the drives, but WD should have some say here since if affects their reputation.

Other Thoughts: This review is limited to my experience with a PC. Several reviews by people having Macs have been very negative about both the software and customer support received. If you have a Mac you might what to look for recent views by Mac owners to see if those issues have been resolved. The original PC software

OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: OCZ has excellent technical support. I was not able to get OCZ Gold Rev. 2 memory to work with my Abit-IP35 Pro board, but got a ton of help from OCZ in figuring that out. Because of the help I received and the reputation of OCZ, Platinum Rev. 2 chips were purchased.

Over clocking an Intel Q6600 to 3.2Ghz using a dimm voltage of 2.1v with a memory speed of 854MHz and memory timings of 5-5-5-15 provided a stable OS without memory errors. Memory timings of 4-5-5-15 with a DIMM voltage of 2.1v would not work.

The specifications on the OCZ site list the maximum voltage of this memory at 2.1v. However under the special features section, an EVP (Extended Voltage Protection) of 2.2v for over clocking not voiding the warranty is listed.

Taking a, what the heck attitude, the Dimm voltage was raised to 2.2v, the memory timings were changed to 4-4-4-15. The over clocking options listed above were not modified. These settings not only worked but provided a noticeable performance increace

Cons: The performance you get from this memory may vary based upon the combination of components making up your system.


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Display Name: Richard P.

Date Joined: 06/02/07

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  • Last Review: 10/20/13
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