WD My Cloud Mirror NAS Drive Review
Rating: 4.5 Stars
The Western Digital My Cloud Mirror is a dual bay NAS drive available in 4TB, 6TB and 8TB sizes, and provides access to your files. Western Digital has tried to remove most of the frustrations of initially setting it up via setup wizards and numerous apps that are there to assist you. The WD My Cloud arrive with the HD installed already which goes a long way to endorsing the plug it and go philosophy.

Design and Build

The My Cloud Mirror is compatible with Windows and Mac, and looks nothing out of the ordinary. Although, there are a few touches that point towards an Apple-ish design mantra. It's a well built piece of kit, with blue LED lights to show you what the My Cloud is up to. The drive eject buttons are a nice touch too.

It is available in 3 sizes (4TB, 6TB and 8TB) with half of the capacity immediately available whilst the other half is used for a duplicate copy. In the event of a data failure, your data is safe on the copied space. The My Cloud Mirror is also USB 3.0 compatible (via the two USB ports) thus allowing more storage space without having to mess about with additional hard drives.

Setup

Setting up the WD My Cloud Mirror is quite easy, with it being a case of plugging in the drive and connecting to your router. The Auto Network Discovery mode makes it easy to find and connect to your Wi-Fi. Although, be warned that on occasions it can be confusing when you are prompted numerous times for different passwords and it isn't clear what it is for - i.e. for app access or content access. This could be slightly more user friendly in our opinion.

Performance

The WD My Cloud Mirror is very silent in operation, almost stealth-like with an occasional whirr and the small blue LED light informing you that it's working away. Once setup correctly, it's autopilot on the backup aspect with absolutely minimal user action required. This is a big bonus.

There is lots of space for storing all your videos, music files and photos on the My Cloud Mirror. It's easy to store your data via the drag and drop method. Your data can be accessed via the apps whilst you are out and about which is like having your own personal cloud.

Verdict

Although the Western Digital My Cloud Mirror may not be the cheapest product on the market, it is one of the easiest to set up and get running. It is an excellent back up solution, and a safe option with RAID as default. The WD has been designed to be easy to use, and is compatible with both Windows and MAC. The complimentary apps on iOS and Android are an added extra which are a snip to use. In a nutshell, it's an excellent product that delivers with the minimum of fuss.
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