WD My Cloud EX4 8TB
WD My Cloud EX4 8TB
Western Digital (WD) is well known for its production of hard drives. Further, the manufacturer is also fairly renowned for its network-attached storage (NAS) solutions. That being said, this month, we got to test out its latest offering, the My Cloud EX4 8TB.
The EX4 has been designed by WD to be small but expandable. Aesthetically, the EX4 is made from a very durable hard plastic. In front, the EX4 is built to fit four NAS-ready hard drives. With this particular model, WD had already fitted it with a hefty 8TB of storage for our testing, which we will get into later on. At the back of the EX4, WD has kept it simple. All that is seen is a big ventilation port in the middle, two power points, two USB 3.0 ports, and two LAN ports.
Another feature that should be highlighted about the EX4 is its mobile connectivity options, such as tablets and smartphones. Additionally, WD ensured that the EX4 is not particularly selective in terms of OS compatibility, which is why popular operating systems are able to sync with the device easily. Also, the EX4 supports an array of RAID formats, ranging from RAID 0 to RAID 10 and even JBOD.
Setting up is easy but different, depending on the platform you wish to access it from. If you’re connecting via a PC, you simply need to connect the device to an existing and functioning network. Once connected, you will need to download the necessary drivers from the manufacturer’s site, which you will find conveniently tucked inside the packaging. Once downloaded and installed, one merely needs to follow the step-by-step instructions in order to begin storing anything into the My Cloud EX4.
To connect with the smart devices (smartphones or tablets), the approach is slightly different. First off, you will need to download the My Cloud mobile app from either Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once downloaded, simply key in the IP address that is display on the front LCD screen of the EX4 and you will then be able to access the NAS.
To test the My Cloud EX4, we ran a program called CrystalDiskMark. The program essentially runs a couple of tests on the NAS, marking for efficiency in transfer read and write speeds. Upon completion of the test, we found out that the EX4 had an average sequential read and write speed of 49MB/s and 35MB/s at write speeds of 512K. This may not be the fastest speeds we’ve seen for a NAS, but do keep in mind that this NAS was designed to be a multi-purpose machine and not entirely a businesscentric machine.
Overall, we found the WD My Cloud EX4 NAS to be a decent contender among other entry-level NAS. It’s great for a business that are merely looking for a simple storage – both in and away from home – as well as being compact enough to hide in a corner. The fact that it also offers mobile accessibility makes it the perfect storage solution.
Internal HDD/SSD: 4x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA (II)
Max Internal Capacity: 8TB (4x 2TB HDD); capacity may vary by RAID type LAN: 2x Gigabit LAN port
Built-in Wireless Support: No Certification: CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI, RoHS, WEEE, VMware, Citrix
AC Input Power Voltage: 300W
Dimensions: 208.60 x 220.20 x 160.1mm
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The EX4 has four expendable HDD drives
The EX4 is not fast, but it’s not slow either