Get­ting the most out of your WD per­sonal cloud de­vice

HWM (Singapore) - - Learn - by Ken­nyYeo


The first thing we need to do is to en­sure that your WD per­sonal cloud stor­age is prop­erly setup. To do that you need to down­load the WD My Cloud setup app and prop­erly in­stall the de­vice.

Launch the ap­pli­ca­tion and fol­low the on-screen in­struc­tions, once that is done, you need to go to the Dash­board by click­ing on the short­cut cre­ated on your desk­top. Next, head to the Set­tings tab and then the Gen­eral sub-menu and look to make sure that ”Re­mote Ac­cess” is turned on. Once this is done, click on the Cloud Ac­cess tab and see if the Con­nec­tion Sta­tus says “Con­nected”. Additional stor­age aside, one of the cool things about the cloud is that it en­ables users to ac­cess their con­tent from just about any­where and any­time in the world, as long as they have a work­ing In­ter­net con­nec­tion. WD’s new My Cloud se­ries of per­sonal cloud stor­age de­vices let you do just the same and they are re­ally easy to use and setup. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing WD My Cloud, My Cloud and WD Pho­tos apps are must-have com­pan­ions for your desk­top, smart­phone and tablet. We show you how to use them to get the best out of your in­vest­ment.


Al­though you can eas­ily ac­cess files the de­fault file man­ager on your OS, the WD My Cloud desk­top app of­fers more fea­tures. The WD My Cloud desk­top app is avail­able as a free down­load for both Win­dows and Mac.

To be­gin, you must first add your WD per­sonal cloud stor­age de­vice to the app. If you are in the same net­work, the drives will be au­to­mat­i­cally de­tected. Other­wise, you can add them man­u­ally ei­ther by en­ter­ing your lo­gin de­tails or by us­ing an ac­ti­va­tion code. Once the drive is the added, it will ap­pear au­to­mat­i­cally when­ever you launch the app.

The user in­ter­face and the way it works is just like any file man­ager. If you want to copy a file, sim­ply drag it onto your desk­top or into the de­sired folder in your com­puter. Us­ing right-click on any file al­lows you to cre­ate new fold­ers, re­name files, but per­haps most cru­cially, al­lows you to quickly send the file or folder to other users by us­ing the “Email” or “Copy Link” func­tions.

Us­ing “Email” launches your de­fault Email client and cre­ates a link that you can send to other users to down­load files off your WD My Cloud de­vice. On the other hand, “Copy Link” sim­ply pro­vides you with a link to the file and al­lows users to down­load it us­ing their web browsers.


The My Cloud app is the smart­phone and tablet equiv­a­lent of the WD My Cloud desk­top app and it is avail­able for down­load free on the App Store and on Google Play. Set­ting up is just as easy; if you are on the same net­work as your drive, it should au­to­mat­i­cally ap­pear in the list of com­pat­i­ble de­vices, other­wise, you can again con­nect man­u­ally us­ing your lo­gin or an ac­ti­va­tion code.

Over­all, the app works sim­i­larly to the WD My Cloud desk­top al­low­ing users to browse through direc­to­ries and files on their WD per­sonal cloud de­vice. The app also al­lows you to man­age your data by al­low­ing users to cre­ate direc­to­ries, re­name files and move them from folder to folder.

The app can be used to stream me­dia from your My Cloud de­vice, but do note that play­back of var­i­ous me­dia for­mats are de­pen­dent on codecs sup­ported by your de­vice. If you en­counter a file you can­not play through the app, you can still down­load it lo­cally on your de­vice and play it with an ap­pro­pri­ate third party app.

For users who love tak­ing and shar­ing pho­tos and videos, there is also the op­tion to upload pho­tos and videos di­rectly to your WD per­sonal cloud stor­age de­vice. To share with other users who are con­nected to the drive, sim­ply upload them to the pub­lic folder or whichever folder that you have been des­ig­nated for pub­lic ac­cess.


The WD Pho­tos app is a ded­i­cated app for photo man­age­ment, which turns your WD per­sonal cloud stor­age de­vice into a photo host­ing ser­vice. Setup is sim­i­lar to that of the My Cloud app and once setup is com­pleted, the app will scan your drive and fold­ers for all avail­able for pho­tos.

What’s unique about WD Pho­tos is the speed at which it down­loads and dis­plays pho­tos and one of the rea­sons for that it is that in­stead of down­load­ing the en­tire photo, it down­loads a low res­o­lu­tion ver­sion that has been pro­cessed by the drive ear­lier when it builds its me­dia data­base. But if you wish, a sim­ple tap on the “HD” but­ton on the top menu bar would ini­ti­ate a down­load of the orig­i­nal photo.

There is also the op­tion to email the photo, share as a link, down­load to your smart­phone or tablet and even post di­rectly to Face­book. That aside, it also caches the pho­tos so that pre­vi­ously viewed pho­tos can still be ac­cessed even if you’ve lost a work­ing in­ter­net con­nec­tion to your cloud drive.

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