TWO IS BET­TER THAN ONE

WD My Cloud Mir­ror

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by Kenny Yeo

CON­CLU­SION Pricey for an ex­ter­nal HDD, but is easy to setup, works well and of­fers no-fuss per­sonal cloud stor­age.

As we have noted in our May is­sue, cloud stor­age is get­ting more pop­u­lar. To cap­i­tal­ize on this and to of­fer users an al­ter­na­tive to ser­vices like Google Drive and Drop­box, Western Dig­i­tal has its My Cloud se­ries of per­sonal cloud stor­age de­vices. And the lat­est to join this se­ries of stor­age de­vices is the My Cloud Mir­ror.

As its name might sug­gest, the My Cloud Mir­ror is of­fered with two hard drives and is by de­fault con­fig­ured for RAID 1, oth­er­wise also known as mir­ror­ing. In this mode, one drive is setup to mir­ror the con­tents of the other, en­sur­ing that your data is al­ways du­pli­cated and pro­tected. Do note that in this mode, the us­able stor­age ca­pac­ity is the same as hav­ing a sin­gle drive. My Cloud Mir­ror drives are avail­able in 4TB , 6TB and 8TB ca­pac­i­ties. If that is not enough, the My Cloud Mir­ror also fea­tures two USB 3.0 ports that can be used to fur­ther ex­pand stor­age or to fur­ther backup the drives in the de­vice.

But, if re­dun­dancy is not what you seek, the My Cloud Mir­ror can also be con­fig­ured in RAID 0 (strip­ing) for ad­di­tional per­for­mance. How­ever, it must be noted that if one drive fails in a RAID 0 setup, all your data will be lost. It can also be con­fig­ured in JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks), so that the two drives are com­pletely in­de­pen­dent of each other.

Un­like other ex­ter­nal HDDs, the My Cloud Mir­ror al­lows you to re­place the hard drives. The process of re­plac­ing a drive is straight­for­ward and easy; un­do­ing the latch on the top panel re­veals the drives.

Western Dig­i­tal prides its My Cloud de­vices on their easy setup and the My Cloud Mir­ror is no dif­fer­ent. Sim­ply down­load the ap­pro­pri­ate in­staller and it will guide users on set­ting up the My Cloud Mir­ror. There­after, sim­ply en­able re­mote ac­cess via the My Cloud Mir­ror’s con­trol panel and down­load the re­spec­tive WD My Cloud app on your mo­bile de­vice (iOS and An­droid) to be able to re­motely ac­cess con­tent on the drive.

Although quite pricey, the new My Cloud Mir­ror is cer­tainly a wel­comed ad­di­tion to the My Cloud line of per­sonal cloud stor­age de­vices and it gives users who are more cau­tious, peace of mind since it en­sures that data is al­ways safely backed up.

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