Western Digital MyBook World Edition NAS server
Manufacturer: Western Digital Corp. Part number: WDG1NC5000N
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- Reviewed by: Felisa Yang
- Edited by: Matthew Elliott
- Reviewed on: 05/14/2007
The good: Dead-simple to set up remote access and file sharing; includes support for Gigabit Ethernet; bundled backup software lets you restore as well; generous warranty period.
The bad: Slow read/write speeds; no print server or media server; some file types not supported by MioNet for sharing.
The bottom line: The Western Digital MyBook World Edition is a simple-to-use NAS drive that makes remote access and file sharing easy for even beginners. Only its slow data transfer speed gives us pause.
After some work, I have it setup the way I want.
by mevester on April 27, 2007
Pros: Lots of storage and works on gigabit network.
Cons: I did not like the 'Out of the Box' software used for accessing the drive.
Summary: The My Book World Edition NAS 500 GB version is very easy to get running. The problem I had was with the software the they want you to install for ...
Summary: The My Book World Edition NAS 500 GB version is very easy to get running. The problem I had was with the software the they want you to install for accessing it. They call it WD Anywhere Access and it is powered by MioNet. This software gives you the ability to access it from the internet or within your own network. This software was overkill... I just wanted something I could call 'F Drive' and copy my backups to. Instead this software made every drive on my PC available to my laptop and vice versa... not what I want at all.
My PC is running XP Home Edition. Using the WD Anywhere Access software I had some connection issues. I would boot up and the network drive would be available. If I opened the WD Anywhere Manager tool, it would tell me the NAS was not available. My Laptop is running XP Pro and I did not have any of these issues.
Before boxing it back up and returning it, I checked out Western Digitals help site. I finally found a Knowledge Base entry that gave step by step details on creating a mapped drive without using the WD Anywhere Access and I am now happy.
25 out of 26 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Product - Software Interface is Crap!
by sisancho on July 2, 2007
Pros: The NAS MyBook World Edition II is an awesome 1 TeraByte!
Cons: MioNet is total crap, unfortunately WD doesn't tell you that you don't even need it to access your drive!
Summary: Also, if you check your network activity you may find (as I did) that the drive is contacting some IP address in France about every 15 to 30 minutes. Nothing ...
Summary: Also, if you check your network activity you may find (as I did) that the drive is contacting some IP address in France about every 15 to 30 minutes. Nothing is being sent but is this really necessary? The IP address is 184.108.40.206. My firewall logged the activity, Ethereal captured the content, which as I said was nothing. Further digging into the IP address suggests that it may have connections to MioNet.. maybe. I have done nothing further but I plan to call WD and ask them *** is this for. I love the drive, works flawlessly IF you avoid MioNET. -Si
16 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
MyBook World Edition 1TB is available for $320.00
by rhd1953 on June 29, 2007
Pros: Ethernet connection, 2 500 GB harddrives for 1 TB of storage. Simple stand alone networked storage.
Cons: Extremely noisy cooling. Buy aTargus 'Chill Mat' for $19.00, put your MyBook on it and the noisy MyBook fan stays off. The hard drives are not easily swapped, must be sent to Western Digital.
Summary: Buy the 1 terabyte version at Best Buy for $320.00.
Data transfer rate via ethernet is ok, you can watch video or listen to music. You can't transfer ...
Summary: Buy the 1 terabyte version at Best Buy for $320.00.
Data transfer rate via ethernet is ok, you can watch video or listen to music. You can't transfer big files and access (play) video/music at the same time! I have 600 GB on MyBook right now.
The 1 TB MyBook has a very noisy cooling fan, which runs at room temperatures of +75 degF. I bought a $19.00 Targus 'Chill Mat' (2 quiet cooling fans) for notebooks, placed MyBook on it and the MyBook cooling fan stays off. Can't hear the 'Chill Mat' fans at all.
Use of standard Western Digital SATA 500 GB drives for replacement would be handier.
14 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
Total waste of time
by crimminie on June 14, 2007
Pros: looks nice
Cons: became inaccessible after a week
Summary: Unless you really, really want to access your files remotely, do not install the mionet the software. After connecting it to your router, find the drive with your browser at \\\...
Summary: Unless you really, really want to access your files remotely, do not install the mionet the software. After connecting it to your router, find the drive with your browser at \\\mybookworld then map it to your computer and go from there.
Any files you put on the drive using mionet software cannot be accessed without the software.
Suddenly, after about a week, I was never again able to access the files I had loaded on, despite three phone calls to second level support.
Even after using the technique described above for bypassing the mionet software, I could never train my firewall to accept the drive and let me load new files on the drive. I'll be taking it back to the store where I bought it (Best Buy) and will lose my files in the process.
12 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
Easy to Setup if you read...
by Mike_DSS on August 16, 2007
Pros: Easy Setup
Cons: Ethernet Slow
Summary: What I read in these reviews is stay away from MioNet. I guess I got lucky and from the get go I did not want to install MioNet mainly because ...
Summary: What I read in these reviews is stay away from MioNet. I guess I got lucky and from the get go I did not want to install MioNet mainly because I had no interest in accessing this remotely. Lucky for me it seems.
Setup is simply. Analyze your network ip's and locate the ip for the drive. In my case it was 192.168.1.92. I pulled this Ip up and this is where you can access the web base WD Shared Storage Manager software. This is the OS software Control Panel built in and loaded on the WD drive. From there you can assign users and shared or private folders. You can rename the drive itself. After you rename it then from your internet browser type \\yourname and hit the enter key and it will pull up through explorer your folders on the drive. From there you can map it to a drive letter. Then you install the Retrospect Backup HD Software to backup or copy to your mapped drive. This backup software is very easy to use.
I give it a 9 out of 10 only because these directions should be published and not rely on this MioNet software which seems to be JUNK.Updated
This MioNet software os the WD Anywhere Access software. DO NOT load this software. Just install the Retrospect Software. Retrospect by EMC is used on many external hard drive kits for backup software and is a very good and inexpensive program.Updated
When I said ethernet was slow, I did not realize it was really slow. It is suppose to be 10/100/1000 Gigabit speed. I was copying from PC to this device and it was moving along at 10/100 speed because of the switch that is was going through.
Now I have about 10 years of data with a lot of music files which comes out to about 300 gigs. So I shut it down in the middle of copying and swapped out the switch and added a new Gigabit 10/100/1000 switch. Now everything is Gigabit and I figured it should be on paper at least 10 times faster and I would certaing have settled for 5 times faster. NOT
There is absolutly no difference in data transfer speed. Now after it is all loaded, which is refered to as seeded, then performing a backup or copy is ok because it will only transfer what has changed and which case would take 10 to 15 minutes. For example of you have made changes of a 2 to 3 gigs on your hard drive, then this is all that is updated.
A USB 2.0 data transfer rate is faster than this device can perform through ethernet.
After final analysis, I am bringing it back and I am going to try out the 300 GB HP Media Vault for just $45 more. It also have a 10/100/1000 Gigabit connection and can be used as a print server.
10 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Don't come close to the MioNet software
by amitaip on June 20, 2007
Pros: The disk itself works fine
Cons: The MioNet software is terrible. How WD bundled it?
Summary: The only way to work is to map MyBook as a network drive. I worked with MioNet support team for days. E-mails and phone calls. They were very responsive but ...
Summary: The only way to work is to map MyBook as a network drive. I worked with MioNet support team for days. E-mails and phone calls. They were very responsive but they couldn't help me at all! The MioNet software turned "offine" and that was it! It was a torture! I spent hours on hours on this! In the end, MioNet support helped me do a direct mapping and that's how it works for me.
Even when the connection was active via MioNet it disconnected every few minutes.
Files that you copied via MioNet are readonly when you access through direct mapping.
I don't understand how a respectable company such as Western Digital put their faith on this lousy software. If you just put the CD in and click 'next-next' you end up with something that doesn't work. Or works for one day. and disconnects.
I have never seen something like that in my whole life.
I also can't understand CNET review which praises the MioNet software (WD Anywhere Access). You should work with more than three minutes! I will not believe your reviews anymore!Updated
I don't understand how a company such as Western Digital bundled this awfull software. If you put the attached CD in, click next,next - it may seem to work - but then it turns offline, and disconnects every few minutes.
The only way to work is do a network drive mapping. I worked with MioNet support team for days and they could do nothing.
WD are going to get into real trouble with this MioNet adventure.
It's a pitty. Because I now use the disk over LAN and it works great.
11 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Drive is crap don't bother
by johnnyapollo2 on November 24, 2007
Pros: It's purty white case matches my old iPOD
Cons: Software sucks and data transfer abysmal
Summary: I bought this drive to back up a failing 1 TB Lacie - talk about dissappointment. Reads/writes are abysmally slow - I was under the impression that the additional ...
Summary: I bought this drive to back up a failing 1 TB Lacie - talk about dissappointment. Reads/writes are abysmally slow - I was under the impression that the additional memory was supposed to speed up things - instead it seems to be doing the opposite. I can transfer 2 music directories in less than 2 minutes from 2 USB Lacie drives. Same files from a Lacie to the MyBook takes 16 mintutes - what a joke. I very much DO NOT RECOMMEND this this drive.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Really Cool Hard Drive
by mupadhya on May 21, 2007
Pros: Ethernet connected - USB piggyback available
Cons: Software installation is not very user friendly
Summary: I just got my "MyBookWorld for Ethernet 500 GB" and is awesome. To use it, you don't have to install the software which comes with the item. To customize ...
Summary: I just got my "MyBookWorld for Ethernet 500 GB" and is awesome. To use it, you don't have to install the software which comes with the item. To customize the hard disk so that you can map a network drive to it, you need to first install the software and then follow the instructions from Western Digital's website. Search for "mapping network drive" in their support website and you should be able to get the instructions, or go to the following URL.
When I tried to install the "WD Anywhere Access" software, I had to do it atleast 3 times before it showed me "Manage MyBookWorld..." option under "File". Then it is fairly easy to map the drive. Once you install the software and register, you get 30 days free World Access. - i.e., you can login into their website with your registered userid and password and it allows you full access to your home network, your PC (if it is ON). You can even open a window where you can see your home PC's desktop. Once you are done, you can Shut it down too. My PC is running XP Professional Edition.
It even lets you piggyback another external USB drive, where you can "see" this other drive from any computer in the house - cool feature. I am very happy with this product.
If you shop around, you can get it for as low as $208.00
4 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Stay away from this baby!
by joelindsay89 on February 9, 2008
Pros: Looks cool in the box.
Cons: Very Slow, need to install software to recognize it on network.
Summary: "Mio Net" (the software that comes bundled with the My Book) is terrible. You have to install it on every computer on your network that you want to access the ...
Summary: "Mio Net" (the software that comes bundled with the My Book) is terrible. You have to install it on every computer on your network that you want to access the Hard Drive. Western Digital then tries to market upgrades to the software for remote access and remote control of other computers on the network. It took me a while to figure out what the software was for and what I needed.
I just wanted to add this baby to the router, give it a password, and go! Is that so difficult?
I just added some photos to the MyBook and my computer locks up trying to read them from it. How am I supposed to share large amounts of data like this?
This product seems a total waste of time and based on what others have written here I will now try to get my money back.
I was very disappointed with this product.
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
50 Mb speed at best on LAN not 1 Gb!!
by pjberr on September 18, 2007
Pros: Size and concept, construction all are top notch
Cons: Slow, Slow, Slow performance, cumbersome interface
Summary: This should be a terrific piece of hardware from a 'reputable' manufacturer. It is instead patheticaly slow operating at LAN speeds no better than 1/20th of its advertised performance. ...
Summary: This should be a terrific piece of hardware from a 'reputable' manufacturer. It is instead patheticaly slow operating at LAN speeds no better than 1/20th of its advertised performance.
While simple use as NAS is doable, finding out how to do this is not simple at all and the interface is very minimalist and not user friendly.
The Mionet nonsense is definitely to be avoided, usesless really for anything more than small text documents. Subscription required!? Put that on the outside of the box please. I have turned of the "Anywhere Access" four times now as it seems to keep turning itself on. I don't want the extra network activity or public access to my device... EVER!!!
Seeing as the interface/controller is running Linux to manage the box, why can't we have a little more manageability? How about moving files from one folder to another require that they be moved from the box to the PC and back to the box!! Some simple file management would really help here. WD... get a grip!!
Burned by WD twice this month as my Raptor 10K rpm based RAID0 drive had a drive failure within three weeks of purchase/set-up.
Tsk! Tsk! is WD trying to become the new Fujitsu? Wait until they get this thing working before you spend your money on a paperweight! Think twice before buying a WD product as quality is taking a turn for the worse.
A day later and 43.5 minutes on the phone waiting for a second level tech support rep at Western Digital to tell me that "3 or 4 MB/sec is all you can expect from these drives, they are slow" a direct quote. That of course translates to (3 or 4 time 8) 24 Mb to 32 Mb transfer rates!! Hardly the advertised 1 Gb LAN that is all over the box. A further quote "These things run on a Linux system internaly and there is NOTHING WE CAN DO to speed them up". "I'm sorry sir but that's how it is". My system back up consisting of 450 GB of data uploaded at Gb speeds.
Now that I have to restore it, do the math, 1 GB is ~1,000,000,000 MB so 450,000,000,000 x 8 (for bytes) is 3,600,000,000,000 bytes divided by 24,000,000 or 32,000,000 is between 112,500 and 150,000 seconds or 31 and 42 HOURS!!!
That is if it doesn't choke on some of the larger files (over 2GB) like it has done already.
Avoid this drive at all costs as it is not a practical place to store and retrieve large amounts of data. Now to figure out how to get that data back... maybe Seagate data recovery services...
3 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Western Digital Corp.
- Part number: WDG1NC5000N
- Description: Add this unique remote-access storage system to your wired or wireless network and you'll have a surprisingly simple and secure way to access and share data and photos at home, in the office, and anywhere in the world - even when your local computer is off.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Host Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet
- Total Storage Capacity 500 GB
- Width 2.2 in
- Depth 5.6 in
- Height 6.8 in
- Weight 2.6 lbs
- Capacity 1 x 500 GB
- Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
- Type None
Optical Storage (2nd)
- Type None
- Video Output None
- Type Network adapter
- Data Link Protocol Ethernet ,
Gigabit Ethernet ,
- Cables Included Network cable
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Compliant Standards RoHS
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Software / System Requirements
- Software Included EMC Retrospect Express,
Drivers & Utilities
- OS Required Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional,
Microsoft Windows 2000
- Min Processor Type 500 MHz
- Peripheral / Interface Devices Internet connection,
- System Requirements Details Pentium III - RAM 512 MB - HD 500 MB
- Service & Support 3 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 3 years
- Min Operating Temperature 41 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
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