Use WD My Cloud as an access point for other drives

August 10, 2017 at 05:44:37
Specs: Windows 7
Hi,

I have a WD my cloud drive (2tb) which is about full, I was wondering if I could add, say 1 or 2 NAS drives to my router and then use the WD access software to get access to my working 4tb drive and back up to the other?

So 2tb working drive plus a >4tb archive and media, 3rd drive suitably sized back up drive

My current drive is filled with videos and pictures, not currently backed up either. I am a photographer and I use the mobile apps to shows potential clients some of my portfolio or a specific shoot.

Thanks in advance


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#1
August 10, 2017 at 06:47:58
Hi Cgs,

for such important information , I would have at least TWO upto date Backups.

Cloud facilities are available that could be used for this.
But you cannot expect such for free for this amount of information.-

I would have separate accounts, each with a different Cloud Supplier.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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August 10, 2017 at 08:23:39
Hi Mike

Thanks for your response.

I want to use a local hardware to provide my service. This allows me to continue working when the internet is down from home. I am happy to throw some money towards hardware, I would even configure a separate NAS to separate work and play. WD do a mirror drive configurable up to 2*3gb and its comes with a USB port for expansion or additional back up which I could do to a 3gb USB drive. Ideally though I wanted to double my capacity.

I still need to keep the external access, is there a way to configure this and maintain security without buying an off the shelf cloud device?


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August 10, 2017 at 13:39:57
When I was considering a server for home use I researched many, WD and QNAP being just two.

Reviews of the WD and the way they provide a cloud system, plus reviews in general of WD servers, and comments from an IT colleague at work, inclined mt go for a QNAP.

I have a (now quite elderly to some degree) TS210 which is a twin drive system in mirror configuration. A drive (a WD...) failed. I replaced it with a heavier duty WD; (actually replaced both) and copied content of the surviving original to one of the new drives and then rebuilt the mirror.

I did have minor konphusions re installing the new drive, but a phone call to Qnap support was top notch. They couldn't have been better.

Qnap provide a cloud system too - using your own kit... See this item from Qnap

https://www.qnap.com/en/how-to/tuto...

I do have a stand alone usb drive which is a reasonably current duplicate/backup of the NAS. That backup is never on the network permanently and generally powered down, unless needed otherwise.

Perhaps checkout the whole Qnap product line and what they pffer by way of your own cloud service? All their NAS allow assorted usb connections, to variations on backups...

Do ensure youe hard drives are spec'd for long term hours of use up and running, rather than drives designed for standard computers, and not long term, continuous or near continuous use. WD make three drives of different specs; go for their heavy duty drives, or another company's equivalent?

Even if you do go with the WD approach, I'd encourage your own soho based NAS and ensure you have a local backup for it; one that never goes online, nor is generally active on soho network (except when updating its backup content.

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