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WD My Cloud EX2 Dual-Bay NAS Drive Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging, Contents and Specification
  3. Closer Look
  4. Installation Impressions
  5. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  6. NAS Performance Benchmark
  7. LAN Speed Test
  8. Transfer Test
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links
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This is where the screws and support are used. With the SATA ports facing down, the screws are installed, with the handle put in one of them. The handle needs to be installed in the position where it will be kept towards the door hinge of the NAS drive.

There’s also a couple of stickers provided marked “1” and “2”. Note that the drive provides hot-swap with RAID 1 setups. It would be better if the numbers are marked on the support rather than providing a sticker in case you have to part with one of the drives.

Software installation comes with no hassle, and can be installed even while offline.

WD provides few utilities and installation files for download. This is where WD could do something like how Gigabyte does with their motherboard utility, where they provide a desktop app where you installation additional functions should you require.

WD provides installation file, MyNetView, WD Discovery, Quick View and Smartware.

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The installation of the firmware on the drive is quick. One of the functions that you get in your desktop is the WD Dashboard. WD Dashboard is simply a one-click icon which opens the browser to your NAS’ GUI automatically. When the NAS is set with automatic IP address, it works fine. But when the NAS IP address is set to manual, the dashboard settings doesn’t change. WD Discovery easily detects the change, which brings the question of why there is such issue with WD Dashboard, even after the NAS and the system.

WD Discovery is pretty neat as it detects other NAS and wireless routers. Best part is that WD My Cloud EX2 has a hardwired connection with the system, while the Synology DS112J was connected to my Netgear router. WD Discovery helps with mapping network services for WD My Cloud EX2, but the “configure” buttons work my opening the unit’s GUI via the browser. As you can also see, it provides basic details of the network devices.

There’s also an option to change RAID settings without having the need to re-installing the firmware without the scratch.

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If you want an interactive version of WD My Cloud OS.