With most families creating terabytes of video and photos, Western Digital has launched a home server that takes the weight off the mere Gigabytes free in online storage.
The WD My Cloud family are expandable 2TB home servers that sync via your broadband with all of your devices, and let you copy to and from services like Dropbox and Google Drive.
Starting at £130 for the 2TB version, WD My Cloud connects to the internet via your broadband router and can be set up from mobile devices as well as a PC or Mac.
Read Recombu Digital’s guide to Personal data storage: home server or cloud?“How do you manage all your content across all your devices? It’s digital chaos,” said Chris Bull, WD’s marketing director.
“My Cloud is the easiest way to control all your content in one place from PCs, Macs and mobile devices, so you can enjoy it anywhere without monthly fees.”
WD My Cloud comes in two higher-capacity flavours of 3TB (£160) and 4TB (price to be announced), although all models can be expanded via a USB 3.0 port.
It also features a dual-core processor and Gigabit Ethernet for high speed throughput to multiple devices in and out of the home, with 128-bit AES encryption.
For media streaming around the home, there’s a built-in DLNA 1.5 media server, UPnP and iTunes server support, and it will automatically discover compatible devices.
The desktop app is available for PC and Mac, with full drag-and-drop compatibility, while the mobile app works with Android, iOS and Windows Phone, and includes basic media playback, file mirroring for offline access, and file sharing through social media and email.
My Cloud is controlled through a web interface designed for both touch and mouse operation, which lets you manage user shares and permissions, and monitor usage.
Individual users can link to Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts, and transfer files both between Cloud services and to and from their My Cloud.
PC and Mac users can also download WD’s My Backup software, and there are how-to guides on the WD My Cloud support site.